October 18, 2018

Tips to Get the Most from Your Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is a very handy tool. We wanted to give you tips to help you get the most out of yours.

pressure washer tips

Tricks for removing oil stains

When you are cleaning a driveway or grease spots from a deck, always treat the stains first with the degreaser. Let it sit for the recommended amount of time. Then, always rinse off detergent before it dries completely. This may mean washing the area when the sun isn’t directly hitting it to give the soap time to work. Finally, hot water dissolves spots better than cold.

Tricks for washing your car

Save time and water by rinsing dust and dirt off first. Then allow detergent to sit for a few minutes before you rinse. If you add spray wax to the rinse water, you’ll have the benefit of your car staying clean for longer. Investing in a foamer and a surface cleaning brush is worth the cost to make the work easier.

How to choose the right nozzle

A 0° nozzle emits the strongest stream of water at the full flow rate and maximum pressure. Only use this nozzle for paint stripping and cleaning very durable surfaces like concrete. Normally, a 0° spray tip will be red in color.

Next, the green tip is typically 25°. This size is perfect for general cleaning including washing your car. After that, the white or gray tip is usually 40°, which is ideal for delicate surfaces or rinsing detergent off of a vehicle.

Lower the pressure to protect your deck

You shouldn’t need more than 1500 PSI to clean a wood deck. Any more than that and you’re likely to gouge or leave lap marks.

Don’t pressure wash a spider web

This may seem odd, but spider webs are so tough that only ammonia and D-limonene cleaners can dissolve them. If you try to get rid of spider webs by spraying them with detergent, you’re likely to dissolve the paint, too. It’s best just to knock them down with a broom.

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