Pressure washing, also called jet washing, is a fantastic way to remove dirt, grime, mildew and mold. It can add that curb appear to a commercial or residential building. However, trying this yourself without the help of a professional cleaning company like Stardust Cleaning, holds its own set of challenges. We’ll run through those challenges and how DIYers can overcome them. If you aren’t confident in completing this task yourself though – give Stardust Cleaning a call today. Here’s the dangers of DIY pressure washing:
Risk of personal injury and exposure to chemicals by pressure washing
Pressure washers output water at an extremely high pressure. Imagine your standard hose pipe’s pressure – well pressure washers are generally 50 times the pressure. This type of pressure can cause serious and sometimes permanent injuries if the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) isn’t used and if the operator isn’t properly trained in using the pressure washer. In untrained hands a pressure washing hose can become out of a control and cause serious personal injuries. Besides the extremely high pressure that jet washing produces, the process also involves use of cleaning chemicals. Health problems can be caused by these chemicals if they make contact with eyes, skin, cuts, and puncture wounds and so on. Burns can be caused as well as other health issues if the chemicals enter the bloodstream.
Risk of electric shock by pressure washing
Whenever electricity and water is involved, there is a risk of electrocution. Electric shock is, therefore, an inherent danger of using a pressure washing. This is one of the main reasons when many DIYers chose to use Stardust Cleaning to clean their driveways, block paving and decking. Electric shock can cause death so ensure you’re properly trained before using a pressure washer. Alternatively hire a professional cleaning company like Stardust Cleaning. One top tip is to always check the pressure washer’s power cord before beginning to use it. Check for any kinks, cracks or otherwise exposed wiring which water could get into, before beginning operation. Having a grounded power source can eliminate risk to an extent but some risk will always exist.
Risk of damage to your property by pressure washing
Pressure washing involves very high water pressure output which is what makes it so good at cleaning. So you need to ensure that a pressure washer is the right tool for the job in the first instance. For example, you wouldn’t use a pressure washer on walls. This is where soft washing comes in. Pressure washing also isn’t suitable for stones and stone work as this would just blast holes in the stone. One of the risks of damage will be due to a runaway pressure washer, so ensure you are well versed in the correct operation of a pressure washing before you begin using one. Depending on the surface you’re washing, you’ll need to hold at the correct angle and distance. The correct quantity of cleaning chemicals should also be used. If too little is used then cleaning won’t be as effective because the solution will become too diluted, whereas if too much is used then residue can be left on the surface. If in doubt, and to avoid potential damage to your property, you should consult a professional cleaning company like Stardust Cleaning.
Risk to your time and budget by pressure washing?
Some DIYers may start a project but then realise they can’t really do the job justice or perhaps get busy with other things. They then need to hire a professional cleaning company. Obviously in these instances it would have been easier, less expensive and less time consuming to hire the professional cleaning company in the first place. But that’s the power of hindsight. If in doubt about the process then a good cleaning company will talk you through the pressure washing process from start to finish and be completely transparent. This means you’ll know exactly what you’re getting for your money before the job even starts.