Pressure Cleaning

Professional Pressure Washing – the Pros and Cons of doing it yourself


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.

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What are the differences between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

When you decide to wash your house, your roof, your driveway, your decks or patios, or any other exterior surface, you may think that a hose and a scrubbing brush might just do the trick. After a few hours of back breaking work , when you’ve noticed that all that you’ve got from that time are blisters, sore back and arms, ruined knees and a surface just as dirty as before, you might then decide you need to up your game. You need to bring in the big guns. You need a pressure cleaner.

Pressure washing – often called pressure cleaning, or power washing – uses jets of water at such high pressure that each individual droplet of water hits the surface at such force that they become like thousands of miniature pick-axes breaking up the dirt and grime and whatever else there may be, leaving behind a clean surface.

But what about the Soft Wash process? How does that compare to Pressure Washing?

A lot of the difference is in the name.

If pressure washing uses high-pressure to fulfil its desired effect, then soft-washing is, as the name might suggest, a bit softer. A lot of the equipment might stay the say, but the pressure of the water is greatly reduced, and instead of the water jets pulverising the dirt and contaminants into submission, cleaning solutions are used to break down the contaminants. These cleaning solutions are, naturally, designed to be entirely friendly to the environment.

So, why use Soft Wash over Pressure Washing?

There are certain situations when a ‘shock-and-awe’ situation is required to clean your surfaces, and then there are times when finesse is required.

Pressure washing is great for those surfaces that can handle the brute force approach to cleaning. Things such as brick, concrete,  pavers and stone in particular, are surfaces that are great for Pressure Washing.

However, other surfaces that are bit softer, might get damaged by the power of pressure washing. Wooden fences, wooden decks, your roof, your house sidings, tiles, asphalt shingles, stucco; these are just some of the surfaces that might be damaged by a pressure wash.

What about health benefits?

The chemicals used in the soft wash process not only breaks down dirt, it also kills algae, bacteria, fungus and all manner of things that might cause health issues amongst people. A soft wash process is particularly great to use on exterior surfaces that are covered in moss, mould and grime.

Can I Do Pressure Washing or Soft Wash myself?

You can rent pressure washers and perform a pressure washing yourself, but the results you get will not be as good as the results that a professional pressure washing company will get. Pressure Washers working at the kind of high pressure required to do a serviceable job are dangerous. The water pressure is so high, the water emitted can cause you serious injury. Even if you manage not to cut your fingers or toes down to the bone, it is very easy to do a poor job at pressure cleaning. For the washing to present a great looking clean, you need to wash the area uniformly. Often, amateur washing jobs leave behind streaks that make the dirt even more noticeable than before.

In regards to the soft wash process, you really need a professional, like Baton Rogue pressure washing to handle that. The soft wash process requires the proper chemicals in the proper ratios to ensure the perfect cleaning solution.

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