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How To Get Started Power Washing

Has it been a while since you’ve had some exterior cleaning around your home? We totally understand! It’s just as important to keep the outside of your home clean as it is to keep the inside of your home clean. Dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants and allergens can come in with you when you walk from your car, down the walkway, and into the house. Most homeowners are surprised at how much they’re vacuuming up every few days from their carpet and they wonder where it’s coming from! 

 

Power Washing involves more than just grabbing your hose, and spraying everything down. This gets SOME of the dirt and grime out but not nearly all of it. There are some things that you need and considerations that need to be taken in order to successfully power wash.

 

What Can Be Power Washed?

 

There are a few different terms that are used interchangeably that really should be clarified before you get started. 

 

Power Washing

Power Washing uses pressures up to 4000 psi to clean surfaces that are more structurally solid and can withstand high pressure. Surfaces like driveways, walkways, and patios are great to power wash because they’re stone and don’t erode easily under pressure. Power Washing also usually uses heated water.

 

Pressure Washing

Pressure Washing uses the same pressures that power washing does except this water isn’t usually heated. 

 

Soft Washing

With Soft Washing, the pressure coming out of the special nozzle that is placed at the end of the wand is really not much more than what would come out of your regular garden hose. Special environmentally friendly cleaners are applied to the surface that actually dig into and clean the dirt, grime, mold, and mildew, and the pressure from soft washing rinses it away. Surfaces that soft washing is more geared towards are vinyl siding, roofs, and decks.

 

Always make sure to know which technique to use BEFORE you start to avoid damaging surfaces. If you’re not sure how to clean a certain surface, it may be best to call in a professional.

 

With the different types of “power washing” in mind you can clean:

 

  • Siding
  • Brick
  • Roofs
  • Gutters
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • Porches

 

Common things that can be removed are:

 

  • Dirt
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Moss
  • Graffiti
  • And other debris

 

Equipment

 

Pressure Washer

Pressure washers come in all different sizes and types. The main two types are gas and electric. Electric machines are more suitable for smaller jobs since they put out less pressure. Gas powered machines are best for tougher and larger jobs. 

 

Nozzles

0° Red Tip Nozzle – Maximum Blast

 

15° Yellow Tip Nozzle – Medium Stripping

 

25° Green Tip Nozzle – Gentle Lifting and Cleaning

 

40° White Tip Nozzle – Minimum Spraying

 

Soaping Black Tip Nozzle

 

5-Gallon Buckets

These will be used to mix and hold different chemicals

 

House Wash 

A gentle environmentally friendly chemical to help clean vinyl siding

 

Jomax Mildewcide

Helps in the removal of mildew

 

Bleach

Aids in the removal of mold and mildew. This is optional and many manufacturers advise against using bleach in a pressure washer. Bleach is corrosive and when not mixed properly can damage equipment. If you’re going to use bleach, use sparingly. 

 

Pump Garden Sprayer

For chemical application and softer spraying

 

Fiberglass Extension Pole

To reach higher areas safely

 

Soft Siding Brush

Used for scrubbing away tough stains and other hard to remove spots

 

Measuring Cup

Essential for mixing proper chemical ratios

 

Stiff Deck Brush 

A stiff deck brush is used to get rid of stubborn spots

 

Before starting your pressure washing project, make sure that you have everything that you need and you understand what nozzles and chemicals work the best on what surface. It’s important to know what NOT to use on each surface also in order to avoid damaging your surfaces,

 

Again, if there is any question as to what is safe, there’s nothing wrong with calling in a professional to help! 

 

Safety

 

There are a few safety concerns that must be taken into account when doing your own pressure washing, especially with an electric pressure washer.

 

When you pressure wash, you’re going to get wet. Water and electricity don’t mix very well and are definitely not something to overlook when keeping your safety in mind, 

 

One of the biggest things not to overlook are high pressure injuries. A pressure washer isn’t just an an advanced hose! High pressures from a pressure washer can cause serious injury. 

Safety Tip #1 –  Take some time to think about the job, assess the risks, and make sure you have everything you need. Walk around the area to be washed and ask yourself some questions. Are you feeling up for the job today? Are there any hazards that would make this job unsafe that need to be taken care of first? Is the weather good? Am I adequately protected?

