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Ten Uses For A Pressure Washer

power-washing-deckIf you’re wanting to do some outdoor cleanup, renting or buying a pressure washer is a fast way to get great results. To get the most for your money, here are 10 pressure washing projects for homeowners.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your unit.

1. Decks

Power washing or pressure washing a deck is a great way to remove dirt and debris before you seal and refinish it, but it can also damage the wood itself if not done properly. For best results, use a lower pressure, around 500-600 psi, for soft woods like pine and cedar. You can go up to 1200 psi for harder woods, but start on the low side to be safe. Use a fan tip and keep the nozzle at least a foot away from your deck.

2. Driveways and Walkways

Remove the dirt and stains that have been building up on your driveway through the years. Wet down the whole area, apply a cleaning solution and let it soak according to the instructions. Now you’re ready to spray the grime away. A surface cleaner attachment is ideal for this type of task.

3. Gutters and Downspouts

The secret to clearing out your gutters with a pressure washer is the accessories. Get a telescoping wand and attach a gutter cleaning wand to the end of it. Aim the nozzle into the gutters at an angle and blast the debris away.

4. Siding

Soap up the siding first, then spray it clean. Be careful not to point the pressure washer upwards, as the spray could get behind the siding panels and cause mold and mildew to develop. Never use a pressure washer on damaged siding or near any electrical components.

5. Outdoor Furniture

Move the furniture to a nice, flat area, such as the driveway. Pressure wash from the top down. Use detergent on areas that don’t rinse clean.

6. Dog Kennels

Your pet’s kennel can be a breeding ground for germs. A pressure washer is a quick way to thoroughly disinfect it.

7. Garage Floors

Before you begin, soak up any oil spots with sawdust or cat litter. After the oil has been absorbed, sweep it clean. Spray the floor with either a heavy­duty degreaser or a concrete cleaner. Give the cleaner time to work, then rinse clean with high pressure.

8. Lawn Mowers

Disconnect the spark plug before washing. Prop up the mower and wash under the deck, working from top to bottom. Set the mower back down, wash the top and dry thoroughly.

9. Fences

Make a grey fence look new again. Use caution as too much pressure can damage a wood fence. Use a 15 or 25 degree tip. Keep the spray moving in a steady, even motion.

10. Trash Cans

When you can’t take the smell of your trash can any longer, pressure wash it clean. Place it against a wall, apply detergent and let it soak. Rinse it out with high pressure.