How to use a pressure washer

Before you go and purchase a pressure washer let’s take a brief look at the definition of a pressure washer and what it exactly entails.

According to Wikipedia a pressure washer is a “mechanical sprayer that uses high-pressure water to clean and remove mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles, and concrete road surfaces.”

Now that you have been brought up to speed on what exactly a pressure washer is and does, how exactly does one use a pressure washer?

According to an eHow contributor, here is how to use a pressure washer effectively:

  1. It’s important to read all the instructions and operation manuals that come with your pressure washer.  Every model is different so it’s important to follow the instructions exactly as stated.
  2. Develop a plan for your project that you would like to pressure wash.  For example, for pressure washing siding or a fence, work from top to bottom etc.
  3. Select the proper tip or nozzle for your project.  All nozzles attach to the end of your pressure washer hose.  Each nozzle determines the water pressure.
  4. Decide if you would like to use some sort of cleaner involving heavy cleaning chemicals.  This will make the project easier to clean.
  5. Be sure to wear proper eye protection like googles and wear some sort of gloves before you get started with the pressure washer.  Consider wearing ear plugs or headphones to protect your ears from the loud motor if your ears are sensitive.
  6. Make sure all connections are tight on your pressure washer before starting.  Loose flying objects can cause injuries.
  7. Always test the pressure washer and the spray before using it on any project.
  8. After you have established the proper spraying distance, pass over object repeatedly until clean.
  9. If you are going to use a cleaning chemical be sure to let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water.

For tips and warnings on using your pressure washer go to eHow.

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