Power washing is one of those maintenance chores that is unglamorous but important. It’s also become increasingly commonplace. So commonplace, in fact, that many homeowners and businesses have decided that buying or renting a power wash system and doing it themselves is a pretty good idea. Unfortunately, DIY power washers are prone to making several common mistakes when they take up the pressure gun and have a go at it. Mistakes you won’t have to worry about when you hire the power washing pros at Lucent Cleaning Services (LCS).
Common Power Washing Mistakes
- Applying Too Much Pressure – Very likely the most common mistake made by DIY-ers is using too much pressure. Vinyl siding, for instance, does not require as much pressure to clean as old concrete and using too much pressure on your siding can actually pull it from the wall. The pros from LCS know exactly when to apply the pressure and when to back off to protect sensitive areas and surfaces.
- Washing Around Doors and Windows – When the untrained aim a high-pressure nozzle at a doorstop there’s usually only one predictable result: enormous volumes of water in the room on the other side of the door. Things aren’t much better when it comes to windows. Using a power washer on windows can damage screens, break the seal on double pane glass and, again, result in water inside the home or business.
- Not Using a Cleaning Agent or Using the Wrong Cleaning Agent – A professional power wash consists of more than just aiming at a surface and pulling the trigger. Cleaning solutions are an important part of an effective high pressure wash and not knowing you need to use one or just using something like bleach can result in an ineffectual job that needs to be redone.
- Cleaning Without a Plan – It’s not uncommon for do-it-yourselfers to start at the bottom and work their way up. This leads to effluent from the walls draining down onto the newly cleaned walkway or driveway or porch, requiring a re-clean. LCS power wash pros approach every cleaning project with a logical plan of attack for maximum efficiency and best results.
- Thinking a Consumer Grade Power Washer is a Professional Power Washer – These days you can buy or rent high-pressure washers from any number of home improvement stores. Whether you’re actually getting a professional grade power washing system is another matter altogether. Just as all cars are not Lamborghinis, all power washers are not professional grade. If the one you rented or bought doesn’t put out at least 4 gallons of water a minute you may have wasted your money.
When you hire the professionals at LCS to handle your power washing project you get more than 10 years of residential and commercial experience. We never make DIY mistakes that can compromise the integrity of your property. We use state-of-the-art, professional equipment and today’s newest, eco-friendly cleaning solutions to achieve results that speak for themselves time after time.