A pressure washer is one of the most versatile tools in a person’s arsenal. They’re great for everything from washing cars to cleaning windows, but they can also be used for other purposes that you may not have considered before. This blog post will outline what to look for in purchasing a pressure washer, as well as let you in on 11 brilliant uses of pressure washers. If you’re like me and have rarely–if ever– used a pressure washer, I’ll also provide step-by-step instructions on how to use one. We’ll start with a few simple hacks that anyone can do at home!
Need more ideas? Check out: How to Wash your Car at Home For Beginners or Easy Step by Step Guide for Cleaning your Car’s Interior
First a word of caution. Pressure washers can be an extremely powerful tool, especially if you have one of the more concentrated nozzles on. Always start with the least intense nozzle attachment on an area that you are pressure washing so you don’t risk damaging the surface. If it doesn’t seem to be getting clean, simply move up to a stronger nozzle attachment.
Kids and animals should stay away from the area that you are pressure washing to avoid getting sprayed. Don’t spray your skin with a pressure washer, either!
What are some things you can do with a pressure washer?
- Washing Fabrics: Instead of using your household washing machine, you can use a pressure washer to launder any fabric. You’ll need water, soap and bleach for this hack so make sure that it’s thoroughly rinsed at the end of the process. Types of fabrics you can wash with a pressure washer include : Blankets,Towels, Pillowcases, etc*
*Note: Depending on your pressure washer, you may need to use the right attachment for delicate fabrics. When in doubt, test a small area first! Pressure washers work best when used on surfaces made from tough materials such as concrete, stone pavers, wood decks etcetera – don’t expect miracles if you’re trying to get stains out of thin fabric like cotton t-shirts. The higher pressure will remove dirt but won’t necessarily remove tough stains without getting them wetter than necessary first. A mixture of detergent and water is recommended so you’ll get the best clean possible.
PLEASE also use caution when attempting to wash fabrics with a pressure washer. If the pressure is too hard, you can actually tear holes in the fabric.
2. Garden Hose Nozzle Hack: If you don’t have a garden hose nozzle attachment on your pressure washer, screw an old metal pipe into one side of the fitting then thread two rubber hoses onto each side with opposite ends pointing in different directions. This will give you multiple spray patterns to choose from! Make sure to remove them before storing them since they’re not meant for continuous usage.
3. Car Carpet Freshener: Your carpets are sure to be dirty after a long day of walking around on them. You could take your pressure washer, and with the nozzle on high pressure (and using a quality detergent) spray down all over the carpeted areas before vacuuming!
4. Outdoor Shower: If you have an outdoor shower that’s been neglected for too long, this hack will make it as good as new again. Simply use your pressure washer to wash away any dirt or debris until it looks pretty clean then scrub with soap and water afterward.
5. Window Cleaning Hack: This is another one where if you don’t have access to any other tools or materials than what’s at home already, you can still get some work done! All you need is a pressure washer and some water. Simply spray the window with your pressure washer, then use paper towels or rags to wipe away any dirt!
6. Cleaning Grills & Carpets: All you need is one of these babies for this job. Spray down the grill until it’s nice and clean from all that grease and grime before scrubbing it off with soap and water. The same thing goes for carpets; just make sure you’re using something other than hot soapy water as this can damage them over time.
7. Wood Surface Cleaner: You don’t want those wood surfaces in your house getting dirty too easily do ya? Using detergent on low pressure (or high if needed) simply take your pressure washer and spray a coat of soap onto the surface, then use a rag to wipe it all off.
8. Cleaning Rugs: We’ve talked about carpets but did you know that pressure washers work wonders on rugs too? Just like with any other type of fabric, simply spray some detergent onto your rug and rub in gently with water before wiping clean with dry paper towels or microfiber cloths.
9. Outdoor Furniture: A pressure washer might be just what your outdoor furniture needs! Use warm soapy water for this one (to avoid damaging wood). Spray down all surfaces until they’re nice and clean then rinse well. Dry thoroughly afterward because you don’t want those pesky bugs crawling all over your clean furniture.
10. Cleaning or Polishing Wood Floors: If you have a pressure washer with nozzles, use it to get deep into the grooves of wood floors and remove any old dirt or grime that’s been there for ages! Don’t do this indoors though because it could damage delicate wood flooring but this would work great outdoors.
11. Defrost Your Windshield: Ever wanted to know how those car detailers manage to make cars look so good? They’re using a pressure washer! It works wonders on windshields too – just be careful not to leave behind streaks from oversaturation. Simply spray once in one direction across the surface then rinse down with water before repeating the process until all ice is gone.
12. Quickly remove old paint: by blasting an object with water at high pressure , the paint will break up and separate from the surface, making it easy to remove.
13. Remove chewing gum: there’s nothing worse than trying to peel a piece of dried-out gum off some nice fabric with your fingernails! Simply wet down an area of chewed furniture, place a cloth on top then use the pressure washer nozzle like you’re painting over it. The water combined with pressure should be enough to loosen any sticky residue so that it can be easily peeled away without damaging anything else in its path or taking hours.
14. Clean stone surfaces: Stone is porous and absorbs dirt, which makes removing stains difficult unless they are still fresh (for example – red wine). A pressure washer blasts out tough dirt by simply shooting
15. Outdoor Walkways and Concrete: pressure washers are great for cleaning walkways and concrete surfaces, because they remove dirt without damaging the surface. If you’ve ever tried to pressure wash a paved area with your garden hose before, then you’ll know that it’s impossible! You won’t be able to reach every little nook and cranny of those areas which leaves them looking dirty after all your hard work – but not if you use a pressure washer.
