There are many benefits to pressure washing your home’s exterior, gutters, windows, and even your driveway. If you don’t have much experience using machines such as a pressure washer, the ideal solution is to contact a professional.
But many people have looked into making this a do-it-yourself (DIY) project, so what kind of pressure washing mixtures or solutions can I use? Let’s first consider some valuable tips for pressure washing.
Tips for Pressure Washing
There are some key facts to know before choosing the right mixture for pressure washing. These include:
- Knowing the difference between soap and detergent. The type of water you will use for your pressure washing machine will determine what kind of soap for a pressure washer is best or if a detergent will be more effective on a specific surface.
- The type of injector. Depending on your pressure washing machine, you need to know if the mixture goes before (upstream) or after (downstream) the pump.
- The uses of different chemicals. If you need a mixture for a specific type of surface, it’s vital to understand the various chemicals used. For example, citric acid effectively cleans and removes stains from concrete driveways and wood decks
Pressure Washing Mixtures/Solutions
Below we will mention some DIY pressure washing solutions that can be effective on different surfaces. Keep in mind that there are many dangers of pressure washing yourself.
If the idea is to perform an overall cleaning of different surfaces, you can use this mixture on most surfaces.
- 1 gallon of water
- ⅓ cup phosphate-free laundry detergent (powder)
- ⅔ cup household cleaner
- 1 cup vinegar (optional)
Directions: First, mix dry ingredients. Then slowly add in wet ingredients.
The following mixture is environmentally friendly and, if needed for heavy stains, can be used to pretreat ahead of power washing.
- 1 gallon of water
- ½ cup of Borax
- ½ cup of washing soda
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Directions: Mix dry ingredients first, preferably overnight. The following day, add the wet ingredients and mix slowly.