There is a time and place for everything, and that includes pressure washing. This cleaning method can make your day by creating a fun cleaning experience. Let’s take a deeper look into what pressure cleaning does, and when you should use it.
Why Do It?
Pressure washing cuts through more than just grime and layers of mud. It cleans off dried grass, mildew, grease, pollen and even air pollution build up. This type of washing also aids in the removal of flaking paint. It uses a stream of water, at high velocity, to break down and wash off a large variety of materials.
Pressure washing is efficient and productive. The work is done pretty quickly, so it saves on time and strength. All that stuff you can’t scrub off by hand, or the stuff you can’t reach is easily dealt with by using this method of cleaning. Pressure washing lets you clean without having to touch dirt or grime. Your job simply looks great when you are done.
When to Do It
Use a pressure washer when you have a heavily soiled or dirty object. When you have to prep your house for a sale, or get it ready for summer, pressure washing can get the job done quickly.
Keep in mind, pressure washing may not do everything, you may still need to use other methods of cleaning after the worst of the grime is off. This is where a professional pressure washing company can come in handy. They have the time and experience to make the call on what to use and when.
Different Pressure Washers, Different Uses
Around the home, use an electric 1300 to 1900 psi pressure washer. You can use the washer on grills, small decks, outdoor furniture and patios. You can even use pressure washers on those plastic play sets for kids. Remember, less is more. Always start at a soft pressure and work your way up to the pressure you want to avoid damaging softer surfaces.
You may need a gas engine pressure washer, with a psi of 2000 to 3100 for siding, fences, boats and decks. Pressure washers with 3200 to 4200 psi are for heavy cleaning. They are used for removing graffiti, stripping paint, and cleaning jobs on construction sites.
Things to Remember
Remember what your goals are when cleaning this way, and use the appropriate pressure washer. Start with the lowest pressure first, with the broadest nozzle. If you use a nozzle that is too narrow, the water stream can cut right into the cleaning area surface. Test the nozzle pressure on a small, “out of sight” type area before doing a big job.Another tip is to keep the nozzle moving, and hold it at an angle. By moving these two things, you will prevent any cutting into the surface from the force of the water.
Wash from the bottom up when cleaning vertical surfaces, and rinse from the top down.
Pump preservatives are beneficial when you need to store the pressure washer over the winter. This will help prevent corrosion and freezing.
Last thing to remember: never point the nozzle at anyone! The force of the water can severely hurt a person or pet.