Pressure washers are undoubtedly the best cleaning equipment ever constructed. They help people to accomplish what seems to be a tough cleaning job easily. This cleaning efficiency of pressure washers is possible as it is equipped with a pressure pump that accelerates water at high speeds and expelled at another end. This immensely pressurized water is enough to lift stubborn dirt, mud, muck, and sometimes even stain off the surface of walls, steel, concrete, or any other solid material.
In the past, pressure washers were mostly used for commercial and industrial cleaning applications. These days, thanks to smaller and cheaper pressure washers, they are finding their way into many homes. The truth is pressure washers have a lot of uses in the home. They can be used to clean the car, the driveway, patio, garage, fence, and even the sidings of your home. Using a pressure washer to clean these will not only make cleaning easier, but also fun as you are able to accomplish your cleaning task more efficiently and in less time.
Before pressure washing siding of your home, you first need to determine the type of material it is made of. In addition, you also need to be aware of how much pressure your pressure washer unit can generate so you do not accidentally damage the surface that you are trying to clean.
If the sidings of your home are made of concrete, then you would not need to worry as the concrete is tough enough to withstand almost everything a pressure washer could dish at it. The only problem is with the paint. If your pressure washer unit can generate huge amounts of pressure, say 3000 PSI, then the pressure coupled with a narrow-angled spray nozzle can easily strip the paint off the concrete. If you have a powerful pressure washer, it is recommended that you use 25 or 40-degree nozzles to widen the coverage area so the power of the spray is not concentrated only on a narrow area. In addition to this, you need to spray from about 10-foot distance and narrowing that distance until your desired cleaning effect is achieved. Remember this distance and use it throughout when cleaning your sidings. Then again, if your pressure washer gauges only around 1000 PSI to 2000 PSI, then you wouldn’t have to worry much about stripping off the paint. Just make sure you don’t use a 0-degree angle though.
If the sidings of your home are made of wood, brick or delicate masonry, it is recommended that you use a 25 or 45 degree nozzle so you do not damage the material. This is regardless of the power of your pressure washer unit. Also, keep in mind to pressure wash from a distance at first and narrowing the distance down until you get your efficient cleaning distance.
When cleaning the sidings of your home, it is also important to keep in mind to close all windows, wrap and plastic cover delicate fixtures, and seal off (or better yet turn off) all outdoor electrical outlets to protect yourself from electrocution. If your pressure washer unit comes with a chemical or detergent dispenser, you can use it to accomplish your task even faster. When cleaning the sidings, make sure to start from the top going down so no dirty water drips and trickles on the already cleaned parts.
Why Pressure Washers are the Best Cleaning Instruments for Tough Cleaning Jobs
We often hear the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” You will have to agree with this saying as being neat and clean is presentable and gentle to the eyes. This can be said for cars, clothing, homes, kitchens, restaurants, offices, and many other stuff and areas. The truth is cleanliness is something we all want. However, when it comes to cleaning, not many of us are up for the task. Many of us clean things or areas not because we want to, but mostly because we are compelled to. Cleaning is a tough and dirty job that many of us would want to stay away from it as much as possible. It is not only tiring, but also very time consuming.
When faced with a tough cleaning job, the first thing that comes to mind is how to accomplish it fast and with least efforts. However, if you can get your hands on a pressure washer, you will be amazed just how much time you will save using it and with hardly any effort. Once you’ve used one, you will see just how valuable it is and consider it as indispensable cleaning equipment for many of your cleaning tasks.
If you don’t own a pressure washer yet but are familiar with them, you will be surprised to find out that there is a huge assortment of models, sizes, and brands available. This will make buying one difficult, especially if you do not really know exactly what type to buy. There are basically two types of pressure washers – gasoline-powered pressure washer and electric pressure washers. Both types come in three models – cold water, hot water, and steam. When buying a pressure washer you will need to choose a combination of type and model. In order to get the right pressure washer though, you first need to identify what types of cleaning tasks you have or where you will be using it. This will give the sales agent an idea of what models you need and eliminate what you don’t.
If you need a pressure washer for light cleaning jobs only, such as residential cleaning tasks, i.e. cleaning cars, fence, pavements, driveways, patios, walls, etc., then an electric pressure washer with 1000 PSI to 1500 PSI will be sufficient enough. However, if you will be using your pressure washer unit with frequency and for prolonged periods, you many need to get a gasoline-powered pressure washer. The main disadvantages of using a gas unit though is that it is noisy, requires more maintenance, and you cannot use it on enclosed spaces. Its main advantage, however, is that you can use it on remote locations without the need to be connected to the grid.