As Spring and Summertime are upon us, we all tend to spend more
time outside in and around our homes. Some of us even think about putting our homes on the market. After a long, hard Winter, we certainly notice the dirt and mildew build up, especially on drives, footpaths and decking - this can become very slippery
and even dangerous!
To save time and energy, there is only one thing to do - it's time to get the power washer out! If you do not own one, then you can always hire one or call in the help of a local jet washing company.
However, if you do decide to hire one or purchase a power washer then there are a few safety issues that you should consider. For example, this may sound silly but wearing safety goggles/glasses is important as is wearing safety gloves and under no circumstances should you ever use a power washer whilst stood on any type of ladder. If you cannot reach what you are trying to clean from the ground, then hire a professional.
What can I clean with a power washer?
Jet washers can be used to clean layers of grime and dirt including mould and mildew. Power washers are also used to clean loose and flaking paint from various surfaces indeed they are used on most exterior surfaces like wood, vinyl, concrete, tarmac etc., NOT windows or garden shrubs.
Depending on your budget, some power washers even allow for the removal of graffiti from walls. Generally, you would require a High-powered Hot Water Jet Washer such as our
Understanding how powerful a jet washer is.
For instance on wood be extremely careful when using a fine point nozzle (on a jet washer) as you will be able to write your name on the piece of wood. Pressure washer nozzles also known as (spray tips) come in various colours and it is important you choose the right nozzle for the right job, choosing the wrong nozzle could be costly. For instance, you could:
Peel the paintwork off your vehicle.
Cause damage to your decking.
Blast out the mortar in your brickwork or block driveway requiring costly repairs.
For your Information I have listed the various sizes of nozzles available and would strongly suggest you experiment using them to see which size of cleaning nozzle is best for the work you are doing. For example, if you use a strong stream of water when cleaning vinyl you could cause some serious damage.
So, what type of power washers are on the market?
There are several ways to power a jet washer. There is the type which are fuelled by propane, kerosene, diesel, petrol etc. The advantage of using fuel-powered equipment is you have more mobility.
The downside to these is obvious, they are noisier and create fumes, so you need to be aware that they need to have enough ventilation wherever you are using them.
The second type is an electric jet washing unit. The positives/pluses are less noise and no fumes. However, you need an electric outlet, and you have less mobility.
Now let us look at Hot v’s Cold waterpower washers.
High-pressure cold-water washers are good for simple dirt-cleaning projects on decks, porches, driveways, paths and inside agricultural buildings.
Hight pressure hot water washers are far better if you are trying to clean off oils or any greasy/sticky material. Please be aware that water in a hot water jet washer can be heated up to 200 degrees.
General terms that relate to jet power washers
LPM means litres per minute, or how much water will flow over a period. The greater the flow rate, the quicker the cleaning time.
PSI means pounds per square inch, or the amount of pressure
created per square inch. Greater PSI means far greater efficiency.