Pressure washing is a great way to elevate the appearance of your home. It allows you to say goodbye to pesky oil stains on your driveway or stubborn stains on the siding of your home.
However, pressure washing is not a one size fits all type of cleaning. Each material requires a particular method to clean it properly without damaging it in the process. So let’s take a closer look at how to pressure wash different materials.
How to Pressure Wash Driveways
Before you start pressure washing your driveway, you’ll want to sweep it for any debris. If deemed necessary, you can apply a degreaser to your driveway for pesky stains. When spraying detergent on the driveway, keep a distance of 8 to 18 inches from the surface of the driveway. Work your way across the driveway in a slow and controlled manner.
Once the soap is applied, start pressure washing, using a method similar to application. For more stubborn stains, bring the nozzle closer to the driveway’s surface or around 3 to 4 inches away.
How to Pressure Wash Siding
When pressure washing siding, you’ll want to start at the bottom and work your way up when applying the detergent. This action is to prevent dirt and grime from streaking across the siding. When you rinse the siding, you’ll do the opposite and spray from top to bottom.
Ensure that you’re standing around 3 to 4 feet away from the siding, and spray in a side-to-side motion. Keeping the nozzle moving helps you avoid damage to the siding.
How to Pressure Wash Brick
When pressure washing brick surfaces, wet the brick first to prepare the brick for cleaning. Apply your detergent of choice and let it soak in for 5 to 10 minutes. After this, use a delicate setting on the spray nozzle to rinse the brick without damaging it.
Once the brick is dry, you can choose to apply a sealant to help prevent future substances from staining the surface.