Pressure Washing – The Ultimate Pressure Washer Guide

Posted on: February 22nd, 2023 by Mi-T-M | 20 Comments


The Ultimate Guide to Pressure Washing

As a busy homeowner, it’s easy to let maintenance and home projects fall by the wayside. Pressure washing is an excellent method to make fast work of built-up grime, mud, mold and mildew on surfaces. Mi-T-M Corporation is your trusted provider of high-quality and dependable residential, commercial and industrial pressure washers and is here to provide you with pressure washing tips.

In 1971, Mi-T-M’s founder, AJ Spiegel realized the need for portable, economical and powerful cleaners. With a background in painting and cleaning, he built a 1000 PSI gas powered unit. It was a humble, but important step. We’ve come a long way since then and today we not only offer numerous pressure washers, but also hundreds of other types of equipment.

With a variety of sizes and types of pressure washers, our powerful Mi-T-M machines can help you clean patios, driveways, decks, siding, pools, fencing, lawn furniture and even help you prep for painting.

We’ve prepared an ultimate step-by-step guide on pressure washing to help you learn how to pressure wash around your home. Along with our how-to videos, we believe you’ll be an expert in no time and your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Below are some tips for pressure washing in nearly any situation.

No matter the cleaning project, safety is always first priority when operating a pressure washer. It is important to always avoid high-voltage areas, including electrical lines, conduits and electrical appliances. Make sure to always wear proper safety gear, including ear and eye protection as well as closed toe shoes.

Pressure Washer Surfaces

Pressure Washing Brick Siding

Brick homes are beautiful, sturdy and timeless, but just like other home surfaces, brick becomes dirty, mossy and needs regular maintenance. Unlike many other home materials, brick is porous and more prone to discoloration and structural damage. Therefore, before you attempt to pressure wash your brick home, you should know the proper methods for cleaning this type of surface.

First, survey the surface to look for any cracks or holes between bricks. You must repair them before you start pressure washing. Carefully patch these areas with mortar and let them cure for at least a week. Once they’re dry, you can begin pressure washing.

Follow the below steps for brick pressure washing:

  1. Prep your surface: Soak and saturate the brick with water. This will prevent the bricks from absorbing harsh detergents.
  2. Test an area: Test a small area of brick in order to gauge the amount of pressure needed to complete the cleaning task at hand.
  3. Detergent: Apply a detergent for cleaning brick, spray the detergent from bottom to top in order to prevent streaking and then allow it to soak into the brick for 5-10 minutes. NOTE: Do not allow the detergent to fully dry on your surface.
  4. Rinse your surface: Finish the cleaning process by gently spraying water across the surface to rinse all detergent and residue away.

Remember, you can always choose to apply a brick-and-mortar sealant. Your local hardware store can help you select one that’s made exclusively for brick.


Pressure Washing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is a popular choice for home siding. It’s a low-maintenance, inexpensive material that never needs to be painted. But, it’s also notorious for accumulating mold, mildew, dirt and debris.

An important thing to note before you begin pressure washing is that vinyl siding is malleable, so you cannot blast it with too much force or pressure.

Follow the below steps for pressure washing vinyl siding:

  1. Scan your surroundings: Take a look at the areas surrounding your home. Use a drop cloth or plastic tablecloth to protect any shrubs or bushes that could potentially get damaged by your high-pressure spray.
  2. Quick Connect Nozzles: Make sure to choose a correct quick connect nozzle. We recommend using the 15-degree quick connect nozzle, as it is the best choice for this task. Stand 3 to 4 feet away and keep the nozzle moving to avoid damaging your surface.
  3. Test an area: Test a small area of vinyl in order to gauge the amount of pressure needed to complete the cleaning task at hand.
  4. Pre-rinse your siding: Before apply detergent, pressure wash your siding from top to bottom using clean water.
  5. Detergent: Apply your detergent mixture using a lower pressure setting. Working from bottom to top, aim for smooth and steady strokes from left to right with your spray wand. Keep the wand pointed slightly downward to avoid spraying underneath any gaps in the vinyl siding.
  6. Rinse your surface: Finish the cleaning process by gently spraying water across the surface to rinse all detergent and residue. Start at the top and work your way down.

Pressure Washing Your Deck

You love your deck. It’s a great place to read, relax and entertain. Make sure you learn the proper way to preserve and protect it.

Follow the below steps for pressure washing your deck:

  1. Prep your surface: Sweep, rinse and wet your deck thoroughly. Make sure you’ve removed all loose debris and dirt.
  2. Test an area: Test a small area of your deck’s surface in order to gauge the amount of pressure needed to complete the cleaning task at hand.
  3. Quick connect nozzles: Use a 25-degree quick connect nozzle. This size nozzle is best for sweeping away dirt, mud and mildew from decks and other surfaces.
  4. Pressure washing: Keep a distance of 8 to 12 inches from the surface and use a sweeping motion along the grain of the wood to avoid damage. Make sure you keep the nozzle moving at all times to prevent uneven spots or lap marks.
  5. Allow to dry and finishing: Once you clean the entire deck, allow the surface to dry for at least 24 hours. To extend the life and appearance of your deck, apply a quality deck-coating or sealant.

Pressure Washing Concrete Surfaces

Our pressure washers will make quick work of discolored and dirty concrete. Choose from our large selection of gas and electric powered pressure washers to get the job done right. Your concrete surfaces will be looking brand new in no time!

