Power washing the outside of your home is one of the most effective ways to clean your home if you know what you are doing. Before you start blasting your home with water, read these home power washing tricks.
#1 Cover Up Things that Need Electricity
It is commonly known that electricity and water don't mix, and that is true when you are power washing your home as well. You don't want to spray a light or a power socket and get light into the mechanics, which is a strong possibility when you are spraying strong water at your exterior lights.
Before you start spraying your home, take some plastic and cover up all your exterior lights, sockets, and cable boxes. Covering your lights work best if you remove the light fitting and cover, and then cover up the wire and what is beneath. This also allows you to clean your light covers in a safe manner.
#2 Cover Up Your Plants
The water coming out of your pressure washer is coming out fast and hard. You don't want that water to encounter your plants. Water that forceful can rip apart leaves and blow away all your flower buds. If you are using soap, you also don't want all the suds to get on your plants.
Instead, cover up all the plants near your home that could get sprayed as you clean things up. Put some blue plastic tarps over them as you spray your house down. Remove the tarps when you are done with your pressure washer.
#3 Close Your Windows
You don't want to accidentaly spray water into your home. Go through your home and make sure that all your windows are not only shut, but they are locked as well. It is easy to just shut your windows in the summer, but that doesn't mean that the window is really sealed shut; water could still get in, which is why you want to instead lock all your windows. If anyone else is home, let them know they need to keep the windows shut until you are done.
#4 Choose the Right Cleaner
Next, choose the right cleaner. You don't want to use something that is too harsh, as the cleaner is going to wash directly into the ground. Instead, choose a cleaner that is eco-friendly and made for the outdoors. You can choose to apply the cleaner with your pressure washer, or manually apply the cleaner, and then spray it off. If you need scrub brushes or any other tools, make sure you have them on hand.
Before you blast your home with water, take some time to prepare your home. Take off light fixture covers so you can clean them later. Cover up all wires and electrical outlets. Protect your plants. Make sure your windows are closed. Prepare your cleaner, and then get to work.
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