A pressure washer can make any job get cleaner faster. However there are many who actually cause more damage than good. This is because many don’t understand how to use a pressure washer. When it comes to operating a pressure washer, it is not as simple as some may think. There are a few rules when it comes to the do’s versus the don’ts that should always be followed. Today Big Moose Pressure Cleaning will share some of do’s as well as the don’ts when it comes to using a pressure washer.
Do – Pressure Washing Preparations
When using a pressure washer you will want to prepare the pressure washer first. You will want to check the water flow timing to make sure you have adequate water supply. A good way to test your water flow setting is to fill a 5 gallon bucket of water within 2 minutes. You should also check the filter to ensure proper water flow. Next clean all of the tool attachments, especially the ones you will mainly use. Make sure the nozzle tool is secured on tightly.
Don’t – Underestimate Pressure Washers
A pressure washer is very powerful and can actually damage even the hardest of surfaces. It is important to understand how much PSI your pressure washer is capable of producing and to know the proper setting for each individual project. It is wise to always start with a lower setting and work your way up to find the right amount of pressure needed. Also, make sure to keep the nozzle away from pets, people, and fragile items.
Do – Use Proper Angle when Power Washing
When it comes to cleaning different types of surfaces, you will need to work with the grain. This means keeping the right angle of the nozzle as you clean the chosen surface. Wood is much simpler to follow the grain than say brick or tiles. Some surfaces don’t matter as much as others but you will always want to work with the grain with the right angle of the surface you are cleaning.
Don’t – Use One Nozzle to Pressure Clean
You may favor a certain type of nozzle because you may find it cleans better than others. However you don’t want to use the same nozzle tips for every cleaning job. Some tips will damage certain surfaces if used. Each nozzle is designed for a certain type of surface and material. Never use a different nozzle when the surface demands you use another one.
Do – Work on Proper Technique When Pressure Cleaning
Learn all the different techniques used for different surfaces and make sure you practice each one as you clean those types of surfaces. A good technique is essential when working with a pressure washer.
Don’t – Pressure Wash Everything
Not everything is designed to withstand the force of a pressure washer. Most make rather expensive mistakes on using a pressure washer on those worrisome surfaces. For example, pressure washers damage paint on vehicles rather easily. If a pressure washer is used on a vehicle make sure you use the proper nozzle and that you use a soft wash instead of a high pressure wash. Make sure you do your homework before starting any pressure washing job and make sure you use the right nozzle, technique, and types of pressure washing settings.
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Pressure washers can do wonders when cleaning exterior surfaces. However you must be careful to follow the do’s as well as the don’ts to make sure you have great cleaning results. If you need professional help in pressure washing around your home or commercial property, contact Big Moose Pressure Cleaning.