We love summertime, because it’s prime season for home projects. Our calendars have cleared up just slightly, leaving extra room for creativity and project planning.
But one thing that summer also brings with it? Pollen, mildew and grass clippings—and lots of it. Before you can make your home even more beautiful, you may want to consider pressure washing the surface to remove all of those summer extras. They’re especially helpful before you begin repainting your home’s exterior, as they’ll remove any flaky or blistering paint in a faster way than scraping will.
But before you can get started, here’s everything you need to know about pressure washers.
Size Does Matter
Pressure washers are sized for the type of work they will be doing. So, before you look into a pressure washer rental or purchase, you’ll want to determine the types of projects you’ll be tackling this summer.
If you’re washing your car, cleaning outdoor furniture, spraying down grills, bringing plastic play sets back to life, or cleaning small decks or patios, you’ll want a compact pressure washer that is lightweight and has a flexible pressure hose. And, because you’ll need the pressure to vary depending on the surface (i.e. you wouldn’t spray your car with the same gusto as you would your kid’s plastic play set), you’ll want to look for a pressure washer that has a variety of nozzles and spray wands, as well as an onboard detergent tank for extra cleaning power.
Home or Shop Use
For projects that are a little more heavy-duty, like large decks or patios, home siding, fences or boats, you’ll want to look for a pressure washer that has a premium overhead cam or an overhead valve engine. Because you’ll be covering a much larger surface, you want your pressure washer to be able to flexibly move with you, so it should have a heavy duty frame (there’s nothing worse than your pressure washer toppling over mid-spray) and large wheels.
If you’re prepping a surface for repainting, you need a professional-grade pressure washer. A pressure washer with a commercial series engine will have the appropriate stamina to clean flaky or bubbly paint from the side of your home, with little to no hands-on work after. You’ll want to look for a pressure washer that has a steel-braided, high-pressure hose and a pro-style steel spray wand. This type of pressure washer is also great for graffiti removal or construction-site cleaning.
How to Spray Surfaces with a Pressure Washer
Believe it or not, there is a correct and more efficient way to spray surfaces with a pressure washer.
- If you’re cleaning a vertical surface, wash from the bottom up and then rinse from the top down, to make sure you’re cleaning and then removing every instance of dirt, grime or paint.
- Use a broad, low pressure nozzle if you’re simply trying to clean a surface. A nozzle that is too narrow may cause the water to cut into the surface.
- Always test an area before going all in with a pressure washer. Choose a discrete area of your home or surface and test it out to make sure that the pressure is okay and that the surface can handle it.
- Never keep the nozzle pointed at the same area for too long, as the prolonged pressure can cut into the surface.
When you’re storing your pressure washer for the winter, you’ll also want to consider a pump guard preservative to make sure the pump doesn’t freeze or corrode during the colder months.
James T. Davis Has Pressure Washers
We love helping our customers with every aspect of the home project and renovation process, including equipping them with quality pressure washers. If you’re in need of a pressure washer for your home or business, stop by to see us.