Pressure washers utilize an electric motor or gas engine to power a water pump, which then forces the water in high pressure down a concentrating nozzle on hard surfaces like porches, driveways, decks, and patio tables. They allow you to clean all types of outdoor furniture, outdoor tables, deck railings, patios, and outdoor decks within the same time it takes to clean a bucket full of hot water and get a sponge brush wet.
There are many reasons you may want to purchase a pressure washer. You may have an outdoor space in your home that needs to be cleaned more than once a year to prevent mildew, insects, rot, or mildew growth from occurring. Or perhaps you have a large garden area that you often forget to maintain, even if you keep a close eye on it every day.
A pressure washer will allow you to clean your patio, deck, or an outdoor room without using chemicals that may irritate the skin and make the area feel very uncomfortable. With a pressure washer, you can easily remove all of the stains, molds, mildew, and dirt that have collected over the years from rain, bird droppings, leaves, and other particles that have fallen into the area. Many models of pressure washer are also capable of removing food stains and even grease from a spill.
Cleaning is easy with a pressure washer and it is often recommended that they be used when you are cleaning other types of surfaces like wood because they do not require a lot of cleaning time and effort. A small amount of water is typically required but a small amount of detergent should be added to the water supply to speed up the cleaning process.
When you are cleaning a wood surface, a detergent needs to be added in equal parts to the water. Using a little less water for the detergent helps to make it easier for the washer to get to each spot and loosen up any type of dirt or grime.
The detergent solution is usually put on with a spongy material and allowed to soak for several minutes before the hose is turned on. To clean the outdoor deck railings, the detergent solution is then sprayed directly onto the railing using the nozzle. The detergent allows the cleaner to seep into the wood, giving it the opportunity to work more efficiently. and clean deep down in the wood.
Some homeowners like to use the detergent solution to wash the deck railings in the sun and leave it on until it begins to dry. Once it is completely dry, they simply rinse it off in a hose.
If you have a wooden patio table or deck railings, the detergent solution is added right into the water supply prior to using the pressure washer to make sure the detergent is evenly distributed and has fully saturated the surface. Then, using the sprayer, the detergent solution is spread out evenly over the entire area until it has fully soaked up the dirt and grime.
For wood surfaces like doors and windows, the detergent solution is spread out on the door and window surface as well as the inside of the frame where the door or window is attached to the frame. The detergent solution works well for both wood and metal surfaces, allowing the dirt to penetrate deep down into the wood or metal. It does not contain detergent chemicals which can be harmful to animals, children, or pets.
To clean hard plastic surfaces like garage doors, it is important to spray the detergent solution directly over the surface because some people do not want to risk splashing the detergent on the hard plastic when they are cleaning the door. The detergent can seep through the plastic and onto the door and into the garage door and then it will have an adverse affect on the door if it is left for too long.
The detergent solution can be left on the door or window surface for several minutes while the pressure washer is in motion. As the detergent dries, it becomes hard to remove all the dirt and residue. To make it easier to remove the remaining dirt and debris, the cleaner is often buffed to help with getting all the particles out. The cleaner can be wiped clean after the cleaning is done and allowed to dry completely.
One of the best uses for the detergent solution is to clean the vinyl siding on your home. A pressure washer will make cleaning vinyl siding much easier since it can clean away the most stubborn dirt that may be trapped between the vinyl siding and the walls. This type of stain will be very hard to remove without a scrubbing job. In order to ensure that the cleaner is completely clean, it is always best to add a few drops of water to the detergent to help with making it more effective.