There is hardly a soul who gets easily excited about outdoor cleaning projects. These days, thanks to the abundance of tools and machinery it is easy to club weekend house cleaning tasks and recreational activities. Actually you not only club two contrasting activities together but also save time in the process. Removing mould from the furniture decking the patio, freshening up a dirty deck, cleaning tire wells packed with mud and such other tasks are easier to tackle with pressure jet wash cleaning. You just need a pressure washer to execute the tasks smoothly and faster. This tool proves unbelievably handy. Moreover although it is 50 times more powerful than a standard garden hose, but it saves nearly 80% more water compared to the later.
But there is something more to consider as well! Varieties of pressure washer are readily available in the market. But those are not equal in terms of capacity and ease of usage. In easier words you can say a particular type of these washers is not ideal for every outdoor chore that people normally have to tackle. It is important that you handle and use the tool properly. If you use the tool in the proper way it not only provides satisfying results but also brings no damage to your property.
In the following sections of the blog post let us explore few best (and worst practices that are to be avoided) to ensure the most from this handy cleaning tool.
You should always prepare before starting
A professional trained and experienced in jet wash cleaning in London says your water pressure must be sufficiently forceful. Else the pressure washer is bound to fall short of your expectations. How can you be sure that the water pressure is up to the mark? Here are few tips. Start with testing the flow of water from the hose by checking the time it takes to completely fill up an empty bucket with capacity of 5 gallon. If the required time is two minutes or less there is nothing to worry about the water pressure. On the other hand if the task requires more than two minutes getting complete then your water pressure is not up to the mark to operate the washer. Once you are assured water flow or water pressure is sufficient your next step is cleaning out the inlet filter and making sure the connections are tight enough at the places where the tool connects with a hose and other accessories.
Never ignore the power of pressure washer
Both speed and power are the most significant features of any pressure washer. These features can make the tool efficient in one hand and dangerous on the other. Water stream that ejects from the models having lower psi-s is forceful enough to cut through the skin and leave you wounded. So you should wear proper protective gear before using the tool. Put on safety goggles and grip the wand tightly enough so that there is no recoil when the pressure kicks in. Always start with the lowest pressure setting and work in a sweeping motion. In other works you are not focusing the power of the tool at a particular point for too long. It is important to aim the nozzle away from people, animals and your precious peony bushes.
You should never use a single nozzle tip for every task
Variety of nozzles is meant to fit into a pressure washer. Different nozzles produce differ stream patterns. This allows you to use water in better way to get a job done. Here are few things that are worth discussing. Remember the narrower the spray, the greater force the jet delivers. A 40 degrees wide nozzle is more suitable for general washing. These tasks include rinsing outdoor furniture, cleaning siding and loosening dirt from cedar or redwood decking. Contrastingly a nozzle that has 25 degrees width is ideal to get rid of grime and dirt on concrete surface. It also works on other types of masonry work. Nozzles ranging from zero to 15 degrees width impart tremendous pressure concentrated on a limited area. This added pressure helps getting rid of stubborn stains from iron surface.
To secure the maximum force adjust the spray’s angle
Stubborn stains are always in need of maximum cleaning power. So you should better keep the nozzle of the pressure washer perpendicular to a grimy surface. This is otherwise easy but as you reach the underside of a patio table the task becomes challenging. But thankfully there is no need to bend over or overstretch yourself to clean those areas that are hard to reach says a trained and skilled professional working at the VIP Carpet Cleaning London. Varying models are available in the market these days that offer you greater control through a nozzle that is easily adjustable. Just a simple twist of the hand rotates the spray within a range of 90 degrees angle. Thus you can effortlessly direct the force of the water jet over, under or around any targeted object. Thus there is no more bending, squatting, stretching or muscle straining to ensure ‘up to the mark’ cleaning.
Perform the cleaning job with ease and comfort
A direct blast of water jet can damage the surfaces that you try washing. Therefore always start the job with a light touch. Some of the paint on the wall, items made of softer wood like cedar and such other items may get ruined when you stand too close to a target and blast off a jet of water. As far as pressure washing is concerned, ideally you should stand at 10 feet from a targeted surface. Then turn on the water jet to do its task. Gradually you can move forward by a step or two till the jet is forceful enough to give you expected result.
Never apply a pressure washer to everything
Here is another word of caution that is worth remembering. Every item that you see in front of the eyes is not meant for pressure jet wash even when you apply extreme caution and the lowest pressure. This is more relevant to objects that already show signs of deterioration or wear and tear. A professional with in-depth expertise in pressure jet wash in London suggests, in that case you should disconnect the pressure washer from the hose. However the adjustable nozzle still saves from stretching and straining the body parts to reach out to undersides and critical angles. It just takes the pressure off the stream of water.