Pressure Washing Tips

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Whether you get your pressure washers from a site like Toolsmith Direct or from the local hardware store, you need to know how to use them correctly in order to get the most out of them. These tips will help you, and it is important to note that some of them apply to different surfaces – for example, some of the tips are more geared toward washing your car, while others are geared toward washing an office building or a home. No matter what you are going to do, you can find some useful advice.

1. Understand your settings.

You can typically set the pressure washers to have a powerful stream with a limited range or a wider stream with less power. You need to understand what is going to work better for the job at hand. It is also a good idea to understand the impact that each one has so that you can use it appropriately. For example, the more powerful stream could take more time since it covers less area, but you need to go slowly, working from side to side, to get the best results.

2. Know your surface.

Another thing that it is important to understand is the surface that you are working on and the type of cleaning that it needs. For instance, the wall of a home may look like it is covered in paint that has grown discolored over the years, but the reality is that the discoloration is just a layer of dirt and grime over the paint. Removing it will make it look bright and new again. This is why some people recommend power washing a surface before painting it to make sure that painting is really what you need to do. Make sure to inspect all surfaces before you start the job.

3. Work from the top down.

Finally, you do want to make sure that you work from the top down. The dirt and grime that you wash away will then drain down to the lower levels, where they can continue to be washed as you move down the wall. If you work in the other direction, dirt could get left behind. This can also create streaks on the wall because all of the runoff water is going to be draining down over the wall that you have already cleaned. Starting at the top gets you the best results.