As a homeowner, one of the biggest responsibilities you face is cleaning looming dirt outside your home: the driveways, home exterior, walkways, and decks. Hiring an professional pressure washing service can be expensive. And the thought of doing it by your own hands is painful. Luckily, there is a way which is cost-efficient and devoid of the pain guaranteed by handwork – the pressure washer! Using it not only saves money, but also saves time and precious water – yes, water! Using a pressure washer instead of a garden hose saves 80% of water!
Considering all the advantages, if you’re wondering how to go about choosing and using a pressure washer, here is a complete guide helping you do the same.
Choosing the Ideal Pressure Washer
Different materials can withstand different water pressures. And therefore, you must choose a pressure washer most ideal for washing a particular material. So, if you need to clean painted wood and aluminum, you must choose a 1200 or 1500 psi model. And if you need to clean stronger non-painted surfaces, then you can use a more powerful model – a 2500 to 3000 psi model.
Now, before you begin using your chosen pressure washer, you must consider a few do’s and don’ts:
Do’s & Don’ts
Check the Water Flow
Your pressure washer will fall short of its efficiency unless the flow of water fed into it is sufficient. To check whether the flow of water is sufficient, fill a five gallon bucket from your hose. If the water fills within two minutes, then the water pressure is perfect. If the bucket does not fill within two minutes, then it is not the right time to use the pressure washer.
Wear Proper Safety Attire
Washing your home is not a safe affair unless you’re wearing footwear with rubber sole. Or else there are perfect chances of slipping and hurting yourself. Additionally, you must wear goggles to protect your eyes from water splashes.
The surface you want to clean may have plants, lights, and other fixtures as surroundings. You must protect these surroundings with a cloth or plastic cover.
Don’t use a single nozzle for every task
There are a variety of nozzles you can use: they range from wide-spray to narrow stream. More narrow a stream, more powerful it is. Use the one that best suits your need.
Don’t forget caution
The pressure of a pressure washer is fierce. You must be always cautious while handling it. Grip it tightly and never point it towards people and yourself.
Don’t use it for everything
Things showing wear and tear are not suitable for pressure washing. So make note to not use it for everything.
Don’t repair a leak in hose or connection
Remember to hold your instinct to repair a leak while the pressure washer is running. Doing so can mean danger.
Don’t pressure wash while on a ladder
Pressure washing needs the tight grip of both hands. So, washing while you’re up on a ladder is a big no.
Using a Pressure Washer
- Make a cleaning mix and fill the washer’s dispenser. To make the cleaning mix, mix one pound of concentrated cleaner for every four gallons of water.
- Connect the garden hose with the pressure washer.
- After starting the flow of water, find the most suitable distance that you must keep of the nozzle with the surface by checking manually. Start with a safe distance of 3 feet. Then move it to the best position which results into maximum cleaning and zero pressure damage.
- Start pressure washing the surface from top to down.
- When you’re done, rinse the surface with water charged from normal garden hose.
Pressure washing is the best way to clean your home cost-effectively, and works well as a surface prep prior to painting the exterior of your home. You just need to adhere to some do’s and don’ts in order to be safe while doing it. And the aforementioned guidelines are a sure shot way to pressure washing with success and safety.