What is Pressure Washing?
Pressure Washing is when you use a machine that pumps out water at extremely high pressure to blast dirt away from surfaces around your home. Most people are familiar with the idea of using a hose to clean up a surface outside their house, but a pressure washer does the job much faster and better. The machines are usually gas or electric powered, have a filter to prevent debris from getting into the system and a pump that accelerates water to create a narrow jet of water to power through dirty surfaces. Some have options for adding cleaner to the water for a more effective cleaning job.
How do I add cleaning solution to my pressure washer?
When purchasing a machine, the main characteristics to consider are PSI (pounds per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute). The higher the PSI and the greater the GPM, the more powerful the pressure of the machine and the quicker it will clean large areas. The nozzle options that come with the machine will also play an important role in how it is used.
There are different nozzles for soaping and rinsing. A 65deg black-tipped nozzle is used for soaping up the area you are cleaning and can be mixed with add-on cleaner to make things extra clean. The 0deg red-tipped nozzle is basically a water laser and should be used with caution. It is used to blast off caked on rust or paint. Regardless of the nozzle used, it is important to spray away from yourself and other objects, cover any electrical outlets or breakable items that could be hit with the water, and avoid spraying anything that can lead to water damage, like windows.
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