Closeup of power washing on siding

It’s easy to forget about the outside of a home when you spend most of your time on the inside. But even the most steadfast parts of the house will need time and attention. Washing siding and windows annually or semi-annually is a great way to prevent excess buildup. It also allows you to keep an eye out for any chipped or damaged areas around the house. The most efficient way to clean your home’s exterior is with a power washer. Here are some tips and tricks from New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., that will have you power washing like a pro.

Choosing the Right Equipment

Whether you plan on buying or renting, searching for a pressure washer can be overwhelming. There are many options to choose from, such as electric or gas, PSI, nozzle size, and angle. Fortunately, we’ve narrowed down the search for you.

For starters, you’ll want a power washer that clocks in somewhere between 2,000 to 2,800 pounds per square inch (PSI). The choice between gas or electric is up to you, but electric power washers are usually weaker than the gas and have limited mobility because of the power cord. Once you’ve picked the power washer, make sure the handle will be able to reach the highest parts of your house. If not, you should consider getting an extended wand.

Lastly, find a nozzle with a white tip, which indicates that water will be sprayed at a 40-degree angle, ideal for siding and windows. If you have any plants you want to protect, now would be the time to lay a tarp or cover over them.

Cleaning Instructions

Now that you have your power washer, it’s time to get to cleaning. Be sure you have safety goggles on hand since even at the lowest power, a pressure washer is dangerous if mishandled. Water and debris will also be flying off the siding.

After turning on the power washer, place both hands on the handle and stand a foot and a half away from the surface you’ll be cleaning. There’s going to be a slight recoil when you pull the trigger, so be prepared. Be sure to wash side to side, moving slowly so as not to create a patchy-looking wash. Once one portion is done, take a closer look and scrub any stubborn patches with a soft-bristled brush.

For More Tips and Tricks, Contact Us

Maintaining a home requires time and energy, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel impossible. Power washing your home’s exterior can be very rewarding since you can see the before and after as you blast away the dirt. For more tips, tricks, and professional advice on washing your siding and windows, contact New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc.