Power Washing – The Myths and The Reality
Many people do not value power washing as much as they should, and some commonly believed myths are the main reasons people take this service for granted. This post reviews five of the most prevalent myths about power washing and what is true instead.
Power Washing – Not As Simple As It Looks
Cleaning concrete, stone walls, and other open paved surfaces can be a very labor and time-consuming process. However, thanks to advancements in mechanical technologies, we have powerful machines to make the work easy.
Power washing has grown to be a very useful strategy for eliminating mildew and mold on concrete surfaces and even stains on a wood or brick patio. Whether such a service could be ideal to clean your walkways or maintain the sparkling image of your building, here are five myths about pressure washing that you should stop believing.
Myth #1: Power washing is only necessary when the property is dirty, stained, or moldy
Nothing could be further from the truth. Pressure washing is essentially the forceful removal of hard stains and stubborn elements on the surface—most of which are not visible to the naked eye.
There is no reason to wait until your property is unsightly to conduct power washing; after all, preventing stains is better than waiting for it to accumulate. Power washing your property regularly removes and prevent molds and stains and leaves your home or business premises clean and presentable.
Myth #2: Just connect the power cleaner to water and you are set to start cleaning
If it were true that water only at high pressure can remove all kinds of dirt, stains, and other unwanted elements, then you could rely on rain alone to keep your home or office looking clean. In reality, this is not the case.
The truth is that professional power cleaning involves the use of specially-selected detergents with the strength to clean stains and potential mold from a surface. For some types of stains, specific solvents may be used with hot water to successfully clean stubborn stains.
Myth #3: Power washing is simple, in fact you can do it yourself
Yes, you can do it yourself, if you have the right machine, knowledge, and experience to safely and efficiently remove specific types of molds, dirt, and stains. Most people hire the experts to save money and time because of the required experience and knowledge of using the correct equipment safely and effectively. Besides, the best cleaning professionals today use environmentally friendly products and they know which types work best to remove which types of stains or growths.
Myth #4: Everything everywhere can be power washed
There are some areas of your house that should be very carefully (or not) power washed because of how sensitive they are to pressure or to water. For instance, overhangs, windows, decorative fypons, and door openings should receive more gentle power washing (or none at all depending on their location, condition, and materials).
There are some types of wood which can easily be damaged by high pressure or can absorb water which could lead to water intrusion or water damage. An experienced cleaner knows what areas and materials can be pressure cleaned and which ones shouldn’t be.
Myth #5: The cleaner with the lowest bid is fine
As with many other service contracts, when it comes to power cleaning, you get what you pay for. Since you value your property, then it deserves the best care. Compare the various professionals offering pressure cleaning in your area and choose the most experienced with the right equipment, and a track record of satisfied customers. Although cost is an important criteria, it should not be the only factor when selecting a professional for power washing your home or office.
Many people rely on assumptions rather than facts when keeping their properties clean, and that is the reason they are disappointed and often spend more than they should. These five myths will certainly help you understand more about pressure washing and help you make the right decision the next time you need it.
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