You must follow proper safety and usage procedures while operating a pressure washer. The right handling techniques keep you, others and your home safe.
Do’s of Power Washing
Here’s how to pressure wash the right way:
1. Choose the Right Equipment
Choose power washing equipment that matches your surface material. Select nozzle sizes and pressure quantities based on your surface’s size and material type.
Put on protective gear before operating a power washer to protect your skin from debris:
- Long-sleeved shirts and pants
- Close-toed, sturdy shoes
2. Prepare Surfaces
Before you start, clear the surface of objects. Outdoor decks are a common site for pressure washes, but the pressurized water might damage your other belongings on the deck. Remove all furniture and accessories before you wash.
Make sure your cleaning site is free from other’s objects. For example, you might pressure spray your fence. Ensure your neighbors have no belongings outdoors that the pressure wash could impact.
3. Use Proper Technique
Practice with the pressure washer before you begin. Use proper techniques like:
- Start with the lowest pressure. Slowly increase the pressure until you reach the ideal amount.
- Stand several feet away from the targeted site. Move closer only if needed.
- Use sweeping strokes and lift up and away each time.
4. Use the Right Cleaning Agents
Your power washer’s instruction manual should outline the best cleaning agents for your surface. Only use recommended cleaners when operating your washer.
5. Take Safety Precautions
Follow safety precautions like:
- Wear protective gear.
- Use the lowest pressure possible.
- Make sure the area is clear of people and other objects before you start.
Your instruction manual should provide more safety details.
Don’ts of Power Washing
Don’t make these pressure washing mistakes:
- Power washing delicate surfaces: Spray pre-approved surfaces that can handle intense water jets.
- Underestimating the power washer’s power: Handle the washer carefully and only point it at the intended area. Practice beforehand to understand its strength.
- Rushing the process: Rushing can cause accidents or an incomplete job. Work slowly and methodically.
- Getting too close: Always keep a safe distance from the washing site.
- Neglecting post-cleaning: After you finish, turn the tool off and follow storage recommendations.
Get Power Washing Experts to Do the Job Correctly
Professional power washing technicians from PPW complete the process safely and efficiently. We handle preparation and post-cleaning procedures, minimizing stress for homeowners. For power washing services, request a quote or call 833-868-8873.