Pressure washers are used in the home for a variety of reasons.
Cleaning large surfaces like the deck, driveway or the outside of a home could take days to accomplish by hand. A portable pressure washer with water tank are one of the tools that combine the cleaning power of water and powerful pressure to give an effective wash in a fraction of the time.
Like all tools, to get the most out the pressure washer, you must understand how it functions. Here is a manual that will teach you the basics of using a pressure washer.
How does a pressure washer work?
How does a pressure washer get its pressure
The pressure washer utilizes the water from an ordinary garden hose. The hose is connected to the machine. A high-speed pump in it raises pressure of the water until it can be used as a highly aggressive stream. The intensity of the spray is controlled through a spray nozzle.
What are the various types of pressure washer nozzles?
The nozzles will ultimately provide the proper cleaning power. The nozzles are five standard nozzles that differ by how concentrated it is.
The red nozzle produces the appearance of a powerful, thin jet of water, which is ideal for the most difficult stains.
Yellow nozzles are just one lower in strength and is ideal to remove mildew and paint.
The green nozzle is a general purpose cleaning nozzle.
The white nozzle is the largest spray, making it ideal for cleaning and rinsing.
The black nozzle is the only one that can be used with soap. Additionally, you can purchase a Turbo spray nozzle, a multipurpose nozzle or a Surface cleaning accessory, which is ideal to clean patios, decks and more.
Although the most effective directions for the use of your pressure washer must be included with the purchase, this outline can give you a good overview of the process.
- Clean the area you’ll be cleaning to ensure that all dangerous items have been removed. Sweep away dirt and debris, and cover any items that isn’t movable with a tarp.
- Examine the area to be aware of any outlets, windows and vents.
- Choose and connect the appropriate nozzle for the job.
- Attach your garden hose and pressure washer, and give the equipment a once-over to ensure that everything is securely fastened and it is secure to use.
- Don’t forget to wear safety goggles to keep debris from splashing back into your eyes.
- Turn on the water supply via the outdoor water spigot.
- Release the trigger on the wand until you release the air that could be in the line.
- Follow the instructions for your specific machine to start your machine.
- Before use you spray, test the intensity of the spray in a safe location and adjust as required.
- You can now begin cleaning.
- After turning off your pressure washer and shutting off water flow, make sure that you press the trigger to allow any pressurized water to escape prior to disconnecting the hose and any other parts.
Tips for pressure washing
- Pressure washers consume a lot of water. Make sure you have enough drainage in the area you’re working, or else things could quickly become messy.
- The most important aspect of cleaning safely is to use the right nozzle for the job. Choose wisely, as the wrong nozzle could damage siding and wood.
- Beware of spraying on painted surfaces, windows outside fixtures, electrical lines.
- As close you get to the area, the more strongly the pressure washer will cleanse. Always start your cleaning from some distance, perhaps a few feet away. If you need greater intensity then gradually move the sprayer closer to the area you’re cleaning.
- Do not apply pressure washers when you’re climbing the ladder.
- When cleaning vertically, you should move across the top of your work in a side to side pattern.
- In small sections, work on clearly stated goals.
- If you are tired, stop for a moment.