A Personal Touch Lawncare
504 W. Broadway Ave.
- Muskegon, MI 49444
Mon-Fri: 8:00 - 5:00, Sat: 9-12

PRESSURE WASHING

Nature can be harsh to say the least. Pressure washing can remove contamination nature leaves behind. But it must be done carefully. Pressure washing can damage your siding, leave a "zebra stripe" pattern on your deck, or even split wood if not done properly. Our professionals are trained on the proper techniques, equipment, and chemicals to provide you with the best cleaning possible. Don't be fooled by the "bottom dollar" companies. Most of them are not really companies at all. You may have seen their flyers in the grocery store or on a street corner. It is very easy for someone to buy a pressure washer from a hardware store and say they are a business. They may have a lower price, but unfortunately, sometimes you get what you pay for. Trust the professionals to do the job right.

 

WHAT IS PRESSURE WASHING?

Your water supply comes from one of two sources; "city" water or pumping water from a well. The water is supplied to you at an average pressure of around 40 psi (pounds per square inch) but can be anywhere between 30 psi and 60 psi. A pressure washer connects to your garden hose hookup and increases the your pressure to the maximum pressure for that individual machine. Most light duty machines will provide between 1500 psi and 2500 psi. Our commercial units provide 3600 or more psi and are adjustable to lower the pressure based on the surface being cleaned. Without a pressure washer you would be simply "dusting" the surface with water. All other types of contamination such as sap, oxidization, mold, mildew, etc. all require the higher pressures to remove. The key factor in cleaning in using enough pressure to break the bond between the contamination and the surface. If the pressure isn't high enough to break the bond then the contamination won't come off. On the other hand, if the pressure is too high you can damage the surface being cleaned. One way to help break down the bond is to use chemicals. There are different types of chemicals for different surfaces and the types of contamination that is normally found on them.

 

 

IS PRESSURE WASHING RIGHT FOR ME? 

If you are not happy with your property because it just doesn't look like it used to, there is a good chance pressure washing will help. The first step is to schedule an appointment to have one of our professionals come take a look at your property or equipment. We will answer your questions, inspect the work to be done, and provide you with a complete estimate based on your individual needs.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD PRESSURE WASHING BE PERFORMED?

Most surfaces can be cleaned as you see the need. We do recommend that vinyl and aluminum siding be cleaned at least every two to four years for darker colors, every one to two years for lighter colors. The lighter colors tend to show even the slightest staining. As an example, a mild oxidization problem will be hardly visible on grey siding but it will be very visible on white. Chemical stains on concrete and asphalt should be cleaned as often as possible to prevent the surface from breaking down. The longer chemicals and oil based stains sit, the deeper and more noticeable the stain will get, which will also reduce how clean it will come.

IS PRESSURE WASHING SAFE FOR MY LANDSCAPING? 

Most definitely. There are times when the job requires we use chemicals to help loosen the grime before we pressure wash. You can rest assured our chemicals are environmentally friendly, non-staining, and bio-degradable.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU COME?

We ask that you remove any hanging items such as plants, wind chimes, decorations, etc. If we are there to clean your deck or patio, we would like to have all furniture, grills, hoses, decorations, etc. removed. If you are unable to move any of these items, we simply ask that you let us know in advance and we will move them for you. We also recommend that before we begin, you check all of your windows and doors to make sure they are tightly sealed.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF COMMON SURFACES THAT WE CLEAN AND THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR CLEANING THEM

  • Building Exteriors - Mold, mildew, oxidization, dirt, tree sap. North side of structure is usually worse.
  • Decks - Mold, mildew, sun fading, oxidization, dirt, traffic stains, preparation for paint/stain/sealer *
  • Parking Lots and Driveways - Chemical stains, tire marks, mold, mildew, dirt
  • Porches, Patios, and Sidewalks - Mold, mildew, dirt
  • Roofs - Mold, mildew, moss, fungi, oxidization stains **
  • Recreational Vehicles - Mud, dirt, oils, mold, mildew, oxidization
  • Heavy Equipment - Mud, grease, dirt, oxidization

 

*Painting, staining, and water sealing services are also available for decks, porches, and exterior trim after pressure washing has been completed. We use only the highest quality paints and stains to provide the longest lasting finish available. 

**Roof cleaning is done at a significantly lower pressure than any other surface. Not all roofs would benefit from this procedure and in some cases it would be harmful. Our Professionals will be able to let you know if it is right for you. Products are also available to help prevent future mold and mildew staining, moss growth, and algae growth on roofs.

 

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Key Benefits of the Service

Pressure Washing can extend the life and beauty of most exterior surfaces if done properly, especially siding.  Mold and mildew will make shady sides of your home green and ugly.  We can make issues like these vanish.

  Regular washing prevents most stains from being permanent.
  Maintain or increase your property value.
  Strip away old, loose paint before painting.
  Wash away dust, dirt, and tree pollen.
  Make concrete look new again.