Why Your Wichita Home or Business Needs Power Washing

You've probably heard of power washing before, but you might be wondering why it's such a big deal and why it needs to be done by a professional. Can't you just go outside and spray the exterior of your building with a garden hose, give it a little scrub, and call it a day?

Well... the short answer is no.

The long answer is that power washing has far more benefits than most property owners realize, and it definitely can't be accomplished with a garden hose. But how does it provide those benefits? Why can't you do it yourself? And what is it, exactly? The pros at Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area have answered all those questions below in this handy guide about the benefits of power cleaning for your home or business.

What is Power Washing?

In basic terms, power washing (also referred to as pressure washing) is the use of high-powered water jets to clean mud, dust, loose paint, moss, algae, and other unwelcome grime from outdoor surfaces. It gets its distinct cleaning advantages from the high water pressure it puts out—the sprayers are capable of producing pressures that range between 750 and 3000 psi (pound-force per square inch). For comparison, a typical faucet produces pressure of about 60 psi. Pressure washers can be used to clean surfaces such as:

  • Siding

  • Decks

  • Driveways

  • Patios

  • Sidewalks

  • Parking lots

  • Fencing

  • Vehicles

  • Lawn mowers

  • Outdoor furniture

  • Grills

  • Sport & play equipment

What are the Benefits of Power Washing?

Now that you know what it is and what it can be used for, let's go over five key benefits of pressure cleaning.

Boosts Your Curb Appeal and Property Value

If you've never seen a pressure washer in action, you'll be surprised and impressed by the dramatic difference it can have on the appearance of your property. If you have a brick pathway overgrown with moss, or vinyl siding covered in a thick layer of dirt, you may not even know what color they truly are until they've gotten a good cleaning.

For business owners, drastically improving the appearance of your commercial building can increase the credibility of your business and win you customers. And, if you're a homeowner who’s planning to sell your house, residential pressure washing offers an excellent return on investment to increase your asking price and attract buyers.

Primes Surfaces for Refinishing

Thinking of painting your house, or refinishing and sealing your deck? Power cleaning is the perfect way to prime surfaces for renovation. It not only removes dirt, but it can also blast away old paint and wood stain far faster and more efficiently than sanding ever could. Leaving you with a clean, smooth surface to work on.

Prevents Damage

The grime that builds up on the outside of your building—or anything else that's exposed to the elements outdoors—isn't just unsightly. It can actually eat away at paint, metal, wood, vinyl, and other materials. This leaves your home or commercial building unprotected and vulnerable to moisture damage, pest infestations, and hazardous bacteria build-up. Power washing gets into the smallest nooks and crannies, scouring away grime before it has a chance to degrade your surfaces.

Saves Time and Energy

Imagine how long it would take you to wash the exterior of a building by hand, and how exhausting it would be to carry out such a back-breaking task with just a bucket of water and a long-handled scrub brush. Now consider that all those efforts still wouldn't get your surface even 20% as clean as it could be with pressure cleaning methods, and you'll understand why the efficiency and ease of power washing is such a big deal.

Saves Money

Now that you know how power washing can help you avoid costly damage, impress your customers, and increase your property value, you can see how regular cleaning saves you a lot of money in the long run. Saving your time is also a factor in financial considerations, because your time is valuable. Power washing is preventative maintenance, and as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Why Do I Need to Hire a Professional for Power Washing?

If you're convinced that exterior cleaning services are needed for your home or business but are still wondering if you can just handle it on your own, here are some compelling reasons to leave it to the pros:

  • Access to the Correct Equipment: Renting a pressure washer is a time-consuming, expensive hassle, especially if you need extra time to learn how to use it. A professional handyman will show up with everything they need, and clear it away at the end of the job.

  • Environmentally Friendly: Pressure washing can be hard on the environment because it uses a lot of water and often involves soap and other cleaning chemicals that might pollute the ground. Professional power washing services know how to conserve water and minimize negative environmental impacts.

  • Avoid Damaging Surfaces: The extremely high pressures that a washer can produce are actually capable of causing serious damage if the correct setting isn't used. It can smash windows and erode surfaces in the hands of an amateur, causing a lot of costly destruction.

  • Avoid Injury: What's great for your siding isn't good for human flesh. Accidentally hitting yourself or someone else with the jet from a pressure washer can cause severe injuries, and pros have the training and experience to keep themselves, and you, safe.

Mr. Handyman's Team are Your Wichita Power Washing Experts!

Mr. Handyman of Wichita Metro Area is a locally owned and operated handyman company with a firm commitment to quality services. We offer comprehensive pressure washing services, both residential and commercial, and customer satisfaction is always our number one priority.

Give us a call today at 316-285-1217, or request service online—we're confident you'll be pleased with the results of our power washing on your home or business.