Pressure washers make for a fantastic alternative to the simple garden hose when it comes to cleaning down anything that’s smattered in dirt and debris.
But there are a few things you should bear in mind when setting up such a system for the first time – especially when it comes to making the most out of the cleaning power at your fingertips. If you are looking at getting a new pressure washer take a look at our latest reviews of the best pressure washers, and then get to work following our tips.
The Best Way to Use a Pressure Washer
Safety is key – you are not handling a simple hose, as we’ve mentioned – so, where possible, suit up with thick, rubber boots and safety goggles at the very least. This will minimize injury and slipping. Dress comfortably, but sensibly – protect yourself from debris.
Power up Your Washer
You may be using either an electric washer or a gas washer – either does the job perfectly well, but make sure that you’re plugging your electric washer into a grounded socket, or that your gas model is topped up with fuel – and start pulling the cord to power the washer up.
Turn on your water supply and connect your garden hose into the available inlet – and attach the right tip to the nozzle end. You may have a variety of tips available, do make sure you choose the right tip for the intensity of the job you are about to undertake – always refer to the manual! If you want to use detergent or similar, you can – add to your water pool for a deeper clean.
Starting to Spray
Look to hold yourself at around 45 degrees to the surface – form is key if you are looking to get rid of as much dirt or build-up as possible. Make sure you position yourself a few feet away when you start up your washer – but don’t be afraid to move in closer once you’ve got a handle on things. Going in too close – less than a foot towards the surface area – may cause damage – so exercise caution.
Squeeze the unit’s trigger to start spraying – go from side-to-side and move frequently, ensuring that you get an even clean and that your surface isn’t under any threat of damage or erosion. If you’re using detergent, look to soak your surface area in the product before rinsing away from the top downwards. Once done, it’s time to leave to dry and to flush out the system.
Make sure you rinse out any detergent you have used in the washer and lessen the pressure gradually – this may vary from model to model, so always read the manual. Lock the trigger and cool down the machine, making sure that you disconnect all the various parts you have used – such as extensions and hoses. Empty out any water that’s left and clean up. It’s worth remembering that flushing out your pressure washer may be a specific process depending upon your make and model – so do take care, again, to read any instructions or manuals you have to hand. It’s a case of safety and maintenance!