Understanding the Basics of Power Washing

Pressure cleaning can prove to be a versatile tool when tackling the multitudes of home maintenance. Having a clean exterior will make your home stand-out among the rest. Best of all, purchasing a pressure washer won’t break the bank. Before you begin pressure washing any of your home’s surfaces, you should understand pressure cleaning basics and know the proper procedures based on the composition of the surfaces being cleaned.
The first step toward understanding the basics is learning how a power washer works. Water is pumped with extreme power through a hose, spraying through a pressure controlled nozzle. The pressure is measured in PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch). The higher the PSI, the stronger the water pressure. The spray will remove debris, dirt and much more. Whether your project is large or small, this tool can come in handy.

Knowledge of the types of pressure washers available on the market is also key. There are two types, gas-fueled and electric. Gas-fueled power washers tend to be more expensive and are more commonly used by construction professionals for large projects. When pressure cleaning at home, it is recommended to use an electric power washer. They are generally more affordable and user friendly. They efficiently clean outdoor furniture, siding,  and fences.

Purchase a power washer that fits your needs. Many power washers are easy to use and set up. Some power washers have special tools like wands and extensions. Most models can be stored easily and include an integrated detergent tank.

Researching the proper detergents to use is essential. They can vary depending on the surface being cleaning. Biodegradable detergents are always a great option. They are Eco-friendly and can help extend the life of your machine. One detergent you should never put in your power washer is bleach. It can irreversibly damaged the pump.

The last thing to understand is how to properly use a pressure washer. There are some surfaces to avoid pressure cleaning because the pressure is too strong. Remember to always follow the provided instructions. Eye protection should be used to improve safety.

It’s important to understand how strong the stream is, remembering to keep a good distance from the object being cleaned. Don’t direct the spray at people, animals, or windows. Avoid standing on a ladder because the power of spray can effect your balance.

When power washing siding, be sure to cover near-by garden areas to prevent damage. Use detergent and keep the pressure low. Move in an up-down pattern. Use clean water to rinse, moving in a similar up-down pattern. Always keep the nozzle at least 6 inches from the siding.

When cleaning stone, cement, or brick you should rinse the surface with clean water first. It’s important to apply detergent at a low pressure and work in small areas. A rotating turbo nozzle is recommended for the best clean. Spray in a sweeping motion, left to right, keeping the nozzle about 3 to 6 inches from the surface.

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