The cold and damp of winter can leave courtyards, driveways, verandahs and exterior walls covered in moss, mould and general grottiness. But a pressure washer can make easy work of cleaning all outdoor surfaces. The dirt and grime can be dissolved in seconds on your mossy, mouldy pavers, driveway, windows and exterior walls. A pressure washer delivers up to 75 times more power than an ordinary garden hose, while using up to 80% less water. You can easily blast away built-up mould, mildew, dirt and grime to restore surfaces to as-new condition in a fraction of the time it would normally take.
The trick is to adjust the spray according to what you need to clean. A wider spray is less intense; but for areas with stubborn stains, a cleaning detergent or a narrower spray will effectively blast it clean. You can move the spray gun closer for stronger cleaning or stand back a bit to reduce the pressure. Durable materials such as concrete and masonry can withstand higher pressure; but softer, more delicate surfaces such as timber and painted surfaces may be damaged by a high impact blast. For these areas, it is recommended to add a cleaning detergent and make multiple passes with a wider spray over heavily soiled areas.
Briggs & Stratton’s pressure washers feature large wheels which are all-terrain and puncture-free. You can pull the smaller pressure washer behind you quite easily. Briggs & Stratton has a wide selection of petrol powered pressure washers with PSI ratings ranging from 2,200 to 4,000. Petrol power gives greater portability and freedom from power cords. All models include a two year domestic warranty; and are available from Bunnings and tool outlets from $399.
Here are some useful tips for cleaning with a pressure washer:
- Start with a wide spray pattern and hold the nozzle about a metre from the surface. Move closer until the desired effect is achieved.
- Keep the nozzle in motion, spraying at a steady speed with long, even strokes.
- Avoid “tiger” stripes by maintaining a consistent distance between the nozzle and the cleaning surface.
- Spray pressure washer cleaning detergents when cleaning heavily soiled or stained surfaces. Let it work for a few minutes; then spray it down in high pressure mode.
- For stubborn areas try brush attachments or a turbo nozzle to help remove stubborn dirt, grime and stains.
- Remember to squeeze the trigger after turning off your machine to relieve the pressure. Leaving a machine under pressure after use is one of the most common causes of faults and breakdowns.
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