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Power Washing: What Virginia Property Owners Need to Know

If you've heard of power washing but never seen it in action, you might be wondering what the big deal is. It's one of those things that really needs to be seen to appreciate how efficient and effective the cleaning power is, and how dramatically it can change the way something looks.

For example, if you have an old, moss-covered brick patio that has been coated in grime for years (or even decades), power cleaning can completely transform it to look brand new again—your friends and family won't even believe that it's the same old patio as before.

There are also benefits that go beyond surface appearances. This guide lists five reasons to get superior pressure washing services from the power washing experts at Mr. Handyman of Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun Counties, but before we get to that, you might still need info about what power washing is and why you shouldn’t do it yourself.

What is Power Washing?

Basically, power washing (sometimes called pressure washing) is the use of high-powered jets of water for comprehensive exterior cleaning that can remove built-up dirt, grime, moss, algae, mildew, oil stains, loose paint, and other unwelcome substances from outdoor surfaces.

The pressure factor is what really sets it apart from more traditional cleaning methods. Washers can produce pressures ranging between 1,500 and 4,000 psi (pound-force per square inch). For comparison, a typical faucet produces pressures around 40 to 60 psi.

Power washers can be used to clean a wide variety of outdoor surfaces:

  • Siding

  • Driveways & walkways

  • Fences

  • Decks, porches, & patios

  • Outdoor furniture

  • Large play equipment

  • Sidewalks

  • Parking lots

5 Benefits of Power Washing

So why is pressure washing so great? Well, we'll tell you! Here are five key benefits of residential and commercial power washing services for your home or business.

1. Boost Curb Appeal

You may be thinking that a tiny boost in curb appeal doesn't really make this all worth it, but here's the thing: it's not tiny. It's a huge, dramatic difference that will be obvious to the whole neighborhood. Pressure washing can even make your property look like it's had expensive restoration work done instead of just a quick, cost-effective cleaning.

If you've received a notice from your Homeowner's Association that you need to improve the appearance of your property by replacing dirty siding or having a stained driveway repaved, let the pros at Mr. Handyman give them a good blast with the power washer first—that may be all it takes to appease them and make your home’s appearance the best on the block.

It's handy for large-scale commercial exterior cleaning projects too. Even the dirtiest parking garages can be restored to pristine condition with power cleaning, and the appearance of your commercial property will impact your business credibility in the eyes of your customers.

2. Increase Property Value

If you're planning to sell your property in the near future, pressure cleaning is a must. A gleaming, sparkly clean home is far more attractive to potential buyers and will help you seal the deal much sooner. This is just one of five outdoor home improvements that add value to your property.

3. Prime Surfaces for Renovation

Noticed that your deck needs a fresh coat of sealer? Power cleaning is the perfect way to prime surfaces for refinishing. It not only strips away build-up like dirt and algae, it can also remove peeling paint and wood stain far faster and easier than sanding ever could, leaving you with a clean, smooth surface to work on. Don't have the time, energy, or know-how to tackle painting and refinishing? No problem—Mr. Handyman will get the job done quickly and accurately.

4. Eliminate Harmful Grime and Bacteria

How can a little dirt on the outside of your house be a problem? When it builds up over time in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can be hazardous to children and pets. It also eats away at wood, vinyl, and other surface materials, causing them to erode and suffer accelerated wear and tear.

Power washing can get into places that would otherwise be left untouched and blast away grime before it has the chance to spawn harmful bacteria, leaving you with peace of mind in the assurance that your home is safe and sound.

5. Save Time and Money

Imagine going outside with a bucket and long-handled mop to spend your weekend scrubbing away at the exterior of your house. All your efforts wouldn't even get it a third as clean as power washing can, so the savings on time and energy are huge.

Pressure washing saves time on refinishing as well since you don't need to worry about time-consuming washing and sanding methods to prime. It also saves money by keeping surfaces in solid condition for longer, so they don't need to be replaced as soon, and nets you a solid return on investment when it comes time to sell.

Why You Should Leave It to the Pros

There are a few good reasons why you should hire quality services from a pressure washing company such as Mr. Handyman.

  • Pressure is good, but in the hands of an amateur it can be very damaging. Pros know what settings should be used to avoid smashing windows, punching holes in siding, and even chipping pieces out of solid concrete.

  • Chances are, you don't have a pressure washer sitting around in your garage. Professionals have access to specialized equipment, and they're trained on how to use it.

  • Power cleaning can cause serious injuries if the jets of water hit people or animals, so your handyman's training in safety protocols for responsible power washing keeps everyone safe.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local Power Washing Expert!

Ready to see what color your outdoor surfaces are without years of accumulated grime? We're confident you'll be pleased and impressed with the results. Our team at Mr. Handyman of Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun Counties is proud of our commitment to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Give us a call today at 703-962-1202 or request service online to find out why your neighbors consider us their number one choice for handyman services!