Tips on the Best Way to Use a Power Washing Disinfecting Machine

In our previous blog, we discussed just a few of the things that you should never perform power washing disinfecting on. Today is about what you can!

Almost risk-free uses of a power-washer machine range from preparing concrete and asphalt surfaces for protective coatings, to restoring a slimy or severely weathered wood deck back to its original condition. Other applications could present risks to both you and to your home. For example, if your home is old that has little or no insulation, any loose-fitting windows, or old siding, especially wood shingles, then you should skip with the power-washer and wash the house manually instead.

Power-washers come with a control that will vary the pressure of the water stream. For most cleaning projects, more so when dealing with wood, 800 to 1000 psi is more than enough. On surfaces that are not as vulnerable, you can go up to 1,500 psi. Make sure you always read your machine’s operating instructions.

Depending on the application, some cleaning products can be used in conjunction with power-washers. Again, make sure to read the label. As some solutions do contain chemicals that can damage your washer.

High-pressure water will always find a way into unsealed openings, so you need to make sure to protect everything. No matter what you are washing, you MUST always adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wear boots and safety goggles.
  • Test the pressure adjustment, spray pattern, and working distance on an area that is inconspicuous.
  • Use drop cloths to catch paint chips.
  • Practice your spray angle until you get even results.
  • Never swing the wand in an arc; as this only results in uneven cleaning.

In conclusion to our power washing disinfecting blog, if you would like to find out about the services we can offer, and you are a resident of the Virginia Beach, VA area, please do not hesitate to call J&M Power Washing Service at (757) 231-6216 today.