Imagine how much capacity an electric pressure washer has. Seems to be foggy? The pressure washer encompasses a wide variety of fields to use. To wash siding, decks, vehicles, concrete floor, and almost all other outdoors, there is perhaps no alternative to a pressure washer to clean anything. It works so faster and easier making actually a lot of fun. Now you know that it’s easier, it’s faster, and it’s funny to use. But do you know how to use it?
This is important. Before you launch a project, you should make sure that you know well the secure and efficient use of an electric pressure washer.
Get Familiar with your Pressure Washer Parts
Before using a pressure washer machine you must need to know all the consisting parts of it. These include pump, motor, loader valve, unloader valve, inlet, and outlet hose connection, piping, chemical tank, wand, nozzle, spray gun, and a range of switches. You will find a brief idea about all these parts from the manual your manufacturer provided.
Know the Operating Procedures
If your pressure washer is completely in a new condition and you just remove it from the delivery box for the first time use, it will require you to assemble the parts. Go to the instruction page in the manual came with the machine to fix all the parts accurately. Once you assemble, keep yourself away from some possible risky events and take necessary protections. Consider the following risks associated with your operating procedures:
- Projectiles might go into your eyes.
- Spray gun might give you a kickback.
- The surface might be slippery.
- High speed might rotate the parts of the machine.
- Electrocution might happen.
- Toxic fumes may emerge.
Now, start your electric pressure washer. Before start-up, follow the steps stated below:
- Clean any debris or dirt in inlet or outlet filter.
- Attach any accessories if required, such as chemical injector.
- Run the water flow for some time to revive the mechanism and get out any air, if exists.
- Compress the spray wand trigger to speed up the water pressure.
- Connect the power cord to the electricity and switch the plug on to start the engine.
- Once the equipment is on, start water flowing a few feet far from the object to avoid damage.
Learn Water Supply Procedures
Notice that your water supply can deliver the specified gallons per minute for your machine. For instance, if the machine requires 2-1/2 gpm, calculate how long your garden hose takes to fill a 5-gallon bucket. The garden hose needs to be 50 ft. long and ¾ in. inside the diameter to fit for connecting to the machine’s inlet. Make sure that the water inlet filter is clean and hoses are no wrinkle.
Before water supply start-up, be sure that water flows through the washer and out the spray wand. Now consider these tips:
- Make hose connections tight to prevent the air in the lines.
- Fix the spray wand to a no-pressure setting so that the start-up recoil or kickback cannot happen. Electric washer needs to be comparatively in low-pressure and wider fan setting.
- Turn the water faucet on at the object.
- Let the pressure washer run for a minute to get it warmed. It is no good running a washer for a long time while the trigger is off.
- Tune the pressure and spray setting and place the nozzle tip on the wand. Okay. Now it is ready for use.
Acquire Power Cleaning Skills
If you want a siding to prepare it for painting, start with the nozzle 4 ft. away from the house. Gradually take it closer to achieve the perfect cleaning results. Hold the spray wand in hands. Run the water stream at 45-degree angle to the siding. Move it constantly.
A pressure washer is used to remove grime and debris. To ensure the best performance, inspect the pressure washer setting and spray motif on an unobtrusive point. It will help protect the surface from damage. When you are washing, the following rules are important:
- Place something everywhere the siding to save plants and paint chips from the pull-down during washing.
- Don’t point the spray wand straight to the sidings. It takes the dirt to the surface. Rather, point the spray wand at a 45-degree angle to the siding.
- Don’t work in big areas at a time. Work a small area instead. Wash from the bottom and continue.
- Don’t run water behind the siding and keep the stream level. If your target place is higher, then use an extended wand spray. Be careful of possible kickback that can push it into power lines.
- Avoid spraying on the window glass. The high water stream can break the glass.
Cleanse with Detergent
Unlike house siding, cleaning of a car and other objects with an electric pressure washer needs an accessory brush and detergent.
- Rinse the whole area you want to clean and switch to a detergent wash. Make a further rinse after that.
- Make sure that the detergent to be running through the pressure washer only with hooking up a chemical injector.
- Weaken the sticky dirt with high-pressure water by dint of medium spray pattern. Then, apply detergent with the nozzle and wait for a few minutes. In the meantime, the detergent penetrates the dirt. Get the surface wet to avoid possible damage or discoloration.
- Reset the nozzle to a medium pattern and splash with water.
- Drain the detergent you have used and wash the system to introduce the next one.
Where Discretion to Make
As the electric pressure washer generates extreme pressure and it is connected to an electric power, it can induce fatal injuries if you cannot handle it properly. For your safety, the following guidelines are highly recommended:
- Don’t direct the spray gun at anyone. It might pierce the skin.
- Put on safety glasses while operating the washer.
- Keep your spraying water at least 6 ft. far from the electrical outlet.
- Avoid using pressure washer when you are on a ladder. The strong recoil can throw you off the ladder.
- Use the safety lock on the trigger when you are not using it or when you are changing your nozzle tip.