7 Tips To Use a Pressure Washer Effectively

Summer means long weekends of grilling, pool parties and afternoons on the deck. And all these fun summer activities create messes to clean up. But, the cleanup shouldn’t stand in the way of a good time. A Briggs & Stratton pressure washer is a convenient way to clean up without stopping the fun.

Here are a few tips to make your cleanup quick and easy:

Select the right pressure washer:

If you don’t own a pressure washer, select the best one to fit your needs and regular tasks. Check out our pressure washer buying guide if you need help. Or if you’ve had your pressure washer in storage, make sure it is in good working order. Remember always review the safety instructions in your operator’s manual before operating.

Use attachments:

A good guide for nozzle choices can be found here. Two pressure washer attachments that clean faster are the rotating surface cleaner and turbo nozzle.

Wear the right gear:

Wear goggles and protective gloves to avoid getting water and debris in your eyes or on your skin.

Use proper technique:

The spray nozzle works best if it’s perpendicular to the surface you’re cleaning. Use a steady motion because inconsistent pressure leads to zebra striping. Be sure to “feather” your strokes. Feathering entails overlapping each previous sweep with half the height of the new sweep.

Give the soap time to soak:

Make sure you let your pressure washer detergent soak into difficult stains for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off with clean water. Detergent works best when it has time to latch onto the stain and pull it from the surface.

Use a fuel stabilizer to keep your gas fresh:

Outdoor power equipment needs fresh fuel to perform at its best. Since gas can go stale in as little as 30 days, this can be particularly harmful for pressure washers that often see intermittent use. Use fuel stabilizer to keep fuel fresh and equipment running smoothly.

Be patient:

Give your deck, fences, railings and other wooden surfaces 48 hours to dry after pressure washing. After 48 hours, seal with paint, a sealer preservative or stain using the manufacturer’s directions to keep your surface looking good as new.

By using a pressure washer, you’ll be able to enjoy the summer fun without the worry of lengthy cleanup. Share you cleanup project in the comments!

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