Power Washing Basics

So you’ve finally decided that some exterior cleaning is in order. Just like the interior of our homes, the exterior needs TLC as well. Not only for aesthetic purposes but for the health of your family and any pets. But the whole process can be daunting and even intimidating. You may be wondering how power washing even works or is it even safe for surfaces and effective. Those are all valid questions and you should know the answers to them before you even get started! Whether you’re calling us at King’s Power Washing to come out and get it done for you or you’re embarking on the journey yourself, understanding what you’re getting into is paramount. 

What Is Power Washing?

Power washing uses a high pressure water jet to blast dirt and grime off of whatever surface its cleaning. 

The pressure cleaning is the actual machine that is used in pressure washing. It may seem like this is just a small service but more households need pressure washing than you may think. 

If you think of what a pressure cleaner does you can imagine what it can be used for and the benefits to households all over the country. With its high pressure water spray its able to clean large surfaces removing dirt, dust, mud, stains, grime, mold, and even tough jobs such as stuck on food and chewing gum. Pressure washers can even be used to remove graffiti from stone walls. 

What can be cleaned?

  • Exterior surfaces of buildings, both residential and commercial
  • Sidewalks, driveways, walkways, and patios
  • Commercial spaces such as parking garages, parking lots, and stadiums
  • Vehicles

Using a pressure washer is popular because it’s both safe and effective. It’s also one of the most cost effective ways to keep your property looking clean and fresh and can be used as often as needed. Commercial facilities, such as movie theaters, may need to be cleaned more often. Pressure washing is a great way to maintain property value. 

There are a few terms that need explained before we dive deep into the mechanics. The terms “power washing”, “pressure washing” and “soft washing” are used interchangeably a lot of the time. Some professionals may not even know the difference but there are slight differences that do matter. I will explain them below but for our purposes here, I will use them interchangeably.

Power Washing

Power washing uses a high powered jet that sprays warm water on the surface to be cleaned. The pressure and the temperature are what does the cleaning. 

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is the same as power washing. It still uses high powered streams of water to clean whatever surface its being used on. The difference is that the water in pressure washing isn’t heated. 

Soft Washing

Soft washing is the different one. It uses the same equipment but the pressure is brought way down so that it can clean surfaces gently. Wish soft washing, a chemical is used to aid cleaning and is applied beforehand, allowed to soak and do its job, and then a pressure that can be compared to that of a garden hose is used to help rinse away dirt and grime. Soft washing is just as effective at cleaning, it’s just used more for surfaces that require a gentle touch such as decks and roofs. 

Whatever term you use and whatever method you use, power washing can be the answer to your outdoor cleaning needs. 

Benefits of Pressure Washing

Time

When you compare pressure washing to other forms of cleaning, some serious time is saved. You don’t have to use a pressure washer (and you probably haven’t up until now). You can always scrub surfaces and get them pretty clean but who wants to spend hours and sometimes even days getting a surface cleaned? 

Even better, when you invest in professional power washing, you save time gathering materials, preparing the correct cleaning solution, and you save time on the actual time it takes to do the cleaning. 

Cost

This may seem impossible since you do need to pay for power washing. Whether you do it yourself or you contact a professional, there is a cost that is associated with equipment and labor. But pressure washing can save you money in the long run on repairs and replacements.

Many homeowners opt to replace siding and roofing that are structurally viable but seem like they need replaced because they look awful. Unfortunately, companies that do the replacing don’t suggest that you don’t do business with them. They just do what you want them to do and don’t really offer up a solution that doesn’t involve them taking your money. 

Further, there are contaminants that, if left alone, can damage siding and roofing. Moss, mold, and mildew can be safely soft washed from a roof but if left too long, you may need to replace it after all.

If you would like to take advantage of the cleaning, time, and cost benefits of pressure washing, contact King’s Power Washing today. With years of experience and an amazing list of happy customers, King’s Power Washing can get even the toughest of jobs done.

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