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How To Use a Pressure Washer

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Pressure washers are one of the most favorite cleaning machines. They can clean fast, and the whole process is extremely satisfying. Before we study how these pressure washers work, you need to understand that there are two types of pressure washers available in the market. Water and gas pressure washers both work in the almost same way. The main difference is in the PSI and GPM.

Pressure washers use high water pressure to clean almost anything; so, you must learn to use them first.

NOTE: It is important that you take full precautions before you turn on the pressure washer.

Here is everything you need to learn to use a pressure washer efficiently.

How do pressure washers work?

In order to learn to use pressure washers properly, you must learn how they work properly first. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a gas or electric pressure washer; both of them work on the same phenomena. These powerful machines use a garden hose and turn it into high pressures of 1,000 – 3,000+ PSI. When water is sprayed with such high pressure, it can clean almost anything. This phenomenon is simple, the higher the water pressure is, the more tough stains you will target.

How to use a pressure washer?

The first thing you need to do is to read the manual. They have written everything in detail. You will find everything there is to know.

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Attach the accessories

Normally, pressure washers come fully intact. All you need to do is to attach some accessories and get the water running.

First, you need to brush off any dirt from the targeted area. Then connect the water hose from the water inlet. Make sure that there is no dirt or debris in the inlet. Give it a test run without turning on the machine. If the water is running smoothly, you are good to go. Now, fill the detergent tank. Make a dilute solution of your favorite soap/ detergent.

Start the engine

When you have given it test runs and checked it for leaks and damage, it’s time to get started properly. Make sure that the pressure washer is in a stable position and pull the starter thread for starting the pressure washer.

Avoid using a 0-degree nozzle

It is recommended not to use a zero-degree pressure washer nozzle. Especially if you are a beginner, this nozzle uses extremely high water pressure, which can damage the target. It can literally break the windows and rip the paint off from walls and cars. It would be best if you were extremely cautious while using it. It is color-coded in red. Even if you plan on using it, make sure you are not using it on a fragile target. Toddlers should not be around while using it as it can cause serious injuries.

Prepare your surrounding

It is important that you need to prepare your surroundings. As you are using high water pressure, you need to clear out space first. If there is any furniture, wires, toys, potted plants, pets, etc. Move them in a safe space and then start cleaning. One thing you need to understand is that misuse of a pressure washer can be extremely hazardous. Never get in the way of the water spray, and never let children use it. 

Dress appropriately

Dressing according to the task you are performing is one of the most important steps. Avoid wearing loose clothing or flip-flops. It is recommended to get protective gear, including safety goggles, work gloves, enclosed shoes, ear protection, and pants. Ear protection is only necessary when you are using a gas pressure washer, as it can be deafening and cause hearing problems.

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