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Outshine the Competition with a Good, Old-fashioned Power Wash





Before placing your home on the market, it’s important to make sure it looks as polished as possible. While many sellers concern themselves greatly with the interior of the home, more often than not, the exterior elements are overlooked.
 
This is especially true for homes that have a deck or patio, which aside from brushing off some leaves and debris—and possibly cleaning the furniture that sits on it—most people who put their home on the market don’t do much in the way or preparing the deck for sale.
 
The best way to get your deck or patio looking brand new is by power washing it before your first showing.
 
Begin at the farthest corner of the deck or patio floor and start by spraying slow, even sweeps with the pressure wand, maintaining an equal distance from the tip to the work surface. This helps to ensure even cleaning, reducing the chance of streaks and overlapping of the pressure spray.
 
If you’ve never used a power washer before, know that it may take a little time to understand the nuances of the tool. The water comes out quickly and powerfully, and you’ll want to be sure the water stream is consistent. Spraying too heavily can do a lot more harm than good by causing damage to the structure.
 
When using a power washer, it’s recommended that you keep the pressure wand 10 - 12 inches from the surface that needs cleaning. It’s also a good idea to do small passes, eyeing each area and adjusting the pressure and stream accordingly as you go. As you grow accustomed to the power washer, adjust the nozzle to a wider angle and lower pressure setting and increase pressure as needed.
 
Most pressure washers do the job better when used in conjunction with a cleaning solution, such as bleach or other cleaning detergent. Not only will this help loosen dirt more easily, it’ll also require less pressure from the washer to get the job done. Pressure washers may also have cold or hot water supplies, the latter of which enables cleaning detergents to emulsify dirt faster and more effectively.
 
Before cleaning your deck or patio with a power washer, remove any furniture, grills or anything else that touches the ground. You want the deck to be completely clear so you don’t damage anything.
 
Remember, power washers spray water at very strong levels, so while it may look like fun to get sprayed, it’s easy to injure someone with the strong force. Therefore, do your best to keep kids away and make sure you wear goggles, ear buds and work boots while completing the job.
 
When finished, you’ll be amazed at how much better the area looks. To get the most bang for your buck, power wash the deck or patio before taking photos of your home. This will give house hunters one more reason to love your property.
 
For more tips about preparing your home for sale, contact me today!