Pressure Washing FAQ
We’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions about power washing. Even though System4 of Indianapolis only works with commercial and industrial clients, we have added some FAQs that can help out if you’re thinking about power washing your home.
The process of pressure washing starts with a high-pressure hose that shoots water at the surface. The water is then blasted with enough force to remove dirt and debris from the surface.
Pressure washing services are often used to clean industrial buildings or parking lots. They can also be used for smaller jobs like sidewalks and driveways.
General Pressure Washing Questions
What is power washing?
Power washing is a term for any type of cleaning that uses water and high pressure to remove dirt, mold, and mildew from surfaces.
How does pressure washing work?
What is the difference between pressure washing and power washing?
Can pressure washing damage windows?
Pressure washing can damage windows, window seals, vinyl siding, stucco. The first word after all is "pressure." Pressure washing can damage pretty much anything. That’s when people have to be careful where they’re using it.
If your neighbor gets a new pressure washer and he does his driveway, the next day you will see the different light/dark spots that are left from his work. People have to be careful how much pressure, how close they get, what chemicals they use, etc.
What industry is pressure washing?
Commercial Pressure Washing Questions
How often does my business need to be power washed?
As required - There are a couple of things to take into account.
Due to oil pouring out of the rear entrance, several establishments have this service performed every week. Some of our clients get it done weekly, while others have it done once a month.
For example, grocery shops and restaurants that deal with grease/nasty material get it done often since they don't want their customers to see or walk on the grease/built-up grime.
can you pressure wash new concrete?
Depends on what 'new' means. If your concrete is brand new, let's say, 2 days old, you could but there would be no need for it. It is also important to let the concrete cure. Unless there’s an oil stain you can wait a couple of months before thinking about pressure washing services.
Is there anything I need to do beforehand?
If you're getting the outdoor patio serviced, make sure to remove all furniture that is on top and around the area that will be worked on.
If you're getting your parking lot serviced, make sure that all cars and obstructions are removed so the surface is easy to get to.
Why should I pressure wash my business/office?
The top 2 reasons are because of appearance & safety.
If you have concrete floors coated with grease at your restaurant and you walk to the back, slip & fall, chances are that your staff probably only mops the floors. Mopping only spreads the grease rather than removing it.
For situations like this, our team uses steamers & scrubbers. Since Pressure Washers use a lot of water and pressure, our steamers use steam and some pressure. There are different applications for different surfaces.
Residential Power Washing Questions
How often should I power wash my driveway?
What are the benefits of power washing my house?
Can you pressure wash indoor furniture?
Pressure washing is the process of applying high-pressure water to surfaces in order to remove dirt, grime, and other forms of contamination. This process can be applied to both outdoor and indoor furniture.
While it is possible, you need to keep in mind the PSI and the material you plan to clean. For example, you could possibly pressure wash plastic furniture, but definitely not wood.
Can you power wash a new driveway?
Yes, but there is no need unless it has a huge oil stain or something similar.
How long do I have to wait for I can drive on the concrete?
The effects of pressure washing are noticed immediately. Since it's mostly water, you're able to drive on the area as soon as you're done.
Will pressure washing with bleach kill plants/grass?
Yes, NEVER use bleach for anything. Here are 6 Tips on Bleach Precautions.