Pressure washers make the best cleaning equipment especially for cleaning jobs that are too heavy for a hose or a mop. They have numerous applications but they may not be ideal for all surfaces since the pressure can cause damage to certain services like stucco, brick and some types of siding. If you are thinking of using a pressure washer, the following instructions should help you take advantage of your pressure washer.
- Choose Your Pressure Washer
High pressure cleaners either use gas, diesel or electric-powered pumps to add more than 1000 pounds of pressure to the water from a garden hose. The more the pounds of pressure, the more powerful the washer is an electric pressure washer will deliver about 1300-1400 psi, which is enough to wash cars. The gas-powered pressure washer on the other hand delivers more than 3000 psi, which is ideal for washing driveways and houses.
- Check the Manual
Before you begin using any kind of pressure washer, it is very important that you begin by reading the manufacturers manual. This will help you understand how that particular pressure washer works and how to use it effectively.
- Check the Hose
Before you use the pressure washer, it is also important to check its hose. Most washers come with a ¾ hose. Check it for any obstructions to ensure that it will deliver enough gpm. You can test this by timing how fast the hose fills a 5-gallon bucket.
- Do You Need Detergent?
On its own, a power washer can easily remove most of the dust and debris on the surface you are cleaning. But to kill mold, spores and remove some stubborn stains, you may need to use a washer with a detergent tank. In this case, it is very important that you follow the instructions for mixing the bleach and detergent in the tank.
- Should You Use a Ladder?
You are advised against using a pressure washer while on a ladder. If you must though, ensure that that later and your position on it is secure.
- Staring the Washer
Before you start the washer, make sure that all connections are air tight and set the spray wand to its lowest setting to begin. Let the washer warm up for a minute or two before increasing the pressure.
- When to Apply Detergent
To begin the cleaning process, you may want to use a medium spray with water only to remove some of the dust and dirt on the surface. It is only after this stage that you should consider adding detergent to the tank. It is always a good idea to let the detergent solution soak for a few minutes before rinsing the surface. Always rinse with low pressure.
- Turn off the Washer
Once you are don’t with the cleaning process, turn off the washer and then take the time to wipe down the windows and rinse the plants that may have been exposed to the detergent and bleach with plain water. Then uncouple the hose, turn off the water and then squeeze the trigger to remove excess water from the system.