Pressure washers are wonderful for a number of projects. For instance, if you have a home that needs to be painted, a pressure washer can help peel off old paint, completing the preparation work fast and easy. They are also great for cleaning driveways that have layers of dirt or mud, removing moss or mildew off both interior and exterior surfaces, and even removing old paint on bicycles and other painted metal objects.
You will find the time saved using a pressure washer is truly amazing compared to a standard garden hose. The way a pressure washer works is that it is operated with either an electric motor or a gas engine. Then, the pump works to push water out the nozzle at very power speeds, making it a strong, cleaning machine. The washer also has an injection system where you can add cleaning solutions for those hard to clean surfaces. Typically, the wand would be adjustable so you can adjustable. Therefore, if you have a wider surface to clean, you can choose the appropriate nozzle, making the job even easier.
Not only does a pressure washer make things clean, it can also help many things last longer. For instance, if you have vinyl or aluminum siding, by keeping it clean it will last longer and look new. Like most people, you will quickly discover a wide array of projects for your pressure washer once they have one. Just to give you an idea of what all you can do, consider the following:
The size of washer to buy will really depend on the job, how often you will use it, and the amount of time you want to spend in getting the job done. For instance, if you need just lightweight jobs done, then you could easily use a pressure washer with an electric motor that has about 1,300 or 1,400 PSI (pounds per square inch) as well as a 1.5 GPM (gallons per minute). If you prefer a gas engine, then you would want a 1,650 to 2,400 PSI and 2.0 to 2.9 GPM. For the heavier type jobs or if you plan to use the washer on a regular basis, you would go with something that has 2,400 to 3,000 PSI and 2.5 to 3.0 GPM.
- Deck or patio
- Driveway or sidewalk
- Motorcycle or car
- Garage floor
- Lawnmower and garden equipment
- Dog kennel
- All-terrain vehicles
When it comes to cleaning solvents, you want to purchase items approved specifically for pressure washers. Otherwise, you could damage the machine. Most of all make sure you never use bleach. To use the machine, you want to stand about four feet away from the item being washed to see how it will work. Then, if you need to step closer or further away, you can do so.