Maintenance is one of the keys for the home to both look good and be safe. You would not know if the woods and platforms around your home are still sturdy if you do not check it or clean it out. And then there are also the molds and mildews that not only look bad and nasty, and they are also hazardous because they tend to get slippery.
But how would you clean off these mildews? It can actually be scrubbed off by using a brush or wand, but it would be tiring and also dangerous at times if you will do it in higher places such as the roof or siding that often requires a ladder. You can also use a hose, but it would also take a long time. The best option would be an electric pressure washer. Because of its high pressure, it is much easier to do the work.
With a pressure washer, cleaning the molds and mildews, whether it will be at decks, sidings, patios, and others, is a lot easier and not time-consuming. You can also definitely use it for cleaning your driveway and make it more appealing and even safer. To make it much easier though, you will have to the following:
1. Scrubbing It Off with Bleach
Before doing any washing, scrub the mildews with bleach first. The reason for this is to remove the tougher ones. At times, the pressure will not be enough so by cleaning it first, it will be a lot easier. Bleach cannot be mixed in the pressure washer because it will ruin it.
2. Pressure Washing
To start with this, you will need to select the proper detergent. Technically, you can use any detergent available, but there would be a case that it is not practical, and the mildews will come back shortly. It could also be not compatible with the cement or wood that it would cause damage. Select the right detergent for this. Various types can be purchased, and you can find ones that are used particularly for cleaning mildews. As said before, do not mix bleach for it will cause damage to your pressure washer. To do this, spray some to the concrete and let it soak for a while. After that, you can now clean it up with the washer, and the mildew will quickly be washed away. For your safety, be sure that you know how to use it. Also, to make it look cleaner, do it in even strokes. Do it also by sections to avoid overlaps.
Once it is soaked up with the solution, it is time to rinse it. Be sure to have your pressure lower and also have it in even strokes like with the detergent. Have your nozzle not too near nor too far away from the concrete when rinsing. If you are around light fixtures or any other furniture, be careful around them. With the pressure, your driveway will be good as new.