Can pressure washing damage the siding and other surfaces?

Pressure washing services

Power washing is one of the best ways to keep the surfaces on your property clean of dust and grime.

Power washing won’t damage the siding of your home if you follow these simple rules:

  • Remove stubborn mold, algae and other organic contaminants by hand by applying a bleach solution and then scrubbing the area.
  • Use the power washer with water only as some detergent can dry out vinyl siding or even strips its colour.
  • If you use detergents, remember to check with the manufacturer of the surface to see if the one you select is recommended for use on their product.
  • Start the job by washing higher areas of your home and working downward.
  • Hold the power washer at a 45-degree angle facing downward and stand approximately 2 feet away from the surface to reduce the risk of damage.
  • The angle of the spray on siding is important so that the water doesn’t travel up underneath the siding, resulting in trapped water and water damage down the road.
  • Avoid holding the power washer over one area for a long time as you can risk making a dent into the surface.
  • Work in sections and rinse dirt and residual cleanser away before moving the next section.

Some skill is needed to clean windows without leaving stains or watermarks not to mention the possibility of breaking a window pane with the force of water. Therefore, we do not recommend washing windows with a power washer wand.

If you feel you don’t have the skill to power washing, Sargent’s family lawn care is here to help you.