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Can Power Washing Damage Your Concrete?

When you need to clean your outdoor areas, the quickest way for a deep clean is with a power washer. The force of the water with an added solution removes dirt and grime with ease. However, the art of power washing is a learned skill. There are instances where you can actually damage your property if you don’t power wash correctly. Continue reading to learn more.

Don’t Do This

Power washing doesn’t require a lot of skill, but you do need a little knowledge. When it comes time to power washing your hardscapes, it’s important to have the correct settings and techniques. What do we mean by this? For concrete and pavers, you’ll need a nozzle setting that has the appropriate pressure. As far as technique, you don’t want your water pressure to be too high or too low. You also don’t want to hold it too close to the concrete. These tips are essential to follow so you can avoid damage.

The Potential Damage

If you power wash incorrectly, the damage is difficult to reverse. Visible damage is usually in the form of pitting, lines, and surface degradation. You can also harm the mortar in between bricks and disperse the sand in the pavers. This could potentially ruin your installation and you could end up spending more to repair it. In addition, the runoff from the power washer can spoil your grass and plants. Try to direct the runoff into a dirt or gravel area.


The pros at Ernest Windows know how to power wash the right way! We clean decks, patios, fences, and more. For a FREE consultation or quote, please call 1-800-270-6228. You can also visit us online for more information.  

The Best Way to Clean an RV

Motorhomes and camping trailers today come in all shapes and sizes. While washing a twelve foot long trailer may seem rather straightforward, things begin to get much more complicated when washing a bus-like motorhome that’s over forty feet long. Follow along with this month’s blog post as we discuss the best way to go about washing an RV.

Power Wash

Most RV’s are at least eight to ten feet tall, making them nearly impossible to wash without precariously balancing on a ladder or using a power washer. A power washer will not only allow you to remove caked-on grime and grease much more easily, but much faster too! It’s always recommended to start washing from the top of the vehicle and work your way down to the bottom for optimum results.


Once an RV has been thoroughly sprayed down it’s important to take extra care in cleaning the windows. Water streaks left behind on your vehicle’s windows are unsafe, unsightly, and will be harder to remove later. Additionally, using a window sealant or protectant is recommended to help fight against unavoidable dirt and rain.


The type of wheels your RV has will determine the type of products you may want to use on them but generally a basic rim cleaning product will work fine. As RV’s are regularly left outdoors exposed to the elements, investing in a tire balm and wheel covers would also help extend the life of your tires as well.


At the end of the day washing an RV is a lot different than washing a car. When towing it through a car wash and hand washing it in front of your house aren’t feasible options, call the experts at Ernest Windows for premium power washing and window washing services for your home, business, or RV.

What Not to Pressure Wash in Your Home

Pressure washing your home always seems like a fun task to do. Now that spring is here, you might be considering spring cleaning your home and washing away all that winter left behind. And although using a pressure washing machine is fun, you shouldn’t get too carried away because there are plenty of areas that should not be pressure washed in order to prevent any damage to your home. Read along to learn about of few areas that you should refrain from washing with a pressure washer.

Wood Siding

If you are not a professional at using a power or pressure washer, we suggest staying away from washing your home’s wood siding. Yes, it is possible to wash these with your machine as long as your using the correct pressure, but if done incorrectly it could lead to damaging results. By using too much pressure, the water can puncture through the surface of the wood and damage insulation, electrical wiring, and can even initiate mold growth. If you are looking to wash wood or any other type of siding, call on us to provide you with clean and safe results.

Painted Surfaces

Unless you are looking to remove paint (although it is not recommended that it is done with a pressure washer) you should not use a pressure washer on painted surfaces. Pressure washing causes paint to chip, which is why it should be used in low pressure mode.


After winter, your gutters might have plenty of residue left on them that will seem tempting to wash away with a pressure washer. Don’t! Gutters are best cleaned by removing whatever is in them by hand and then washed with a less intense water flow. They are able to withstand rainstorms or snowstorms, but the intensity of a pressure washer is more severe and can damage your gutters, causing you an extra expense to have them repaired or replaced.

Overall, these are only a few of the surfaces that we suggest you keep your machine away from. If you are unsure of what surfaces can be cleaned and which cannot, we suggest you rely on a professional. Here at Ernest Windows, we take great care of your home and have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best results at affordable. For pressure washing services in the Bartlett, IL area, call on us.

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