If you’ve never owned a pressure washer, you’re missing out on one of the best pieces of cleaning equipment you’ll ever own. Even if you do own one, there are probably a multitude of uses for these versatile machines that may not have thought of. This article is going to uncover the most common uses for a pressure washer and quite a few less common ones.
Some people call a pressure washer a power washer. By either name, it describes quite accurately what the machine does. A pump produces a high-pressure spray or power spray that gives you the ability to clean just about anything, and do quite a few other things that you may not have thought of.
Cleaning Cars, Truck and SUVs with a Pressure Washer
The first thing that comes to mind for most people, when discussing a power washer, is its ability to clean vehicles much faster than using a hose. You’ll also be using about a third of the water that you would if you’d used a regular hose pipe. All pressure washers have several nozzles that control the spray angle, some will have variable lance (wand) that allows you to change the spray angle by simply rotating a grip on the wand. They will also have a siphon or bottle that fits to the wand which enables you to apply detergent as you spray at low pressure.
A high pressure spray is perfect for cleaning oil and dirt from the engine. Though you should never use a needle 0-degree spray angle on the painted surface of your car. This will damage the paint work and could even remove it. You can use a medium to high-pressure spray to get rid of mud from under your wheel arches and effortlessly clean the wheel rims. It will take only a few minutes to clean a family sedan spotlessly, without any rubbing or scrubbing.
Outdoor Household Cleaning with a Pressure Washer
Another very popular use for a pressure washer is for cleaning just about every outdoor area. A power washer usually has quite a long wand and some have specialized extra-long wands for cleaning high areas without using a step ladder. This makes them ideal for cleaning any walls, whether its brick or any form of siding. With a long wand, you’re able to clean the second floor walls, whilst standing on the ground. This is also a great way to clean your gutters and remove obstructions inside the down-pipes.
Other outdoor household uses include cleaning driveways, walkways, stairs, and decks. A power washer is also fantastic for cleaning fences. The high-pressure spray easily gets into those small crevices that are otherwise almost impossible to reach.
Professional chimney cleaners often use pressure washers to remove soot from chimneys. It’s an easy and effortless way to keep your fireplace safe by preventing a chimney fire. Another very practical use for a power washer is to clean and unblock drains.
If you’re going to drain your swimming pool in order to give it a thorough cleaning and get rid of algae. You can spare yourself a lot of scrubbing and harsh chemicals. A pressure washer will clean any type of pool and get rid of really stubborn stains.
Equipment Cleaning With a Pressure Washer
It’s not just cars that benefit from a power washer experience. Dirt bikes, trailers and boats are also effortlessly cleaned with the use of a power washer. A pressure washer is also ideal for getting rid of lawn cuttings that get stuck to the underside of your lawnmower. Fine bits of grass can get in anywhere and the high-pressure spray will too – getting rid of dirt where you’ll never otherwise be able to reach.
Cleaning a barbecue grill can be a frustrating job and may seem like an absolute waste of your time. A short burst of detergent from your power washer, then a decent high-pressure spray will clean the grill in a minute or two.
You can clean all your outdoor and patio furniture just as quickly and easily using a power washer.
Renovation and DIY with a Pressure Washer
There are so many renovation and repair jobs that require hours of preparation and a power washer can save you heaps of time. A high-pressure spray will remove flaking paint from walls and outdoor furniture in an instant. They’ll be ready for repainting in a fraction of the time, with very little effort from you.
Removing rust and stubborn dirt from metal surfaces, like gates and fences is just easy when using a pressure washer. So a pressure washer is also perfect for preparing metal surfaces for painting.
Mold is a real problem everywhere and can pose quite a serious health risk. Again, a pressure washer is one of the best ways to remove mold from just about any surface, anywhere.
101 Uses for a Pressure Washer
As you can see there are so many uses for a power washer. These are not particularly expensive machines and they make general cleaning a cinch. There are so many maintenance tasks that take a lot of time and are outright boring. A pressure washer does these jobs in almost no time.
What’s even better is that kids love using these machines. So it’s quite easy to get your kids to do a lot of maintenance chores for you and they won’t see it as work – it’s more like play. Just make sure that your kids are of an age that they can use a pressure washer responsibly and supervise them, even it’s just to get them started.