How to Use a Pressure Washer

April 1, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve ever tried to scrub down a set of old plastic patio chairs, you know how water, soap and a scrub brush can be a losing battle against years of grime. Doing the same to your concrete driveway or wooden patio? Forget about it. Luckily, there are pressure washers for that.

If you’ve never used a pressure washer, you might not be familiar with how pressure washing in Vancouver, BC can take outdoor cleaning tasks from an all-day affair to job that’s done in a matter of hours. Here’s why we think you’ll love a good pressure wash for your building, pavement and even equipment.

What is a pressure washer and what are the benefits?

Pressure washers are tools that pressurize water, either from electric motors or gas engines, in order to clean surfaces better. They often connect to a garden hose (or, in the case of Hydro Tech Power Washing, one of our mobile truck’s hoses) and transform your everyday water source into a heavy-duty cleaning machine.

Gas pressure washers (best for professional jobs) typically exude 2,000 to 2,800 pounds per square inch (PSI), while electric ones (better for light-to-medium jobs around the home) average about 1,000 to 3,000 PSI. The higher the PSI, the more cleaning power you’ll have.

When you use a pressure washer, you’re letting that pressurized water do the hard labor for you—it can remove mold, algae, dirt, dust and soap scum from surfaces immediately, without any hard labor.

How to use a pressure washer

To safely use a pressure washer, remember these key tips:

  • Know your pressure washer: When you have a pressure washer, you need to read the instructions from front to back. Even if you think there’s no harm to be done with water, pressurizing anything can lead to injury. It’s important that you understand how your pressure washer works and how to safely operate it.
  • Wear the right gear: Unfortunately, this is not a home car wash situation. Wear appropriate clothing (pants and boots, at a minimum) to avoid injury during your pressure washing session in Vancouver, BC.
  • No ladders: Never operate a pressure washer while you’re on a ladder—there can be kickback, which will impact your balance. Instead, make use of extension wands that will help you reach higher areas.
  • Hands off: You surely know this already, but pressure washers aren’t toys. However, to children, they can look like a lot of fun, so make sure any children in your vicinity understand that pressure washers are important tools that must be respected. And as much as you might be tempted to prank a friend, never point a pressure washer at someone else.

Pressure washing in Vancouver, BC

When you need affordable and reliable pressure washing services in Vancouver, BC, the team at Hydro Tech Power Washing is glad to help. Our mobile pressure washing services mean that you can get tough-to-clean objects, buildings and surfaces looking fresh even in the most remote locations. Call us today to find out more.

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