The advantages of pressure washing a home are so many in terms of protecting the structure, keeping it looking good and protecting the health of those who live there, that it is a regular part of most home maintenance practices. Because pressure cleaning appears to be so easy, it’s tempting for the property owner to take it up as a DIY project. After all the equipment can be easily rented and aiming the high pressure spray on the area to be cleaned is simple. But the technicalities of pressure washing mean that there is much more to it than “point and spray.” Even more importantly, there is an ever present risk of accident and injury. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, over 3,000 people are treated in hospitals each year for pressure washing related injuries. The most common of these are chemical and thermal burns and lacerations to fingers and hands. These are all potentially very serious. If you are determined to do your own pressure washing, there are some safety precautions that need to be taken to reduce the risk of injury.
Essential Pressure Washing Precautions
- Always wear safety glasses or other appropriate eye protection when using pressure washing equipment.
- Attach all hoses and check all electrical connections before turning on the equipment.
- Double check that all hoses are connected to the right receptacles and that they are tight.
- Before turning on the equipment, ensure that all the pre-washing precautions and treatments have been done.
- Ensure that the high pressure flow is never pointed in the direction of anyone.
- Keep your own hands and feet away from the flow. Pressure washers can produce up to 4,000 psi at the nozzle. This is enough to cause serious injury or result in the injection of washer fluids and chemicals into the skin.
- Ensure that electric wiring, fittings, junction boxes etc. are all properly protected from water ingress and do not point the flow directly at them.
- Keep in mind that during pressure washing, you are aware of the safety precautions of cleaning agents is used.
- After the washing has been done and the equipment turned off, press the spray trigger to release any residual pressure that may remain in the hose and cause injury later.
Expert Exterior Cleaning
Obviously, there is more to pressure cleaning than meets the eye. Even if you follow all the safety instructions and do everything right, there is still no guarantee that the cleaning you do will produce the kind of results you need and/or desire. Every building is different and techniques that need to be used vary. Each type of surface needs to be treated differently to ensure that the cleaning is optimized and that no damage is done. The amount of heat to be applied, the cleaning agents to be used and any pre or post cleaning treatment of the surfaces all vary from case to case. These are things that a DIY pressure washing manual cannot teach. Only professional expertise and experience can produce the kind of results that you need and deserve.
The economics of using a professional pressure washing service also makes sense. At The Cleaning Partners we aim to develop long term relationships with our clients. That means that our focus is on providing them the best cleaning at a reasonable price while setting the appropriate expectations. We know that our client’s properties are a significant part their life and our focus is on helping them protect this investment with unequalled pressure washing service.