Pressure washing uses high-powered water jets to blast away dirt, grime, moss, mildew and loose paint. This cleaning method is especially effective on patios, driveways and outdoor furniture.
Pressure washers can also help prevent injuries at your business by removing contaminants that could cause someone to slip and fall. For example, regularly cleaning sidewalks and footpaths of mold and mildew can reduce the risk of people tripping or falling over them.
Cleans Dirty Surfaces
A pressure washer uses a water pump to accelerate and force a narrow jet of clean, potent water onto surfaces, blasting away dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and more. It’s a more efficient method for cleaning surfaces than using a brush or broom and gets the job done much faster too.
It’s also less likely to damage sturdy materials like concrete, so it’s an ideal choice for outdoor jobs and large areas that need a fast and effective clean. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using detergents with your pressure washer. RYOBI recommends choosing products that carry the Safer Choice label.
This means that the EPA has evaluated and certified the product for safety and environmental impact. Ideally, you should always use soaps that are non-toxic to plants, animals, and people. Then be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward to avoid re-depositing the chemicals. This helps prevent the build-up of dirt, sand, and other contaminants that can damage your surface again.
Removes Dirty Stains
Pressure washing uses a blast of water to lift dirt from surfaces. The process can be used to clean a range of materials, including brick, concrete, and asphalt. It can also remove paint. However, it should never be used on wood. It is a better option than using harmful chemical cleaners that may cause damage to the surface of your building.
Regularly scheduled power washing can prevent the buildup of stains. Stains from oil, tree sap, bird droppings, chewing gum, and graffiti can wear away at the exterior of buildings. This can cause serious problems if left untreated.
A professional cleaning service will know how much pressure to use and can recommend a schedule for future cleanings. This will prevent the buildup of grime and keep your building looking newer for longer. They can also provide a recommendation for the type of detergent to use that will be safe for your property. The experts will also be able to advise you on the best way to clean a variety of different surfaces.
Removes Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew not only spoil the look of outdoor surfaces such as patios, walkways and driveways but can pose serious health risks. These fungal organisms spread through airborne spores that can cause allergic reactions and respiratory issues. They thrive in environments that are constantly moist and shaded and must be addressed promptly to avoid their growth.
When used with a detergent solution, the high pressure water blast of a power washer can efficiently remove mold and mildew from concrete surfaces. This is especially true if the surface is heavily contaminated with these organisms.
The best part is that this cleaning method does not require the use of harmful chemical cleaners that can contaminate the environment or your health. Just be sure to rinse the concrete afterward to remove any remaining spores. This will help to prevent the growth of new mold and mildew in the future. This is particularly important since these fungi are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they take hold.
Mold and mildew growth not only look unsightly and cause a rotting of the exterior materials of a building, but it also causes damage. Routinely pressure washing the surfaces of your building and the concrete pads it sits on can help prevent the buildup and protect the material from costly damage.
The process is quick, and because of the high level of pressure, it can even be used to clean hard-to-reach spots, nooks, and crannys. This makes it a popular cleaning method for things like oil-stained driveways.
The high pressure of the nozzle can damage some surfaces if not done correctly. The best way to ensure your home or business is protected from damage is to hire a professional service. They will know the proper psi, water rotation, and cleaning products to use for each surface type. They will also use tarps to shield ground plants and small shrubs from the direct spray of the water and chemicals.