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West Chicago Homeowners' Guide to Pressure Washing Services

Are you looking for an affordable way to boost the curb appeal and property value of your West Chicago home, or protect your outdoor surfaces against corrosive damage and prepare them for refinishing? There's a simple way to accomplish all of that quickly and efficiently: professional pressure washing services.

If you haven't seen pressure washing in action before, you may not be totally sure what it can be used for and how it differs from just spraying water around with a garden hose. You'll be surprised and impressed by how this service can completely transform old, grime-covered surfaces and make them look brand-new again.

In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about pressure washing services for West Chicago homeowners. Want to see for yourself? Count on Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale to get all your outdoor surfaces sparkling clean in no time flat.

What is Pressure Washing?

It's a professional cleaning method that uses high-pressure water jets to blast away stubborn dirt, grime, algae, mildew, grease, oil stains, loose paint, and other unwelcome substances from outside surfaces and items. A pressure washer uses manually operated high-pressure water jetting equipment capable of producing pressures ranging between 750 and 3,000 psi (pound-force per square inch). That's strong enough to actually cut through some materials and banish grime that other cleaning methods can't budge. For comparison, a typical faucet clocks in at around 40 to 60 psi.

What is the Difference Between Pressure Washing and Power Washing?

These terms can be used interchangeably, though technically there is one difference: power washers are capable of using heated water, which is better at removing certain substances such as grease.

Do Pressure Washers Use Soap?

They can. Detergent isn't always necessary or desirable, but there are some situations where it's helpful. If pressure alone isn't enough to get rid of built-up grime, your handyman can determine if detergent is needed.

What are the Benefits of Pressure Washing?

Aside from the obvious benefit of making a dirty house and property clean again, there are some big advantages of professional power cleaning services.

  • Prevent Damage: Your outdoor surfaces actually take a beating from dirt and grime that has built up over the years. It harbors harmful bacteria that can corrode finishes, leaving the material underneath vulnerable to damage such as wood rot. Thorough cleaning prevents corrosion, keeping your property in good condition longer.

  • Prime Surfaces for Refinishing: Power washing is the best method of paint prep when you're planning on refinishing elements of your property such as the deck or porch, because it can remove loose paint and wood stain far faster and more effectively than sanding.

  • Boost Curb Appeal and Property Value: Appearance isn't everything, but it is important. When you're planning to sell your home—or just want it looking its best—pressure washing offers an excellent return on investment by attracting prospective buyers and increasing the overall selling price.

What Can Be Pressure Washed?

"Outdoor surfaces" is kind of vague, so you may be wondering what exactly power cleaning can be used on. It's the best cleaning method for a wide range of items and exterior facades, such as the ones listed below:

Vinyl Siding & Windows

Power washing is probably best known for its dramatic effect on vinyl siding. Many types of vinyl siding have a subtle texture that can really attract dirt, and after a few years, it starts to look really dingy and unattractive. Pressure cleaning can restore it to like-new condition, quickly and easily. That's a huge advantage when you consider how much time and effort it would take to clean your siding with a bucket and long-handled brush.

Decks, Porches, & Fences

Is your deck or porch covered in caked-on grime, or a slippery, hazardous coating of algae? Power washing will strip build-up away and make your favorite outdoor hangouts clean and welcoming again so all you need to do is sit back and soak up the sunshine. It's not all about appearances, though—removing grime from decks, porches, and fences is an important preventative maintenance step to avoid surface erosion and keep them in great condition for years to come.

Driveways, Walkways, & Patios

Moss growth, oil stains, and other unsightly marks mar the appearance of your property and can cause damage over time. Power cleaning will blast away everything on your concrete surfaces, leaving them looking like they did when they were first poured—in fact, if it's been awhile since they were cleaned, you may not even know what color they truly are until they've benefited from a good power wash.

Sports & Play Equipment

Are the playhouse and swing set too dirty even for children to want to play on them? We'll get them shiny clean so they're an inviting part of play time again. The same goes for sport zones such as basketball and tennis courts—they'll be clean enough for your indoor gym shoes once we're done!

Commercial Business Properties

If you're a business owner who is responsible for maintaining a commercial property, you know how much work it is. We can take some of the "pressure" (bad pun intended) off your shoulders by using commercial pressure washing services to clean your fleet of service vehicles, hard-to-reach exterior windows, parking lots, and "lots" more.

Mr. Handyman is Your Local, Trusted Pressure Washing Company

Whether you're in Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Warrenville, or another part of the West Chicago area, you can rely on Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale to deliver quality workmanship and complete customer satisfaction.

Give us a call or send a text message today at 630-657-0378 to chat with our friendly customer service staff and find out more about how pressure washing can transform your property!