There are a few different types of machines that can be used on hard to reach, or hard to clean areas. There’s no doubt that pressure washers are particularly valuable pieces of apparatus. Available in countless outlets such as garden centres, DIY stores and on the web they can be invaluable for projects such as washing terraces, vehicles, caravans, boats and bikes. These are jobs which can otherwise be time-consuming, demanding work.
A pressure washer is in essence a power tool that sprays water at high pressures. Most models can incorporate detergent into the spray, which will help to move oily deposits. The spray pattern can also commonly be changed, from a thin jet to a wide spray for large areas. Most suppliers also offer a series of models, with various maximum operating pressures. Clearly the greater the pressure, the larger the area that can be washed. Thus if you need to clean cars and caravans, or large terrace areas, go for a higher-pressure type such as a 150 psi washer. For lesser jobs – bikes, lawnmowers let’s say, 100 psi could be enough.
While using a pressure washer, always abide by the safety instructions contained in the owner’s manual. The risks to bear in mind:-
The powerful spray can cause serious harm that could well at first appear minor, causing you to delay treatment.
The fierce spray can throw objects which put you and other bystanders at risk.
Electric shock can happen if the equipment is not used correctly and if safety instructions are not followed.
The fumes from small, petrol-powered engines can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
Put on eye protection always.
Never point a pressure washer at yourself or others.
Never try to push things about with spray from the washer.
Never use a petrol driven washer in an enclosed space.
Always use a circuit-breaker with an electric-powered washer and check it before use.
If an extension lead is required, keep the plug and socket connection out of any standing water, and use a heavy-duty extension cord with components rated for use in wet locations. Keep all the connections as remote as feasible from the area of operation and away from any water runoff.Wear rubbersoled footwear that provide some insulation when using the equipment.
Never cut or splice the pressure washer’s power cord or extension lead.
If the circuit breaker trips, it is sensible to have a trained electrician test out the washer for electrical problems.
Never allow children to operate a pressure washer. Keep children at a secure distance when an adult is using a pressure washer.
Nonetheless, the risks should not be over-estimated. As long as you read the instruction manual and apply common sense, there ought to be no problems. The savings in time and effort are amazing from these excellent machines.