Pressure washing is among the best cleaning methods if you want to eliminate loose paint, grime, dust, dirt, and other residues. You can learn more here about pressure washing services.

Although pressure washing is highly efficient in cleaning vehicles, concrete surfaces, and buildings, you should know how to use it and on what types of residue. Otherwise, it can do some damage. Here are some common residues that can be removed from surfaces with pressure washing.

Grease and Oil

Oil and grease stains on concrete driveways, garages, or walkways look bad and can leave a poor impression. Your car or lawn equipment may have leaks at some point in time, resulting in stains. However, pressure washing can safely remove the oil and grease stains from your driveway, garage, or walkway. However, you might need to use a degreasing detergent beforehand.

Lime and Calcium Deposits

During the summer, most of us want to use our swimming pools. However, lime and calcium deposits might make it look dirty and have some negative consequences. With pressure cleaning, you can remove scale and other mineral deposits from hard surfaces, including fountains.

Stains or Paint

Stains can visually alter your property’s appearance, giving it a dirty look. However, with pressure cleaning and some washer detergent, you can remove most stains from:

  • Aluminum sliding
  • Wood and vinyl siding
  • Decks
  • Driveways or walkways
  • Paving stones, and other surfaces

All stains left by leaves, dirt, built-up grime, algae, and other plant material can easily be removed with pressure washing. Tougher stains may be removed with soapy mixes and a stiff brush. When it comes to peeling paint, nothing can get rid of it more efficiently and faster than pressure cleaning. A patch test should be performed beforehand to ensure the safety of the surface.

Working in sections and keeping the sprayer in motion will yield the best results. To remove paint from wood with pressure cleaning, spray with the grain of the wood. If chemicals were previously applied to remove the paint from the wood, rinse thoroughly with pressure washing.

If you want to remove deck stains, hold the sprayer about 3 inches off the surface and keep it in motion, but don’t go beyond 1,500 PSI.

Chewing Gum & Graffiti

Chewing gum on pavements can harm the birds that ingest them and make the property look unkempt and messy. However, with hot water pressure cleaning, you can remove gum from any surface, even if it was stuck there for a while.

If your property was vandalized with graffiti, don’t worry. It will take you less time to clean it with pressure washing than it took the misfits to make the graffiti. For brick and metal surfaces, a chemical product will do the trick. Keep the nozzle about two feet away from the painted area and work in sections to wash it out.

Rust, Mold & Mildew

With a powerful enough pressure washing of about 3,000 PSI, you can get rid of rust from metal. When it comes to mold and mildew, you won’t require such powerful pressure, but you might need a mold and mildew remover mix.

You can get rid of mold and mildew and the stains on the following surfaces with ease using pressure washing:

  • Roofs
  • Concrete, pavers
  • Wood and exterior siding
  • Glass, decking
  • Cement, stucco, stone
  • Driveways, aluminum or vinyl siding, and more