4 Reasons to Pressure Wash Your Residential Rental Properties

Residential real estate investment is all about striking a balance between making a profit and keeping your properties inviting. Annual pressure washing can help with both goals. Here’s how:

4 Reasons to Pressure Wash Your Residential Rental Properties

1. Long-term tenants appreciate the maintenance.

The real profit is in long-term tenants. If you can find families that plan on staying in one of your properties for years, you don’t have to worry about empty units or a set of fees for your property management company to find a new tenant. They also tend to take better care of the property. If you show regular signs of maintenance and property improvement, they’re even more incentivized to stay.

2. Stage a better first impression for prospective tenants.

When it is time to invite potential tenants to tour the property and sign a lease, you want that property as clean as possible. That starts with the exterior. A thorough annual pressure washing removes built-up grime, dirt, and moss. Even if you don’t have time to do it right before the open house, an annual habit keeps the property welcoming.

3. Get rid of chemical buildup.

Even in the DFW area, there are still a few times when road crews bring out road salt and snow melting chemicals. These can build up on the concrete surfaces of your property and etch through the material. There’s also the constant accumulation of car exhaust, air pollution, and chemicals.

Pressure washing doesn’t just make your property look clean. It removes those chemicals before they can cause further damage.

4. Don’t let plants dig into the siding.

Tiny plants like moss and algae hook into the walls as they spread across a house’s surface. Eventually, that will make the materials start to crumble and weaken. Ivy can do even more damage as it sinks its roots through the brick walls. An annual pressure washing gets rids of these damaging root systems.

Go to 214 Pressure Washing to set up a scheduled annual washing.

3 Ways DIY Power Washing Can Hurt Your Building

There’s no one-size-fits-all setting for power washing a building. Every surface and circumstance needs a slightly different solution. Properties up against a lake need softer scouring that won’t penetrate their protective paint or powder coating. But properties up against an interstate need tough water pressure and cleaners to cut through the road grime.

3 Ways DIY Power Washing Can Hurt Your Building
3 Ways DIY Power Washing Can Hurt Your Building


Even individual parts of the same building need different treatments. So don’t risk property damage with all of the contradicting tips you’ll find online. Hire professional power washers who have plenty of experience with different surfaces, especially:

1. Cobblestone sidewalks.

If your building has decorative cobblestone sidewalks around the property, then keeping them clean is essential to customer enjoyment. But getting them clean is tricky. Stones have a hard surface, but their grout or dirt joints might not be able to handle the pressure. The landscaping right along the sides of the paths certainly won’t be able to, and the grass won’t respond to harsh cleaners, either. Find a service who can use just the right cleaners and equipment for the situation.

2. Soft siding.

If you have a brick or concrete building, the walls can handle quite a lot of pressure to leave them clean and gleaming. But softer materials need a gentler approach. Wood or poly siding have to be carefully handled, and shingles may need a different approach altogether. Don’t risk tearing up the siding, especially if it’s an intricate design.

3. Hard concrete.

Even concrete can require special handling. Too much pressure near a crack can increase the damage. On the other hand, too little pressure and too soft of cleaning chemicals won’t get out the rust stains and accumulated exhaust.

214 Pressure Washing has the experience to safely clean any type of commercial building surface. Whether you have an industrial concrete building or a themed restaurant with a perfectly decorated exterior, our trained teams can get it done. Contact us here to schedule an appointment.