How to Use a Pressure Washer Safely and Efficiently
Nothing beats pressure washing years’ worth of grime and build-up from a dirty surface. From mildew to tree sap and even old chewing gum, a pressure washer is your best friend in removing these stubborn sticky messes. Pressure washers are gas or electric powered machines that rely on water pressure to produce the cleaning power needed for such dirty jobs.
They do this by pumping water through a very narrow hose and wand, which increases in pressure the narrower it gets. On the wand is a hand-squeezed trigger that activates the jet. Some pressure washer wands feature an adjustable nozzle, while others have separate detachable nozzles. Both types allow for more control over the angle and pressure needed for different tasks.
Regardless of what kind you have, it’s important to remember how dangerous these machines can be. Be sure you carefully follow any and all of the safety rules and guidelines offered in your devices owners manual. In general, here are a list of things that you should do and you should not do while using a pressure washer:
- Wear sturdy footwear, long pants, and goggles
- Start with the widest spray angle
- Hold the nozzle at least two feet away from the surface, only getting closer if needed
- Turn off the engine and drain excess water before changing your nozzle
- Perform a test on a small, unseen patch to ensure the surface is suitable
- Always read the manufacturer’s manual
- Never point it towards anyone, including yourself and animals
- Never use extension cords
- Never use your washer closer than six inches from the surface you’re cleaning. It can quickly puncture your car’s tire, damage the paint, put holes in wood, etc
- Never leave the engine running for long without pressing the trigger, or it will overheat
- Never pressure wash from a ladder
To ensure that you are using your power washer efficiently, follow the tips below:
- Make sure you sweep off any debris or dirt lying on the surface
- Securely connect the water inlet and the garden hose
- Check for any leaks in the hose connection
- Release air pressure from the wand by squeezing the trigger
- Ensure that the faucet is turned on fully
- Turn on the machine. For the gas machines, pull the starter cord
- For about a minute, let the water run through the machine. This will prime the device properly. However, never leave the washer idle for more than three minutes or the engine can overheat
- Use a low-pressure nozzle first and work your way up later
- Ensure you are holding the wand with both hands while your feet remain firmly on the ground
- Start at least two feet away from the cleaning surface. Hold the wand at a 45-degree angle and move in a side-by-side motion
Why should I purchase a pressure washer?
Sometimes, elbow grease just doesn’t cut it, especially in active homes! Homeowners face many tough messes—and there are situations where these messes can cause damage to your investment. Pressure washers are an easy way to ensure that you are able to maintain a safe and clean home. Plus, they can cut manual cleaning times in half!
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