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There are two kinds of pressure washers – electric or gas – both are a wonder in cleaning tough surfaces. Gas pressure washers are about twice as powerful as electric, however. Each type comes with adjustable nozzles or tips that can assist you in the project you’re working on.

There are also pressure washers that use cold water and pressure washers that use hot water. Hot water pressure washers are ideal for cleaning anything that involves grease or grime. Cold water pressure washers are good for stripping paint and blasting dirt.

Cleaning a deck or a patio? Start by removing all of the items from the area, apply a detergent that’s safe for the surface you’re cleaning, power clean the surface, and then rinse.

Cleaning windows? Before you start, check the warranty on your windows to make sure it includes pressure washing. Next, place a towel on the inside of the window to absorb anything that might get inside. Make sure none of the windows have dents or cracks in them.

When cleaning the windows, the pressure washer should be on its lowest setting. Stand at least 5 feet away from the house and test the washer before aiming it at a window.

Finally, aim the nozzle at a 45-degree angle, spraying down toward the window. Start at the top of the window and move across the width.

Remove algae from fence with your pressure washer to make it look new again. Before you start, make sure you know what kind of wood you’re working with to determine how much pressure to use. The wood type will also help you determine the angle for the tip.

You can also use a pressure washer to clean brick surfaces or siding on your house for a new look.

As with any DIY project, make sure you know the materials you are working with so you don’t do any damage.