When a regular garden hose can’t get the job done, it’s best to turn to a pressure washer. Nothing works faster than high-energy cleaning when it comes to heavy-duty outdoor wash projects. A pressure washer can be used to clean debris-strewn surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways, as well as to remove peeling paint from a railing or even the walls of the house before resealing or painting. However, there’s so much more to it than just pointing and turning on the nozzle.
How a Pressure Washer Works
Most pressure washers have a gas engine or high-power electric motors in a pump. The pump is what causes increased pressure on the water fed by your garden hose. This pressurized water is supplied through a hose and released through a wand. The spray pattern delivered by the wand is controlled by interchangeable nozzles with different shapes.
A pressure washer absolutely always needs to be used carefully. In terms of protection and safety, it’s important to know some of the basics when using yours to clean any surface:
- When cleaning outdoors, it’s advisable to wear safety glasses, work gloves, and hearing protection.
- The cleaning surface can become slippery when wet, so wear shoes with non-slip soles.
- Pressure washers get hot during operation, so be careful when handling them and make sure the unit has completely cooled down before putting it back into storage.
- Remember never to operate a gas pressure washer inside a home or building.
What Materials Can Be Pressure Washed
A high-pressure washer delivers 4,000 PSI. That’s around 80 times the force of a common garden hose. As tempting as it’s to wash everything at high pressure, thanks to its effectiveness, some surfaces aren’t capable of withstanding the force used by these machines. For this reason, you should avoid using a high-pressure washer on surfaces such as:
- Wooden furniture
- Outdoor fabrics
- Resin or plastic furniture
- Painted surfaces (unless your goal is to remove the paint)
- Damaged roof tiles
- Cars (However, it’s possible to use it with a lower PSI measurement to avoid damage to the vehicle.)
Pros of Pressure Washing
One of the many benefits of using pressure washing in cleaning and surface preparation is that it does not cause damage and wear, contrary to popular belief. This method only removes layers of paint, rubber, rust, dirt, and other unwanted materials from the surfaces on which it’s used.
Extremely hot water is a very efficient resource when cleaning surfaces, and it achieves amazing results faster than other methods. This makes pressure washers a great option when carrying out a cleaning service. This method offers excellent savings, as well, since the quantity of detergent it requires is very low and can be even completely dispensed with in some cases.
Pressure water washing significantly reduces the use of chemical components. Also, by eliminating the use of abrasives, pressure washing eliminates the generation of particles in the cleaning process. This way, it reduces the waste generated in the execution of the service, offering 85% more purity.
If you have a home or business with a wide entrance, it’s possible that external conditions such as rain and wind have left it in a deteriorated state. If you’d like to have any of the exterior surfaces of your home or business professionally pressure washed, please feel free to contact us today. Our team offers you quick professional results that will leave them looking brand new.