Pressure washers are practically the best cleaning equipment ever made when it comes to cleaning hardened dirt, mud, muck, grease, oil, and stains on solid surfaces. These cleaning equipments are able to accomplish such feat by accelerating water at very high speeds to bombard the dirt with enough umph to penetrate, dissolve, and lift them off the surface. This is what makes pressure washers highly indispensable for those in the cleaning business as well as for people and businesses who takes cleaning seriously.
Since the pressure washer has great amounts of cleaning power, operators are able to clean effectively and efficiently while taking less time to do it. A cleaning job that usually takes many hours can be accomplished in less than half that time using a pressure washer. The things is, even if pressure washers can accomplish any cleaning task faster, cleaning time can still be hastened with the use of detergent or bleach. Accelerating pressure cleaning with detergent and bleach can further reduce cleaning time, saving both your time and water in the process. In addition, aside from saving time and water, you will also decrease the stress placed on your pressure washing unit from using it for prolonged periods.
The use of detergents when cleaning can greatly accelerate cleaning speed, particularly when removing tough stains. You can use the chemical injector nozzle when applying detergent and this will suck liquid detergent under low pressure allowing you to dispense the detergent properly and evenly. Once you have applied the detergent on the surface you want to clean, allow it to sit for around 10 minutes without letting it dry. Otherwise, you will be compelled to do the process over. After letting it sit for about 10 minutes, you can then rinse it off using a regular wide angle spray.
When using detergents for pressure washing, it is strongly suggested that you use only detergents made especially for pressure washer use. Using the wrong type of detergent may clog the system and potentially damage your unit. Another important thing to remember is to make sure that you only use detergents and chemicals that are environmentally friendly. On the other hand, should you need to use industrial-strength chemicals, you will need some special permits to acquire them.
Overall, when it comes to pressure cleaning, it is important that you have the right unit that fits your cleaning requirements. The thing is there are many types of pressure washers and they range from low-end low-powered equipment to high-end high-powered industrial machines as well as different temperature outputs. If you are planning to buy a pressure washing unit, it is essential that you know your cleaning tasks so you will be able to effectively identify your cleaning needs along with the right solution. For residential usage, it is likely that your pressure washer unit will see less than 30 hours of usage per year. This means you will only need a unit made for light duty. On the other hand, if you will be using your pressure washer unit for commercial cleaning purposes, your unit may see around 10 hours plus of usage per week which means you will need something that is on the heavy duty side.
Bleach is a chemical that has the capacity to remove colors, or stains for that matter. Bleach can remove color through a process called oxidation wherein the active ingredients present in the bleach simply splits the organic compounds from the material, thus, cleaning or whitening can be achieved. In technical terms, bleach is a chemical that splits molecular bonds in pigments that creates color. This makes the chromosomes of the pigments smaller, allowing them to capture light at shorter wavelengths. As a result, the surface or material will look whiter. There are other types of bleaches that turn double-bond molecules into a single bond, an attribute that does not absorb light.
There are many types of bleaching agents. The household bleach that many of us are familiar with is a mixture of water and sodium hypochlorite. The bleach used on pressure washers on the other hand is made from industrial grade sodium hypochlorite. Oxygen and peroxygen are other types of bleaches which are popular these days. Since these bleaches are less active, many prefer them over sodium hypochlorite bleaches.
Aside from whitening, bleach is also used for disinfecting materials and surfaces. Their use towards pressure cleaning is not a new thing as people have used bleaches with pressure washers for many years now as bleach is somewhat effective in combating stains, molds, and mildew. However, the drawback in using water and bleach alone is that it often leaves spots on the surface. This is the reason why detergent is often added into the mix so you can have a more constant result.
Among the many types of bleaches available, the tri-sodium phosphate bleach comes highly recommended by some companies. The reason for this is that this particular type of bleach is effective in removing molds and black algae. The only problem is that this chemical is banned on certain states. Believe it or not bleach also comes in powdered form. The best thing about powdered bleach is that it can be stored for longer periods than liquid bleach. Powdered bleach is the bleach often used in swimming pools.
Using bleach when pressure washing can be very dangerous as the chemicals may ricochet into your eyes or your skin and give you some sort of skin irritation; it is not to be taken lightly. This makes it important to use safety apparels such as goggles, gloves, boots, and rainsuit when using bleach and other types of chemicals. In addition, you need to remember that bleach is a chemical that is harmful to foliage. If you need to pressure wash with bleach near any foliage, it will be a good idea to spray them with water first. That way, they will not readily soak up on the bleach. As soon as you finish pressure washing the area you need to clean, give the foliage another spray of water to rinse off any chemicals that may have dribbled their way.