Are you looking for a perfect way to clean all the stains and mud from your siding, truck tires, and driveway using a single machine? A pressure washer is the perfect washing solution. It can spray high-pressurized water at any stubborn stain or dirt. It will make the home exterior have a brand-new look.
How to safely use a pressure washer
Before using this machine, you need to ensure you abide by the safety rules and regulations. Here is what you need to consider to have your work done before lunchtime.
Get the right machine
Pressure washers are either electric or gas models. The gas-powered machine can deliver up to 2,800 pounds per square inch (PSI), while the electric delivers up to 1700 on average. The gas models are powerful and clean 10 times faster than their counterparts. Gas pressure washers need extra caution while using not to damage surfaces. They are also noisier.
In your selection, check the water flow of the machine in gallons per minute (GPM). A 5GPM machine with 1700 PSI cleans better than a 4GPM one with 2000 PSI.
Pressure washers are very powerful but dangerous if you mishandle them. Always have ear protection, goggles, long sleeves, gloves, and boots when using the machine. Turn on the machine only when there isn’t anybody in the spray way. Hold the machine using both hands. Don’t make sudden movements without a plan, as the machine will damage doors, windows, screens, and overhangs. Please don’t use the machine on a windy day, as it can redirect the spray back to you.
You need always to have enough water to enable it to work to its potential. Always clean the machine’s inlet filter and ensure all the accessories or hoses are well connected. Clear all the debris and items from the cleaning spree that easily get damaged, like toys.
Your flower garden will not be beautiful anymore after hitting it with pressurized chlorine water. You also need to water plants in your backyard or garden before, during, and after the pressure wash. It will be a good step to neutralize anything that hits them or makes the leaves dirty.
Patch the broken bricks
To clean the breaks, check to note any holes or cracks. Repair these holes and cracks and give them time to cure before you clean them.
Start from far
Start your cleaning at least 10 feet away from the surfaces you are cleaning to reduce the intense hitting on them. Move slowly towards the surfaces until to that distance that the pressure can remove dirt without affecting the surfaces.
Understand the nozzles
Pressure washers have different nozzle tips for a reason. These tips handle different jobs that the machine will handle. The wide nozzle of 40 degrees is perfect for home siding, wood decks, and general cleaning. The narrow nozzles of 25-degree tackle grime on concrete and bricks, while the 15 degree or less nozzle gives very high pressure. You need to use them only on stubborn stains on metals.
Maintain the machine
Keep your machine safely indoors when not using it to prevent potential damage.