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Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is one the most effective and satisfying ways to remove caked-on dirt and grime from different parts of your home. You can make your old faded driveway look brand new with a power washer, the right nozzle, and some free time. However, while pressure washing is a great way to revitalize certain areas, it can seriously damage some parts of the home, even on the lightest setting. 

The Basics of Pressure Washing

Here is a quick overview of the places it’s safe to pressure wash and areas best cleaned by hand: 

Parts of the home that are safe to pressure wash: 

  • Vinyl and aluminum siding
  • Concrete walkways, driveways, floors, and patios
  • Garbage cans 
  • Decking made from unvarnished wood
  • Unpainted wood and vinyl fences 
  • Your roof (only for certain materials, like metal or asphalt shingles, and only on low-intensity settings.) 

Parts of the home that should not be pressure washed include: 

  • Gutters — Pressure washing gutters can result in sections becoming loose. Even low-pressure washes have enough force to cause serious damage to gutter systems. 
  • Electronic devices or fixtures such as panels, lights, meters, HVAC systems, and sockets — Applying water to electrical systems is a bad idea, even if they’re powered down. Water can pool inside sections of these devices where it’s difficult for air to circulate, keeping the internals wet even when other parts have dried. As a result, pressure washing these items can lead to shorts even when proper precautions are taken. 
  • Anything that has been painted, varnished, or stained — Decking, siding, floors, and walls that are painted, stained, or otherwise coated will quickly peel and become damaged when pressure washed. 
  • Stucco and brick — Both stucco and brick are soft materials, which will chip and become worn down when pressure washed. 
  • Windows — Pressure washing windows can result in broken panes, damaged trim, and dislodged weather stripping.

While pressure washing has become a popular online fad, with countless videos showing how effective it is at cleaning off grime, it’s not right for everything. If you’re interested in investing in a pressure washer or want to read up on more pressure washing techniques, check out some of the articles below.

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Pressure Washing Vinyl Siding and Concrete Walkways

Chelsea Lipford Wolf and homeowner Allison Kelley use a Generac pressure washer to clean the Kelleys' home and sidewalks.
Man using a pressure washer to clean a black sports car in driveway.

How to Clean Your Car Using a Pressure Washer

Watch this video to find out how to use a pressure washer to clean your car without damaging the finish.
Danny Lipford showing proper power pressure washer spray tip.

How to Prevent Pressure Washer Wood Damage

Power pressure washers are great for outdoor cleaning, but if not used properly they can damage wood and other surfaces. Watch this video for tips on how to use pressure washers properly to prevent damage.

Follow Three “P’s” When Power Washing Your Home

Listen for some tips on how to power wash the exterior of your home without damaging the siding or other materials by keeping the proper distance, practicing, and being patient.

Using a Pressure Washer to Clean the Outside of Your House

A pressure washer is the best way to clean your home; but be careful, since the powerful spray can damage siding if not used properly.