 

Safety Tip #2 – Wear appropriate PPE. It’s crazy how many injuries could have been prevented if the person was just wearing the right personal protective equipment. Some things you should always make sure you’re wearing are:

 

  1. Safety glasses or goggles
  2. Protective shoes or boots
  3. Gloves
  4. Ear Protection
  5. Pants

 

Safety Tip #3 –  Make sure you’re well read on how to operate the pressure washer. If you’re not sure how to operate the equipment, read the manual front to back, including any and all safety instructions from the manufacturer. Your user manual will explain everything you need to know about your pressure washer and will provide for you any troubleshooting tips and steps that you may need. 

 

Safety Tip #4 – Never use a gas pressure washer in an enclosed space. There’s a few reasons not to do this. 

 

  1. Poisonous Exhaust Fumes – When in an enclosed area, poisonous exhaust fumes can build up and be very harmful to your health. It’s the same concept as leaving a car running in a closed garage. If you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, or get a headache, turn off the power washer and exit the area immediately!
  2. Loud Noise – a gas power washer uses an engine similar to that of a lawnmower and is just as loud. If used in an enclosed space, the sound is amplified in a big way and can damage your hearing, especially if you’re not wearing ear protection.

 

Safety Tip #5 – While cleaning, be aware of your surroundings. You should be protecting yourself but you also need to stay on the lookout for playing children, pets, and other hazards that may enter the workspace. 

 

Safety Tip #6 – Start spraying with the widest pressure washing tip needed and 2 feet from the surface to be cleaned and adjust as needed from there. It’s better to start out with too light of a pressure than start out at too high a pressure and end up damaging the surface.

 

Safety Tip #7 – Avoid ladders and working at height. It is very dangerous working at a height when pressure washing. Even a fall from 3 feet could prove to be fatal if you fall the wrong way or on your head. Always use a pressure washer with your feet planted firmly on the ground and use an extension wand. 

 

Now that you have the equipment that you need and you know how to operate the equipment safely, you’re ready to start pressure washing! If you run into any snags or just plain need some help, don’t be afraid to call in a professional to do the job!

 

If you decide that power washing is something you want to benefit from in your house, feel free to contact us and we’ll schedule a time to talk with you!

 

