We already learned the benefits of getting our house get pressure cleaning, our driveways, our roof and even our sidings. But in this article, you can get tips and tricks on how to power wash a variety of outdoor items. Sure, you can use a pressure washer for cleaning a deck or driveway, find out what else you can clean like kids’ toys, outdoor furniture, cushions and garbage cans.
DIY pressure washing is always an option for you but the best choice always is to get some professional to do the job for you. In Lawrenceville Pressure Washing Pros, they handle pressure cleaning jobs well and efficiently. They will assist you to revamp your place.
However, you’ll be surprised at the other things you can clean with a pressure washer. But before anything else, you need to prepare your pressure washer.
- Don’t Forget to Add Soap
Most pressure washers have a reservoir and special nozzle for spraying soap or cleaning solutions. Depending on what you’re cleaning, there’s probably a special cleaning solution that can make the job a bit easier. Degreasers are great for driveways, and a multipurpose house wash will help remove grime from patio or siding. For an extra boost, scrub the suds into the surface and leave them on a few minutes before rinsing.
- Start Slow With the Nozzles
Most pressure washers come with a variety of nozzles, usually ranging from 0 to 40 degrees (the angle of the spray stream). The lower the degree, the more powerful and narrow the stream. You may want to start with the highest degree; if it is not cleaning the surface then move to a lower degree. Ease into it — you don’t want to gouge or damage the surface you’re trying to preserve.
- Double-Check Nozzle Size
Most pressure washers will come with a variety of nozzles, but different manufacturers mark their tips differently, so don’t rely on the color alone. Always check the stamping directly on the tip.
Here’s some examples below:
- Can Clean your Outdoor Furnitures
Most composite wood, mesh, plastic and wood patio furniture can be pressure-washed. Place the furniture on a level surface away from any windows. Spot-clean tough stains with a soap and brush or rag. Using a 40-degree tip, clean the furniture working top to bottom. For painted surfaces (not painted by the manufacturer), start in an inconspicuous spot in case the water pressure starts to remove the paint.
- Outdoor Cushions
Heavy-duty outdoor fabrics can be pressure-washed too. Simply set them on a stable surface and wash side to side, keeping a distance of at least 16 inches. Lay them in the sun to dry or pop them in the dryer.
- Concrete (walkways, driveways)
For heavy stains — like oil on a driveway — pretreat the surface with a degreaser. Then, using the soap tip on the pressure washer, spray the entire area with detergent and be sure to rinse before it dries. A 15- to 25-degree angle tip will provide enough power to rinse away dirt without damaging the surface. Spray the entire surface working left to right keeping the tip about 12 inches away from the surface. Spray in a consistent sweeping motion to prevent streaks.
- Wood (fences)
For wood surfaces such as a fence, begin using a 15- to 25-degree tip. Start at the top and move vertically to prevent streaks. Overlap each pass for a consistent cleaning and keep a distance of 12 to 16 inches. If the fence is heavily soiled, use a detergent before pressure-washing.
- Bikes and Outdoor Toys
Bicycles start with a low-setting tip such as 40 degrees, especially around the tires and the seat. If the metal parts are still dirty, work your way up to a lower-degree tip.
- Garbage Bins
If your trash cans are dirty on the outside and smelly on the inside, give them an all-over washing. Pour detergent and water inside the can and let it sit for a while to disinfect and help remove the smell. Then start with a 40-gauge nozzle to avoid gouging the surface.
- Outdoor Equipments
Wagons, slides and playsets can also be pressure-washed. Start with a 40-degree nozzle because these surfaces may gouge easily. If using soap with the pressure washer, be sure to use something non-toxic on these kid-centric surfaces.
Always Play It Safe
While pressure-washing may seem no different than cleaning with a regular hose, some key safety concerns need to be kept in mind. Because the water is at such high pressure, it not only poses a direct contact harm but it also will send dislodged materials at high speed that can cause an eye-safety issue. Consider not only safety glasses but also water-resistant clothing and closed-toe shoes. Also, never point the spray nozzle toward someone to prevent an accidental discharge.