A pressure washer is a great machine and might be exactly what you're going to need when cleaning a dirty surface. But a power washer can harm the surface you're trying to clean and even someone around you if you're not very careful. Let's go over some of the basics about how a power cleaner works.
A pressure washer takes the low-pressure stream from a regular residential hose and uses a powerful pump to boost the pressure up to a higher PSI. The pump can be powered by a gasoline engine, diesel engine, and even by an electric motor. The most commonly used part of a pressure washer is the spray wand and its tips. You can attach specially designed tips to the spray wand that concentrate or spread out the high-pressure stream of water. Before you turn on a pressure washer be sure to read every last page of your owners manual, it usually has very important safety information. You can either damage the pressure cleaner, your self, or even the property you're trying to clean.
Use the down stream connection when cleaning hard to reach areas like roof tops with very steep angles. The down stream connection with the right type of chemical make moss and staining very easy to clean and remove. Many professionals like to use this method because it saves time and requires very little ladder use. Be sure to follow the step by step down-stream guide that comes with your own pressure washer. This guide will walk you thought the steps needed to use your own specific down stream model.
Most power cleaners come with five different colored spray wand tips. The red tip is zero degrees and produces one of the most concentrated type of water stream. Be extremely careful when using this zero degree tip, it usually has enough force behind it to cut a hole right through your boot. The yellow tip produces a fifteen degree wide water stream. I personally like to use this yellow nozzle for most stubborn stains and dirt on the job and around my house.
The green nozzle is a twenty-five degree nozzle, it's best when you decide to do any type of general cleaning. The white nozzle makes an even wider water stream, about forty degrees. Use the white nozzle for the very easy cleaning tasks you have. The black nozzle is usually the easiest one to use, it makes a very wide water stream of sixty-five degrees. I personally like using the black nozzle when applying special cement cleaners to the sidewalk just before I get ready to start my machine.
Make sure to use the proper protective gear when using your pressure cleaner. You're going to need eye protection, ear plugs, and commercial hand guards to protect your fingers. It's very important that you protect your legs, your eyes, and your fingers from your power cleaning machine while it's running. These power cleaning machines are very dangerous so always follow each step with caution. If you find yourself with any questions at all see your user manual. This manual will walk you through any basic problems using trouble shooting techniques. I hope this article will help you as much as it has helped me with my own professional cleaning business, thank you for reading.