Grime and dirt aren’t immediately apparent. Do not mean they aren’t present outside your home. If dirt has gathered in your home, don’t worry about indicating your housekeeping skills. Nothing can be done to prevent it. The weather can’t be controlled. Thus your home will always be at risk. However, that is no excuse to watch helplessly as dirt and dust mar your otherwise clean house. Pressure washing is a better option for restoring your home’s exterior after years of neglect.
Inexperienced pressure washer users might cause damage. Preparation is key. If you’ve never used a pressure washer, read on.
Gas-powered or Electric Pressure wash?
A pump within a pressure washer raises the water pressure within the hose, making quick work of whatever needs washing. Fuel or electricity can be used to run that pump. Both choices have their advantages and disadvantages.
Gas Pressure Washer
Gas-powered washers often have greater PSI (pounds per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute) capacities than their electric counterparts. They can clean surfaces considerably more quickly due to the increased power.
Gas pressure washers’ benefits
- Gas-powered pressure washers offer greater flexibility in terms of PSI and GPM output. You’ll have more options, and they clean more quickly and effectively than electric models.
- Electric pressure washers use a cord, whereas gas-powered ones don’t. Even if you aren’t close to an electrical socket, you can still get some work done.
Drawbacks of Gas-Powered Pressure Washers
- Even the most minor gasoline engines need regular maintenance. If you’re putting the machine away for a while, remember to give it the oil change it needs and add the right stuff to the gas tank.
Electric pressure washers
In some instances, electric washers are more practical than their gas-powered counterparts. In addition, gas vapors are not a concern.
Advantages of Electric Pressure Washers
- Clean your driveway, deck, or patio without worrying about pollution, thanks to electric pressure washers. You could use one indoors if you had to, but you’d need to cover your ears and find a way to drain the water quickly and efficiently.
- No need to change the oil or do any other routine maintenance on an electric engine.
Disadvantages of Electric Pressure Washers
- Electric pressure washers can’t match gas-powered ones. Electric pressure washers take longer to clean large or unclean areas. (You may not see desired outcomes.)
- Electric pressure washers are less portable than gas-powered ones because they must be plugged in at all times.
Best-sized pressure washer?
There is a matter of the engine size to consider, regardless of whether you go with a gas or electric pressure washer.
The total output of a unit powered by an engine is proportional to the size of the engine, as is the case with all engine-driven machines. However, the water pressure and gallons per minute produced by a tiny engine will be significantly lower than those of a larger engine. There are four distinct types of pressure washer motors.
Pressure washers for light jobs
Lower than 2,000 PSI is the threshold for what is considered a light-duty pressure washer. Light-duty electric pressure washers are adequate for cleaning the occasional outdoor household item, a small deck, or a patio.
Pressure Washers for Moderate Use
Are you planning on washing your house’s fences, driveway, or walls? You’ll need a pressure washer with moderate power. The water pressure of a pressure washer of this size ranges from 2,000 to 2,800 PSI.
Powerful High-Pressure Washer
A commercial-grade pressure wash is your best bet if you need to clean a lot of concrete or if you need to go to the second floor. The pressure of a commercial grade pressure washer is typically between 2,900 and 3,300 PSI.
Certified Experts in High-Pressure Washing
Are you planning to perform a lot of pressure washing? Preparing to paint your home’s exterior? Consider a professional-grade pressure washer. The extra-heavy-duty engine handles hours-long work. These pressure washers produce 3,300 PSI or more. Consider GPM while choosing a pressure washer.
How to Pressure Wash
Pressure washing is an improper operation that, if done incorrectly, may also be deadly. Planning is crucial.
How to Avoid Injuries While Pressure Washing
These safety precautions are recommended for both novice and experienced users.
- Protect your eyes and ears! – Loud pressure washers. High water pressure sprays back dirt and water at you. Protect your eyes and ears.
- Make Full Use of Both Hands – Hold the wand with both hands until you’re confident with the pressure washer.
- To Avoid Getting Too Close – Keep the spray point 18 inches from the surface to avoid damage.
If cleaning and home upkeep give you quick enjoyment, you may enjoy pressure washing. You may decide that pressure cleaning is too much hassle. Okay! It’s a messy, damp job. If you’d prefer not to pressure wash, hire a pro.