Before painting a home, professionals use power washing to remove a lot of the dirt and grime that builds up over the years. Sometimes also called pressure washing, this refers to the process of spraying a home with water at high intensity.
This is often done just to clean the home, but if you notice large bits of paint peeling away, it’s time for a touchup or an entire repainting. Here’s why you should pressure wash your house thoroughly before ever adding another coat of paint.
Cleans the Surface
You always want to ensure you paint over a clean surface. Otherwise, once the unclean substances peel away from the wood or siding, the paint will go with it. Here are some of the substances and organisms removed by professional power washing:
When professionals complete pressure washing your home, there should be no damage. Damage caused by non-professionals may include etching on the wood, or even losing some of your sidings. To prevent mishaps like these, professionals must apply the right amount of pressure and at the right angle.
Works on Fences and Decks
Exterior paint doesn’t just include the exterior painting of the walls of your home. Other exterior painting areas include the fence, the deck and sheds. These are as likely to develop mildew, dirt and other pollutants. As a result, they also benefit from a proper wash, even if you don’t plan to apply two new coats of paint anytime soon.
If you plan to sell your home or have otherwise tired of the state of the exterior paint, you may have considered repainting the home. This is a daunting task and while highly recommended, it is not always necessary. Sometimes all you need to make that paint shine through like it did when you first bought your home is to do some power washing.