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Our home looks great after the soft wash process. Also had the driveway power washed and it’s like freshly poured concrete. Highly recommend
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Kelly Anthony
20:11 01 Jul 19
Wise Guys were everything they promised. They arrived promptly, were professional and very thorough. Their quality of work goes unmatched to others we have used in the past. Feels like we have a new home!
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22:43 23 Jun 19
WiseGuys did a fabulous job pressure washing our entire house and pool area. Everything looks like new! The crew arrived right on time this morning. Communication was prompt and professional. Highly recommend WiseGuys for all pressure washing needs!
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22:33 07 Jun 19
We are thrilled with the pressure washing service from WiseGuys! They were responsive via text and email during their busiest time of the year and managed to get our job completed before the long weekend. They did an impeccable job cleaning off our patio and all the furniture including the cushions. It feels like everything is better than brand new. We are really enjoying being outside again! (We have already booked a date for next year!)
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12:34 03 Jun 19
Wesley and his staff are so knowledgeable about power washing. Wesley is an amazing entrepreneur who has taken his business to the next level by providing unparalleled customer service. I highly recommend WiseGuys Pro-wash!
Melissa Dayoub
Melissa Dayoub
01:17 17 May 19
Wonderful experience. Prompt, courteous and knowledgeable in pressure washing our driveway, sidewalk and front steps. Good pricing structure. The owner evaluates which areas to power wash and which ones to soft wash to preserve painted surfaces. Going to hire them again to pressure wash our deck. I used Wise Guys because they had great reviews and now I want to add our experience to the number of very positive reviews.
D L Jacobs
D L Jacobs
22:03 18 Apr 19
Wesley and the guys at WiseGuys pro wash are amazing! Punctual, knowledgeable, friendly and expedient. They were out to quote our property within 24 hours of our first phone call, and managed to squeeze us into the schedule and had the job done 24 hours later. The work was top notch, made the place look 10 years younger. We will be hiring them for more work soon and absolutely recommend them!
Kate Jones
Kate Jones
00:08 10 Apr 19
Very professional from start to finish! Quick and easy quote! Amazing results! We thought we were going to have to repaint our deck, but Wise Guys cleaned it so well it looks brand new! Rodney our technician, called ahead so I knew exactly when he would be there, he was on time, worked very efficiently, and did an amazing job! He was also super friendly! Would recommend to all!
Leigh Hubbard
Leigh Hubbard
20:34 29 Mar 19
They arrived as promised. Very professional workers with a sense of respect and enthusiasm for their work and a sense of humor as well. They worked earnestly doing exactly as promised. Wise Guys are pros and did the best work power washing and more we have ever had. Recommend without hesitation.
Michael Johns
Michael Johns
23:30 27 Mar 19
College Student Pressure Washing did an excellent job. They were professional, responsive and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend this company for your pressure washing needs.
Collin Garner
Collin Garner
19:34 19 Mar 19
I found WiseGuys Pro-Wash on Nextdoor when I needed some urgent pressure washing services in order to prep our house for sale. I spoke with Wesley on a Wednesday, he came out to quote the project on a Thursday, and then Forest came out to complete the work on a Friday. Their customer service and quality workmanship was outstanding. Forest was able to perform a cleaning wash on our siding and a deep clean of the driveway and retaining wall, all within about three hours. The results were night and day.
Chris Callura
Chris Callura
18:09 01 Mar 19
They did an amazing job! My stone patio, walkways and fireplace look completely different. Very professional and reasonably priced. I would recommend to anyone.
Caroline Horsley
Caroline Horsley
20:32 26 Feb 19
Forrest just left our home and it has never looked better! Wow, he is professional, knowledgeable, personable and efficient. Our bluestone, walks and patios and limestone steps were covered with black and green stains. Now they look like new. We plan on using WiseGuys on a maintenance program now and will certainly ask for Forrest.
Susan Welsh Churchill
Susan Welsh Churchill
21:00 16 Feb 19
Great job. Crew showed up on time, very friendly and finished as promised. Very pleasant experience. Can only recommend.
Bodo Goepfert
Bodo Goepfert
02:18 14 Feb 19
Forest did an Excellent Job and really went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. I'm very please with his professionalism and character. This is truly a 1st rate company!
Mr DJ
Mr DJ
16:43 10 Feb 19
What a great experience. The guys were on-time, called before hand and took extra care around the house. We were going to repaint the house, but after speaking with them. we tried the power-wash cleaning and the house looks great! Saved us a ton on painting. Driveway looks brand new as well - very happy! Great work guys!
David Todd
David Todd
13:45 04 Feb 19
I had WiseGuys come out to pressure wash the white 3-rail community fence and the front and side of our Clubhouse sidewalks. Everything is spectacularly great looking. The WiseGuys owner (Wesley) and crew are punctual, well priced, professional, friendly and all-around terrific! I highly recommend them.
Bart Bartholomew
Bart Bartholomew
19:31 16 Jan 19
A stellar job and a stellar crew. Wesley came out to the house and was extremely professional, personable and answered all my questions. Forrest and Rodney did a perfect and very thorough job. Will be using their services again! Very reasonable rates.
Judy Ostrow
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13:37 20 Dec 18
Great job by WiseGuys Pro-Wash from start to finish and the whole process in between. Wesley was responsive and has a solid communications and quote process established. Forrest and Rodney did a great job on the house, windows, deck, outside furniture, and swing set. All went well. Thanks!
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05:10 09 Nov 18
