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Is High Pressure or Low Pressure Better for Cleaning My Home?

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 7, 2017 1:09:55 PM

As the days and nights begin to get cooler, these temperatures - combined with our damp Florida climate - create the perfect environment for mildew to grow.  Dirt and grime appear anywhere and everywhere, including on your roof and the siding of your house, and mold accumulates between the bricks or pavers on your porch and driveway.  The best way to stay on top of these problems is with regular pressure washing!  

Pressure washing can generally be categorized into two categories: high pressure cleaning or low pressure cleaning.  Both techniques use a combination of pressurized water and cleaning solutions to clean the surface.  The difference, of course, is the level of pressure used.

  • High Pressure - The high pressure cleaning technique typically utilizes 2500 PSI (pounds per square inch) or more, which is great for getting many common stains out of concrete, brick, and most other types of masonry.  However, this high pressure washing also has the capacity to cause irreparable damage to softer surfaces.  Pressure washing at these levels of PSI can remove paint from wood siding, strip the asphalt from roof shingles, dent vinyl, and destroy window screens.  As the Jacksonville FL pressure washing experts, we only recommend high pressure cleaning for concrete driveways and sidewalks, patio pavers, and other such hard surfaces.  
  • Low Pressure - The low pressure cleaning technique is sometimes called “soft wash,” because it uses significantly lower pressure to clean - usually less than 1000 PSI.  Instead, this cleaning method relies more heavily on the appropriate cleaning solutions and other techniques, such as allowing the cleaning solution to dwell for the right amount of time before rinsing it.  This method is safe and effective on nearly any exterior surface around your house, and we especially recommend it for cleaning wood and cedar shake siding, vinyl siding, wood fences and decks and pergolas, stucco, and coquina.  

For the best results in pressure washing, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the appropriate pressure to use, the best equipment to use, the specific cleaning solution to use, and the surface itself that is being cleaned.  As such, pressure washing can often be a risky DIY project.  Without the right knowledge and equipment, the results can be disastrous.  Most homeowners choose to skip the risks and call on a highly rated pressure washing service instead.

First Coast Home Pros is the best Jacksonville FL pressure washing company for homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Riverside Avondale, Ortega, San Marco, Fernandina Beach, and throughout Northeast Florida. We specialize in removing mildew, mold, algae, and general dirt and grime from the surfaces on and around your home, including wood decks and fences, pavers, brick and vinyl siding, and more.  Call today and let us get to work on your home!

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