In short, yes, pressure washing can damage your windows. This doesn’t mean that pressure washing is an ineffective method for washing your windows, but it does mean that you have to ensure that your pressure washing is done correctly to prevent potential damage. Pressure washers can be set to incredibly high pressures, which are even able to cause damage to more durable parts of your home, like wood trim and siding. Here are some ways to prevent damage when pressure washing your windows.
Appropriate Pressure Setting
You will need to ensure that the pressure washer can be set to multiple settings, depending on the material you are cleaning. In order to clean glass, you will need to set the pressure washer to a very low setting to avoid damage to the window.
Use Cleaning Solution
Some pressure washing devices only use water for their washing. However, it is important to implement a cleaning solution to actually clean the area. Otherwise, the spray of water is really just moving the dirt and mold particles around, rather than safely and effectively removing them.
Change the Width
Tips or various nozzles can be implemented to change the width of the spray. This can ensure that the pressure is distributed more evenly across the glass. A direct stream of water will almost certainly damage the glass. Changing the width will help to minimize the pressure on the window. You will also need to make sure that you stay the appropriate distance away from the window. Even if you have a wider spray, it can still damage the window if the pressure washer is held too close to the surface.
Pressure washing can potentially damage your windows, but it is also an extremely effective cleaning method. Care is needed to ensure that pressure washing doesn’t damage your windows. If you need to repair or replace your windows due to an accident or other reasons, contact us at Moyes Glass today!