How to Pressure Wash Your House With Cedar Shingles

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Cedar shingles, long wooden slats used as an alternative to traditional siding, will endure for years and maintain an attractive appearance when cared for properly. As with most types of siding, the biggest problem with cedar shingles is discoloration due to weather, mildew, mold and dirt. One of the easiest ways to clean the discoloration off of cedar shingles is by using a pressure washer.

Things You'll Need

  • Power washer
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Liquid detergent
  • Bleach
  • Fill the pressure washer with water per the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Turn the pressure washer to the lowest setting and turn the pressure washer on.

  • Hold the nozzle of the pressure washer at least 12 inches away from the cedar shingles and spray all of the shingles completely with water. Run the pressure washer until all of the water is emptied from the tank.

  • In a bucket, mix one part water, one part bleach and one part liquid detergent. Mix the solution well to combine.

  • Pour the solution into the the pressure washer tank and turn the pressure washer on.

  • Point the nozzle of the pressure washer at the shingles and spray all of the shingles thoroughly with the solution.

  • Allow the cedar shingles to dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pressure washing removes any protective sealant from the cedar shingles. After the shingles dry, apply a new coat of sealant as soon as possible to protect the wood.

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