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The dangers and pitfalls of DIY pressure cleaning

pressure-cleaning-water-jetting June 30, 2020

Pressure cleaning (or pressure washing) has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, as the availability of pressure cleaning machines from hardware stores has increased. This has meant an increase in the number of people trying to pressure clean their driveways, cars, paving, and decking themselves.

While doing it yourself can be satisfying and cheaper at the start, when done wrong it can do more harm than good. In this blog, we cover the rise of DIY pressure cleaning, the common injuries and accidents that can occur and our tips for safe pressure cleaning.


What is high-pressure cleaning?

Pressure cleaning refers to the use of high-pressure water to remove dirt, grime, dust, mud or other residues from surfaces: buildings, paving, concrete, vehicles. The stream of water can be up to 50 times stronger than a standard garden hose.

Pressure cleaning can improve the look of a surface, minimise allergens and reduce hazards such as mould and bacteria.


The rise of DIY pressure cleaning

The affordability of hiring or buying high-pressure cleaning equipment has lead to the rise in the number of people choosing to try it out themselves. However, although it may allow users to do it more cheaply, there has also been a rise in pressure cleaning related accidents and injuries due to the misuse of pressure cleaners.


Injuries and accidents from DIY pressure cleaning

If completed by an inexperienced person, the force of the water and the pressure cleaning chemicals can cause harm to the user, as well as surrounding people and pets.

Some of the most common dangers of DIY pressure cleaning include:

  • Major cuts, bruises and lacerations to the skin
  • Chemicals infecting open cuts and causing bacterial infections
  • Getting pushed off ladders or roofs from sheer force of the water pressure

While DIY can also cause damage to property, for instance:

  • Windows – when water is sprayed at the wrong angle, the pressure can cause the glass to break or window mesh to rip.
  • Window seals – high-pressure cleaners often damage the seal between glass and window frames, which can lead to water leakage, mould and fogging.
  • Paint – paint can be damaged or removed completely.
  • Tiles – tiling can be loosened, damaged or washed off.
  • Wood decking – pieces of wood can be etched out of the deck and cause splinters and uneven surfaces.
  • Limestone and concrete – chunks can be carved out by high-pressure water.
  • Electrical – water damage can cause electrocution or electrical damage.

As evidenced above, if not done properly, the risks to people and property may cost more than hiring a professional.


When to book a professional high-pressure wash?

While doing it yourself can be appealing (watching the dirt wash away can be ultra-satisfying), often it is easier and safer to have a professional complete the clean for you.

So to ensure a longer-lasting clean and prolong the lifespan of your property (rather than damaging it), as well as reduce the risks we mentioned above, consider leaving it to the experts. When done well, with the right equipment and technique, pressure cleaning can be the most effective and environmentally friendly method of cleaning your home or commercial property.


Choosing an expert pressure cleaning service.

Whether you are looking for driveway cleaning, oil stain removal, patio cleaning or commercial building washing, Kleenit can do the job!

Kleenit’s services are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Get in touch with Kleenit today for a free quote.

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