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Spring has sprung and home improvement projects are in full swing. If you are doing some outdoor work you will want to know how to use a pressure washer to speed up the process.

A power washer can be rented from your local home improvement store and requires access to your outdoor water supply. Once attached you can remove dirt and grime from walkways, driveways, and other surfaces. If you need to remove paint from your exterior walls it can do that also.

Keep reading for tips on how you can use a pressure washer like a pro.

Remove Objects Near the Area to be Washed

Before doing a top to bottom pressure cleaning clear the area. This includes patio furniture, rugs, planters, toys, etc. You may also want to cover delicate plants and shrubs.

The force of the water can cause significant damage to items that are not secure.

Choose Between an Electric or Gas System

It really comes down to preference when it comes to an electric or gas pressure washer. If you are planning to rent one, chances are you will be offered the gas version.

The biggest advantage to gas units is they are more flexible in terms of movement.

Follow Instructions on How to Use a Pressure Washer

Before attempting to assemble your pressure washer read the instructions. If you are renting a unit and have never used one before, have someone at the rental center to give you a quick tutorial. It also doesn’t hurt to ask for a user manual.

You will need to assemble the unit. The includes attaching pressure hose to the pressure gun. Your garden hose will need to be attached to the base of the pressure washer and the water supply.

Determine Which Type Nozzle Tip You Need

This is one of the most important power washing tips. There are five types of nozzles. Each is color-coded to signify the type of job it is used for.

The yellow, green and white nozzle tips have spray angles that come in different degrees. Yellow is 15 degrees, green is 25, and white is 35. The red tip sprays in a narrow straight pattern, while the black tip provides a wide pattern that is more mist-like.

Make sure you get the right nozzle tip for the job you will be doing.

Start the Pressure Water

Once everything is attached crank the pressure washer to get it started. Before starting your job, do a test on a solid surface like your driveway. This is to ensure you have completed the set-up correctly.

When you get comfortable with the pressure and are satisfied with the flow, you can begin your project.

Don’t Want to Do it Yourself?

Learning how to use a pressure washer is a good skill to have but using it isn’t for everyone. For jobs requiring a pressure cleaning, you may want to call in a pro. It will save time and you’re sure to get the job done right.

If you’re looking for a team to come and clean your house or business inside, outside or both, request a quote.