How to Know When You Should Buy a Pressure Cleaner


Coming from someone who sells pressure cleaners for a living, it might be strange to hear that you don’t always need to buy a pressure cleaner when it’s time to clean your home’s exterior.

But don’t just take it from us. Laura Gaskill, a home expert who writes for the well-known home and garden site Houzz, tells homeowners to use a pressure washer only if your home’s exterior can withstand the pressure cleaner’s power.

Not All Homes Should Be Pressure Cleaned

As Gaskill points out, though, not all homes’ exteriors can withstand the power of a pressure cleaner. If your home has older shingles, crumbly old brick, or stucco siding, you may be better off washing your home with a garden hose or by hand. If it’s beyond what a hose can do, consider hiring a professional.

Most Homes, Though, Need Pressure Cleaning to Shed Grime

So what do you do if your home, like many homes do over the course of a year—or maybe a few months in some climes—attracts more than its fair share of grime? You may live where winds blow dust or industrial pollution onto your home. Seasonal rains, combined with winds, may have pelted your home with the remnants of mud from your garden. If you live in an area where high humidity is a challenge, you may even have mould or moss growing on the sides or roof of your home.

Those tough jobs may indeed call for the help of a pressure cleaner.

If your home has sturdy brick, wood, composite, or vinyl siding, you’re in luck. A pressure washer may be just the thing to spruce up your home’s exterior. Pressure washers clean your home quickly, removing layers of grit and grime that have built up over the years.

Pressure Cleaners Not Just for Buildings

Your home’s siding is just the tip of the iceberg. Tidy up concrete sidewalks, brick paving, liquid concrete pool surrounds, walkways, and driveways with this versatile machine. Wash your car with your pressure cleaner to make your car shine like a brand-new ride. Most of your outdoor equipment and décor may also benefit from a high-pressure cleaning:
  • Grills
  • Patio furniture
  • Decorative fencing
  • Decks
  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Garage floors
With So Many Uses, It Pays to Buy Instead of Rent

You could, of course, rent a pressure cleaner. But if you live in a location in which winds and rains batter your home with mud and other grime, you’ll be ahead if you buy your own. And, if you live in a moist climate where moss, mould, or mildew are a problem, a pressure cleaner may become your home’s best friend.

Rentals aren’t cheap. If you have to use the cleaner more often than once a year, you’ll probably do better with one of your own.

Buy from a Knowledgeable Dealer

When you look at pressure cleaners, ask the right questions. Make sure you tell the sales staff about the typical weather challenges your home faces as the seasons change. Let them know what type of exterior your home has, the age of your home, and whether you have any special considerations. Before you take your machine home, make sure that the staff teaches you how to use all of its features, as well as how to clean it and store it when you finish. It pays to buy your pressure cleaner from a knowledgeable dealer where the salespeople know their stuff.

Avoid washing areas of your house against which roses, ivy or other climbing plants grow. Cover nearby shrubs to protect them from an errant spray. Pre-treat heavily soiled areas first for best results.

Look over Beacon Equipment's extensive range of pressure cleaners to narrow down your selection. Then, to help you choose which of those will work best for your home and garden needs, contact one of Beacon’s home and garden experts to answer all your questions.