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Top 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Power Washing Your Property

Power washing is a fantastic way to keep your property clean and well-maintained, but it's essential to do it right to avoid causing damage or injury. At Moore Power Washing, we've seen firsthand the consequences of common mistakes made by owners and well-meaning, misinformed professionals attempting to power wash their homes or businesses. In this post, we'll highlight the top five mistakes to avoid when power washing your property to ensure safe an effective results.

somebody power washing a wooden bench. This picture is used to represent incorrect method of power washing as this surface is too delicate to withstand such forceful technique.

Using Incorrect Pressure Settings

Whether it's a DIY attempt or a well-meaning, mis-informed professional, one of the most common mistakes we see is using incorrect pressure settings. More specifically, pressure washing surfaces which should be soft cleaned. Too much pressure can damage delicate surfaces like wood or siding and end up causing more harm than good. Additionally. It's essential to follow industry standards and to keep your property clean and maintained.

Neglecting Proper Technique

Proper technique is crucial for achieving optimal results when power washing. We've already discussed the issues of soft washing vs pressure washing, another mistake we often see is holding the wand too close to the surface or using a sweeping motion, which can cause streaks or damage.

Skipping Preparatory Steps

Another common mistake is skipping preparatory steps before power washing. This includes removing debris, covering delicate plants and outdoor furniture, and applying appropriate cleaning solutions. Skipping these steps can result in uneven cleaning, damage to property, and harm surrounding vegetation.

Using Incorrect Cleaning Solutions

Using the wrong cleaning solutions can also lead to problems when power washing. Some cleaners may be too harsh and cause damage to surfaces or harm the environment, while others may not effectively remove stains or grime. It's essential to use highest-quality, appropriate cleaning solutions designed for specific surfaces being cleaned and to follow manufacturer and industry recommendations for dilution and application.

Overlooking Safety Precautions

Last but certainly not least, overlooking safety precautions is a common mistake that can have serious consequences. Power Washing equipment can be super dangerous if not used properly, and injuries can occur from slips, falls, or contact with high-pressure stream. Professionals should always wear appropriate safety gear, including goggles, gloves, and follow safety guidelines to avoid accidents and injuries.

These common mistakes, whether made by a DIY-attempter or a well-meaning professional, can have disastrous consequences. Save yourself the time, money, energy, and heart-break, and trust the experts at Moore Power Washing. Let's get started today.


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