At Kleen Genie, we’ve been pressure cleaning professionally for years. We’ve removed all kinds of dirt and debris and seen first-hand how beneficial pressure washing can be.
However, we’ve also come across several myths and misconceptions regarding this cleaning method and just how easily it can go wrong.
Separating fact from fiction, we’ve prepared this guide all about pressure washing. Using our years of experience, we’re here to explain exactly what’s true and what isn’t.
The Importance of Pressure Washing
First, let’s look at why pressure washing is so important. Highly effective, the combination of water at the appropriate pressure can clean up just about any mess outdoors.
Eco-friendly and affordable, pressure washing can be used to clean:
- Retaining walls
- Garage doors
- House exteriors and more.
Through regular cleaning, exterior surfaces are better maintained and retain their visual appeal. They are also less likely to be a hazard due to moss, mould, pollen, mildew and more.
Myths And Misconceptions About Pressure Washing
If you’ve ever thought any of the following was true, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Let’s take a closer look at the most common myths and misconceptions and detail why they’re simply not true.
Myth 1: Pressure Washing Is Easy To Do Yourself
All you need is a pressure washing machine and you’re good to go, right? Wrong.
Improper equipment, such as single-setting pressure washers, can cause more harm than good.
This is especially true when being used by someone inexperienced with them where damage to surfaces being cleaned can quickly occur.
Professionals use equipment with adjustable pressure settings and carefully assess all areas to be cleaned before starting. This ensures proper cleaning without causing damage.
Not to mention it is messy, tiring work when you’re unused to it. Professionals work quickly and efficiently, allowing you to focus on other important things.
Myth 2: Pressure Washing Damages All Surfaces
Many people are wary of pressure washing due to the risk of damage to the areas being cleaned.
While it is true that the incorrect pressure can cause splintering, peeling or worse, with proper technique and pressure settings, most surfaces can be cleaned without causing damage.
Myth 3: All Detergents Can Be Used For Pressure Washing
Tough stains? Just throw some everyday detergent at it! Google would have you believe that this is fine, however, this is problematic for a couple of reasons:
- Not all detergents can break down, dissolve and remove stains effectively.
- Many chemical detergents pose a danger to the environment. When washed into waterways, spilled on gardens or used around pets, they can cause significant damage or health issues.
Professional cleaners only use biodegradable and environmentally safe detergents that are specifically intended for use alongside pressure washing. This means fewer chemicals are used and dirt and grime are effectively targeted.
Myth 4: Pressure Washing Is Not Eco-friendly
In Australia, we’re taught to be water-wise from a young age. This has led to many believing that cleaning with water is wasteful.
However, pressure washing actually uses less water than your garden hose. Using smaller amounts of water at a higher pressure, cleaning can be done much more quickly with less waste.
As professionals, we use even less water. This is in part due to our efficiency based on years of practice and the knowledge of when to use cleaning solutions to shorten the washing process.
Overall, cleaning with water, when done properly, is still much more eco-friendly than alternative measures.
Myth 5: Pressure Washing Is Only For Visual Appeal, Not For Maintenance
If you’ve ever thought ‘Why bother, it’s only for looks?’, well consider that myth busted. Pressure washing absolutely adds curb appeal, but it also supports the proper maintenance of your home.
By removing dirt and grime, paintwork lasts longer. Cleaning your roof of lichen and other organic deposits extends its lifetime too.
No matter which surface you clean, you’re supporting better longevity while also creating opportunities to discover any existing damage. Earlier repairs are usually less involved and less costly.
The Benefits of Hiring a Cleaning Professional
Now that these myths have been debunked, it’s easy to see why it’s beneficial to hire a cleaning professional for pressure washing at your home.
At Kleen Genie, our professional team can ensure an effective and safe pressure washing service.
We have all the right equipment, experience and skill to clean every exterior surface of your home. We guarantee to leave your home better than we found it, taking great care to restore it to its beautiful best.
Our flexible appointment times work to minimise disruption to your schedule and should any damage be discovered during cleaning, we report this back to you to allow for rapid remediation.
Work with the Genies of Kleen and experience the magic of professional pressure cleaning for yourself, call us today at 1300 296 246.