Power washing with clear water

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Power washing with clear water

I am interested in power washing with clear water only. Our House, which is a 2 Story has become dingy and has some mildew on two sides.  What I want to know is can I bypass the application of detergent and just do the  power washing with clear water? . FYI, I did some test and it seemed like it was doing a great job cleaning the House with just Cold Water, but I thought I better ask someone with experience before doing the whole House.
Power washing with clear water answer
Power washing with clear water is perfectly fine to remove dust, pollen, and oxidation (chalky residue).  Most pressure washers have  enough power to rinse  light contaminants from the siding.  However, proper cleaning of heavily soiled areas and removal of mildew will require more than just power washing with clear water.
Applying detergent such as surf laundry detergent will not only lift the soil better than clear water it will also make rinsing much easier.  Mildew stains may be blasted away with clear water but the use of  bleach or some other mildew inhibitor will slow it’s recurrence.
Areas low enough to easily reach can be effectively cleaned by power washing with clear water  but even commercial pressure washer lack the power to properly clean a two story house without the use of detergent.
Read this post :  Power Washing your house | common sense tips for safety and efficiency  to achieve better results than power washing with clear water only.  If you have concerns about the environmental impact of using detergent check out this post: How Power Washing Affects the Environment
Good luck with your project,

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Tony is a life time resident of North Carolina with over 40 years experience in multiple facets of the industrial, commercial and residential construction industry. For the past 33 years he has owned and operated Wood's Home Maintenance Service, providing services primarily in Johnston, Wake and Sampson Counties of North Carolina. ______________ ______________________________________________________ The information contained in this Blog is opinion derived, from hands on experience of over 40 years in the construction industry and by extensive research by the author. All postulations are referenced to the geographic location in which this experience was gained.
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