A pressure washer is a fantastic tool that can help you clean almost anything. From mildew, house siding and garage floors to the underside of your car, it can thoroughly clean your stuff. But it can also cause a lot of problems if not used properly.
Here's how to avoid common pressure washer problems:
Ensure You Can Operate the Machine Fully
Too many people blame the pressure washer for their cleaning problems when it's really operator error. If you're using a 2,000 psi pressure washer and only getting 1,500 psi out of the wand, something's wrong — but it isn't the pressure washer. Take a look at your hoses and make sure there are no kinks or leaks. Check the filter on your pump to make sure it's clean. Make sure the water supply is turned on all the way.
Use Enough Water
Another common problem is using too much soap or too little water in your cleaning solution. The result is often streaks and spots that won't come off easily — even with more soap or scrubbing with a brush. It can be difficult to remove the spots if you don't have enough water in your cleaning solution, which leaves streaks and spots behind.
Read the Instructions Carefully
You should read the instructions before you use your pressure washer. This will help you understand how to use it safely and efficiently.
Use the Right Accessories
Use the right tip. If you are using a nozzle that sprays at too high of a PSI it will cause damage to the surface you are cleaning. Check what PSI is recommended on the surface you are cleaning and then match that with the tip of your pressure washer nozzle. You should also ensure all connections are secure before turning it on.
- It is also important to understand the different parts of a pressure washer because the way you use one depends on the type of pressure washer you have.
- For electric units, always use an extension cord with a gauge suitable for the power of your unit. If the unit has a GFCI outlet, it is best not to use an extension cord at all.
- For gas units, always double-check that the fuel tank is full before using the unit. A sure sign that a gas tank is empty during operation is when the unit starts pulsing/surging or stops working completely.
Use Protective Gear
While operating this equipment, make sure that you wear protective gear such as goggles and long-sleeved shirts and pants. This will ensure your safety while working with this machine. Also, wear sturdy shoes so that there won't be a possibility of slipping or getting hurt due to sharp objects lying on the ground. If you are working with chemicals like bleach or other corrosive liquids, then wear gloves too for added protection.
Even experts in pressure washing can confirm that safe operation is the only assurance for efficient cleaning. If you are unsure of how to go about your pressure washer, visit the Giraffetools collections for step-by-step guidance.