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Pressure Washer Tips and Guides You Need To Know!

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 is a great tool that helps boost the performance of your pressure washer, thus completing your task faster and efficiently. 

How to use a pressure washer

Operation of a gas or electric washer is similar, but there are a few differences to keep in mind. Always read the owner’s manual thoroughly for instructions specific to YOUR washer. Step by step, follow these general instructions:

Step by step guide
  1. Sweep or brush all loose dirt and debris from the surface you’re cleaning.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the water inlet. Make sure your hose can supply the required GPM for the machine. To measure, time how long it takes for your garden hose to fill a 5-gallon bucket at full flow. For a 2.5 GPM washer, you’d need up to a 50-foot hose with a ¾ inch inside diameter.
  3. Make sure both garden and pressure hose are free of clogs and kinks.
  4. Fill the detergent reservoir (if using a cleaner) with a detergent solution.
  5. Set the spray wand to off or a low-pressure setting to prevent kickback when the washer is started. Washers with variable nozzles should be on a low-pressure, wide angle setting. At this point, make sure there’s no tip on a washer that uses interchangeable tips.
  6. Turn the faucet on fully.
  7. Sweeze wand trigger to release air pressure.
  8. Check hose connections for leaks.
  9. To start the engine or motor: For a gas power washer, adjust the choke and throttle if needed, brace your foot against a wheel to steady the machine, then pull the starter cord to start the engine. For electric, plug into a grounded, GFCI outlet and flip the on/off switch to “on”.
  10. Let water run through the machine for about a minute to prime the system. But never let it idle for longer than 3-5 minutes to prevent overheating the pump.
  11. With trigger off, attach a low pressure nozzle, or keep adjustable nozzle on low. Always start with low pressure and work your way up.
  12. Hold the wand with both hands. Plant feet firmly on the ground.
  13. Start with low pressure, about 18 inches from cleaning surface. Move in a side-to side motion at a 45 degree angle to the surface.
  14. Keep moving. Don’t stay in one spot or you risk damage to the surface. Move the spray in overlapping lines to avoid streaks.
  15. If you need more pressure, try moving the spray closer to the surface, but no more than 6 inches away. Or lock the trigger on the wand and attach a higher pressure tip.

Why do you need a Pressure Washer Surface Cleaner?

The use of hard scrubbers and harsh chemicals often do more damage than good. Here are a few reasons why a surface cleaner attachment is beneficial. 

  • Visibly more cleanliness
  • Versatility in cleaning almost all floor surfaces
  • Hassle-free and effortless work
  • Considerably lower cost in terms of labor (when hiring a professional)
  • Flexibility when handling both hot and cold pressure washer cleaning
  • Universally compatible with most pressure washer brands and models
  • Impressive “hover” or “floating” option, which actually allows you to clean floors without contact
  • Complete cleaning tasks fast; thus saving you more time to do other duties

You can use a pressure washer + this attachment for the following and more. 

  • Cleaning large, flat areas outdoor such as patio and driveways;
  • Removing algae buildup, as well as oil and grease, from decks, trailer floors, pools, boat ramps, and other areas that easily get deposits;
  • Wiping off stubborn stains from concrete floors and other floor surfaces with a smooth covering like asphalt floor; and
  • Sterilizing bathroom floors and saunas.

This surface cleaner attachment provides professional-grade cleaning with its double-spinning nozzle design. 

You don’t experience any streaking problems due to its ability to keep nozzles at a fixed height from the surface.

The splash-free skirt keeps you dry while you clean.

You can get the job done up to 4X faster than the usual spray nozzles. 

Efficiently clean horizontal surfaces like driveways, garage floors, sidewalks as well as vertical areas like garage doors and home sidings.

Versatile: This surface cleaner works with both Electric ang Gas Powered pressure washers giving you wide options for use!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I save on water consumption?

A: Yes, This attachment is 15 in. in diameter which covers more area than the standard pressure washer nozzle. And, because of the double-spinning nozzle design, it effectively uses less water. 

Q: What is the minimum PSI to use for this product to do its job?

A: Surface Cleaner can be used with as low as 1500 PSI. However, the recommended pressure is 2500-3200 PSI.

Q: Can detergents be used with the surface cleaner?

A: If your PSI machine comes with a compartment for dispensing detergent, it means that the surface cleaner can also be used with detergents.

If your PSI machine does not come with this function, you can cover the surface with soapy water, concrete cleaner, etc. and use the surface cleaner regularly. 

In most cases, detergent is not even needed, as the pressure of the water is enough to clean the surface.

Q: What kind of maintenance does this attachment need? 

A: Not much, all that you need to do is to keep the nozzles clean and ensure that debris is not stuck anywhere in the attachment.

Q: Does this work with electric pressure washers? 

A: Yes! This can fit with both Electric and Gas Powered Pressure Washers as long as the fittings and the PSI fit the specified requirements.

How To Use:

  1. Clear away loose and large debris that could impede the motion of the surface cleaner.
  2. Connect the water supply to the pressure washer
  3. Attach the surface cleaner to the high-pressure hose, much like you would a standard wand assembly, making sure all connections are firmly in place.
  4. Turn on the water and start the pressure washer.
  5. Squeeze the trigger gun – the nozzles under the surface cleaner will begin to rotate and create pressure, allowing the surface cleaner to glide along the surface.
  6. It is important to keep the surface cleaner moving to ensure an even cleaning pattern.

Pressure washers are ideal for many outdoor cleaning projects and make the task remarkably easy with a much better pay-off at the end, getting rid of dirt and grime that you could never hope to get off with a garden hose. Not only are they more powerful, your pressure washer will actually use less water so it makes sense as we continue to watch water consumption. Whether it’s cleaning cars, boats, driveways, patios or even outdoor furniture there’s the right accessory to help you get the job done.

As far as the pressure washer itself most of them work the same. A petrol engine or electric motor powers a pump, which increases the pressure of the water fed in from a garden hose. The pressurized water is then delivered through a hose and released through the wand where the spray pattern is controlled by interchangeable nozzles.

So what do you need to consider when you go to pick your new pressure washer?

Step 1 – Accessories

First, need to think about what you intend to clean. There is a huge range of accessories available across multiple pressure washer brands to help you for your specific job. These include patio cleaners, car brushes, auto nozzles and drain cleaners.

Step 2 – PSI And Water Flow Rating

Next important consideration is the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) rating, which is simply the units cleaning power as measured by the pressure of water generated by the motor and pump.

We also need to throw into the mix the unit’s water flow rating. The water flow rating is the volume of water delivered through the pressure washer. This helps to determine how well the pressure washer will wash away dirt and grime and complete a task.

Step 3 – Choosing The Size For You

1300 to 1900psi

  • Suitable for light duties or small household cleaning jobs
  • Car or 4WD cleaning
  • Removing light mildew or mould
  • Cleaning windows or outdoor furniture

2000 to 3000psi

  • Suitable for more heavy duty household applications in addition to those above
  • Cleaning decks, payments or driveways
  • Removing tough stains
  • Ideal for frequent use

A word of caution, town water typically works fine, but tank water without an auxiliary pump may cause problems. Always check to see if the pressure washing you’re looking at is rated to draw from a bucket or water tank.

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