The Ultimate Pressure Washing Guide

Is the exterior of your large structure starting to look a bit dingy? If so, you need a fast, easy and economical way to scrub away dirt, mold, dust, stains, old spider webs and more. That is where pressure washing comes in.

In this guide, we will go over pressure washing basics, telling you what types of surfaces you can clean with a pressure washer and what the advantages are. We will also explain why it is a good idea to work with a professional cleaning crew to get the job done.

What is a Pressure Washer?

If you are brand new to pressure washing, you may never have seen or used a pressure washer yourself. It is simply an appliance that you can use to put out a jet of water at a high pressure. Pressure washers are powered by gas or electricity.

The pressure washer can apply more force than a regular hose and allow you to cover a large area quickly without having to scrub everything by hand.

You can just use water with a pressure washer, or you can load in detergent or soap. The water can be hot or cold. When hot water is used, we refer to it as “power washing.”

What Can You Clean With a Pressure Washer?

Pressure washing isn’t something you do every day. But it is appropriate when you are dealing with months or years of caked-on dirt, mildew, and residue.

Generally speaking, you can use a pressure washer on any material durable enough to withstand the high pressure without damage. These can include:

  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Harder woods
  • Tile
  • Some composites
  • Metal
  • Vinyl

There are some materials you should not use a pressure washer on, including:

  • Softer woods
  • Certain composites
  • Roof shingles
  • Painted surfaces that may flake

You can use pressure washing to clean any of the following:

  • The exterior façade of your large building
  • Driveways, sidewalks, and other walkways
  • Garage floors
  • Staircases
  • Some decks
  • Patios
  • Fencing
  • Doors and windows
  • Some vehicles

Again, do not forget the caveat about paint. Some paint may chip off easily when subjected to high pressure. So, unless you are willing to do touch-up work afterwards, you might want to take a different approach to those surfaces.

What are the Benefits of Pressure Washing?

  • Save time. Pressure washing can cut hours or sometimes even days off of a cleaning job. The more surface area you have to cover, the more time you will save using a pressure washer instead of doing it all manually.
  • Save effort. Manually cleaning the side of your building can be seriously hard work. Pressure washing makes it much easier.
  • Increase reach. There may be surfaces you cannot reach at all by hand or with a regular garden hose, but which a pressure washer can reach. In some cases, this may even spare you from requiring additional equipment or compromising safety by climbing high up off the ground.
  • Prevent fatigue and injuries. Not only is it hard work to clean by hand, but it also isstraining work, sometimes requiring one to scrub at unusual, non-ergonomic angles. This can result in fatigue, sprains, strains, or even worse injuries. A pressure washer helps one avoid that type of strain and its potential fallouts.
  • Reduce time and costs. Paying a work crew to manually clean a large building is going to result in a much higher expense than paying a team to use a pressure washer. The pressure washing crew will also get the job done faster, which may be important if you are on a tight schedule.
  • Get a thorough job done. Going by hand, you will almost certainly miss spots on a large job. But if you use a pressure washer for your large building, you will have a much easier time being as thorough as possible. It may also be easier for you to get into nooks, crannies and corners than it would by hand.
  • Reduce long-term maintenance needs. If you do not keep up with cleaning your large building, you can end up needing to do extra maintenance later. Abuildup of mold, for example, can gradually damage your structure. By using a pressure washer to remove the mold, you can stop that damage before it starts.
  • Keep occupants healthy. If mold is growing on the outside of your building, it should not surprise you that it can make its way inside. The same is true for dirt and pollen. So, by removing it with a pressure washer on a routine basis, you can help to keep your ventilation and plumbing clean and your occupants healthy.
  • Make a good impression. Whether prospective tenants are coming by to check out your apartment complex or business associates are paying a visit to your office building, you will make a far better impression if your structure is faultlessly clean.
  • Boost property value. If you are trying to sell your large building, pressure washing it may allow you to command a higher price since your entire structure will come across as looking newer and better maintained than it would otherwise.

Why Work With a Professional to Pressure Wash Your Large Building?

Now you know why it is important to pressure wash your large building. But why should you work with a team of professional commercial cleaners instead of doing it yourself?

  • A professional team will bring the right equipment for the job. You can save yourself the time, expense and legwork of trying to select the best pressure washer to rent or buy simply by having the pros bring their own.
  • Avoid costly mistakes. Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that rather than cleaning your surfaces, you have damaged them by choosing the wrong pressure washer or setting. This can also happen if you pressure wash surfaces you should have washed by hand. Sometimes, the repair work can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars. But professional teams can avoid these mistakes since they have the experience to know which surfaces are safe to pressure wash or power wash, and which ones are not. They also know exactly what settings to use to get the job done without damaging paint or underlying materials.
  • Stay eco-friendly. An experienced team of professional commercial cleaners can bring soaps and detergents to use for pressure washing that will be safe and non-toxic around your grass, trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Prevent injuries. Did you know that each year, thousands of people end up seeking medical attention because of accidents with pressure washers? It is easy to underestimate how much damage the spray can do when improperly used. When you call in the professionals, you avoid risking injuries to your own employees. That means you also can protect yourself from workers’ compensation claims and productivity lost due to time out of work.
  • Save time. Speaking of productivity hours, working with a crew of professional cleaners for your pressure washer jobs means freeing up your own staff so they can continue working on their regular projects. Not only that, but you can expect the job to be done more rapidly. Pros can often pressure wash a building in a fraction of the time it would take to DIY the job.
  • Run your business smoothly. Trying to pressure wash your own building means a lot of logistical challenges as you work around everyone’s regular schedules. A cleaning company can remove those hurdles from your path so you can stress less and focus on what you do best: business as usual.

When you choose professional cleaning services for pressure washing, here are some questions to ask:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Does the company specialize in pressure washing and power washing?
  • What types of buildings does the cleaning service usually work on?
  • What types of pressure washing equipment and cleaning solutions does the company use?
  • Does the pressure washing company carry any certifications?
  • Is the company you are thinking of hiring insured?
  • Can the company work with you according to your scheduling needs?

Unless you will be selling the structure soon, you might want to think about getting on a routine schedule going forward with pressure washing rather than ordering a one-time job.

Get Your Large Building Pressure-Washed Now

While anyone can buy a pressure washer, not everyone has the expertise to use one safely and effectively.

A professional cleaning crew can do a comprehensive job cleaning every surface of your structure.

We know which materials it is safe to pressure wash and power wash, and which surfaces require other cleaning equipment and techniques.

Ready to get your large structure cleaned? To get started, please give us a call at (778)8992006 to schedule your consultation. We pressure wash large buildings throughout the Vancouver Mainland Area.