How to Clean a 5000 PSI Pressure Washer
For the average consumer, choosing a high pressure washer is pretty simple. There are a variety of them that are available in the market and you can choose the one that suits your needs. However, for professional or amateur tradesman, choosing a pressure washer that meets your demands is quite tricky. So, here are some tips on how to choose a pressure washer that is suitable for you.
First, assess your needs before you buy a washer. For instance, if you only need to clean small areas of hard water, you can easily go in for a machine that has lower PSI and thus be able to clean the washer without too much difficulty. On the other hand, if you are planning to clean a larger area, especially if there are stones or bricks in the way, you will require a high pressure washer that can pump the water up to a certain height and force the dirty water outwards. So, first determine your needs and then shop for the pressure washer accordingly.
Secondly, check the brand of the pressure washer. You want a reliable brand that has been in the business for long. You should also keep an eye out for any complaints filed against the company. Also, do not forget to check the customer testimonials and reviews before deciding to buy a pressure washer from any manufacturer.
Thirdly, look at the size of the machine. Do you have a large house or apartment? If you do not, then a small portable pressure washer may be more appropriate for you. You can clean large areas in a short time and not face too much difficulty.
Fourthly, consider the kind of pressure flow. Are you going to need a high pressure cleaning? If so, you will need to buy a high power pump that can pump the water a lot faster. Such pumps are expensive. However, if you will only be cleaning very small areas, then a low-priced pressure pump will do.
Fifthly, take a look at the motor. Some machines will run best if they have powerful motors. On the other hand, others will only work effectively if they have slow running motors. So, it all depends on the cleaning job that you want the pressure washer to perform. If you just want to clean a very small area, then you do not need to spend much money on a high-powered pump; in such a case, the slow-running motor will do just fine.
Sixth, consider the brand, the color and even the model. There are some consumer advocacy groups who have started campaigns for the sake of the environment against products that do not come with environmental credentials. In this regard, the pressure washer industry is now forced to use green technology when it comes to its cleaning agents. It is recommended that you also do your research before purchasing any machine since there are many manufacturers in the market.
Lastly, never try to clean a pressure washer with an old rag or towel. This is because the old towel or rag will not be able to penetrate deeply into the tough exterior shell to remove dirt and debris. Rather, it will just scrape the outer part of the machine. This will definitely ruin your equipment because dirt and debris will get trapped inside. Instead, you should use a cleaner that is specifically made for Tough Enured detergents.
Let us focus on the next step towards keeping our pressure washer to clean. The first thing that you have to do is to change out the water that is filled in the tank if it gets too dirty or if it becomes too stagnant. It is bad idea to reuse water in the tank because the machine will only clog up. It is a good idea to replace water every two or three months. Do not wait until it gets too bad before changing it out. Just remember, cleaning your pressure washer is very important and it should not be taken lightly.
You should purchase a detergent that is especially designed for use with tough stains and dirt. Detergent that is specifically meant for use on pressure washers is available in most hardware stores. If you want to save more money, you can also rent some detergent from a cleaning and repair shop instead.
Once you have your detergents and cleaner in your hands, the next step is to let the machine do its job. Run it for a few minutes to ensure that it has suction well established. You can also run the machine without the detergent to see if your cleaning solution will have a sufficient effect. Use the clean water to rinse and wipe all surfaces of the washer to ensure that there are no remains left.