Power washing or pressure washing is the application of high-speed water jet pressure to remove loose, dry paint, dirt, mud, grime, sawdust, chewing gum and other debris from surfaces and items like buildings, cars and even concrete surfaces. The power washer sprays a fine coating of water upon the surface it’s being used on. It has high pressure that can remove most kinds of marks and dirt. It’s quite easy to use too, with the proper tools and preparation. You don’t even need a power washer for that.
The pressure washer sprays a fine coat of hot water onto the item you want to clean. It comes with an instruction manual that helps you through the process. You fill the container with the hot water, a stiff brush or other item to scrub off the material and then release the hot water. After the item is cleaned using the power washer, rinse it well and pat it dry.
There are many advantages to using a power washer in addition to cleaning grime and mildew surfaces. Using the device allows you to spend less time on cleaning tasks. With the power washer, you can clean any hard surface like floors, tubs, counters, stairs, glass or brick walls without having to scrub and heat treat the floor. Even stubborn grease and grime can be removed easily. After spraying the hot water on the item, you can wipe it away.
When using a power washer to clean asphalt shingles, clean the entire surface of the roof. If there are any areas that have a buildup of debris or moss, use the low-pressure setting on the machine. Scrub the area until the dirt is removed. Do not press down on the debris to loosen it; instead, use the high-pressure setting to blast the dirt out.
In areas where heavy growth has occurred on vinyl siding, a power washer is not enough to loosen up the thick grout between the vinyl siding and the home’s exterior concrete. In order to safely power-wash the siding, use a high-powered machine that creates a vacuum. Use a hard bristle brush with a long handle to clean the hard surface between the vinyl siding and the home’s exterior. A power-washer can only push out the dirt that has already sunk into the wood-grained vinyl siding. Use a power-washer to power-wash the areas where the dirt is dense and stick to the wood for a more even surface.
A power washer is also great for removing mold and mildew from your patio furniture. Clean the pieces thoroughly by spraying them down with the pressure washer’s foam and wiping them down with a scrub brush. If you are looking to clean the entire patio furniture set, you will need to power wash it. For maximum cleaning power, you may want to consider spraying the set with an automatic lawn mower-style sprayer. You should then let it sit for five to ten minutes to loosen up the dirt and allow the foam to do its work.
These machines are sometimes called “kickbacks” because they have a tendency to kickback or bounce back on surfaces if you apply too much pressure. Low-pressure settings are better, however, and kickback is not a common occurrence. Some homeowners like to use a power washer on their decks in addition to their patios. The pressure-wash action of the outdoor models tends to be much stronger than the indoor models. If you have a deck that is not easily accessible, or if you would like to give your deck a facelift, you should look at these machines for your home.
Some people find that when they attach the power washer’s hose to a garden hose or some other type of external source, that the amount of water dumped into the container exceeds the amount that the machine is capable of discharging. If this is the case, you should check the starting cord of your machine as well as the power wand trigger. The starter cord and the wand trigger are often designed to work in conjunction with each other to ensure that both devices are activating at the same time. If either part malfunctions, you should be able to manually start your machine.