Power washing can make a dramatic difference in the curb appeal of your home. From siding and driveways to porches and decks, power washing can turn those grungy surfaces into sparkling assets once more. A power washer is a powerful tool, but using one comes with some risks.
We’ve already discussed the dangers and difficulties of power washing, so it should come as no surprise that proper attire is required when performing this home improvement task. The following dos and don’ts of power washing attire will help you decide what to wear while you’re working with this powerful machine.
The Dos and Don’ts of Power Washing Attire
Don’t Wear Sandals
If you only follow one rule on this list, make it this one. The repetitive motions required for power washing mean the powerful spray is always directed towards your feet. This means the chances of nicking a toe or two are high, and your feet will not be feeling their best if hit by this heavy-duty spray.
Do Wear Closed Toe Shoes
To protect your feet, closed toed shoes are a must when power washing. If you’re using a power washer with a 4,000 PSI or stronger, then you’ll need to go a step further and wear steel toed boots. That kind of pressure is strong enough to cut straight through a standard tennis shoe.
Don’t Wear Clothes You Don’t Want to Mess Up
At first glance, power washing doesn’t seem like a messy job. Everyone knows to wear an old t-shirt when painting, but what harm could come to your clothes when power washing, right?
In reality, the potent pressure that comes from any power washing machine means all kinds of dirt and matter are being dislodged from the tiniest cracks and crevices. This means all this matter can get on your clothes and cause stains.
Do Wear Clothes that Cover Your Arms and Legs
Keeping that dislodged debris in mind, it is imperative to cover your arms and legs while performing any type of power washing job. Wearing pants and long sleeves will not only protect you from the power washing castoff, but it will also protect your skin from any lacerations that could be caused by the powerful stream the power washer emits.
Don’t Wear Your Sunglasses
Just as the flying matter can damage your clothes, it can damage your sunglasses as well. Whether they’re a cheap gas station pair or a fancy designer style, the loose debris can stain your frames and crack your lenses. This type of eyewear is not made to withstand projects like power washing.
Do Wear Protective Eyewear
Though you shouldn’t wear your nicest pair of designer sunglasses while you perform this task, it is necessary to wear some form of protective eyewear. It’s possible to purchase pairs that are able to withstand flying debris from any local home improvement store on through an online vender.
There are many rules to follow when power washing, and your attire is actually the least of your worries. According to Consumer Reports, “an estimated 6,057 people in 2014 went to an emergency room with injuries related to pressure washer use. And 14% of those ER visits led to additional hospitalization.” With the risks in mind, it may be more prudent to hire a professional power washing company.
If you are looking for a professional power washing service, give AAA Window Solutions a call. We will happily come to your home or business, properly assess the project, and give you a free and accurate quote. It’s time you discovered the convenience and satisfaction of an effective partnership. With nearly two decades of experience providing solutions for window cleaning and treatment, we have the tools and resources that promise the best results.