How to Pressure Wash Your House Like a Pro

Mar 08

The DIY Pressure Washing Approach

When it comes to maintaining your home’s exterior, pressure washing is often the first method that comes to mind. It’s a popular DIY project, thanks to the immediate satisfaction it delivers. However, there’s another approach that might be better suited to your home’s needs, especially in delicate situations or when environmental considerations are paramount. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of DIY pressure washing versus opting for a professional soft washing service like Curb Appeal Pressure Washing provides.

Gear Up

First off, you need the right equipment. A pressure washer, obviously, but not all are created equal. You’ve got gas and electric types. Gas ones pack more punch but are louder and heavier. Electric ones are quieter and lighter but might not have the same oomph. For most homes, a medium-duty electric pressure washer should do the trick.

Don’t forget safety gear. Goggles, gloves, and sturdy shoes are non-negotiable. This isn’t a flip-flop kind of job.

Choose Your Weapon (aka Nozzle)

Pressure washers come with different nozzles for different jobs, colored from red (zero degrees) to black (65 degrees). For house washing, you’ll want to stick with the green (25 degrees) or white (40 degrees) nozzles. They offer a wider spray, which is less likely to damage your siding.

Soap or No Soap?

Just like washing a car, using a detergent can make the job easier and more effective. Most pressure washers have a detergent tank or a siphon tube you can use to mix in the soap. Opt for a cleaner that’s designed for pressure washers and safe for your home’s exterior material.

Technique Matters

Now for the fun part. Start by wetting down your plants and covering them if you’re using a strong detergent. You don’t want to turn your petunias into pickles.

When you’re ready to spray, hold the wand about 3 feet from the surface and use sweeping, side-to-side motions. Start from the top and work your way down to prevent streaks. Keep the wand moving to avoid focusing the spray too long in one spot and damaging the surface.

Rinse off the detergent with clean water, and admire your handiwork. It’s like a spa day for your house!

Special Tips for Different Surfaces

  • Vinyl Siding: Keep it gentle. Vinyl is durable but can crack under too much pressure or if hit at the wrong angle.
  • Brick: Soak the bricks before applying detergent to prevent them from absorbing the cleaner. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Stucco: Use a low-pressure nozzle and spray at a downward angle to avoid water getting behind the stucco.
  • Wood: Be extra careful with wood siding or decks. Too much pressure can strip away paint or finish and even gouge the wood.

When to Call in the Cavalry

If at any point you’re not sure about what you’re doing, or if the job seems too big, there’s no shame in calling in professionals. They’ve got the experience, equipment, and insurance to handle any situation that might arise.


  • Immediate results.
  • Personal satisfaction from completing the job.
  • Potentially cost-saving if done correctly.


  • Risk of injury or damage to your property if not done carefully.
  • Costs of renting or buying equipment.
  • Environmental impact from water usage and runoff.

Curb Appeal’s Professional Soft Washing Process

Protecting Your Home and Environment: Before starting, we ensure all doors and windows are closed to keep water out. We protect your vegetation and delicate surfaces by pre-wetting them, reducing the risk of damage from our cleaning solutions.

The Soft Washing Difference: Unlike high-pressure washing, soft washing uses low-pressure nozzles combined with specialized cleaning solutions to break down dirt and organisms living on your home. This method is safer for your home and is particularly effective against algae, mold, and mildew prevalent in the Pacific Northwest’s damp climate.

Our Process:

Preparing Your Home for Soft Washing

Before we begin the soft washing process, we kindly request that all doors and windows be securely closed. This simple step helps ensure that no water or cleaning solutions enter your home, keeping the interior spaces dry and safe.

Protecting Your Greenery and Delicate Surfaces

One of the hallmarks of our approach is the meticulous care we take to protect your vegetation and delicate landscaping. We start by pre-wetting all surfaces, including plants and grass around the spraying area, to safeguard them from any potential impact of the cleaning solutions. This preparatory step is crucial for minimizing any absorption of the cleaning agents by your plants.

Applying the Cleaning Solution

With the area prepped, we then apply a specialized cleaning solution to the exterior surfaces of your home. This solution is designed to break down and lift away dirt, algae, mold, and other buildups without the need for high-pressure washing that can damage your home’s siding or paint. During this application, we continually rinse the surrounding vegetation to ensure they remain safe and unaffected.

Rinsing and Neutralizing

After the cleaning solution has done its work, we thoroughly rinse the exterior areas to remove any residue. Following the rinse, we apply a neutralizer spray. This crucial step not only ensures that your home and surrounding areas are safe for kids, animals, and plants but also provides nutrients to the vegetation, giving them an extra boost of health.

Special Considerations for Unique Homes and Landscaping

We understand that every home and landscape is unique, which is why we offer customized solutions to meet your specific needs. For homes with chickens, bees, specialty gardens, or other sensitive areas, we can implement additional protective measures like plastic barriers to ensure their safety.

Even if you live in a houseboat, we’re equipped to handle the challenge. We’ve researched and developed alternative chemical wash solutions that are environmentally safe for aquatic life. These alternatives may require more time due to the need for manual brushing, but we’re committed to providing options that align with our clients’ values and requirements.

Why Choose Professional Soft Washing?

  • Customized Care: We tailor our approach for homes with unique needs, including those with vulnerable landscaping or living situations like houseboats.
  • Environmental Responsibility: Our cleaning solutions are eco-friendly, and our process minimizes water usage.
  • Expertise and Safety: Our team is trained to handle various materials and situations, ensuring your home is cleaned effectively without risk of damage.

Making the Right Choice for Your Home

While DIY pressure washing might seem appealing for its immediate gratification and potential cost savings, it carries risks not just to your property but to your safety. Professional soft washing by Curb Appeal Pressure Washing offers a safe, effective, and environmentally conscious alternative, especially suitable for the delicate exteriors and lush landscapes of homes like those in the Pacific Northwest.

Choosing between DIY pressure washing and professional soft washing depends on your specific situation, your home’s needs, and your personal preferences. Whatever you decide, remember the goal is to maintain and protect your home’s beauty and integrity for years to come.

Choose Curb Appeal for a Thoughtful and Thorough Clean

Our soft washing process at Curb Appeal Pressure Washing is more than just a cleaning service; it’s a commitment to maintaining the beauty and integrity of your home while protecting the environment and the well-being of your family and pets. With our expertise and careful approach, you can trust that your home is in good hands.