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How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your House? & More FAQs

by | Apr 16, 2024 | Home Maintenance, Power Washing

At Absolute Painting & Power Washing we are big fans of preventative maintenance on homes.  Taking time to keep up with the exterior of your home is critical in protecting your investment.  We are experts at providing professional pressure washing services for your home and want to share our knowledge to help you understand why it is so important to maintain regular cleanings.

How Often Should You Pressure Wash Your House?

So you might wonder how often you should pressure wash your home.  On average, we recommend washing it every 2-3 years.  Of course, this can vary based on the type of siding you have or where you live.  If you live out in the country on a dirt road or near a construction site you may want to consider washing your home annually.  

Most homes can go 2-3 years between cleaning.  You would not go months or years without washing your car as you know it would look terrible and it would start to deteriorate the paint.  The same goes for your home.  Homes with vinyl and some types of cedar siding can gather dust and debris faster than some other types of siding so we recommend washing those more often.

Depending on the paint color of your home and the type of paint that was applied, it may need to be washed more often to maintain its beauty.  Homes with dark paint on them may show a lot of dirt on them just like a car with a dark color.  White homes may require washing more frequently as they may get mud and dirt splashing up on them.      

Identifying When to Power Wash a House: The Telltale Signs 

What should you look for to know when you need to pressure wash your home?  Go outside and take a close look at your home and see if you have visible signs of dirt, mildew, or debris on your home.  You can also take your finger or a rag and wipe it on the siding and trim.  See if you get any dirt or chalkiness when you do this.  Look at your gutters and see if they have any dirt or debris on them as they tend to get dirty faster than siding.  Look up in your soffits and see if they have any dirt, hornet nests, cobwebs or mildew in them.  All of these things can help speed up the deterioration of your paint job.  

When is the Best Time to Pressure Wash Your House?

We usually recommend pressure washing your home in the late Winter, Spring, and Summer seasons.  It can be better to wait until late Winter or early Spring to get this work done.  Usually around April, we see a lot of pollen in the air that can get your home dirty.  Washing your home after this season is over can be a good idea.  You can also wash your home in the Fall once the leaves have all fallen.  We can wash your home almost any time of the year unless the weather is too cold.

How Long Does it Take to Pressure Wash a House?

If you hire a professional to pressure wash your home it will typically take one day or less to clean an average-sized home.  Larger homes may take 2-3 days to clean.  If you are considering doing the job yourself you should make sure you have experience as you can do a lot of damage with a pressure washer.  You need to be very careful washing some surfaces so you do not damage them.  Using a chemical mixed with the water can help make the job go smoother and create better results.  Make sure you know which spray tips to use so you do not cause damage to your siding and trim.  We do recommend getting up close to all surfaces and not trying to clean the high parts from the ground as it does not work well.    

How Much Does it Cost to Pressure Wash a House

Getting a professional to pressure wash your home can be well worth the money.  The average price to pressure wash a normal-sized home is around $400-$600.  The average cost to paint the exterior of the same home is likely around $7000-$10,000.  Pressure washing is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your paint looking great!

What Are the Benefits of Regular Pressure Washing? 

Regular pressure washing will help remove dirt, mildew, bug nests, and other items that will speed up the deterioration of your paint job.  Pressure washing can also help you discover other problems such as peeling paint, failed caulk, and rotten wood that can cause major problems if not addressed.  

Why Invest in Professional Pressure Washing Services? 

Hiring a professional to pressure wash your home can make a huge difference.  Professionals will know how to wash the home without doing any damage to the surfaces and will have all of the proper equipment to do the job safely.  Pressure washing is not easy, especially on homes that are taller as you have a lot of weight to carry up and down the ladders.  Having roof anchors to tie off can make the job much safer.  Some jobs can be done by homeowners but if you do not have a good amount of experience with pressure washing it can be difficult and dangerous.  

Schedule Your Professional Pressure Washing with Absolute Painting 

If you are in the Portland Oregon area and ready to get your home pressure washed by Absolute Painting & Power Washing now is a great time of year, just in time to enjoy it for Summer!  We will also check for any other issues that could be going on while we wash your home so you can avoid major repairs down the road. Hope to hear from you soon!

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