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Winter Pressure Washing: Why It Works And Where It Works Best

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Spring cleaning is arguably one of the most mundane chores that comes around on an annual basis, so anything you can do to ease your workload during this time is a plus. One part of spring cleaning that many homeowners include in their ritual is pressure washing various fixtures around the yard. However, this is one of a few chores that you can do early in order to make your spring cleaning less hectic. 

Why Pressure Wash Early?

Pressure washing before spring makes sense for several reasons. First and foremost, you'll be getting a head start on mildew, mold, and moss that occupies many outdoor fixtures in the warmer months. These plants and fungi are dormant in the winter just like your grass, which means they'll be easier to remove after a few weeks of chilly weather. Therefore, picking a particularly warm day (to avoid freezing whatever you're washing) after a few weeks of winter weather will give you the best results, since you won't be freezing your backyard fixtures, but the moss and mildew will come right off. Another plus is that these microrganisms won't come back as quickly in winter as they will in the warmer months when the air is warm. 

What Should I Pressure Wash Early?

Several things in your backyard make good candidates for early pressure washing. Some examples include:

Bird Baths

A bird bath is a perfect candidate to pressure wash in the winter, especially if it doesn't see much action from birds in the winter. That's because a snow and a rain or two before the birds return will wash away any chemicals you use to do your pressure washing so that they won't harm the birds. If birds spend the winter at your bird bath, then simply pressure washing with just water should remove most of the moss anyway, giving your birds a clean place to hang out in the winter and spring. 

Brick or Flagstone Walkways

Walkways are another fixture that respond well to winter power washing because they are most often affected by mosses and mildews that die or go dormant in the winter. As previously stated, these pests will be much easier to remove once they have gone dormant in the cold of the winter, so they'll come right off your brick or flagstone walkway. 

Retaining Walls

Pressure washing a retaining wall in the spring or summer is like sweeping crumbs under a rug: the issue's just going to come back later. Giving your retaining wall a good pressure wash during the winter gives you the most bang for your buck because it will give you until spring is well underway before moss and lichens try to show up again, whereas moss and lichen pollen are very prevalent in the warmer months, making these plants more likely to come back quickly. To learn more, speak with a business like Restoration by Projects Restoration.