Power Washing 101

Most household cleaning that people tend to tackle themselves doesn’t require much more than the right product to get the job done. To get the really tough stains out, however, you might need a little bit of help.

Common Reasons For Using a Power Washer

Power washing is the go-to method for stain removal when fuel emissions residue dirties up city streets, getting rid of graffiti, or cleaning up hard water deposits and minerals with extra staying power. It also has more everyday uses for the average homeowner. One of the most common reasons to use a power washer is for grease stains in your garage. If you work on your car a lot, you probably have a few that you’ve been meaning to clean one of these days.  

How it Works

The “power” in power washing comes from a direct blast of internally heated water. It’s generally discharged at around five gallons per minute, which equals roughly 3,000 pounds per square inch of water. Specialized chemicals are added when cleaning areas with more specific needs, either structurally or environmentally. For example, you’ve probably heard of sandblasting, which is a version of power washing specifically intended for jobs that require the surface to be somewhat stripped.

DIY vs. Professional Power Washing

Most home improvement stores will rent power washers to the dedicated DIY-er (or at the very least, know someone who will). If you decide to hand this project over to the professionals, you’ll save time and avoid mistakes. Because of the sheer amount of power involved in this process, inexperienced users can unintentionally cause quite a bit of damage.

 If you’ve never used a pressure washer before or have any doubts about your ability to operate one safely, hiring a professional power washing service might be in your best interest.

For more tips or to inquire about power washing or any of our other services, contact Ireland’s Finest Painting today.

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