Even in the colder months, your home can get dirty and experience unsightly mold or mildew. Pressure washing is an effective way to get the dirt and debris off of your siding, sidewalks, and other exterior surfaces. If you would like to pressure wash in the winter but you're unsure of how the bitter cold temperatures will affect the process, here are some tips that can make the process easier.
Make Sure It's Safe
Since snow and ice can pose several safety hazards, make sure you are working in a safe environment before you start pressure washing. If you had planned to go up on the roof to wash the upper part of the house, for example, and it's covered in snow, wait until the snow has melted. If your sidewalks are frozen and you're concerned about slipping and falling, wait until the ground has thawed before you begin washing. No matter what you decide, you should always dress warmly and wear face and hand protection to keep you from getting too cold while you work.
Make Pressure Washing Easier
If you use a chemical mixture in your pressure washer to kill mold, remember that chemicals tend to take more time to work in the cold since they need to warm up in order to activate. Make sure you have ample mold killing solution to get the job done since you will most likely need to use more than normal. Be absolutely sure that the chemicals are thawed before using them, since they can separate if they become frozen. Try not to pressure wash areas that are in the shade in the winter. Areas that are hit with direct sunlight will make them easier to clean off since they'll be exposed to a bit of sunshine. Make sure you start later in the day so your surfaces have had some time to warm up a bit. Temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit (freezing) are ideal.
Take Your Time
The best way to ensure you do a thorough job when you're pressure washing your home is to simply take your time. Use slow, sweeping motions to make sure you are removing all of the dirt and debris from each section the first time. If it gets too cold, simply wash one section of your home or other surface area one day and return the next day to continue. It is better to be safe and stay warm than to remain outdoors until the whole project is done and you're suffering from frostbite. If you decide to pressure wash one section at a time, be sure to store your machine in a warm place so that the contents of the tank don't freeze and your line does not get clogged from becoming frozen. Although pressure washing isn't nearly as common in the winter, it can still be done as long if you follow these helpful tips.