What types of surfaces do you power wash?
- Before power washing any surfaces, understand the difference between pressure washing and power washing, which can damage some surfaces.
- Power washing and pressure washing are essentially the same but with one key difference. Both use highly pressurized water to remove grime from surfaces, but a power washer heats the water.
- Know when to use which washer. Power washing is excellent to use on hard, heat-resistant surfaces to remove mold, mildew, grime, and grease. Long driveways or large commercial projects are typically power washed.
- Avoid using a power washer on brick, concrete, masonry, siding, wood, or soft surfaces. The combined heat and pressure may cause irreversible damage.
- Pressure washing will clean your surfaces without the heat. A pressure washer is great for cleaning projects that include soft surfaces, tiled areas, wood, concrete, brick, masonry, or small driveways.
- Note: There are some surfaces on which you shouldn't use either a power washer or pressure washer. Laminar sandstone, painted surfaces, stained wood, asphalt roofing, or anything old should never be power washed or pressure washed.
How frequently should I power wash my deck, siding, driveway?
- Pressure washing, which doesn’t heat the water, can be performed about once a year on safe surfaces to maintain a polished look and remove any stains.
- Due to power washing’s combined heat and pressure, it’s best to avoid power washing your soft surfaces, like decks, siding, or a small driveway — reserve power washing for heavy-duty cleanings and hard, heat-resistant surfaces.
- Power wash these hard, heat-resistant surfaces when mold, grease, grime, or algae begins to return.
What's a fair price for pressure washing?
The average cost of pressure washing and power washing is $250, yet prices range from $100 to $500 depending on the size of the project.