Using a pressure washer is a fast and efficient way to rejuvenate the clean shine of your property. However, certain precautions must be followed to keep you safe from injury and your property clear of damage.
A pressure washer stream can be up to 50 times stronger than a regular garden hose, and can even take the paint off of your surface if you aren't prepared. Use these crucial tips to ensure pressure washing success and safety.
- Wear goggles, ear covering, and even layers such as gloves, boots to protect your skin.
- Scan the area to be sure no one will be in the way of the washer's blast.
- Pay attention to the wind, as gusts could blow the stream back at you and other aspects of your property.
- Only use cleaners that are approved for pressure washers, or else you could face environmental and mechanical consequences.
- Cover with a drop cloth or rinse your foliage with water before, during, and after washing to protect them from the chemicals.
- Secure each piece of the washer as every component is under pressure and could result in projectile parts.
- Don't start too close to the surface you're washing, or else you risk damaging the material.
- Keep an eye on the direction of the nozzle at all times.
- Avoid doors, windows, vents, overhangs, enclosures, landscaping, and vehicles as these are all susceptible to damage.
- Unless they are completely turned off, evade any outdoor electrical units as well.
- Be sure to avoid spraying upward, especially under gutters and siding laps.