The Checklist: 8 Surfaces That Are Safe to Pressure Wash


One way to make a big first impression is to showcase cleanliness. Whether you just like a clean and pristine look or you’re interested in boosting your property value, using high pressure washers in and around your home can do just that. As tempting as it may be, a pressure washer isn’t the type of tool to pull out on every deep cleaning task around your home. So we’ve compiled this list to help you know what surfaces are safe to pressure wash.

1. Gutters

Gutters are a great addition to any roof, but the nature of their work is inherently dirty. Over the years, gutters can get pretty grimy. High-pressure washing can have them looking brand new. Just be sure not to use the washer on the roof, as this may damage your roofing, and put water where it doesn’t belong.

2. Concrete

Concrete is a strong and durable material. After all, The Colosseum is still standing the test of time. Pressure washing concrete can brighten it up and remove any contaminants that have gotten lodged in its pores. This can also help to prolong the life of your concrete, as some debris from your garden can cause it to degrade and crack.

3. Brick

Brick is another strong material that can withstand some pretty extreme conditions. Giving your brick exterior a strong washing will lift its appearance. Before using a pressure washer here, you’ll need to make sure that the mortar is in good condition, else you may further injure the mortar and speed up the demise of the structure.

4. Stone

Whether the stone is on the exterior of your home or creating walkways or driveways, the stone is a good candidate for low-powered pressure washing. Water erodes stone, so in order to keep the natural patina intact, using a lower pressure is best.

5. Windows

Over time windows take a beating and need a little pick me up. A pressure washer can remove the dirt and debris effectively to help transform the look of any home.

6. Decks

If your deck is constructed from hardwood like oak or teak, pressure washing is a good way to clean it. Because it is a natural thing, wood requires a lower pressure to ensure that the wood doesn’t get dented or gouged even if you host bbq parties on your deck.

7. Siding

All siding is not created equal. Typically vinyl siding, fiber cement, and wood clapboard are best suited for pressure washing. It can remove unsightly mildew, algae, and dirt well. The amount of pressure used will vary according to the material.

8. Boats

Whether your boat comes with the home or you just want to give your sea queen a facelift, power washing is an option. You’ll need a low pressure and a wider, angled nozzle.

Now that you know where a high-pressure washer is best applied, you can now try your hand at pressure washing or hire a professional to do it for you. It’s a good rule of thumb not to pressure wash things that are cracked, peeling, or otherwise damaged.

Daniel Clark
Daniel Clark is a renowned journalist with a BA in English Literature from Boston University. With over 12 years of experience, he has enhanced his skills in various fields of writing, including lifestyle and home improvement topics. His ability to simplify complex topics and connect with readers has made him a valuable asset. Apart from work, he loves volunteering at local literacy programs, showcasing his commitment to community engagement. He also enjoys woodworking and exploring historical architecture.

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