Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers-10
Most of us face problems to clean areas in and around the house that gather a lot of dirt, mud, leaves or other debris throughout a year; while pressure washers can be a great tool to get rid of the dirt and make your job easy there are also always concerns on the product.
With a lot of unanswered questions and numerous doubts on pressure washers, we give you below a comprehensive list of everything you need to know about pressure washers.
How selecting the right pair of shoes that fit is necessary similarly selecting the right size of the machine is also compulsory. Start off with first deciding the kind of work you are going to do, then chose the right machine from one of the three categories.
Having a cleaning goal will help you make your purchasing decision easier and will provide you with the best pressure washer.
Electric: 1300 to 1900 psi
Home use: car washing, outdoors furniture, grills; plastic play sets, small decks and patios.
Look for: Compact size and lightweight, flexible high-pressure hose; a variety of nozzles; pro-style steel spray wand; onboard detergent tank; onboard storage for spray gun; wand; nozzles; hose; and power cord.
Gas engine: 2000 to 3100 psi (2 to 2.5 gallons per minute)
Home and shop use: Decks, patios, siding, fences, vehicles, boats.
Look for: Premium overhead cam or overhead-valve engine; axial cam pump with an aluminum or brass head to handle higher pressures; heavy-duty frame; large wheels; poly-braided or steel-braided high-pressure hose; pro-style steel spray wand with a quick-connect coupling; and a variety of spray tips.
Gas engine: 3200 to 4200 psi (2.8 to 4 gallons per minute)
Professional-duty: Paint stripping and surface preparation, graffiti removal, construction-site cleaning jobs, and fleet maintenance.
Look for: Commercial-series engine; commercial-duty triplex pump; heavy-gauge welded steel frame and solid-steel axle; steel-braided high-pressure hose; heavy-duty pneumatic tires on steel hubs; pro-style steel spray wand with a quick-connect coupling; and a variety of spray tips.
A few simple ways to get the most out of your pressure washer:
- While cleaning vertical surfaces, start washing from bottom up, and rinse from the top down.
- Colour-coded pressure washer nozzles indicate the narrowness and forcefulness of their spray pattern: White is 40 degrees, green is 25 degrees, yellow is 15 degrees, and red is 0 degrees. Colour Black is a low-pressure nozzle used for dispensing soap.
- Always use the broadest lowest-pressure nozzle as using too narrow a nozzle can cut into the surface you're trying to clean and broad lowest-pressure nozzle will deliver adequate cleaning.
- To refine your technique; test the nozzle before pressure washing. Spray the pressure-washer in an inconspicuous and visible area. This way, at least you won't harm a noticeable surface if you are using too narrow of the nozzle.
- To prevent damage; always hold the tip of the pressure-washing nozzle at an angle above the surface and at a distance when you are cleaning.
- Always avoid spraying water into light fixtures, air-conditioning equipment, electrical outlets, soffit vents, or attic vents. Primarily avoid spraying water behind or on vertical surfaces.
- To prevent the water from cutting into the surface keep the nozzle moving.
- Before filling the pressure washer's fuel tank always add fuel stabilizer to the gasoline.
- To protect the pump against freezing and corrosion use a pump preservative such as Simpson Pump Guard while storing the machine over the winter.