What is Power Washing?
Power washing is an incredibly effective exterior cleaning method! It uses high-pressure water to blast mold, algae, loose paint, grime, and even graffiti off of a surface. How much pressure or PSI should you use when cleaning your home? That depends on the material.
How Much Pressure?
Many people believe that exterior home care is all about intensity! But not all surfaces can take the pressure! That’s why our experienced technicians have a safe cleaning method that will wash even the most delicate surfaces. But first, let’s learn a little bit about PSI.
- LOW PSI: About 1,000 – 1,900 is considered to be on the low end. In fact, you might own a pressure washing unit like this. Many homeowners use this type of pressure washer for small jobs around the house.
- MEDIUM PSI: 2,000 – 2,900 is about the middle of the road. And it’s used for heavier residential chores. They come in gas or electric varieties.
- HIGH PSI: Professional contractors like the Smart Wash team use water pressure ranging from 3,000 – 6,900 to clean commercial properties, and some residential surfaces. This level of pressure should be handled with care because it can severely damage your property if used improperly. Thankfully, our technicians are trained and experienced in handling
What NOT to Power Wash:
- Outdoor Wood Furniture
- Wood Decks
Is a Gentler Method Still Effective?
In our line of work, it’s all about using the right tool for the job. High PSI cleaning is perfect for surfaces that are more durable. But for the more sensitive surfaces of our home, we need a gentler solution – Soft Washing. This involves using a powerful detergent along with low PSI water. But can you really get your house clean without all the muscle of a higher PSI? Definitely! Our detergent easily breaks down algae, mold, and other contaminants. So by the time you’re ready to rinse, these elements have been loosened and are ready to slide off with the water.
4 Benefits of Pressure Washing
Boosts Curb Appeal
Power cleaning is the perfect preventative measure against early repairs. Minor issues can become major headaches down the road. Give us a call and we will help keep your property in good, lasting condition for years. Save money and hire the pros to take care of your home maintenance needs.
You likely have several tasks on your to-do list. Not only does professional power cleaning save you money but it saves you time as well. This job may sound simple but it requires the proper equipment, experience, and training to do it right and avoid damage. Let us take care of this for you so you can focus on other important tasks.
Protects Your Health
Keeping the exterior of your home clean goes a long way in protecting the health of you and your family. Eliminate mold and mildew from your property and remove harmful substances and bacteria that can be tracked into your home or contaminate the air.
Why Hire a Professional?
Many homeowners in Alexandria love DIY projects! And for many things, doing it yourself is a great idea. But that’s not the case with pressure washing. Why not? In untrained hands, a power washer can become a weapon that destroys your home instead of a tool to restore it. Using too much power can cause several years worth of damage to many of the more delicate surfaces of your house such as your roof, siding, and deck. That could cause some expensive repairs. And without experience using these tools, you could be risking your safety!
The solution? Call Smart Wash of Alexandria, VA! We have the tools, training, and experience to get the job done right. And you won’t have to let this project eat into your free time.
Cleaning Services We Provide
- Construction Site Clean Up
- Power Washing
- Soft Washing
- Hospitality Cleaning
- Hanging Christmas Lights