8 Tips for Spring Pressure Cleaning from McHenry PCS

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by McHenry PCS

Warmer weather is right around the corner, and with warmer weather comes spring cleaning.  Spring cleaning doesn’t just include the inside of your home but also your outside property. There’s no better time to bring out the pressure washer and blast away the signs of a long winter. Spring pressure cleaning can be satisfying because you are getting all the winter grime off the exterior of your house. Below, McHenry Pressure Cleaning highlights areas around the exterior of your home that you can use your pressure washing system to clean this spring and summer.

1. Exterior Siding and Brick– Winter can cause muck to build up on the outside of your home Use your pressure washer to get the exterior of your house looking just as clean as the inside this spring. For a natural way to get rid of mildew and mold, use a 70% water to 30% vinegar mixture. If you need a stronger solution to take care of the muck, mix together one-third cup powdered laundry detergent, two-thirds cup powdered household cleaner, one-quart bleach, and one gallon of water. To ensure there is no streaking start at the bottom of the siding and work your way up. Use our 440-TX Degreaser on your vinyl or aluminum siding for the best results on your siding!

2. Garage– The floor of your garage is more than likely covered with sand and salt by the end of winter. Use your pressure washer to rid your garage floor of all that sand and salt. For effective cleaning of the garage floor, you need a pressure washer that can do at least 3000 PSI and a water flow rate of three gallons per minute or more. The key to getting rid of grime, oil, or salty mixtures is to use a cleaning solution and letting the floor soak for 10-15 minutes. To start, add a little bit of water to the floor and use your pressure washer to push the grime out of the garage after it has soaked.

3. Driveway– A 15 degree fan tip nozzle will work best to get rid of heavy dirt on concrete. However, if the concrete is super dirty from the winter, your best bet might be to use the turbo tip nozzle. With the turbo tip, comes the chance of etching the surface of the concrete. To avoid this, make sure you have the pressure washer nozzle at a safe distance from the concrete.

4. Outdoor Furniture-If you leave your outdoor furniture out year round, furniture can be dull and dirty when spring rolls around. Before your first outdoor get together, prepare your lawn furniture by pressure washing with a mild soap.

5. Lawn Mower– If you didn’t properly store your lawn mower this fall, remove excess grass from your lawn mower before you use it this spring. Don’t forget to clean underneath the mower to ensure the blades are clear of grass for better performance.

6. Cars, Boats, and Motorcycles– Warmer temperatures provide the perfect opportunity to clean your vehicles and get rid of winter salt and sand that can erode the paint on your car or other vehicles. If you are using a pressure washer that has a variable width option, adjust it to spray 5-8 cm wide. This stream is strong enough to rid your car of the dirt, but mild enough that it won’t strip the paint. For the lights, windows and other fragile parts of a vehicle, make sure to use an even wider option. Always apply a detergent to your car with the widest, and least powerful setting, making sure to not to let the detergent dry. After a thorough soaking, rinse the detergent off, and your car wash is complete.

7. Fencing– Remove the mud and winter grime off of your fence, keeping it looking nice for the spring and summer with a quick pass of your pressure washer.

8. Home Exterior– Spiders and other pests often make their homes under the eves of your house. For high, out of reach places use your pressure washer to knock down spider webs, debris, or other pesky build up.

McHenry Pressure Cleaning Systems pressure washer parts, detergents, hot pressure washers and cold pressure washers. We also service pressure washers in the Washington D.C. area and the Baltimore area. For all your spring pressure cleaning needs contact McHenry Pressure Cleaning Systems.