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Pressure WashersA pressure washer is an amazing tool for home do-it-yourself projects. There are a variety of ways you could use a pressure washer, and if you’re going to be renting one from us at Eagle Rentals, you should plan to do several jobs at the same time. You could clean a driveway, a garage, a porch and/or deck, along with the exterior walls of your home. Before renting one, just do a little bit of research and make sure you know how to use it and how to safely operate it.

Here are 3 reasons why you should use a pressure washer before painting or staining exteriors:

  1. It is very effective at removing dirt and debris from the siding of your house.
  2. If an appropriate solution is used, it can also eliminate issues like mildew, which you definitely need to remove before trying to paint the surface.
  3. It can even remove some peeling or bubbling paint that needs to be scraped off before re-painting. This is something you’ll need to be careful about, though– you want to make sure you don’t overdo it with water pressure that is set too high.

It is important to be careful when using a pressure washer not to cause damage to your home or items around your home. Some people have the mentality that the stronger the water is sprayed, the better it will clean, but that is not true. There is definitely a sweet spot that cleans best, but minimizes any other type of damage. You want to be especially careful around windows and wood. Using these tips, you’ll be set to start your exterior painting or staining projects.