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Power washing your home #5442922 05/31/20 07:05 AM
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What cleaner y’all use to power wash your home? Also something safe for the grass and plants?


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I buy a bottle of house wash from homedepot.
I reuse the bottle.

It's basically Clorox. The bottle siphons/meters the Clorox. I refill the bottle with Clorox and some tsp about a table spoon or so.


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Re: Power washing your home [Re: spasm3] #5442928 05/31/20 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by spasm3
I buy a bottle of house wash from homedepot.
I reuse the bottle.

It's basically Clorox. The bottle siphons/meters the Clorox. I refill the bottle with Clorox and some tsp about a table spoon or so.

Is it safe for the plants? Thanks.


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I quit power washing and started using a bright green bottled mold armor product. It is way quicker and just spray on surface with garden hose attached to the bottle and use a long brush to slide across heavy mold areas. no scrubbing. I cleaned the house and detached garage while my wife went shopping. She could not believe I did all that in 2 and1/2 hours and was sitting in the shade with sweet tea when she returned home.


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Re: Power washing your home [Re: ARB1977] #5442932 05/31/20 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by ARB1977
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I buy a bottle of house wash from homedepot.
I reuse the bottle.

It's basically Clorox. The bottle siphons/meters the Clorox. I refill the bottle with Clorox and some tsp about a table spoon or so.

Is it safe for the plants? Thanks.


I've never had an issue with the plants, but mine are spaced away from the siding. Some I'm sure gets on them. I'm careful not to spray directly on them.
Some times if I think a lot got on them I rinse them with the hose.

Is your home single or 2 story?

I did have to get on my 6ft a ladder to spray from the bottle , to the top of the siding on my 2 story.

My new pressure washer has a tank , with a down steam 1/15 mix, so I can mix Clorox and tsp in that and apply with the extension wand and black nozzle.

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Re: Power washing your home [Re: ARB1977] #5443006 05/31/20 08:56 AM
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You're supposed to wash your house ?


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Re: Power washing your home [Re: ARB1977] #5443056 05/31/20 09:45 AM
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I do it two ways. I used a power washer with plain water. On the north end of my house it gets mildew and mold and can look awful. Can't reach all of the areas way up with the power washer. I bought some Wet and Forget. Sprayed it on with a battery powered sprayer that I have. Took about a month to clean up and looked great. It has been two years and still looks good.

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Originally Posted by spasm3
Originally Posted by ARB1977
Originally Posted by spasm3
I buy a bottle of house wash from homedepot.
I reuse the bottle.

It's basically Clorox. The bottle siphons/meters the Clorox. I refill the bottle with Clorox and some tsp about a table spoon or so.

Is it safe for the plants? Thanks.


I've never had an issue with the plants, but mine are spaced away from the siding. Some I'm sure gets on them. I'm careful not to spray directly on them.
Some times if I think a lot got on them I rinse them with the hose.

Is your home single or 2 story?

I did have to get on my 6ft a ladder to spray from the bottle , to the top of the siding on my 2 story.

My new pressure washer has a tank , with a down steam 1/15 mix, so I can mix Clorox and tsp in that and apply with the extension wand and black nozzle.

Single story with high attic space. It takes my little giant fully extended to put Christmas lights up above my garage. Just to give you and idea.


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Re: Power washing your home [Re: ARB1977] #5443074 05/31/20 10:19 AM
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Another vote for Wet and Forget thumbsup

No scrubbing but results takes a little time to be fully realized.


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Re: Power washing your home [Re: Strokenmerc] #5443105 05/31/20 10:58 AM
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Pool shock from Lowe’s = stronger bleach. $4.00. Use that plus Gain liquid laundry detergent. Mix up in a foam cannon ($16) from amazon and spray on house. Let sit 5 min and wash off.

Just did my house last month. Pleased with results. I put a tarp over the plants and hosed them with water afterwards. All good. Foam cannon is a neat thing......


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I use my pressure washer with just water on the gutters and eaves. My house is brick so other than that I have to do the deck, garage door, front entrance, and the back door and windows on the covered deck. For those areas I use Simple Green in a foam cannon. I’ll sponge or brush anything that looks heavily solid and then rinse with the pressure washer. I never bothers the grass or landscaping. Tomorrow I’m giving Wet and Forget a try for the first time


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I use Wet and Forget. Vastly superior than bleach based cleaners

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I just rinse the siding off with water every couple of years. I think they call it 'soft washing'. Afraid of power washing, and using chemicals near plants.

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I use Wet and Forget. Vastly superior than bleach based cleaners


I've heard its good, can you open the bottle and add it to a pressure washer soap tank?


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