Ready to blast away all your outdoor dirt and grime? Before you break out your pressure cleaner, read our blog on the pros and cons of DIY pressure cleaning versus hiring a professional. It may save you time and money!

With the right equipment, DIY pressure cleaning is possible. Kennards and Bunnings have a wide range of equipment for those do-it-yourself pressure cleaning jobs around the house.

 

If you have an easy area to clean, such as a deck or driveway, and you understand the basics of high-pressure cleaning, DIY can be an affordable solution. However, even seemingly simple tasks can turn out to be bigger and take longer than you expected.

 

Here, we explore some pros and cons of DIY versus hiring a professional high-pressure cleaning company so you can make an informed decision.

Do you have the time, knowledge and experience to do it yourself?

As mentioned above, you can hire pressure-cleaning equipment for home maintenance tasks.
When deciding between doing it yourself or hiring a high-pressure cleaner, it’s important to consider the time and skills needed for the job. If you’ve already got the right equipment, know what you’re doing, and have time to spare, then DIY may be the right option for you.

But if you don’t have the energy or time due to more important life commitments, or aren’t confident, then hiring a professional may be your best option. We regularly get calls from people who started a DIY job but got disheartened when the equipment didn’t have the power to deliver the expected results, or it turned out to be a much bigger job than they first thought.

Some things to consider when deciding between a professional or DIY:

  • Are you experienced in using a high-pressure cleaner?
  • Do you have the correct safety equipment (e.g., harness and hard hat for working at heights, goggles, mask)?
  • Can the surface be high-pressure cleaned? Some surfaces, such as asbestos sheeting, soft stone or surfaces with flaking paint, shouldn’t be pressure cleaned.
  • Is your pressure cleaner strong enough to properly clean the area?
  • Do you have the right cleaning solution for the surface and stain you want to remove?
  • Do you have enough time to dedicate to the job, or do you need it completed quickly?

    Do you have the right equipment for DIY pressure cleaning?

    High-pressure cleaning requires specialised equipment. While there’s a range of affordable pressure cleaning machines for DIY jobs, they won’t give you the same results as a professional high-pressure cleaner.

    Professional high-pressure cleaning equipment can expel water between 1,000 – 10,000 pounds per square inch (psi). DIY cleaners are generally at the lower pressure scale and water flow rate, so cleaning can be slow going.

    The wrong cleaning solution and equipment can also result in stains, leaving your area messier than when you started. Also, tougher stains like oil and grease on concrete driveways require chemical treatment to break them down. You need time to leave the chemicals on the stain before washing it.

    To get a professional finish, you’ll need to invest in the latest high-tech tools, which can be expensive. It’s also important to factor in additional supplies like hoses, chemicals, protective gear and the time it takes to learn how to use the machine properly. An experienced professional already has the right equipment, and they know how — and how not — to use it.

    Safety considerations when using a high-pressure cleaner

    High-pressure cleaners expel water, as the name suggests, at high pressure. If you’re unfamiliar with the equipment, the kickback can take you by surprise. This isn’t a major concern once you get used to it, but you don’t want to use equipment you’re unfamiliar with when you’re up a ladder or on your roof cleaning those hard-to-reach areas.

    While we’re still on the roof, let’s talk about safety equipment. A high-pressure cleaning contractor is trained in working at heights and will have the correct safety equipment, such as a harness, hard hat, eye protection, and scaffolding if needed for large jobs. Taking a safety risk just isn’t worth it. You could end up paying too high a price just to save a few dollars.

    High-pressure cleaning and property damage

    Not all surfaces should be cleaned with a high-pressure cleaner. A professional contractor will know the right equipment and cleaning solution for different surfaces. And if something goes wrong, as it sometimes can, a professional will be insured to cover damages. Using the wrong equipment or underestimating the water pressure can cause damage and cost you hundreds, if not thousands, to repair.

     

    So, DIY or outsource? It’s up to you

    Now you’ve worked through what to consider when deciding on DIY pressure cleaning or outsourcing, it’s really your choice on what you feel comfortable with.

     

    Feeling confident you’ve got the tools, know-how and time to DIY your pressure cleaning? Great. There’s nothing like that sense of accomplishment of a job well done.

    Still a bit unsure and think it’s best to get help from the professionals? No problem. Give Richard a call on 0412 204 645 or email admin@rooftofloormaintenance.com.au to discuss how we can help you.

    Head to our Services page for more information and to book a quote.