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Pressure-Wash Away Winter

Spring has sprung and that means warmer weather, longer days and spring cleaning for many of us. According to the 2020 ACI National Cleaning Survey, 78 percent of Americans spring clean each year. 

As they spruce up the inside of their homes, homeowners often forget about the exterior. No matter what part of the country you live in, winter can be harsh on a home’s exterior, leaving siding, roofs, driveways and sidewalks with a layer of grime. 

Pressure washing is an easy and effective way to remove dirt, mold, mildew and other substances from a home’s exterior each spring and part of the necessary prep work before any exterior painting job. You can be an excellent resource for consumers on what products they need to effectively pressure wash the exteriors of their homes. 

Generally, pressure washers run on gas or electricity and come in four categories—light, medium, heavy and professional duty—with varying levels of water pressure ranging from 2,000 PSI to over 3,300 PSI. They also have five types of nozzles that work for different jobs. 

Along with selling pressure washers, retailers have opportunities for add-on sales with pressure washing accessories, like the Ryobi 2300 PSI Surface Cleaner, which is ideal for cleaning driveways, sidewalks and other flat surfaces. The SurfaceMaxx Pro Extension Wand helps reach high spots with an additional 9 feet of extension. 

Numerous specialty pressure washer cleaners are also available. The Simple Green Pro HD Heavy-Duty Cleaner works well for areas that need some extra elbow grease. The KRUD KUTTER House & Siding Pressure Washer Concentrate is a great option for all around the house, as it’s safe for all types of siding, gutters, roofing, stucco, brick, masonry, wood and concrete. 

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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