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The Dangers Of DIY Pressure Washing

The Dangers Of DIY Pressure Washing

Pressure Washing is one of the most satisfying and cost-effective means to eliminate hard-to-remove dirt, grime, mould and mildew that accumulates over time. However, many home and property owners do not realise the power and dangers of DIY pressure washing.

While it may be tempting to venture out and clean your property yourself, pressure cleaning is often best left to the professionals. Without proper experience and knowledge can easily damage even the most durable surfaces.

In this post, we discuss the dangers of DIY pressure washing, and why you should leave this service to the professionals.

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Power and Pressure 

One of the most common mistakes with DIY pressure cleaning is underestimating the power of this equipment. Pressure cleaning uses highly pressurised water to blast off dirt, grime and mould. Water is pushed through a nozzle at much higher pressures – giving it the ability to cut through even the toughest stains.

However, not every surface is made equally and will require different amounts of pressure to ensure an effective yet safe clean. A pressure that is too high not only wastes energy and water but can be physically harmful to you and your property, whereas low pressure will not effectively clean the surface

Professional pressure washing technicians are trained and well versed in determining the best pressure for various surfaces. This ensures that the area is effectively cleaned without risk of damage.

Equipment and Techniques 

Much like using the incorrect water pressure, the wrong cleaning technique can also cause damage to the surface. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to determine the best technique to clean a surface. The lack of knowledge and incorrect use of equipment in this area can lead to unnecessary damage and the waste of valuable time.

Trained professionals not only have the knowledge of the best cleaning techniques but utilise advanced equipment to ensure that surfaces are left looking at their best.

Cleaning Solutions 

In addition to pressurised water, some surfaces may need detergents to achieve a spotless clean. However, improperly diluted solutions or detergents that are not compatible with the surface can only further set dirt and stains making it more difficult to clean.

Similarly, when using chemicals and detergents, many DIY-ers do not consider the impact of overspray and how this runoff will affect other surfaces, greenery and nearby family or animals. Professional cleaning companies ensure that any chemicals that are used are safe and environmentally friendly.


Due to the nature of high-pressure cleaning, many cleaning jobs hold the risk of flying debris. Without proper protection, debris can be blown into the eyes or mouth and easily cut through skin and other surfaces.

Professional pressure washers have the take measures to protect themselves and those around them by using appropriate gear, equipment and PPE.

Inadequate Safety 

Improper use of pressure cleaning equipment can be dangerous, easily damaging tough surfaces, breaking the skin and shooting debris into the air. Similarly, pressure cleaning a roof or a surface that is high up creates a significant fall risk.

Professional cleaning companies ensure that those working for them are trained to use safety equipment, technique and adhere to all safety procedures. Similarly, companies are fully insured and certified, so if accidents were to occur they are covered

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Leave It To The Professionals

Do you want to avoid making the above DIY mistakes? Water Attack Pressure Washing can ensure that your job is completed quickly and effectively. As the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane’s leading pressure washing company, we deliver spotless results no matter the job!

Our technicians are fully trained, equipped and insured to ensure that your job is completed safely and to the highest possible standard. Using only the safest and most effective cleaning solutions available, you can rest assured that your home will be looking its best in no time.


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