16. Remove Mildew: mildew can grow on exterior walls because of damp conditions; so this is no surprise when living in rainy climates like Seattle or Portland. To prevent its growth simply blast off molding using the power of water pressure at high speeds–or even better yet just make sure the problem doesn’t.
17. One of the most common ways to use a pressure washer is to wash your car!
What specs should I look for when choosing a pressure washer?
There are many pressure washers available on the market. Some are more suited for your needs than others, depending on what you’ll be using it for and how often you plan to use it.
Before making a purchase, consider whether or not pressure washing is something that will happen every week or only a couple of times a year.
The following are some things to keep in mind when comparing different models:
– The type of surface material – can’t spray concrete with an aluminum nozzle!
– Pressure: Higher pressure should give better results but also costs more money and requires more maintenance. Watch out for high static pressure ratings as well; they may cause damage over time if used incorrectly
– Flow Rate: this rating refers to the volume of water that the pressure washer can produce per minute. The higher this rating is, the more powerful and faster it will operate
– Drive: One consideration to keep in mind with regards to drive type is whether or not you want a Honda engine (quieter, but more expensive) vs a Briggs & Stratton (a little louder, but usually more affordable). Either way, be sure to use ear protection while operating the unit as they are both very noisy!
To help you make up your mind on which pressure washer may work best for you and why, we’ve put together a handy pressure washer buyer’s guide.
You should look for the pressure of your washer. The higher the pressure, the more dirt and grime will be removed from surfaces quickly! You also want a power cord that is long enough to reach any area you need it in. It’s better if this cord retracts so you’re not tripping on it all day long too! Lastly, make sure it has variable spray nozzles this will allow you to use less pressure on more delicate surfaces or you can move up to us a more intense pressure for tough surfaces and stains.
How Much Do Pressure Washers Cost?
Pressure washer prices can range from $150 – $5000. The pressure washer you should invest in is one that will work for both your needs and budget.
The pressure washer that I own is the TEANDE 3800PSI Electric Pressure Washer. Its on the lower end as far as cost goes and I am really happy with it! Because I only use my pressure washer casually around the house every couple of months or so, I wasn’t willing to pay the big bucks for one of the really expensive ones. But thus far this has been perfect for our needs.
How to Use a Pressure Washer
Here are some simple steps to follow for your first pressure washer use:
Operate the unit in a wide-open space, not indoors. Make sure that there are no people or animals nearby as they can be harmed by this device! Get familiar with how to operate it and what all of the parts do. Read through instructions before you turn it on.
Step 1 – Fill the pressure washer with water. Make sure to use cold water as it will be better for the environment and won’t harm plants or animals.
Step 2 – Attach a hose to the pressure washer, then attach the other end of that hose to your water source (a garden hose connection, faucet, etc).
Step 3 – Determine what type of nozzle you want to use. The options are generally determined by how dirty the surface is that you’re cleaning (i.e., light-duty vs heavy duty). You’ll need to decide if you want an adjustable pattern sprayer, rotary powerhead, or in some cases hydro force units could be necessary too!
Step 4 – Attach the hose end to your pressure washer and turn it on at its lowest setting, letting the water run down and over the surface you’re cleaning. Gradually increase pressure to the desired pressure needed.
Step 5 – The types of motions you should do with the movement of the pressure washer depends on what type of nozzle you’re using. For rotary powerheads, you’ll want to use the left and right motions while for an adjustable pattern sprayer, it’s best to go back and forth or up and down depending on what pressure is needed.
Step 6 – The distance away from the object you are spraying is also something to consider. For example, if you’re using a pressure washer to clean your car, it’s best to be close and do more back-and-forth-type motions. On other things you’re spraying with your pressure washer, you’ll want to be farther away from the object, such as a house or fence, and use less pressure.
## Types of detergent to use with your pressure washer
What kind of detergent can I use in a pressure washer?
– Dish soap is a great option to deodorize items that are hard to remove odors from such as laundry or garbage cans. All you need to do is mix the dish soap with water and fill your pressure washer with this mixture. Or if your pressure washer comes with a soap bottle, fill the bottle with soap and use the foam attachment.
– For lighter duty jobs, you can use just plain detergent instead of a more powerful substance like Dawn or degreaser which could damage certain surfaces or materials. You’ll want to follow the instructions on labels for dilution ratios as well when adding any type of detergent.
– For tough jobs, you’ll want to find a solution with degreasing qualities such as Dawn or dish soap mixed in water. This will break down stains and grease very easily without damaging the surface at all.
– Bleach can also be mixed with water in your pressure washer so you’re able to clean tough stains on concrete like oil spills.
**Always be sure to check your pressure washer manual before you use any type of soap or cleaner to make sure this won’t ruin your unit.
Pressure washers are a great tool to have around. They can be used for so many purposes and they are easy to move from location to location when needed. If you want one of your own, make sure you take the right steps in order to get a quality product that will last!
When shopping for pressure washers, consider what you need it for most often because this might help narrow down which type is best suited for your needs. Don’t forget about things like warranties either; if something goes wrong with the machine before its warranty expires, then contact customer service as soon as possible! Find one that works best for you today and start enjoying all it has to offer tomorrow!