How to Pressure Wash Your House in 4 Easy Steps

Pressure washing your house is a great way to clean it while also protecting its exterior. It’s an easy process that anyone can do, but you need the right tools and know-how to get the best results. Here are four quick steps for pressure washing your house without damaging it!

Let’s face it; there are some advantages to living in an apartment complex. The pool is lovely; your roommate isn’t too loud.

But then there are times when you want to invite friends over without feeling like the place is a dump. And if your landlord won’t call you back to fix that one leaky pipe under the sink, maybe it’s time to take matters into your own hands.

Instead of shelling out a ton of money for a professional house cleaning company to come in and do the job, try this simple how-to guide on pressure washing your own home. It’ll cost you less time and money than hiring outside help, and you can do it as often as you need to keep your home looking its best.

Prepare Your House

Before you begin pressure washing, it’s essential to get your house ready. First, if there are any loose or peeling pieces of paint, you’ll want to remove them using some sandpaper (start with a heavy grit like 100 and work your way down) or an orbital sander. If the paint is firmly stuck on the house, don’t try to scrape it off. You’ll risk damage to the walls. Just sand it down until you see no paint left, then use a primer before repainting.

Once all your flaking or peeling paint has been sanded off, check for any cracks. These are often easy to fix with spackling paste. If there are any large cracks, you can use some wood filler or caulk.

Now that your house is ready for paint, it’s time to deal with any mildew and grime on the siding. This means scrubbing away dirt and old bits of peeling paint with a stiff brush, then rinsing everything off with your garden hose.

Pressure Wash the Siding

To begin pressure washing, you’ll need to set the sprayer nozzle on your hose to its lowest setting. It’s essential not to use too much pressure as this can damage gutters and windows and the siding itself. If any stubborn stains or bits of paint are stuck to your house, use a scrub brush to help dislodge them as you spray.

Once the entire house has been rinsed, you can start increasing the pressure until it’s as high as it will go. The siding should be soaked through and dripping by this point. If any bits of paint is left on your house after spraying, wait for them to fall off.

Clean the Windows

To get your windows sparkling clean, it’s best to use a bucket of soapy water mixed with 1 part white vinegar. Dip in a sponge or rag and start scrubbing away at everything except the screens themselves. Then you can follow up by spraying your window screens down with the hose to remove any dirt or residue that may have been left behind.

Now that your windows and siding are sparkling clean, it’s time to pull those weeds out from between the cracks in your driveway and sidewalks. Vacuum up all those loose grass clippings as well as possible (if you don’t have a shop vac, try using a handheld vacuum), then sweep up the rest.

Remove Stickers or Vines

The final step is to remove any stickers or graffiti that may have been left on your house, as well as vines growing up the siding. Use a pair of scissors to strip off any vines on wooden fences and some Goo Gone on stickers.

But what if you find some graffiti on your house while cleaning it up? If the paint is still wet, use a piece of chalk to rub over the graffiti. It should come off quickly without having to repaint the wall. If there are still bits of paint left for some reason, you can always repaint the entire wall.

To ensure your house is looking its best, you should pressure wash it regularly. It’s an easy chore to do yourself and can save you money in the long run. If you find any graffiti or stickers while cleaning up after each washing session, try removing them with chalk before painting over anything that may be left behind. Let us know if there are any other questions about how to pressure wash your own home!