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7 Cleaning Uses for Your Pressure Washer

Pressure washers or power washers are some of the most effective hard-core cleaning tools out there.

They can tackle just about cleaning task with the power of pressurized water. There are many surfaces that a pressure washer can be used to deal with stubborn stains and grime.

Here are 7 examples of the various cleaning uses.

1) Fences – Vinyl and Wood

Cleaning fences is one of the more popular uses for pressure washers because so many people have fences in their yards and want them to look nice.

The main thing to keep in mind when you are cleaning vinyl and wood surfaces is that you should use a low-pressure nozzle tip to avoid damaging the material.

2) House Exteriors – Siding and Brick

Houses get much dirtier than most people would think.

Whether a house has vinyl or brick siding, cleaning it with a pressure washer will make a visible difference. Just like with fences, when cleaning the siding of a house, make sure to use the appropriate nozzle, so you don’t damage the side of the building.

If a home has been painted, make sure you use a very low-pressure nozzle because siding paint can come off very easily under pressure - especially if you are using a high powered model.

3) Concrete and Brick

Harder surfaces are another general area where pressure washers are useful for cleaning.

Using a high-pressure nozzle will make this job fast and easy. Though you will likely not need anything with an angle less than 15-degrees. As always, start with a larger angled nozzle and work your way down if necessary.

4) Outdoor Grills

As any grill user knows, the grime and slime of cooking can build up very quickly and can be a backbreaking cleanup.

Pressure washers make grill cleaning a breeze. With the concentrated water pressure, a pressure washer can tackle the food grime build up easily.

Keep in mind that some grills will need to be unplugged or disconnected from tanks or gas lines before being pressure washed.

5) Outdoor Furniture 

Outdoor furniture can build up quite a bit of grime over time because it sits outside 24/7 and can hold water and collect pollen, dust, and other air-borne particles.

Pressure washing furniture does not require a strong pressure nozzle as the material is not typically super strong, and the grime is not overly set in.  Typically a lower machine will work on these surfaces - here are some good choices.

6) Vehicles – Cars and Motorcycles

All vehicles need a good bath, and a pressure washer is a perfect machine for the job.

Pressure washers can tackle not only the regular grime of the road or water, but it can also handle the tougher tasks. Cars and motorcycles can get rust buildup on the underside that can be difficult to deal with, but a pressure washer can take care of pesky metal deterioration.

7) Lawn and Farm Equipment

Equipment that is used for both lawn and garden or farm work is easier to clean and maintain if it is cleaned with a pressure washer.

Lawn equipment can get major grass build up that is difficult to remove without a pressure washer.

Farm equipment is used for so many tasks that there’s no telling what gets caked on. Either way, a pressure washer is up for the job of cleaning all equipment.

The main thing to keep in mind when cleaning with a pressure washer is what pressure you will need to clean the surface.

Some pressure washer nozzles produce such an intense water stream that it can severely damage a surface. So, when you are starting a cleaning task, select a wider angle nozzle and start spraying at a distance.

Once you find the correct pressurized nozzle, your pressure washer will handle the rest!

About the author

Mark Kelly

Hi, I'm Mark the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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