Power Wash

A power washer involves a fairly hefty investment: Purchase prices range from $100 to $400+, and rentals are in the $90/day range. So, if you’re going to invest in a power washer for home use, you may as well use it for as many surfaces as possible.

The infographic below, What Can You Power Wash Around the House? is a handy guide for putting your power washer to work in every way possible. Chances are you’re already familiar with some of these applications, but even the most experienced DIYer should find something new to clean. 

All of these 18 home-use power washing applications have one thing in common. In every case, you have to use the proper safety procedures, so as to avoid damaging surfaces and preventing injuries. Important power washing safety procedures include never pointing a power washer wand at anyone, wearing the proper protective gear, keeping your feet on the ground and using the appropriate nozzle and pressure.

Speaking of feet, make sure you’re wearing heavy shoes or boots at all times when working with power washers, and keep in mind that feet, hands and eyes are the most vulnerable parts of the body when power washing is underway. For a complete checklist of power wash safety and operating procedures, study your power washer’s user manual before going to work.

Now that you’re ready to go, here are 18 things you can power wash with ease.

What Can You Power Wash Around the House?

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Boats, Cars, Motorcycles

Use 1200 – 1900 PSI to prevent damaging paint.


Remove wheels, put the bike in a stand. Grease the chain when finished.

Brick or Vinyl House Exterior

Cover shrubs and flowers to prevent damage.

Entrance Stairs and Walkways

Cover shrubs and flowers to prevent damage.

Concrete Driveway

Cover exterior walls and doors with plastic sheeting.

Garage Floors

Wet the floor first to eliminate streaking.

Soffits, Gutters, Downspouts

Tough stains require the use of a detergent solution.


Also helps to prepare window trim for a new coat of paint.

Concrete, Brick or Tile Patio

Focus on dirt buildup in cracks and crevices.


Use the fan or rotating tip to prevent damaging wood.

Patio Furniture and Cushions

Use low pressure on surfaces other than iron.

Concrete Swimming Pools

Do not pressure wash a vinyl or fiberglass pool.


Do not power wash painted wood fences.

Coolers and Trash Bins

Position them securely against a wall when washing.


Disconnect propane tank and electrical. Clean grates separately.

Lawn Mower

Disconnect spark plugs and blades before washing.


Remove swings before pressure washing.

Area Rugs

Do not power wash natural fiber rugs, such a wool or cotton rug.

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