What Is pressure washing?
Pressure washing uses a high powered stream of water that strips away dirt, dust, and grime. Easy to do, pressure washing takes the work out of cleaning your home’s exterior. In many cases, you don’t even need a ladder.
When is the best time to pressure wash your home?
In most cases, the most effective time to clean off outside dirt from your siding is on a mild and sunny day. This gives the sun the chance to dry the house thoroughly. Change of seasons is also a good time to take care of that grime. By power washing your home at the end of each season, you can strip away any leftover debris and dirt, readying your house for the next season of living.
How often should you pressure wash your home?
It can be difficult to know exactly how often to wash the outside of your home. Most of the time, simply looking at your house will tell you when the time for a good scrub down is needed. Run your finger along the siding. If a lot of dirt is present, or your house just looks dirty, then set up an appointment with your professional pressure washer cleaner.
Still not sure if it’s time for a good cleaning? Here are some other tips to help you decide:
- If your home is located on or near a dirt road, you may need to pressure wash your house every few months (especially during dry periods).
- If your home is located near a lot of trees, watch for sap build up.
- After a big storm: high winds can bring in more dirt and debris, causing your home to look dirtier.
- When the weather is rainy or hot and humid. Rain is full of dirt, which can leave your house looking dull. Also, hot and humid weather can make the exterior of your house more susceptible to mold and mildew growth. Watch for signs of both and pressure wash as soon as you notice any mold growth.
The Bottom Line
How often you pressure wash your home really does depend on a great deal on where you live and what kind of dirt gets into your home. While some homeowners may need to pressure wash every few months, a good rule of thumb to follow is to clean the exterior thoroughly at least once every year, with additional cleanings added as circumstances warrant them.