also known as pressure washing, can
that 'new look' to dirty decks, patios, walks, steps and fences. High-pressure
water is usually all that's needed in most cases. A flat fan tip works best for
wood surfaces, while a swirling dirt-blaster tip cleans masonry
surfaces the fastest.
When cleaning wood, especially with power washers over 2,000 psi, be
careful not to scar the wood or make it 'fuzzy' with too much pressure
at close range. Start
spraying with the cleaning tip well away from the surface and
gradually bring the tip to within the range you would like to spray
the rest of the board. Use a steady, continuous motion and continue
across the length of the entire board instead of using short, back
and forth motions. This video walks you through the steps:
masonry surfaces, use a circular motion to minimize noticeable marks
on the surface. If the budget allows for one, buy a 'dirt blaster'
nozzle that concentrates and spins the water stream, greatly enhancing
the cleaning effect. Consider sealing the surface after it's been cleaned
and allowed the proper amount of drying time.
Below are 'before
& after' photos of
power washing projects...
Stone" Patio A picture is worth a
thousand words, so...
below is a dirty stone patio in Upper St Clair, Pa
Deck" Ever? Below is a neglected deck that was
near Canosburg, Pa
Concrete Patio Patio clean-up
for an outdoor graduation
Peters Township. The concrete almost looks new again!
Slippery Concrete Steps These
steps were cleaner and safer
Moldy Garden Wall Pressure washing
helped this garden wall
look its best in Upper St. Clair Twp.
Residents in Mt. Lebanon
fence prior to seeing how good
after being power washed!
The final step was sealing this fence
a 'Redwood' tinted translucent