Many homeowners wrestle with hiring a professional pressure washing company this time of year.
Most homes need cleaning this time of year. At least some siding is dirty and has streaks on it. Streaks are not exclusive to the siding, as most shingle roofs in the Tri-state area will attest to after the fall and winter seasons. Decks, patios, sidewalks, steps, fences, gutters, driveways and anything exposed to the elements are all dirty enough to take the shine off your property.
The decision isn’t difficult. At least the decision for a thorough cleaning, because the dirt, stains and mildew will only get worse as the heat and humidity move into the area. The decision of how to clean the property shouldn’t be difficult either. However, some homeowners think there are better options than hiring a professional pressure washing company like Extra Mile Power Washing in Bunker Hill, WV.
Bad Cleaning Option No. 1
Fact: A man or woman with a pressure washing machine and a business card is NOT a professional. For all you know, your property may be one of the first they have cleaned. This means they are practicing on you. They might even give you a price break. However, the money saved may need to be reinvested in the scarred building materials left behind by the amateur.
And if you think new deck boards can be installed for a $100 or so, you’re wrong.
Pressure washing machines — even those sold at the local home center — have enough power to rip into wood, siding and concrete. In the correct hands, it’s a cleaning machine. In the wrong hands, it’s a weapon. If you do decide to go this route, ask to see the person’s insurance information that will cover any damage. This should be a deal breaker.
Do not choose option No. 1!
Bad Cleaning Option No. 2
Option No. 2 is filed under the title of “Do it Yourself,” or DIY. This option has all the shortcomings of the first option, with the costly investment of cleaning equipment and the chance of personal injury. All of this with the result being a disappointing experience after spending all day “cleaning.”
And if you’re wondering about the chance of being injured, here are two testimonials from a chat site dedicated to pressure washing injuries.
“I’ve seen one (machine) used in mining, carve a hole in granite. I accidentally slipped a finger just an 1/8 of an inch over the nozzle on a very small, weak, home-use model and it carved the cleanest 1/8 cut I have ever had. Surgical!”
“I slipped and cut my leg open with a pressure washer. I was amazed how easily that thing could cut someone open!”
Intense water pressure and slippery conditions are the prefect recipe for bodily harm.
Do not choose option No. 2!
Best Cleaning Option
The best option for cleaning your property is to hire a professional pressure washing company. The techs are experienced and use the softwash cleaning technique to safely clean every surface. They use gentle detergents and the correct amount of water pressure to clean without blasting the dirt and stains away. They will leave your property looking new, leaving you and all of your building materials intact.
The techs serve the West Virginia Panhandle area. That area includes Bunker Hill, Inwood, Falling Waters, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg and Charles Town. They also travel to the greater Winchester, VA area.