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Questions About Power Washing Services in Dallas? We Have Answers

All your exterior surfaces will get dirty as time goes on. While this is completely natural, since exterior areas are constantly exposed to changing weather and the elements, it can leave your property looking a little lackluster.

Although you can quickly hose down most areas, this isn't really a permanent solution because dirt and grime that's been accumulating for months—or even years—is not easy to get rid of. Your next option is to take a bucket of soapy water and manually scrub siding, your driveway, walkways, fence, deck and more. But what will this really achieve? Sure, your property will get a good cleaning, but it's back-breaking work that will take up your entire weekend.

That's where Mr. Handyman of Dallas steps in. Our team offers professional power washing services that will give your outdoor surfaces such a deep clean they'll actually look brand-new. It's truly amazing the difference it makes!

Understandably, before you hire our power washing pros, you likely have a few questions about what the service actually entails. We've outlined some commonly asked questions below.

What is Power Washing?

There are two kinds of power washers, those that have electric motors and those that operate via gas. Each uses a pump that pressurizes the water from your garden hose. Usually, gas-powered models put out 2,000 to 2,800 PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch) of pressure, whereas electric models put out 1,300 to 1,700 PSI. To put this into perspective, your kitchen faucet puts out between 40 and 60 PSI.

The extremely high pressure literally blasts built-up dirt, mud, moss, lichen, mildew and even peeling paint. Different powers are used for different surfaces.

Power Washing vs. Pressure Washing: What's the Difference?

Usually, most people refer to both terms and colloquially they mean the same thing. If you asked us for either service, we'd know what you mean! But technically, there is a small difference. Power washing uses hot water, and pressure washing services uses cold water. The former is great for breaking down tricky substances like grease stains. On the whole, both are able to give your home a deep cleaning.

What's the Best Time of Year to Hire Power Washing Services?

We suggest booking a cleaning appointment in the spring. This service needs to be completed in warm weather, and usually on a clear and sunny day. It's the perfect time to check off all your spring cleaning to-dos, including checking your soffit and fascia boards for damage, repairing your deck and gutter cleaning.

How Often Should a House Be Power Washed?

Generally, cleaning your property only needs to be done once a year. However, you could opt to do it bi-annually if you live near a dirt road, experienced more rain than usual, live in a forested area, or experienced a heavy storm. All these factors deposit grime on your outdoor surfaces.

What Can Be Pressure Washed?

Although this treatment has amazing results—it's like giving your home a mini face lift by removing stains, dirt and more—unfortunately not all surfaces are safe to be power washed.

Do Wash:

  • Vinyl siding

  • Brick

  • Garage doors

  • Driveways

  • Sidewalks

  • Fences

  • Patios

  • Decks

  • Outdoor furniture

  • Gutters

  • Tile roofs

  • Vehicles

Don't Wash:

  • Painted surfaces (unless you're stripping the paint)

  • Stained wood surfaces

  • Asphalt roofs

  • Aged surfaces

  • Sensitive surfaces

Can I Wash Indoor Surfaces?

While technically you could use a power washer's strength to clean limited interior surfaces, we do not recommend it. Firstly, gas models should never be used inside as this increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Secondly, it's likely you'll make a mess out of your home. There are more delicate surfaces inside, and the water will get everywhere. This could cause serious water damage.

Should I Hire a Professional?

Although you can rent a washer, you might want to think twice about doing so. It might seem like a pretty straightforward operation—turn on, point, clean!—but this is not actually the case.

Washers Are Dangerous

First and foremost, using a power washer is very dangerous. The pressurized water is so strong it can cut skin. You could accidentally hurt your hands or feet, not to mention, if a pet or loved one walks in the way of the washer they could be seriously injured.

Washers Are Powerful

Power washers have different settings, intended for different surfaces. If you don't know how to adjust these settings, and what pressures should be used for what surfaces, you risk irrevocably damaging your home. For instance, you could ruin your car's paint job or shatter a window if using the wrong pressure.

Professionals Are Safe, Efficient and Experienced

At Mr. Handyman of Dallas, each of our highly trained professionals possesses years of experience providing excellent cleaning services. We're trained in all health and safety rules according to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). We have the skills to prevent injury and ensure your outdoor surfaces are thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Our technicians will work efficiently to tackle not just power washing, but any task you have on your home maintenance to-do list.

How Can I Hire Mr. Handyman?

If you're ready to book a professional power washing service today, give us a call! Our team has years of experience helping homeowners throughout the Dallas area, including in Addison, Balch Springs, Garland, Mesquite and more! We pride ourselves on consistently delivering quality workmanship and excellent customer service.

To book a washer and improve your curb appeal today, we invite you to contact us at 972-627-4518. You can also reach us online by submitting a service request form. We look forward to hearing from you and helping to make your clean property goals a reality!