What you need to know about Pressure Washers
Pressure Washers are useful pieces of equipment for cleaning surfaces & vehicles outdoors. They are used in a similar fashion to a garden hose, but produce a much more powerful stream. After the Pressure Washer has been connected to a water supply, a pump inside the unit forces the incoming water in a jet out of a narrow hose outlet. This can then be directed at any ingrained dirt on a surface or object.
Most types of Pressure Washer use a garden hose to supply them with water, but some are fitted with a large suction hose able to draw in a supply from a static source, such as a water butt or a pond. This can come in handy when working away from home, or where running water is not available. For tougher cleaning tasks, a solution of water & Pressure Washer Detergent
is preferable. To this end, Pressure Washers include either a small suction hose for dipping into detergent containers, or an integral detergent tank. The solution is mixed automatically prior to ejection from the hose.
The most common form of Pressure Washer is used for spraying cold water & is Electrically Powered
. Petrol & Diesel Powered Pressure Washers
are available where more power is needed, & we also stock Hot Water Pressure Washers
& Steam Pressure Washers
for high intensity cleaning.
A range of Attachments
can be fitted to the hose aperture of most Pressure Washers, either included with the washer or available for purchase separately. These alter the shape &/or direction of the stream as it leaves the hose, & different types of attachment are particularly useful for completing different types of cleaning task. Look for a Pressure Washer with a variety of included attachments if flexibility is a priority.
The more powerful the Pressure Washer you select, the better you will be able to dislodge grit & grime. Figuring out which Pressure Washer will give you the most power can be tricky, though. It is a common mistake to assume that the higher the pressure (given in bars) of the washer, the more powerful the stream. This is not always the case, as though some Pressure Washers have a high bar rating, they displace a comparatively small volume of water. Likewise, a pressure washer with a low bar rating capable of displacing a large volume of water (given as flow rate), will expel a lot of water with comparatively little force. Bar rating & flow rate should be considered together to give you an estimate of the washer's actual power.
Another good quality you should look for in a Pressure Washer is a water cooling system. Water cooling systems use the Pressure Washer's flow of water to absorb and carry away heat from the engine, allowing the washer to be used for longer in the short term, & extending the lifetime of the product in the long term. They also reduce overall energy usage & produce less noise, making them friendlier to the environment & friendlier to your neighbours too.
Maintaining your Pressure Washer
Pressure Washers do not require much maintenance. They should be stored in a sheltered environment after use. Ensure that any water remaining in the tank is emptied out prior to storage, particularly during the winter months. If left over water inside a Pressure Washer freezes, it will lead to serious damage to the machine.
Safety when using your Pressure Washer
Pressure Washers eject a powerful stream of water, capable of causing injury to yourself or others if improperly handled. Do not direct the hose towards people or pets. Moreover, to avoid slipping ensure that you are wearing a sturdy pair of Shoes
while using the Pressure Washer. With Electric Pressure Washers, beware of directing the stream towards power plugs or connections. Use an RCD adaptor
to safeguard yourself against electrocution. RCD adaptors will cut off power from the mains in the event of an earth current fault.