Exterior Home Maintenance Boston, MA: How to Use a Pressure Washer
The pressure washer is an incomparable ally for cleaning your coatings. With a certain versatility, it can be used on many exterior surfaces, including wood, stone, brick, or cement, while being useful for carrying out a large number of exterior maintenance tasks.
To maximize the benefits of this very practical tool, it is still necessary to know how to use it properly.
Here is a set of recommendations for using your pressure washer during exterior maintenance in Boston, MA.
Safety Above All
In the first place, never underestimate the intensity of the water jet and the dangers that can result from it.
Even at modest pressure, a jet of water can injure any living thing that crosses its path. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to never direct it towards an individual or an animal.
Also, start by reattaching the garden hose to the device before connecting it and make sure that water never gets in contact with electrical connections.
For protection, obtain a protective shell to cover the sockets.
Also, adequately protect the electrical wires, sockets, and switches located outside.
General Recommendations When Using a Pressure Machine
The first thing to know about using a pressure washer is that it should be connected to a garden hose that is at least 19 millimeters wide.
Optimally, the cleaner should operate at a flow rate of 10 liters per hour.
To contribute to the full efficiency of the pressure washer, the protective filter located at the inlet fitting (the filter screen) must always be free of debris.
Secondly, it is crucial to set the intensity of the jet to the right level.
If the material is fragile (such as glass for example), prefer the flat jet with an opening of about 30 degrees and work at a distance of 15 to 20 centimeters.
If your cleaner is equipped with a pressure gauge to measure the pressure of the jet, you can then adjust the intensity according to the strength of the material involved.
While strictly water washing is possible, the use of detergent is preferred for cleaning jobs.
However, choose a detergent designed for the pressure washer, as this is particularly liquid and will not risk blocking the ducts, unlike conventional soap.
If you are using an electric model, you will need to plug your device into a grounded circuit.
Before use, take care to fully unwind your extension cord.
How to use a pressure machine?
Now that you have learned about the safety precautions and general recommendations for using your pressure washer properly, here are the options available to you to get the most out of your new pressure washer.
To clean a surface, start by spreading the detergent at low pressure (if the surface is on the floor, use lateral movements).
Then leave it on for a few minutes. Now go ahead with the cleaning by testing the intensity on a small portion of the surface.
If you’re cleaning your car, do the same to spray the detergent. Use the brush tip to remove dirt from the hubcaps without having to use the high-pressure jet and thus risk damaging the body.
Some important details for the purchase of a pressure washer
There are two types of pressure washers:
The gasoline pressure washer: As the most powerful model, this type of pressure washer is very efficient and has the added advantage of being mobile.
The electric pressure washer: Less efficient than its gasoline counterpart, this model of a pressure washer is however less noisy.
You will have the choice between a device with a universal motor (for light work), an induction motor (for medium intensity work), or a water-cooled induction motor for heavy-duty work.
If you are unsure of what type of model you want to purchase, estimate the time it will take to complete the work you plan to do.
If these are longer than 20 or 30 minutes, a gasoline model would be the ideal choice.
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