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    Question Best Washer for Cleaning Wood Siding

    Hello,

    I'd greatly appreciate any advice as I am quite new at this. I am shopping for a power washer primarily to clean off the green mold on my painted gray wood siding. The house is two stories, 3200 sq. ft, with a walk-out basement.

    The siding needs to be repainted as it is faded in all of the sunny areas. We moved here nearly 4 years ago and the house is 13 years old. I am pretty sure no siding maintenance (except a few boards replaced) has been done in all these years. Because of the costs, we need to wait a year or two before painting, however, the mold needs to go now! I also would like to clean up our 13 year old large untreated/unsealed deck - but don't want to spend too much on this because it probably needs to be replaced in a few years.

    I am looking at a Craftsman 2900 psi Gas Pressure Washer with 7.0 hp Briggs and Stratton Engine with 2 3/10 gpm (only $499 at Sears) I worry this pressure may strip the paint off the siding, however, figure I need a relatively high psi to reach the second floor. Any advice???

    Thank you,
    Michelle

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    Michelle,

    Do a search on the board using words like GPM, wood cleaning, house cleaning....you will find many of your answers. You also may want to have a professional come just give you a quote.....many are free. Using the wrong pressure or the wrong chemical could cost you far more in the short run than you might foresee.
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    Your right, you are going to need a ton of psi to get to that second story and remove that mold. Not only that you need to make sure the wood gets very clean. I would spend the little extra to get 3000-4000 psi.

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    you are going to need a ton of psi to get to that second story and remove that mold

    Why would you need PSI?Honestly this is poor advice to offer to anyone who wants to wash a house(high PSI on most home exteriors will cause damage).PSI may be the ticket for hood cleaning but not for housewashing.With the right housewash mix this house could be rinsed with a garden hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtgun
    you are going to need a ton of psi to get to that second story and remove that mold

    Why would you need PSI?Honestly this is poor advice to offer to anyone who wants to wash a house(high PSI on most home exteriors will cause damage).PSI may be the ticket for hood cleaning but not for housewashing.With the right housewash mix this house could be rinsed with a garden hose.
    I do housewashes and I do decks. I use very low pressure and Citracleen/Hypochlorite or RM to strip. I was just being agreeable. She'll get a valuable lesson about using professionals versus trying to do it yourself.


 

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