Using a pressure washer can be
a time and energy saving means on cleaning most all surfaces. Weather
you’re a farmer, miner, or car detailer you know the benefits
of owning a pressure washer. Pressure washers for the home have
become increasing popular over the past decade, however the quality
of these units leave alot to be desired. Our commercial
quality pressure washers will last 5-10 times as long as a homeowner
type. By spending a little more up front you can save yourself thousands
in the long run. Here are some tips that will help you maintain
your machine and prevent damage to you and surface.
When using chemicals always follow the manufacturer directions.
Never run bleach or any type of acid through your chemical injectors.
When switching to your chemical tip always check to see that your
O-ring is seated properly before inserting the tip. If the O-ring
is in a bind or missing, chemicals may be able to spray back towards
your face. Always where eye protection when applying chemical or
To understand the amount of power needed for any given job, stand
away from the surface six feet, pull the trigger, and slowly walk
towards the surface you are cleaning. Once you see the desired effect
taking place that is the range you will want to work from. This
simple step will give you a reference point for proper cleaning
and will prevent damage to the cleaning surface.
- You will want to perform routine maintenance
on your machine to prolong its life. Change your engine oil every
50 hours with the recommended oil for your machine. Change your
pump oil every 100 hours with a NON-DETERGENT oil as recommended
by the pump manufacturer.
- When using a hose reel, unroll the hose before using it. By doing this you relieve
the pressure from the core of the reel. On a hot water machine
you will not only relieve pressure but also eliminate heat build
up on the reel and your hose.
- Bleach can be a great cleaner, however
you should never use bleach on wood, shingle roofs, or around
- If you are planning on pressure washing
greasy or oily areas you should defiantly use a hot water machine.
The heat will emulsify the oil allowing the water volume to carry
it away. With a cold water machine oil will actually thicken and
stick to the surface even worst. For normal dirt a cold water
machine works fine.
- Adding a hot box to an existing cold
water pressure washer is a great economical way of creating a
hot water pressure washer, and installation is simple.
- If you own a shop and don’t plan
on moving your pressure washer an electric model can save you
time and money on energy costs. You never have to add fuel, and
running an electric machine is cheaper.
Here are a few uses and recommendations on tip
selection. Keep in mind most machines also come with a 65° Black
chemical tip as well. This is the tip you will need to make your
chemical injector work.
Pressure Washing Tips Overview
- 0° Spray Tip – RED - This tip is
not recommended for wood applications, its
stream of water is to narrow and concentrated. This tip would
be ideal for concrete, and metal.
- 15° Spray Tip – YELLOW - This tip
is a heavy duty cleaning or stripping tip. You
can use this tip for cleaning concrete, loose paint, and driveways.
- 25° Spray Tip – GREEN - This tip
is for general washing purposes. You will find yourself using
this tip for your deck, siding, and your car.
- 40° Spray Tip – WHITE - This tip
has the least amount of impact. The white tip is great for rinsing,
cleaning out your gutters, and other sensitive jobs.
NOTICE: Amazing Machinery and/or the author of
any listed instructions on this website are in no way and/or can
not be held responsible for any damage and/or injury to any person,
pressure washer, or property being pressure washed by anyone attempting
to perform the recommendations contained herein. Always read the
product manual and use your pressure washer in a safe manner.
If you were not able to find the answer
you were looking for in this section call Amazing Machinery at 1-800-504-7435
to speak with one of our experienced pressure washing staff members.