In this pressure washer guide, we’ll look at some things to consider when choosing pressure washing equipment and learning how to use a pressure washer around the garden. Once, garden clean-downs meant a hose with a spray nozzle and a stiff broom. Nowadays, however, pressure washers are much more affordable for garden use; they’ve revolutionized cleaning projects as diverse as revitalizing a patio or washing a caravan. The following are the tips and tricks for using a pressure washer.
Why use a pressure washer?
The latest models (sometimes called ‘power washers’) at whatpressurewasher make it easier than ever to complete cleaning tasks quickly and efficiently. Their power gets rid of stubborn dirt – leaving paths and patios like the day they were laid and much safer without their slippery patina of grime and moss. Please note that some paving materials are unsuitable for the highest power pressure washing equipment. If in doubt, check with the paving manufacturer, look for a guide in their product literature or test a small area first…
Essential safety advice
Common sense decrees that safety precautions be adopted when cleaning around the garden. For instance, areas to be washed should be cleared of loose debris before starting work; never spray directly at people or pets; precious ornaments or plants should be protected.
How to use
A typical pressure washer guide recommends that it’s good practice to keep the washer’s lance between 150 and 300 mm away from, and at a shallow angle to, the surface being cleaned. This is especially important where paving or blocks have pointed joints or are bedded on sand. Progress across the area to be cleaned should be systematic – cleaning one block or slab before moving on to another. If new to cleaning, try a small inconspicuous area first – you’ll soon learn how to use your equipment like a pro.
Pressure washers are much more powerful than regular hoses and take care of difficult jobs, requiring less time than using a normal flow of water. On occasion, they include hot water and steam options, which eliminate any stains in a very convenient manner. Due to their high power, there are of course certain risks involved when using them, and one needs to be aware to prevent accidents from happening, as well as to prevent damage to the surfaces you want to clean.
Checking your washer for faults
It’s very important to make sure the parts in your washer have not suffered any damage such as tearing, as running it with faults is likely to cause long-term problems. If a part is damaged, it must be replaced before using the appliance. When using a fuel such as gas or petrol, it is also imperative to check that there is still an adequate amount left, as turning your pressure washer on without enough fuel in it can damage or even destroy it.
Using pressure washers on wood and outdoor furniture
Whereas washers can on occasion be used on wooden surfaces such as decking, sheds or log houses, as well as on garden furniture, one must be careful not to prolong this use and also adjust the power whenever possible. Excessive pressure is likely to damage the finish applied to the wood, such as lacquer, paint or treating solutions which enhance the durability of the wood.
Gas pressure washers and air contamination
The reason why gas pressure washers have decreased in popularity relates to the risk of releasing carbon monoxide, which is extremely toxic and can become lethal in certain quantities. Carbon monoxide is odorless and therefore very difficult to detect in good time to prevent serious damage. If you own a gas pressure washer, it is advisable not to use it indoors as carbon monoxide can accumulate in enclosed spaces.