Power Washing is an incredibly popular way of cleaning and restoring all manner of things to their original condition. However, you will often find that people do not use the correct methods or techniques for the job in hand. Take a look at our guide to operating a power washer to ensure that you achieve the ideal finished product:
1. Careful what you clean
Be cautious when spraying around windows, flowers, vents, eaves, and light fixtures. All of the previously mentioned can break or be damaged if you aim the washer directly at them. Additionally, you should be careful when you’re cleaning the edges around the windows. In some instances, small, unnoticeable holes can leak water inside your house. To prevent this happening, check for any holes, dents and or scratches on the frame of the window beforehand.
2. Pressure washing
Pressure washing is, in some aspect, comparable to painting. If you get a bit footloose and fancy free you might just start spraying everything and everywhere, after all, pressure washing is pretty good fun when you get into it! But go off on a tangent and your random powerwash sprayings won’t be the thorough and detailed job you’re going to be satisfied with – you’ll miss spots and waste time by cleaning places again after the first substandard effort. Stay focused and follow this simple step: spray horizontally with smooth left to right movements. In one strike cover a 3 to 4 foot-wide area. To avoid streaking, start from the top and work your way down to the bottom of whatever you are washing.
3. Selecting your nozzle or tip
To use a pressure washer proficiently you need to select the correct nozzle or tip. The majority of machines provide the user with interchangeable spray tips that serve not one but two purposes. One is used to lower the pressure and draw the detergent, while the other is for carrying out a high pressure rinse at different spray angles.
As a general rule the smallest angle delivers the most powerful punch on an area. For example, if you want to eliminate a stubborn smudge from your path you will use the washer at a 0 degree angle. Yet, if you want to dislodge debris, sand, leaves, mud etc. away from the home you’d opt for a wider angle, 25 or 45 degrees for example.
4. The power test
The best way to test the power of your washer is to start spraying a few feet away from the object you’re focusing on. Gradually bring your wand to a 3 or 4 feet distance from the surface you wish to clean. Move your wand from side-to-side a couple of times and just check to see if the surface is fully clean. If further cleaning is required, move your wand slowly closer to the surface (no more than 1-2 feet). The reason behind the gradual cleaning is due to the fact that pressure washers are extremely powerful, as we’re sure you know, and if you start too close there’s the potential you could damage whatever you’re cleaning as opposed to cleaning it.
If this has spurred you on to get your kit out and get everything looking ship shape then why not bring your pressure washer over to our Devon garden machinery repairs centre at Hayes?