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The Dangers of DIY Pressure Washing

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Pressure Washing is one of the most satisfying and cost effective means to clean stubborn dirt and stains. If done correctly, pressure cleaning is extremely efficient and effective. However, many property owners are unaware of the power and dangers behind this equipment and without proper experience and knowledge can easily damage even the most durable surfaces.

Here is what you need to know about the dangers of do-it-yourself pressure washing.

Power and Pressure

One of the most common mistakes with DIY pressure cleaning is underestimating the power of this equipment. Not every surface is made equally and requires a different amount of pressure to ensure an effective yet safe clean. 

Many DIYers will find that they begin to strip the paint of the surface they are cleaning or will etch lines into the surface. Professional pressure cleaning technicians have the knowledge of what pressure rating is required for certain surfaces. 


Another important factor to consider when pressure washing is the techniques used. Just like using the incorrect power and pressure, if the wrong technique is used it can damage the surface. As such, it can be difficult to determine the best technique. Professional pressure washing has the knowledge of what combination of techniques will work best for each surface and how to adjust their approach depending on the condition of the surface.

Cleaning Solutions

The cleaning solutions used in pressure washing can also be dangerous. Improperly diluted solutions or solutions that are not compatible with the surface being cleaned can cause damage. 

Similarly, some cleaners also contain harsh chemicals which, if ingested, can be poisonous. Again, professional pressure washers have the knowledge of what solutions to use and how to mix them.


One of the final dangers of DIY pressure washing is the removal of debris. Without proper protection, debris can easily be blown into the eyes or mouth. Additionally, the speed of this flying debris can cut both skin and various surfaces. 

Professional pressure washers have the take measures to protect themselves and those around them by using appropriate gear, equipment and PPE.


Last but not least, falls from height is one of the most common dangers when pressure washing from roofs. This can occur when working from a ladder or when accessing high areas to clean.

Professional pressure cleaners not only have the gear and training to safely form heights but they are also licenced and insured in the event of an accident. 

Leave It To The Professionals

While it may be tempting to pressure wash your property, it is best to leave this task to the professionals. Water Attack Pressure washing is a Sunshine Coast based pressure washing service that has the experience and knowledge that is perfect for removing dirt, grime, and other unwanted build-up from just about any surface. Using only the safest and most effective cleaning solutions available, you can rest assured that your home will be looking its best in no time.