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What Surfaces Can I Pressure Wash?

15 Dec2017


In late fall and early winter months, a time when property managers and facilities managers often inspect their properties for preventative maintenance issues, pressure washing comes up every time: “What surfaces can I pressure wash, what surfaces can’t I pressure wash?” Let KEVCO enlighten you about some of the surfaces that can and can’t be pressure washed. It may surprise you, and some of the surfaces that can be cleaned are just plain common sense.

Surfaces that Can Be Pressure Washed


It’s inspection time—time to do our due diligence and walk our properties to see if there are any exterior maintenance issues that we need to address. First stop: let’s walk out of the front entryway to the building. Since first impressions are the most critical ones, the entryway and front of your building need to give the greatest impression. If the front façade of your building is brick or concrete, you are in business!

These types of surfaces can easily be pressure washed with both hot and cold water pressure washing machines—even portable ones. Most of the time, around the exterior concrete or limestone bands of a building, you will often notice either a chalky looking white substance or black drip marks. They can very easily be pressure washed to remove those stains. The white chalky substance is lime leeching from the stone and the black drip mark stains are a combination of limestone and mold spores that, with the right pressure washing spray nozzle, can be removed.

Sidewalks & Curbs

Other surfaces to look at are sidewalks and curbing. Can those surfaces be pressure washed? Absolutely! Nothing makes a greater first impression than the sparkle and shine of sidewalks and curbs that lead up to and surrounding your building.

Parking Lots

While outside, you can also take note of the parking lot. Are there grease stains from car discharge? Is there other dirt and debris that could be removed? If the answer is yes, then the parking lot is a perfect candidate for pressure washing. Again, hot and cold water pressure washing machines can accomplish that.

From the parking lots, managers can also examine parking garages, both above ground and below ground. Do they look dull and dingy?  They are both excellent candidates for pressure washing. The asphalt surfaces can be pre-treated for the oil stains; then, the hot water pressure washing machines, along with bio-degradable chemicals, can take care of the various stains.


Another surface that is easy to pressure wash is any wood surface that may be around a building, such as wood fences and partitions. Pressure washing can make these surfaces look brand new and significantly clean any dirt buildup so that the original color of the wood comes through.

Signs & Loading Docks

The last two surfaces are ones that property and facilities managers may not think to clean, but cleaning them makes a huge difference. Those surfaces are building signage and loading dock/trash dumpster areas. These surfaces are excellent candidates for pressure washing. Cleaning your building’s signage, as long as it is concrete, creates that wow effect with just small amounts of pressure. Loading dock/trash dumpster areas often get large amounts of dirt and grime buildup, which can be easily solved and brightened up by the power of pressure washing. These high-traffic areas need to be cleaned often.

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As long as surfaces are not too porous, pressure washing is a viable—and often necessary—option for keeping your business looking presentable and professional. The power of H2O cleans many surfaces, whether they are several stories up or ground level. A majority of the time, even soap or mild detergent is not needed; water, with just a little bit of pressure, can clean almost any stain! Get in touch with our team of professionals for pressure cleaning services in the DC metro area.

To learn more about the pressure washing services from KEVCO Building Services, contact us online or call (800) 315-3444 today!

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