Builder’s Tip: Landscape Fabric As Tarp for Power-Washing
Pressure washing painted siding can leave millions of unsightly paint chips strewn around a house. And there hasn't been a really good way to pick up any but the largest pieces — until now.
When one of my clients was adamant about not wanting any chips around his home, I came up with the following solution.
I had planned to lay down tarps to collect the chips when we hand-scraped his house, but the tarps would be flooded by the water during the preliminary wash.
Instead, to catch the flakes and let the water pass through, I spread some landscaping fabric left over from another project. We placed the fabric about 6 feet out from the house.
Although the water puddled up initially, it passed through the fabric soon after we shut off the equipment.
As a tarp, the landscape fabric worked great. It caught even the tiniest particles.
— Mike Guertin, East Greenwich, R.I.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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