Highly recommend this group. The entire team is responsive, courteous, and professional. Well-trained technicians did amazing job on patio, stone walkway and cement driveway. I will use them again and recommend them to everyone.
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10:14 01 Nov 18
I recommend this company! They not only responded quickly to request for service, provided fair estimates and advised on what actually needed to be completed (I was told 1-2 things that I thought we needed completed weren’t necessary and/or weren’t worth it for the time of year and better completed in a different season or at a future date because still in good condition). The team completing service was on time and provided quality work in a timely manner. Our house looks great! Will use them again in future.
Sarah Ficke
Sarah Ficke
13:09 30 Oct 18
Wesley came out to give me the quote, very knowledgeable and personable. Forrest and Eddie came to do the actual work. They showed up right on time and finished when they said they would. Other quotes were in the same price range but gave me the feeling they were not looking out for my best interests. Our house, driveway and stone walls look so much better!! Thank you!
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Carol S
13:27 22 Oct 18
Wise Guys did a phenomenal job cleaning the exterior of our home and driveway. Wes was great to work with from the initial consultation, quickly provided a quote to scheduling the job. Very good communication from start to finish and the work done by Forest and Elli was exactly what we wanted. I would use them again and highly recommend their services!
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21:18 28 Sep 18
Did a great job cleaning my house exterior and driveway. Forrest and another guy (sorry, didn’t catch his name) did the work. Forrest walked the house with me before to review the proposed work, and did the same after to ensure everything was as expected. Work was quick and reasonably priced - would recommend!
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15:37 21 Sep 18
Forrest and Eli did an excellent job. They were well-prepared, fast and friendly. Forrest walked with me and we went over every detail of the job before they began, and made sure everything was as I expected before they left. My house, deck, patio and driveway sparkle. I would highly recommend this company.
Lauren Adams
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18:42 06 Sep 18
Wesley was very communicative and answered all questions. Forrest performed the job, was on time, very professional, and did a superb job. Very impressed all around. I'll use them again for sure.
Greg H
Greg H
18:38 01 Sep 18
Love Wesley at WiseGuys (formerly College Students Pressure Washing)! Wesley did the walk-through and quoted a fair price--a little higher than the other quote I received, but there were no "add-ons" or hidden fees--just one-stop-shopping. Then Andre came by--showed up on-time and did an exceptional job! Even my landscape guy commented on it--he said that often pressure washing companies tend to pressure wash the landscape too, which destroys the foliage, and whoever did this job was very attentive to detail--none of the landscaping was harmed at all. The one suggestion I have is to schedule it when you are home--due to a miscommunication, Andre skipped one area. No problem--they were happy to stop by within the week to correct, but had I been onsite the first time, they wouldn't have had to make a second trip.I loved working with them and I would hire WiseGuys again. Highly recommended!
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23:45 30 Jul 18
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18:43 20 Jul 18
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17:51 19 Jul 18
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15:45 22 Jun 18
WOW! They did a superb job, were personable, reasonably prices and communicated well. The equipment they used is professional grade, and they were able to complete my large job in one day. They did a walk around with me and completed all my items. I would highly recommend them your your pressure washing and window cleaning needs.
Gail Dean
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16:33 19 May 18
Wesley's (Wiseguys Pro-Wash) team (in uniform!) did an excellent job restoring our Community curb appeal. They received many compliments from all the homeowners on a wonderful job. It was evident they used state of art equipment and safe chemicals, paid attention to details, and make-it-right after walk-through were all part of their service . They ensured customer satisfaction was a priority. Great job WiseGuys. We plan to use their service again!
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21:40 13 Apr 18
This company is very professional and timely with high quality services. They set time, called prior to arrival and showed up early. The work was 1st class - I highly recommend WiseGuys Pro-Wash.
David Waters
David Waters
12:39 10 Apr 18
I booked WiseGuys to pressure wash my house, driveway, sidewalk, & deck. Once they were done, the place looked better than expected. After they completed my job, two of my neighbors were so impressed with the job that they also booked their service & have been very satisfied.
Bobby Shane Palmer
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13:54 04 Apr 18
The team at WiseGuys did a phenomenal job on my property, including siding, driveway, decks and fencing. They were polite, efficient and affordable. I highly recommend using their services.
Holland Dombeck
Holland Dombeck
13:18 03 Apr 18
Wesley and his team were prompt, and did a fantastic job pressure washing our driveway, house, and back patio. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a pressure washing team!
Kelsey Fortune
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23:49 02 Apr 18
WiseGuys did a fantastic job pressure washing my deck and driveway. Fast, showed up on time, clean cut and respectful employees who worked really hard. Very reasonable price, too. Additionally, this is a small business founded and run by a hard working young man, Wes. It's a pleasure to support business' like this and hardworking individuals. Thanks, WiseGuys! - Glen/Marietta, GA
Glen Caruso
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19:37 19 Mar 18
Prompt, courteous, reasonable, and best of all excellent job. All around amazing experience. I am a realtor in Atlanta and needed a house pressure washed in order to list. Wesley came through with beyond flying colors.
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