Can Pressure Washing Damage Windows?
Yes, if the water pressure is not set correctly, the pressure of the water could damage the windows. In order to remove stains while avoiding using high pressure, Space Clean professionally cleans your windows in stages, first applying our window cleaning formula with a wet mop to agitate dirt and then moving on to scrapping off debris with a professional handheld razor. Taking these necessary steps ahead of time allows to us to clean your windows without using any high pressure methods. For more information on window cleaning, see our FAQs on Window Cleaning.
Can Pressure Washing Damage Concrete?
Holding a pressure washing wand too close to concrete and can etch it; etched concrete is generally not repairable. That is one of the many reasons why Space Clean uses a surface cleaner to clean your concrete surfaces. Using a surface cleaner greatly reduces the risk of operator error and eliminates the chance of uneven cleaning and unappealing lines in your concrete.
Can Pressure Washing Damage Vinyl Siding?
Yes, pressure washing can damage vinyl siding, that is why it is recommended to use a method called soft washing when cleaning the exterior of your house. Soft washing is a cleaning method that uses a low pressure washing technique, along with a mixture of algaecides, bleach, surfactants and water, to safely clean exterior surfaces of organic stains, mildew and algae. Space Clean’s house washing service uses top of the line, soft pressure equipment and safe cleaners to remove dirt, mold, and debris off of your siding.
What is Soft Pressure Washing?
Soft washing is a cleaning method that uses a low pressure washing technique, along with a mixture of algaecides, bleach, surfactants and water, to safely clean exterior surfaces of organic stains, mildew and algae. Although soft washing, power washing and pressure washing seem similar they all use different techniques, equipment, pressure and chemicals. Power washing and pressure washing use a much more powerful water pressure than soft washing and power washing is typically done with much hotter water than pressure washing. The Soft Washing method is combined with a biodegradable disinfecting cleaning solution to kill the mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss and more. More information on What is Soft Washing is and How is it Done can be found here.
Will Pressure Washing Remove Mold?
Yes, pressure washing can remove mold from your exterior surfaces such as roofing, concrete and siding; however to effectively kill the mold, pressure washing should be combined with a bleach solution. When Space Clean removes mold from your exterior surfaces, we use a bleach mixture to kill any mold and mildew spores growing. It also gets into and kills off any root systems in order to prevent further damage to the tiles and to keep anything from growing back.
Can Pressure Washing Damage Wood?
Yes, pressure washing can damage wood if not done correctly. Regular pressure washing uses high pressurized water to remove all sorts of build-up from the surface it comes into contact with, which if done correctly, it can prepare the right surfaces for refinishing. However if it is not done at the right pressure, pressure washing can damage your surfaces; for example, if you use too much pressure on your fence or deck it could leave gouges in the wood. Space Clean uses a soft washing method when cleaning your wood surfaces, such as your deck and fence. More on that topic can be found here Should I Pressure Was Before Painting or Staining.
Will Pressure Washing Remove Oil Stains?
Yes, pressure washing can usually remove oil stains when combined with a cleaning surfactant. Oil stains can be removed with either a pressure washing wand or surface cleaner. Space Clean concrete cleaners specialize in the removal of oil, grease, rust, brake fluid, fertilizer, transmission fluid, rust, stains, algae, dirt, grime, bird & animal droppings, moss, lichen, and paint.
Will Pressure Washing with Bleach Kill Plants?
The potential for damage to plants and grass from pressure washing with bleach depends on the care taken beforehand and on how much the bleach is diluted. Space Clean always uses proper bleach proportions ensuring your plants health and safety when cleaning your exterior surfaces. Before using a bleach mixture, Space Clean prepares your surrounding areas and protects any plants or grass you have around the surface area we are cleaning.
Will Pressure Washing Remove Deck Paint?
Yes, pressure washing can remove deck paint. Before you apply a stain or paint to a wood surface, you need to make sure the surface is free and clear of dirt, dust, fibers, grease, mildew and moisture. When a surface is not clean, paints will have trouble sticking to the wood and stains will have a difficult time penetrating into the wood and this will likely cause premature peeling. Not only will forgoing this step cause painting to peel quicker, most of the unclean blemishes will show through your stain or varnish- thus resulting in a waste of your time and money!
How Long Will Pressure Washing Last?
Pressure washing your exterior surfaces on a regular basis is recommended; however depending on the surface, the time between washing varies. For your deck, fence and concrete surfaces, washing should be done on an as-needed basis. However, a professional roof wash typically last three years, but it is best to have a roof washing expert, such as Space Clean, check yearly for dangerous regrowth. As for your siding, although some people may need to have the exterior of their homes cleaned every few months, Space Clean recommends having your home soft washed yearly.