Ask anyone that owns a pressure washer and they’ll talk for hours about all the great things they use them for. Not only do they save a person lots of time, but also lots of money as well. There are a few things that you need to know to get started so here are some of the best ways to save time and money with your own pressure washer.
Pressure Washers Clean Cement Real Good
The thing about concrete, or cement as most people call it, is that it gets black mildew stains on it after about a year that are very hard to remove. In addition to that, all around the edges of sidewalks and driveways, the grass and weeds will constantly be encroaching. The worst, is the weeds that come up through the cracks and compression joints of your concrete, they can really be tough.
Thankfully, an electric power washer is made for just such a job. Get a fan spray nozzle that will cover a wide area and get started. You’ll note that most things like black mildew come right off and the concrete looks like new when you’re done. You can also usually use your pressure washer to cut back weeds that encroach around the edges fairly easily, you might have to cut some with a spade, but after the first time it will be a cinch. You’ll get used to holding the wand at just the right angle so it cuts the weeds on a straight line.
Same with the cracks and compression joints, the weeds that grow there are growing in dirt that has been deposited there, once you clean it out by blasting out the dirt, the next time will only take a few minutes. Paying a person to clean your driveway, patio, and sidewalks can cost a lot of money, your machine will pay for itself in about a year just on concrete cleaning alone.
Pressure Washing the Undercarriage Of Your Car Is A Tough Job
But a powerful washer can take care of it in quick order. If you have lots of built up grime, you might have to use a deterrent the first time. You can get special engine cleaning and undercarriage solvent based detergents at the auto parts store. However, once you’ve cleaned your car down to the metal in the wheel wells, axle, under the hood, and frame, it will never get that dirty again. You’ll save lots of money by not having to buy the detergents again, and you’ll never have to go to the car wash either.
Take a little time and watch a Youtube video on the best practices of cleaning your engine so that you don’t get water in any vulnerable places. Most everything under the hood is fairly waterproof but be cautious when using high pressure.
Cleaning The Exterior Of Your Home Is A Breeze
Things like your home siding can be a bit difficult if you don’t have a pressure washer, but once you do, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. You can clean many kinds of siding on full power, but if it’s painted wood, either stand farther back or turn the pressure down so you don’t skin off all of your paint.
You can also get attachments that will enable you to blow out all the leaves and debis that have accumulated in you gutters as well. You can clean all the gutters on an entire house in just a few hours, then if you keep it up regularly, even less time after that. Keeping your gutters and downspouts clean keeps water from overflowing and flooding basements. It’s an often forgotten task of high importance.
People rave about the many hours they save by owning their own machines. Once you’ve cleaned everything real good the way you like it, the next time you’ll be able to pull out your machine and get everything done in just one morning and still have time to watch the big game or go fishing, that’s how fast you’ll finish your chores.