Proper Pressure Washing
When it comes to cleaning hard or solid surfaces, the use of a pressure washer can be beneficial as it substantially cuts cleaning time and energy. These cleaning equipments are very useful, whether you are a farmer, miner, or a regular household user, you will surely find ways to utilize this cleaning equipment. In the recent years, the use of pressure washers on households has become increasingly popular. Homeowners have found many ways they can use their cleaning unit, such as for cleaning their walls, fences, patios, garage, driveway, cars, lawnmower, and many more.
Pressure washers come in residential units, commercial units, and industrial units. Although industrial units can generate the most cleaning power, they are by no means suitable for residential use. Residential units on the other hand are specifically made and recommended for home use. They are able to generate enough cleaning power for most residential cleaning task. Their only downside however is that they are not made for heavy use. If you are able to spend more on your unit, it is suggested to get a commercial-type unit as they are able to last 5 to 10 times longer than regular residential units.
In order to make your pressure washer unit last longer and work more efficiently, regular maintenance on the unit is advised. Aside from regular maintenance, the operator of the unit should also practice proper use of the unit. This would involve the proper use of chemicals. Make sure to always consult the manufacturers manual and directions when using chemicals. The use of bleach or acid on your chemical injector is highly discouraged. Also, whenever you are switching to your chemical injector nozzle, make sure to always check your O-ring whether it is worn and needs replacement, or whether it is seated properly before connecting the tip to your wand. This is because if the O-ring is worn out or is not seated properly, there is a possibility that the chemical you will be using will be sprayed back towards you. This makes wearing essential safety gears such as goggles and gloves very important as they can protect you from accidental rogue chemical spray.
Pressure washers are very powerful cleaning equipments. Sometimes, they can generate enough power to damage the surface you are trying to clean. In order to have an idea of how much cleaning power you need for a given cleaning task, try to stand six feet away from the surface you want to clean and initiate your pressure washing. Try walking closer to the surface with the trigger engaged until your desired cleaning effect is achieved. Memorize and maintain this distance for the whole cleaning task as this is the range you will need to work from.
If you have a gasoline-powered pressure washer, you need to perform routine maintenance on it to prolong its life. One such maintenance would involve the changing of its engine oil every 50 hours of use. This is actually recommended by the manufacturers themselves as it is written in their manual. You also need to change the pump oil every 100 hours of use using non-detergent oil. If you are using a hose reel for your hose and want to extend the life of your hose, you need to relieve the hose of pressure by unrolling it from the reel. Unrolling the hose from the reel on a hot water unit will also help to relieve the buildup of heat on your hose.
Grease and oil are difficult to pressure wash if you don’t have a hot water unit. If you don’t have a pressure washer unit yet but are aware that these are the type of things you will be cleaning ahead of time, you need to invest in hot water pressure washer unit. This is because the heat will help to melt and emulsify the grease and oil making it easier to flush off. Using cold water on grease and oil will just harden and solidify the material. However, if you will just be flushing off ordinary dirt, then a regular pressure washer unit is good enough.
Also, it is important to remember that bleach may be a good cleaner, but it is not recommended for use on wood, roofs, and around delicate masonry and materials.
To enable proper pressure washing, it is always recommended to have the appropriate tip or nozzle. This is because having the right one will not only make the job faster, but you will also be able to clean more efficiently. The list below shows an overview of the variety of pressure washer tips/nozzles.
• Red Tip (0°) – this tip creates a pencil-like stream of water and is considered to create the greatest pressure. Since the jet of water is very concentrated, it is suitable for cleaning muck, mud, and other stubborn dirt on solid surfaces. Although this tip has the most cleaning power, it is not the most effective as the stream is just limited to a small area.
• Yellow Tip (15°) – this tip is commonly known as the chiseling tip. If your unit can generate enough PSI, you can use this tip to strip off paint, mold, or mildew just like a chisel. If some cleaning tasks are difficult on wider tips, this is the tip to use.
• Green Tip (25°) – this tip has a fairly large fan spray which can be used to sweep off dirt and foliage off of flat surfaces. This tip is widely used as it can be used for many types of cleaning applications. It provides the perfect balance between power and area coverage.
• White Tip (40°) – this tip has the widest fan spray. This wide fan spray limits its use to mostly rinsing as the power is also dispersed. Despite have the least amount of power, this tip is the perfect cleaning tip for fragile surfaces such as wood, patios, brick, delicate masonry, and other delicate object.
Using a pressure washer is not that difficult and almost anybody can use them provided they are in the right state of mind and are able to maintain safety when using the unit.