No! Cleaning with a garden hose will not do. A pressure wash is essentially required to get the optimum cleaning results for the exteriors of your home. Power washing removes all dirt and accumulated matter from the exterior of your home. A clean surface will have more adhesive power in regards to paint film than a dirty one. The bond between the paint and the surface will be stronger and more resistant to the weather elements.
Let’s have a look at pressure washing of your exterior before painting in more detail.
What’s the Cost of Pressure Washing
Power washers are expensive, so in most instances hiring a professional is best. Look out for house washers agency that will be willing to give you a detailed quote to do your job. The small cost of hiring a professional can actually save you a lot of money and improve the longevity of your paint job.
Will a Garden Hose Do?
A simple garden hose will not be able to remove the dirt that has etched onto old paint and has now baked on firmly due to weather conditions. Most people cannot achieve the level of cleanliness that is seen when a house is cleaned by a power washer or by a professional cleaner. Areas that are prone to pollen will have a tough time getting the pollen off the walls with a hose. A pollen coated surface will make the paint peel and will also cause the paint to crack in a very short period of time.
Washing Weatherboards and Timber Is Very Important
Weatherboards need to be cleaned thoroughly before making plans to apply a new paint coat. The point of pressure cleaning weatherboards is to remove the dirt and wash it. It does not mean stripping the paint from the weatherboards at high pressure. Stripping is a separate step that can be followed after the cleaning is complete.
Interior Walls and Ceiling
It is important to know the dangers of using a pressure washer before using it on your property. The two common damages that can occur are-
If not used properly power washers can cut the underlying brick and the cement layer or damage timber. The jet spray can be so strong that it can cause permanent damage to cedar and vinyl timbers. The best way to avoid this is to always stand far enough of the wall to reduce pressure. One meter away is a good distance to maintain. When spraying at close ranges the setting should be on medium pressure.
When spraying soft timbers ensure that the pressure is low. If the pressure is high it can penetrate deep below the timber and can damage it forever. Also care should be taken to avoid water from entering vents, heating exhausts and other open spaces like doors and windows. If used incorrectly the seals of window frames can be damaged.