Almost everybody is aware of the effectiveness of pressure washers as cleaning equipments. These cleaning equipments allow you to be productive when cleaning. A pressure washer is not exactly a complex machine to operate and using it is actually very intuitive and very straightforward. What you need to do is simply power up the unit, direct the pressure washer wand to the area you want to clean, depress the trigger of the gun to release the highly pressurized stream of water, and wash away those dirt and stains using a sweeping motion. Sure it sounds somewhat simple, but it exactly is that simple, although there are certain minor details that still need to be identified to fully understand its simplicity.
Prior to using your pressure washer unit, you first need to connect a hose from the outdoor faucet going into the unit. Next, you attach a pressure washer hose to the water outlet of the unit. After that, you attach the necessary attachments at the other end of the pressure washer hose such as the pressure washer gun and wand. Finally, you choose the appropriate nozzle suitable for the current cleaning task and attach it to the wand. Once all these have been achieved, turn on the faucet so you can start the motor of the pressure washer unit.
To maximize the use of your pressure washer, you first need to refine your pressure washing techniques. However, before you begin pressure washing, it is adamant that you wear the necessary safety equipments such as safety goggles to help prevent any water and debris from going into your eyes, and safety gloves to protect your hands from debris that may ricochet when blasted with the pressurized water. If possible, wear some rubber boots to prevent from slipping from the water that may collect under your feet. Once you are fully equipped, hold the gun and wand firmly and practice spraying at a lower area first. Try spraying side to side in a sweeping motion until you achieve a steady rhythm. Just make sure you do not spray at any electrical outlets to protect yourself from getting electrocuted.
As you are doing your spraying practice, you will get a feel on how much power your unit generates. If you think that it generates too much power, you need to be wary washing delicate surfaces as the stream of water may damage the surface or strip off the paint. To avoid this, pressure wash from a distance of 10 feet and slowly closing that distance until you achieve your desired cleaning effect. In addition, never hold the stream steady on one spot for too long or never hold it too close to the surface you are cleaning.
When pressure washing, it is a good idea to avoid pointing the stream at any windows, particularly when the window seams are not sealed enough to prevent the water from entering the other side. Should any water seep into the seams and gaps, be sure to dry them as soon as possible so as to prevent any water stain buildup.
If you need to pressure wash elevated areas, it is highly suggested to use a telescoping wand instead of using ladders or flimsy scaffolds. This is because pressure washers have certain recoil that can make you lose your balance when you release the pressurized water, something which could be dangerous when you are perched high up. The advantage of using telescoping wands is that they can extend up to 24 feet so you do not need to climb any ladders or scaffolds. In addition, since your feet are firmly planted on the floor, even if you lose balance, you do not risk any injury as you will likely be able to quickly regain your balance after several steps – something you cannot do when you are perched on a ladder or scaffold.
Frequently Asked Question
If you have recently invested in a pressure washer unit or are planning to purchase one, highly likely, there are certain things that you do not understand. This is not strange as many people go through this stage. The list below shows some of the most frequently asked questions regarding pressure washers:
What does the PSI and GPM figure stand for?
These numbers basically identify the cleaning power a pressure washer has. The cleaning power of a pressure washer comes from the highly pressurized water it ejects and this is measured using PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). A pressure washer also emits a certain volume of water on a given minute and this is measured using GPM (Gallons per Minute). Overall, a pressure washer with a high PSI and GPM figure means that it has better cleaning power.
Aside from cleaning the car, what other task can I use it with?
Most homeowners use their pressure washer for cleaning their cars. However, there are other cleaning tasks you can use the pressure washer with. Some of these would include using the pressure washer to clean the garage, walkway, driveway, fences, patio, lawnmower, roof, gutter, swimming pool, boat, air conditioner, and many more. In fact, using the right type of nozzle, you can even dispense soap and chemicals to assist you with your cleaning task.
How do I take care of my pressure washer unit?
A pressure washer is not exactly a cheap investment so you need to take care of it wisely. Doing regular maintenance will help to ensure that it keeps running efficiently for a long time. Before operating the unit, make sure to do some preventive maintenance such as checking the connections, o-rings, and the gun. If the o-rings are worn and damaged, make sure to replace them to avoid any leakages. The gun needs to be checked whether the trigger returns to its off position when released. After using the unit, you will need to clean it before storing it. Cleaning the nozzles after usage is also a good idea so as to prevent any debris from getting lodged inside. Other maintenance requirement would be to change oil regularly. Ignoring this may slowly damage the unit. Read the manual that came with the unit to know more about your unit’s proper maintenance.