A pressure washer can be a great tool to help keep your home looking great. But there are a lot of things to be taken into account before using one. Is electric best? Or gas powered?
What cleaning solution will you need? What spray pattern should be used? Is a pressure washer rental sufficient, or do you need to buy one? This article will help demystify the process of pressure washing for you.
The Right Equipment
Pressure washers come in two basic types, electric and gas-powered. Their cleaning power can be measured in cleaning units equal to the water pressure (pounds per square inch) multiplied by the flow rate (gallons per minute). More commonly, however, they are ranked by psi alone.
The typical electric pressure washer may operate at about 1,300-1,900 psi. A gas-powered unit designed for a typical homeowner is 2,000 to 3,100 psi. A professional-grade pressure washer may be rated at up to 3,200 to 4,200 psi.
An electric washer is good for small jobs, like cleaning small boats or outdoor furniture. It probably does not have enough power to properly clean your home. For attacking mildew on siding, driveways, walks and decks, a gas-powered unit is much more efficient.
What is the process for pressure washing? If the mildew is not too bad, pressure washing with siding cleaner may be enough. However, often people find that pre-treating with a cleaner such as Jomax is helpful and leaves the siding cleaner.
Jomax is the preferred cleaner for pre-treatment. It is mixed with bleach and water in a 5-gallon bucket to create a cleaning solution. There are instructions for mixing on the bottle. Mixing should always be done in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
Before you start cleaning your home, make sure to close and lock all of the windows. It is best not to spray your windows directly. Also, make sure to be aware of sources of electricity. Don’t ever spray exterior outlets, exterior lights or the electrical meter. Check for power lines before positioning any ladders. Wear work clothes that are comfortable and be aware that you will get wet.
Rent or Buy?
Pressure washers are great tools. Most homeowners use them only once or twice per year. Purchasing a gas-powered pressure washer suitable for cleaning a home is a large investment. For most users, it makes more sense to rent than to buy.
At One Stop Rental we offer affordable rentals. If you need a pressure washer rental in Ohio, we have one for you. Whether it’s for your home, boat or deck, we have the right pressure washer rental for you. Contact us today.