Power pressure washers are great for outdoor cleaning, but if not used properly they can damage wood and other surfaces.

To prevent pressure washer damage:

  • Use a pressure washer rated at 3,000 PSI or less.
  • Choose a wide angle spray tip (40 degrees).
  • Keep wand tip a consistent 12” – 16” from the surface.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Brad wrote in, “I’ve heard that using a pressure washer to clean wood surfaces could actually cause damage. Is this true?

Whether you’re pressure washing your wood siding, your wood deck, or maybe your wood fencing in your backyard; you need to be very careful when you’re cleaning it using a pressure washer. But it can be a successful clean-up project without any damage at all with just a few guidelines.

First of all, make sure you’re not using too strong of a pressure washer. One that’s 3,000 PSI or less—pounds per square inch—is plenty powerful enough for any kind of wood cleaning project.

Now, the next thing you want to do is when you’re choosing the tips for the end of your wand, choose one that has a very wide spray pattern, about 40 degrees will work perfectly.

Another thing that’s very important to prevent any damage on any wood surface is to keep a consistent distance away from the surface when you’re using the wand—12 to 16 inches should be ideal.

And then if you do all of these things you can get things cleaned so quick without any damage at all.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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