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Top 10 Tips & Techniques For Using A Pressure Washer

Selecting the right pressure washer for your needs is only the beginning of a long process. It is vital that you use your pressure washer correctly for optimum cleaning and efficient results. Before begin to use your pressure washer for the first time, it is important to read all the information provided in your manual. However, it's always good to have a little refresher about the best practices when it comes to using your pressure washer.

Here are our top ten tips and techniques.

  1. Hot water is a better solvent than cold water.
  2. Presoak the surface you want to clean with a detergent, degreaser, or chemical presoak. Doing so reduces chemical cost and wash time.
  3. You must always rinse off detergent before it dries.
  4. Select the right nozzle for the job. As a general rule, the smallest angle delivers the most power.
  5. Use a high-quality detergent. Though slightly more costly, a small increase in chemical and fuel costs actually reduces your labor costs since work is completed more quickly. It is a false economy to scrimp on detergent costs: soap and heat are cheaper than labor so buying a superior detergent will save you money in the long run despite the higher cost.
  6. Check you are using the right detergent for the job. One solution might work well for concrete, but it could harm wood. Always read the label.
  7. Always clean gradually: test the power by pointing away from the object you are cleaning. Then begin spraying few feet away and slowly bring your wand to 3-4 feet distance from the surface you want to clean.
  8. Pressure washers are incredibly powerful; if you start too close, you could damage the surface you want to clean.
  9. For washers with chemical injection before the pump, start out with the metering valve open 1/4 turn. Then adjust as needed.
  10. For fleet washing, adding wax in the rinse water results in less dirt sticking after cleaning and lessens future washing time. Wax can reduce cement adhesion on concrete trucks in heavy concentrations.

Using a pressure washer will give you better results, faster — and will save you money over time. In addition, cleanliness can be a powerful profit generator that will increase your productivity and improve your bottom line.

If you want to think of it this way, there are seven benefits to CLEAN:

  1. Reduces downtime
  2. Improves productivity
  3. Decreases driver turnover
  4. Improves your company’s brand image
  5. Increases safety
  6. Enhances regulatory compliance
  7. Increases vehicle life

Everything starts with CLEAN — and we own clean. Let us help you leverage its power in everything you do. When it comes to CLEAN and the pressure washing tools you need to harness its power, Hotsy Cleaning Systems is your best source.

Contact Hotsy Cleaning Systems, Inc. to learn more about Hotsy Cleaning Equipment. All inquiries are routed through our head office in Delafield, WI. Once we learn how we can help, we’ll get you to the appropriate cleaning professional nearest you. You can call us toll-free at 1 (800) 242-2353 or you can call the Delafield office using our local number, (262) 646-4677. We can also be reached via email at info@hotsysystems.com.

We hope you have found these tips useful. If you follow these simple pressure washing basics, your cleaning job will be short and painless!