Pressure washers are convenient to have for removing dirt, grime, or mold from plenty of objects around your home. They are especially convenient for cars, boats, and even heavy duty vehicles like trucks. Different washers have different abilities, and models tend to vary in size and are often either electric or gas. Whether it’s for spring cleaning or just an overdue wash, a pressure wash may be the best method for you.
Supplies for a Pressure Wash
Preparation for a Pressure Wash
Read your car owner’s manual to make sure pressure washing is acceptable for the vehicle.
Read the documentation on your pressure washer before starting to confirm that the model you have is best for the job. Figure out how to set up the machine and which spray pattern you prefer.
Determine if you need to add detergent for the surface that is to be cleaned. If you’re just washing your driveway or sidewalk, then only focus on setting up equipment and adjusting pressure settings.
If washing your car, move the vehicle to an open space. Make sure all the vehicle windows are closed. If washing a boat, remove seat cushions and fabrics that could get wet in the process. If washing a truck, make sure there are not any loose items in the bed and that electrical components are covered.
Make sure your work area is free from items that could snag the hose while you are working, and do not use a gas-powered pressure washer indoors or in an area without proper ventilation.
Directions for a Pressure Wash
- Using only the detergent intended for the wash, start with a low pressure setting to apply detergent.
- Start on one side of the vehicle with at least four feet between you and the wet the surface of the vehicle.
- Without letting it dry, allow the detergent to remain on the surface for a while before rinsing it off.
- When done, disengage the detergent supply.
- Set the pressure washer to the right spray pattern and clear any residual detergent from the surface.
- Spray carefully around windows and graphics/decals. Make sure the nozzle isn’t too close to the surface.
- Avoid spraying into vehicle vents or engine compartments.
- When you’re done, move the vehicle and wash away any detergent or residue around your work area.
- After washing a boat, flush the engine according to the manufacturer’s instructions and remove any detergent that may have gotten inside.
- Once you’ve finished washing, read your manual to understand how to properly relieve water pressure and drain liquid from the pump.
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