Follow the below steps for pressure washing concrete surfaces:

  1. Prep your surface area: Pick up and move things like lawn furniture, toys and potted plants that could be damaged during pressure washing.
  2. Detergent: Apply a detergent best suited for concrete surfaces. Attach your spray wand, use the soap tip and begin applying detergent. Give the detergent around 10 minutes to soak into your concrete surface.
  3. Pressure washing: When the detergent has permeated your concrete, it’s time to blast away all the accumulated build-up. Switch to a high-pressure spray, keep your nozzle at least 10 inches away from the surface and use smooth back and forth motions, overlapping each pass by five or more inches. NOTE: For really dirty patches, you may need to make several passes with your pressure washer.

 Pressure Washing Fencing

Now that you’ve pressure washed your siding, deck and concrete surfaces, don’t neglect other property areas like fences.

  1. Prep your area: Clear away any objects and/or cover plants and bushes near the fence line. This will give you direct access to the fence and prevent damage.
  2. Quick Connect Nozzles: Select the right quick connect nozzle. We recommend a 25-degree nozzle to begin. However, if you need more power, you can always switch to a 15-degree nozzle. Be sure to keep a safe distance from the fencing to avoid damage.
  3. Detergent: Apply a detergent – we recommend a commercial grade detergent – while holding the sprayer around 3 to 4 feet away from the fence’s surface. Let the cleaning solution sink in and do its magic for about 10 minutes. NOTE: For wooden fencing, do not hold the sprayer in one place, as it may cause damage to the wood. Use different angles and move in closer if needed.
  4. Rinse your surface: Rinse your fence thoroughly with fresh water.

The final step to end any pressure washing task, is to celebrate a job well done.

We hope our ultimate guide has shown you how to use a pressure washer to accomplish many of your outdoor cleaning tasks.

For more pressure washing tips and to purchase a Mi-T-M pressure washer, call or visit your local Mi-T-M dealer. 

20 Responses

  1. This is great advice for washing wooden siding. Patience is extremely important when working with wood, since you can do some irreparable damage to the wood by spraying a powerful stream too close to the surface. The results are worth the time and effort; you can really revitalize an old house through effective power washing methods.

  2. Bill says:

    Love the tips i would add a few things.

  3. zen marcle says:

    Remember safety at all times. Never point your nozzle at animals, people, or glass. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don’t realize the power a pressure washer packs. Avoid accidents and focus only on your deck

  4. Thank very much for sharing this very informative guide in pressure washing.

  5. One safety tip that I’ve learned after changing tips, to point the wand away from the house or area where I’m pressure washing to an area clear of people and possessions.

    In the event that the tip is not securely attached, it will blow out and land harmlessly in the lawn.

    I’d rather replace a tip, then to harm someone’s property.

  6. Ivy Baker says:

    This is some really good information about the pressure washer. I like that you talked about how you should wear waterproof clothes when power washing. I know that I wouldn’t want to get shocked when doing any pressure washing. It does seem like a good idea to hire a professional to do that for you.

  7. Really, the content satisfies its title in a great way. Pressure washer should be handled properly. Otherwise it will damage the old materials. So, it should be carried out by professionals.

  8. Very informative info for sure.

  9. Georgia says:

    Though pressure washing is a key way to prevent damage from grime and dirt build-up, pressure washers themselves can actually cause damage to surfaces if the user is inexperienced. This is because pressure washers are capable of a range of pressures and you’ll need to know the correct settings to use on the material you’re washing or you could cause scratches, chips, or even worse with the washer itself.

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  11. Aria Nguyen says:

    Thank you for providing such detailed information and guidelines. Before you clean the entire surface, spot-treat the oil stains. I saturated these stains with diluted concrete detergent solution from a spray bottle. Let the soap sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with the pressure washer. Some stains are tough to remove—paint stains clean up quickly, but oil and rust stains take longer.

  12. Aria Nguyen says:

    Thank you a lot for taking the time for you to share such a piece of good information. They’re really helpful!!

  13. Bridge Dale says:

    I’ve been meaning to find a guide on this, and without a shadow of a doubt, this is the ultimate guide. It’s just so informative and it’s exactly what I was looking for as well.

  14. Jet says:

    I have been using pressure washing fayetteville nc for years and they have always done a great job. Their customer service is great and they are very good at communicating with you about any changes that need to be made.

  15. Iris Smith says:

    Thank you for mentioning that you must fix any cracks or holes in the bricks before pressure washing them if you notice them. I’d want to host a party at my home. To clean my house, I’ll look for an exterior house pressure washing service.

  16. Bennett says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article. I appreciate your efforts. I am always looking for good and helpful articles that enrich my knowledge.


  17. In my opinion, this is the best guide about pressure washing I’ve found so far. It’s so informative, and it’s exactly what I was looking for. It’s really helpful to have such good information shared by you. Thanks a lot!

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  19. Steve Smith says:

    I love that you talked that different types and sizes of pressure washers would provide efficient cleaning for different areas. My best friend mentioned the other night that he is planning to hire a pressure washing service to help them clean the dirty exterior walls and parking lots of their clothing company. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best cleaning option. Thanks to this informative cleaning article, I’ll tell him that consulting a well-known commercial pressure washing service can help them with their cleaning needs.

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