Pressure washers make big cleaning jobs that look impossible much more manageable. They are safe for a wide range of structures but effective at cleaning even stubborn areas of dirt and debris. To get the most out of any kind of pressure washer, however, you must keep in mind some basic safety tips. These include some basics dos and don’ts of operation. If you plan on using a pressure washer for cleaning a building structure or outdoor space, then these tips will help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.
DO Test the Power of the Pressure Washer Before You Use It
Pressure washers can be extremely powerful and operate with much more force than anticipated. For example, did you know that the force of the water coming from the nozzle is usually strong enough to cut your skin? Many people underestimate the force of the pressure washer and end up struggling to control it when they first turn it on. Before you begin to use the pressure washer to clean, test it out on the lowest setting and slowly ramp up the settings until you reach the level you plan to use to clean. This will help you get better control of the wand.
DON’T Point the Nozzle Towards People or Animals
You should always make sure that you’ve got plenty of space to use the pressure washer without the nozzle pointing anywhere near people or animals. If a person or pet walks into the zone in which you’re operating the washer, turn it off until they have left the area. Spraying people and pets with the pressure washer can cause serious injuries. So, be very mindful of the direction in which the nozzle is spraying. This applies even when you’re testing it on lower settings.
DON’T Let the Machine Run Too Long Without Pulling the Trigger
Pressure washers operate under pressure, and that pressure needs to be released by pulling the trigger. If you let the machine run for two minutes or longer without spraying water, then you could damage the pump.
DO Perform a Spot Test Before Using the Pressure Washer on the Surface You’re Cleaning
Sometimes, nozzles on pressure washers get clogged or damaged. When this occurs, the stream of water will not come out evenly, and it could cause damage to the surface. Similarly, the pressure may be too great for the surface you’re cleaning, which can lead to etching. A spot test in an inconspicuous area will help to ensure that you don’t inadvertently damage the area you want to clean. You should perform this spot test every time you change nozzle tips.
DON’T Pressure Wash Windows
Pressure washing windows can break the glass in older windows. Newer windows that are double or triple-paned may stand up to pressure. Even still, pressure washing can still break the seal on the window. This will allow air to get in and out of the home and may cause your windows to leak. It’s best to clean around windows and then come back to clean the glass by hand if you’re pressure washing a building.
DO Wear Proper Safety Equipment
When you’re operating a pressure washer, it’s important to wear safety goggle to protect your eyes. Gloves may also help you secure a tight grip on the wand without getting blisters. Wearing long sleeves and pants will protect your skin from the spray. Some people also prefer to wear a mask to cover their faces. You should always wear non-slip shoes, and if you are pressuring washing on a roof, you should be anchored.
Hotsy Industrial Systems offers a wide range of commercial pressure washers as well as pressure washer repair service in Tucson. Find out more about our pressure washers, misting systems, and other cleaning supplies by calling (520) 790-7120.