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Spruce Up Your Home Without Killing Your Plants: How to Power Wash Safely!

Updated: May 19, 2023


Power washing can be a great way to clean the exterior of your home, but it can also be harmful to nearby plants and landscaping. Here are some steps to take to avoid killing plants while power washing your house:

  1. Water the plants: Before you begin power washing, thoroughly water any plants or landscaping near the house. This will help saturate the soil and reduce the amount of water and cleaning solution the plants absorb.

  2. Cover the plants: Use tarps or plastic sheeting to cover any plants or landscaping that are particularly vulnerable to damage from water or cleaning solutions. Be sure to secure the coverings to prevent them from blowing away during the power washing.

  3. Use a low-pressure setting: Set your power washer to a low-pressure environment when working near plants and landscaping. High-pressure water can easily damage plant foliage, causing leaves to wilt or fall off.

  4. Work at an angle: When power washing near plants, aim the spray nozzle away from the plants and work at an angle to avoid spraying directly onto the foliage or stems. This will help to prevent damage and ensure that the cleaning solution is directed away from the plants.

  5. Rinse thoroughly: After power washing the house, thoroughly rinse the area around the plants with water to dilute any remaining cleaning solution and prevent plant damage.

By taking these precautions, you can effectively clean the exterior of your home with a power washer without causing harm to nearby plants or landscaping.

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