Pressure washers are used in the home for a variety of reasons.
Cleaning large surfaces such as the deck, driveway or the outside of a house would take days to accomplish with a hand. A portable pressure washer with water tank are one of the tools that combine the cleaning power of water with the power of high pressure to provide an effective wash in a fraction of the time.
Like all tools, to get the most out from a pressure washer, you need to learn the way it works. Here is a manual that can teach you the fundamentals of working with a pressure washer.
How a pressure washer works
How does a pressure washer obtain its pressure
A pressure washer uses the water from an ordinary outdoor garden hose. The hose connects to the machine and a high-speed pump in the unit elevates the pressure of the water until it can be utilized as a very aggressive stream. The intensity of the spray is controlled through the nozzle.
What are the different pressure washer nozzles?
The nozzles are ultimately what will provide the best cleaning power. The nozzles are five standard sprayers that differ by how concentrated it is.
The red nozzle produces an extremely thin and powerful stream of water that is perfect for the most challenging stains.
Yellow nozzles are one lower in intensity , and is the best choice to get rid of mildew and paint.
The green nozzle is a common purpose cleaning nozzle.
The white nozzle is the biggest spray, which makes it best for lighter-duty cleaning and washing.
It is the sole nozzle that can be used with soap. Additionally, you can purchase an turbo sprayer, one that is a multipurpose nozzle or an accessory for cleaning surfaces, which is ideal to clean patios, decks and much more.
While the best directions to use your pressure washer should be included with the purchase, this outline can give you a good understanding of the entire process.
- Clean the area you’ll be cleaning to make sure that all fragile items have been removed. Sweep away dirt and debris and cover everything that can’t be moved with an tarp.
- Examine the area to be aware of windows, outlets and vents.
- Select and connect the right nozzle for the job.
- Attach your garden hose and pressure washer and make sure to give the machine a good whirl to make sure that everything is fastened tightly and the machine is safe to use.
- Put on a pair of safety glasses to stop debris from splashing back into your eyes.
- Switch on the water supply at the outdoor spigot.
- Squeeze your trigger until you release all air tension that could be in the line.
- Follow the instructions for your specific machine to start your machine.
- Before use to spray, check the strength that the spray is able to emit in a protected zone and adjust as necessary.
- It is now time to start cleaning.
- After turning off your pressure washer and shutting off your water source, make sure you squeeze the trigger so that any pressure water to escape prior to disconnecting the hose and other components.
Tips for Pressure Washing
- Pressure washers require plenty of water. Be sure to have sufficient drainage around the area where you’re working otherwise things can quickly become messy.
- The most important aspect of cleaning safely is to choose the correct nozzle for the job. Be careful, as the wrong nozzle could damage wood and siding.
- Beware of spraying windows, painted surfaces, outdoor fixtures and electrical lines.
- The closer you are to the area, the more strongly the pressure washer cleans. Always start your cleaning from a distance, several feet away. If you’re looking for greater power you can gradually bring the sprayer closer to the surface that you’re cleaning.
- Never make use of a pressure washer if you’re working on the ladder.
- If you are cleaning vertically, go between top and bottom, in a side-to-side pattern.
- Work in small areas with clearly set goals.
- If you get tired, take a break.