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Pressure washer cleaning tips

Date posted: 12 January 2012

Using a pressure washer is a highly efficient way of assisting with a wide range of outdoor cleaning jobs such as cleaning driveways, patios and cars.

With its versatility and adaptiveness for some different tasks, you can rest assured that using a power washer it will help in making light work of these labour and back intensive jobs which generally can be not only mundane but also quite time-consuming to do.

Pressure washers which can also be known as Jet washers work by using high intensive pressure to push out water through a jet nozzle which then can be used as a very effective way of blasting grime and dirt from surfaces and objects without little problem or need for elbow grease. Also Available with a wide range of attachments such as car wash brushes and patio scrubbing attachments,  a jet washer provides an ideal solution for cleaning driveways patios and decking, removing debris from guttering or even to cleaning the car.

Generally used for Patio and Decking cleaning duties, our pressure washers for hire are far more powerful than the regular ones you can buy, so you should follow these tips:

Pressure washer decking Cleaning Tips

  • Always wear protective eyewear and clothing when using a pressure washer.
  • Start by spraying deck cleaning detergent on the decking and leave on for between 5 to 10 minutes before using the pressure washer to clean off using a 40-degree pitch when spraying off.
  • Never let the cleaning detergent sit on the wood for any longer than 15 minutes or it will seep into the wood and can damage it. Also, note some detergents are more lawn/garden friendly and won’t damage the garden as much so check before using.
  • If your pressure washer is less than 2000 PSI (Pounds per square inch), then you should have the nozzle at least 1 foot away from the decking to avoid damaging the wood. For more powerful pressure washers of 2,000 - 3,000 psi, you should be between 1 to 2 feet away.
  • Set the Spray tip to 25 degrees. This is ideal for cleaning decking as the impact and concentration are less thus not damaging the wood.

Pressure Washer Driveways cleaning Tips

  • Always wear protective eyewear and clothing when using a pressure washer.
  • Clear any loose debris prior to using the Jetwash.
  • For oil stains, you can use sawdust or Cat litter to soak up the stain.
  • Pre-treat the driveway with suitable driveway cleaner before using the jet wash.  Allow for at least 5 to 10 minutes for the degreaser work before starting.
  • Set the Spray Tip to 15 degrees. This is the ideal setting for cleaning driveways as the narrower the opening, the more powerful the water pressure. This also allows the water concentration coming through to effortlessly clean the dirt and grime from the concrete or paving slab.
  • Always start the pressure washer at the highest point on the driveway thus allowing the dirty water to flow away and drain properly.
  • Apply slow overlapping strokes of the pressure washer until all dirt and grime have been removed from the paving slab/concrete. If you find, the surface is not becoming clean, then move the nozzle slightly nearer and repeat. Always spray away from yourself.
  • If you are going to apply a sealant, then allow for at least 24 hours to drive after the final rinse.

How to hire?

Best at hire have a large range of Cleaning equipment available including industrial patio cleaners for hire and industrial Pressure washers, so whether you want to use it for cleaning driveways, clearing guttering or spring cleaning your patio, we have the right equipment for your needs.

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