washing

A lot of people will convince themselves that it is easy to clean up with a pressure washer. All you have to do is aim the water towards the dirty spots, and then everything is sparkling clean. But there are some things that need to be considered.

The Case FOR Doing It Yourself

First and foremost, cost is a factor. It will cost money to hire someone to do the job. Have you got a hose? One with a fancy spray gun? With different spray patterns, from soft to hard? Not good enough! If you don’t have a friend who owns a proper pressure hose, you will have to hire one, but that should not be very expensive.

The Case AGAINST Doing It Yourself

While your hose with its hard spray nozzle might be good for cleaning small items, like the plant pots or dirty birdbaths, it will not make a big impression on big projects. And big projects mean so much work and effort on your part. While you power wash a house or other building, you may not be able to reach some of the nooks and crannies with an “amateur” hose. Even using your hired or borrowed equipment, the problem remains that you may need to climb on ladders in order to reach the difficult areas. Doing that on the average household ladder, with a stronger than average washing wand in your hand, could lead to dangerous falls and damage to more than just your body or the components of the building you are trying to clean. I hate to mention it, and I hope it doesn’t give you nightmares, but if your toes or fingers are in the way of a pressure cleaner ….. I’ll leave you to extrapolate that thought.

The Case FOR a Professional

Firstly, the professional, like those that can find looking for Baton Rouge pressure washing companies, would know exactly what sort of pressure is required for the different types of surfaces. Really seriously heavy pressure is not the answer for some surfaces. You don’t know (until it is too late) if a particular wall or roofing material is going to be able to cope with the jets of water you are sending their way. But the professional knows. And he (or she) is experienced in handling all the equipment that is required, and whether chemicals or natural cleaners are best to use in particular situations, and in what concentrations.  And they would be doing this work over and over, and are used to the hard work that is required to do it properly. Enough said.

The Case AGAINST a Professional

The only problem I see, is that you need to ensure that the person you are going to pay to clean up your project is really as good as they say they area. Fancy websites means that the website creator knows what he (or she) is doing, but you may need to dig a little deeper and find out what their previous customers say on their reviews page.