Mistakes That People Usually Make While Pressure Washing

There is a chance of injury or property damage while using a pressure washer, but if you avoid these six common errors, you may reduce that risk.

When it comes to cleaning, preparing for work, or sanitizing after a particularly dirty task around the house, a pressure washer is an incredible asset.

While there isn't much in the way of formal training required to operate a consumer-grade pressure washer, users should nevertheless exercise care to prevent injury and unintended property damage. By avoiding these six rookie errors, you can make using a pressure washer easier and safer.

Ignoring the Spray Angle

The cleaning surface should be approached at an angle while using a power washer. Achieving this will allow the dirt to be wiped away from the surface. You will only succeed in embedding the dirt farther into whatever it is you're attempting to clean if you aim the spray straight at it. When applied to porous materials like wood or concrete, this is a very important consideration.

In order to get to very set-in stains and ground-in dirt, you may need to move the spray head in order to attack from various angles, but there should always be some angle present to "scoop" away the dirt.

Dirt will be blown in all directions if you spray straight front. Wet muck in the face is never pleasant, and if you aren't wearing protective eyewear, some of it could even go in your eye. This leads us to the next widespread error.

Choosing to Ignore Safety Measures

While pressure washers can appear like giant water guns, they are not playthings. At several thousand pounds per square inch (PSI), a focused spray of water may cut through flesh almost as well as a saw. Water and filth are pushed deeper into the tissue by the high pressure, which may cause infection.

The failure to wear shoes that cover the toes is a second frequent error, especially during the hotter summer months. Sandals may be more convenient, but they also pose a greater risk of injury if you're not paying close enough attention. Not wearing protective eyewear is also a critical oversight.

A Case of the Wrong Nozzle

However, many individuals overlook the importance of selecting the correct nozzle tip for their pressure washer, which may have serious consequences in terms of safety and productivity.

There is a lot of information available on whether or not something should be pressure washed. If you have the correct nozzle, you can pressure wash just about anything! The pressure per square inch (PSI) of the spray is modified by the nozzle's directional spray pattern. Pressure is reduced as the angle increases.

Now, we aren't advocating that you subject your delicate glassware to a power wash. However, you may limit the potential for injury by making an effort to prepare for and avoid carelessness. If you're unsure how something will turn out, try it out on some scrap material, or in an area that won't be seen or can be patched up quickly.

Using a Spray Gun to Spray Against the Siding

When power washing a house's side, the spray should never be aimed upward into the siding. Water is directed from the roof to the ground using the siding. The bottom is left open on purpose, allowing any water to run away harmlessly. Water sprayed from below is certain to enter the cracks between the siding and the home, leading to structural damage.

Staying still and making use of a rigid or telescopic extension wand is the best option. It's not a good idea to climb a ladder. To fall to the ground due to the kickback from pressure washing is a real possibility.

Look for curved or slanted extension wands. That way, you may aim the spray down or along the siding's surface.

Ultimately, if you are not sure, always hire professionals to do the job!

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