Whether you're a homeowner or property owner that's interested in cleaning your outdoor surfaces with a pressure washing system, understanding a few key things can help you get the best results from the process. Though pressure washing is an easy and reliable way to remove everything from debris to old stains, you still have to apply some basic techniques and avoid a few pitfalls so that you don't end up doing damage to you, the surface, or the machinery. So if you want to get started pressure cleaning your outdoor surfaces, here's a few things that you should know before you begin.
Understand The Basics
Though there are many kinds of pressure washers, for residential purposes, electric, gas, diesel, or petrol-based pressure washers are the norm. The basic machinery of any pressure washer uses a generous water source, like a hose hooked to a municipal supply, coupled with a power source that can create a high velocity water stream through an end nozzle. Different nozzles allow for different spraying patterns, and some machines have attachments and extra tanks that will let you to add detergent for a deeper clean.
Having a generous water source will help you avoid damage to the pressure washer, as trying to push an inadequate amount of water through pump can burn out the motor. If you have a well, you may be limited in the amount of time you can pressure wash until the supply is restored.
Gas, diesel, or petrol-based washers allow you to move about your property without requiring the use of an electrical outlet, and they can also create nearly twice the amount of pressure in the cleaning stream as well. But due to the exhaust of gas pressure washers, their use is limited to outdoors. If you're renting or have just purchased an electric washer, you still have a powerful cleaning tool, just as long as you have an outlet handy where you're working or can find an extension cord long enough to let you reach the surface.
Consider Your Target
Understanding the basics of your machinery and how it works is important, but you should also consider your target. Know first that safety should be a priority, and wearing safety goggles, closed-toed shoes, and long sleeves or pants can help you avoid unnecessary injury. You should also pay attention to the PSI or dial on your machine, as higher pressures can cause damage to some surfaces, like plastics, stucco, and wood. If you're about to pressure clean a surface that you aren't sure about, test an inconspicuous area with a lower PSI and work your way up to higher pressure if you don't see visible damage.
For more information or help with your project, contact a professional like those at Pressure Washing by Projects Restoration.