Pressure washers can be fun to use and show amazing results. If the outside of your house or business needs a good washing, it might be time to break one out. It’s the fastest and easiest way to clean but there are a lot of things that you will need to go before you decide to go that route. See this post to check out some pressure washing tips before you get started on your cleaning job.
1. The Strength of a Pressure Washer
You can measure a pressure washer’s strength in a couple of ways. Pounds per square inch or strength of outflow and gallons per minute or volume of the water. Most machines have three to five tips that you can choose between. For most jobs, twenty-five to fifty feet of high-pressure hose will be more than enough.
2. Pressure Washers are Potent
Pressure washers are not only potent but very powerful. Never point it at another person. Make sure you take protective precautions when using one. Wear work boots or shoes. The power of the spray can cut your skin and even tear through light shoes. Never spray it at windows or electrical outlets. Don’t pressure wash your roof because it can damage shingles.
Never spray air conditioning condenser coils. They are very delicate and the pressure washer could damage them.
3. Always Follow the Instruction Manual
Follow all the instructions in the manual to the letter. It will have the best pressure washing tips that you could ever get. It will tell you everything you need to know, from what power and hose tip to use, to what to wash and what not to wash.
Always follow the instructions so you don’t break things you can’t replace or that will be expensive to replace. Reading the instruction manual will also stop you from hurting yourself and others.
4. Pressure Washing Power and Nozzle Selection
We’ve talked a lot about different pressure and tip selections. The reason is that the washers are so versatile. They can come with many different power selection and tips styles. Each one of the tips has a different use depending on what you’re washing.
For example, because wood is so delicate, you want to use the lowest pressure setting available and if you have an option to use a fan tip, you would use that one on the wood. Test your pressure and tip on a small bit of the surface that you’re cleaning first to see if it’s going to cause any damage.
5. Pressure Washing Technique
Agan, you will use a fan tip for something like a wood deck. They come in a variety of sizes, a forty to sixty-degree tip size is the norm for deck cleaning.
You will hold it about 12 ft off the surface of the deck and clean it using a sweeping motion. After a bit, your arm may become tired and you will have the temptation to drop your arm a little. Try to resist this and keep a constant distance away from the deck.