Pressure washing is an effective way to clean your concrete surfaces, but it can also cause serious damage if done incorrectly. The high water pressure can strip away the top layer of your concrete, leaving it vulnerable to cracks and other forms of damage.
However, with the right technique and equipment, pressure washing can be done safely, causing no harm or damage. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps our team takes to ensure our customer’s concrete surfaces are cleaned thoroughly and safely.
Understanding the Risks of Pressure Washing
Before we dive into the best techniques for pressure cleaning your concrete, it’s important to understand the risks involved and the potential damage that can occur.
Damage to Concrete: If the force of the water is too high and the pressure washer is too close to the surface, it can strip away the top layer of your concrete. This can lead to cracks and other forms of damage, which can be costly to repair.
Damage to Surrounding Objects: The high-pressure water can also damage nearby objects if not done properly. This includes nearby vehicles, windows, doors, outdoor furniture etc.
To avoid these risks, we take the necessary precautions and use the right equipment and techniques.
Tips for Safe Concrete Pressure Washing
Before we start pressure washing your concrete surface, we take the following precautions:
Clear the Area: We remove any objects, such as outdoor furniture or planters, from the area you’ll be pressure washing.
Wear Protective Gear: Our technicians always wear protective gear, such as goggles and sturdy footwear, to protect themselves from debris and water spray.
Test the Pressure Washer: Before we start, we test the pressure washer on a small, inconspicuous area to make sure it’s working properly and doesn’t cause any damage.
Protect Plants & Landscaping: To ensure no damage is done to surrounding plants, we only use eco-friendly chemicals. Before starting, we also pre-wet the plants and landscaping and rinse them down once we are done.
Choosing the Right Pressure Washer & Nozzle: This is where we see a lot of problems arise with DIY pressure cleaning. Choosing the right pressure washer and nozzle is crucial to your concrete surfaces are cleaned effectively without causing damage. We will assess your site and determine what nozzles, attachments and water pressure will be best to clean your concrete surfaces effectively and safely.
Proper Concrete Pressure Washing Techniques
Getting the technique right is another important factor to ensuring a successful and safe job. Here are some steps we follow:
Start Slowly: We start off by pressure washing the concrete surface at a low pressure setting and gradually increase the pressure as required to remove stubborn stains.
Keep the Nozzle Moving: We never leave the nozzle in one spot for too long, as this can cause damage to the concrete surface.
Work in Sections: Working in sections, cleaning one section at a time is the best way to go. This helps us ensure we don’t miss any spots and don’t cause damage to the surrounding areas.
Angle the Nozzle: By angling the nozzle at a 45-degree angle, the water hits the surface at an angle, which helps reduce the risk of damage.
Get a Free, Instant Quote for Concrete Pressure Cleaning Today
When it comes to concrete pressure cleaning in Sydney, we are your best choice. The Jet Co takes the necessary safety precautions and uses the latest equipment and techniques to ensure a safe and thorough clean, leaving no damage.
Call us on 0492 238 169 or enquire online to organise a free, no-obligation quote!