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Should you pressure wash a deck?

You should pressure wash your deck for regular maintenance and before staining it, but do it carefully. Pressure washing is used to remove contaminants and embedded dirt. Avoid spraying too forcefully — this could damage the wood or composite and require expensive repairs. The softer the wood or material, the less pressure you should use to clean it with a pressure washer.

If you don’t know how to properly use a pressure washer, hire a professional to do it instead.

How long does it take to pressure wash a house?

Pressure washing a house tends to take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. The larger the house, the longer it will take. It may also take an additional 15 to 30 minutes of setup time and pack time, and some time may be required to switch between applying the cleaning chemicals and rinsing them off. 

Ask the best pressure washers near you how long it might take to wash your home's exterior (or other surfaces), and get free estimates.

How much does pressure washing cost per square foot?

The cost of hiring a pressure washer will depend on the square footage of your home, which translates to the square footage of your exterior walls. In general, expect to pay around $0.10-$0.17 per square foot of your property size. Ask the professional how much they charge per square foot of the surface itself. This can be helpful in estimating the cost to pressure wash driveways, decks, fences and roofs.

What surfaces can be cleaned with a pressure washer?

You can safely use a pressure washer on a number of different surfaces, including your home’s exterior, siding, driveways, rooftops, sidewalks, patios and more.

It can also be used to clean grills, outdoor furniture, cars and trucks, boats, bikes, fences and decks. You can generally clean any hard outdoor walking surface, including asphalt, concrete, brick and pavers with a pressure washer.

However, it’s possible to damage your property — especially wood and vinyl surfaces — if you don’t use the pressure washer correctly. Consider hiring a top-rated pressure washing service near you if you don’t have experience using the equipment and selecting the correct PSI.

What is the best time of year to pressure wash your house?

A warm, sunny day is the best time of year to pressure wash your house. The warm sun will be able to dry out the house after washing. You should also consider pressure washing your home after the rainy, storm season has passed. Depending on where you live, this might be in the spring, summer or early fall.

Contact the best pressure washing services and pros to determine the best time to wash your home, and schedule an appointment.

How much does it cost to get your house pressure washed?

On average, pressure washing your house costs $250, though prices will typically range from $100 to $500. Here's how much it costs to pressure wash surfaces, depending on the total square footage:

Here's how much it costs to pressure wash surfaces, depending on the total square footage:

0-1,000 sq. ft $167
1,000-2,000 sq. ft $242
2,000-3,000 sq. ft $316
3,000-4,000 sq. ft $390
4,000-5,000 sq. ft

$501

Ultimately, the cost of pressure washing your house will vary with the size of your house, the degree of cleaning needed, the need to wash sensitive surfaces, the travel required and whether the crew needs scaffolding or ladders.

To find out exactly how much it will cost to pressure wash your home, contact the best pressure washers near you and ask for free estimates.

How often should a house be pressure washed?

The best rule of thumb is to pressure wash your house once per year at minimum. This is largely dependent on your city's weather and climate, however. If you get a lot of rain, wind and storms, you probably need to clean more frequently than once per year. Wetter climates with regular rain and storms can lead to a lot of humidity, buildup and debris, which could also cause mold and mildew. 

You should also consider pressure washing your home if you’re planning to repaint your home’s exterior or if you want to boost your home’s curb appeal to prospective buyers.

Contact the best pressure washers near you to schedule regular appointments.

Is it worth it to hire a professional pressure washer?

Yes, it’s often worth it to hire a pro to pressure wash your house or other surfaces. The main benefits of hiring a professional pressure washer include the pro’s ability to clean without damaging your home (removing the risk for personal injury) and their ability to spot problems before they occur. 

With DIY pressure washing, you can save money and get familiar with your house’s nooks and crannies. However, you run the risk of damaging your siding and your paint, falling off a ladder, hurting yourself with the high-pressure water and not spotting problems that an experienced pro would be able to spot.

Contact the top-rated pressure washing services near you to figure out if hiring a pro is the best option for you.

How do I find and hire a professional pressure washer?

An online search allows you to compare ratings and reviews for the best pressure washing services near you. Look for customer reviews with attached photos, as these showcase the work of the pro. Even better — look for photos of the surfaces and structures you need a pro to clean. This may include before-and-after photos of home exteriors, concrete driveways, sidewalks and more.

Once you’ve decided on a few professionals, request free cost estimates from at least three of them before you make your choice. 

What is power washing?

Power washing uses a machine to take in water, raise it to an extremely high pressure, heat it and spray it through a narrow nozzle in order to blast surfaces clean. The high temperature and pressure of the water make this method better than pressure washing for the removal of embedded stains on outdoor surfaces like driveways, decks and patios. It can also blast through common problems like grease stains or chewing gum caked onto sidewalks. 

Reviews for Ashburn deck cleaners
Deepika R.
Got our Deck pressure washed, they were very thorough with their cleaning. Excellent work, they were able to schedule me as soon as possible also.
Between Cleaning LLCBetween Cleaning LLC
Ajay M.
They did a good job with cleaning the siding, brick area did not get cleaned with the product they used. Since brink did not clean properly residual checmical and other debris fell on the front porch sofas did not get cleaned Since I asked them not clean the deck, they did not clean the product marks they used on the deck. Over all ok job. I would only hire them for siding cleaning. Not any other part of the house. Seems like they are always in rush. They did not get what I was asked to told. They are going with their assumptions, when they are giving the quotes.
UltraWashUltraWash
Christopher L.
Would definitely recommend the Robles Group. Our back deck is uncovered and is surrounded by trees. It had been many years since it had been cleaned or power washed. After they were done, it looks like a new deck! It took a lot of work to get it that way. The Robles Group went above and beyond with an already difficult task for more than a fair price. I plan to use them every year to keep the deck looking great!
Robles Group Co, LLCRobles Group Co, LLC
Charlotte H.
Shaquille did an excellent job cleaning the exterior of my home. He went around the deck furniture with care, and made sure I was happy with the job. I would highly recommend his services!
Lite Work Pressure Washing LLCLite Work Pressure Washing LLC
Jorge R.
Marvin did an excellent job power washing the large composite material deck in my house. He uses green and pet friendly cleaners and pwns the right tools for the expedient and professional job. My deck looks brand new! I recommend Mr Romero wholeheartedly and without any reservations. I include a before and after picture, but the jobneess to be seen up close and personal to really appreciate. Thanks Marvin!!!
Romero Power WashingRomero Power Washing
Jorge R.
I had the entire exterior of my house power washed by Gabriel with UltraWash. The results are impressive! I am very pleased by how clean he left all areas he worked on: Siding, entrance porch, deck, deck railings. I give them the highest marks possible on punctuality, quality of work, value, friendly attitude. I highly recommend UltraWash to any homeowner considering a power wash job. I will make sure to have them come back in the future. Thanks Gabriel and UltraWash!!!
UltraWashUltraWash
Bryan S.
Had my deck cleaned, which included lattice. Very good, thorough job for an excellent price. Most important to me was the very quick response time while communicating. It's hard to find service providers who respond within minutes. Thank you very much!
Between Cleaning LLCBetween Cleaning LLC
Elizabeth W.
Peyton's Pure Pressure did such a wonderful job on our home. We had the siding, patio and deck all pressure washed and I can not believe how clean and spotless everything looks. In scheduling the service, responsivness was timely and easy and communicated with us throughout the process. The gentleman was extremely polite and professional and showed up right on time. I would 100% recommend Peyton's Pure Pressure and look forward to working with him again!
Peytons Pure Pressure LLCPeytons Pure Pressure LLC
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