Getting rid of accumulated dirt and grime on surfaces around your home can make a big difference in your curb appeal. And if you’re looking to sell your house, it can make a big difference in how much you get for it. But scrubbing away with a brush and bucket of water can be hard work, not to mention time-consuming. That’s why some people turn to pressure washing bristol to get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take to manually clean surfaces like outdoor furniture, brick siding, and some kinds of decks.
A gas or electric motor powers a pump that sends water at high pressure through a nozzle, Popular Mechanics reports. That nozzle’s forceful blast washes off built-up moss, mildew, and other substances that can stain, discolor, or otherwise damage exterior surfaces. You can also use the nozzle to spray liquid detergents to help break down grease and other contaminants for more thorough cleaning.
Before you start blasting the stains off your house and patio furniture, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble the pressure washer and connect it to a water source. Add the detergent if you’re using one, then choose a nozzle that matches your desired surface type and level of cleaning intensity. There are multiple nozzle options for different types of stains and to control the strength of the spray, and you can adjust the pressure by moving the nozzle closer or farther away from the surface, as needed.
Once the machine is turned on, you can test the spray on a hidden area of your property or an inconspicuous part of your exterior. Always start with a low pressure setting and move the nozzle closer or further away as needed to find the right balance between force and effectiveness. For example, if you’re washing something delicate, like your outdoor pillows or Trex decking, you might want to start with the nozzle at least 4 feet away and gradually get closer until the fabric is clean but not damaged.
Another way you can maximize the cleaning power of your pressure washer is by changing the water temperature. Colder water can be more effective for removing oil and grease, while hotter water is better at breaking down tough buildup and emulsifying stubborn substances. Some detergents and cleaners are specifically formulated for use with pressure washing, so they help remove stubborn stains without damaging the surface.
As you’re working, remember to wear closed-toed shoes and cover plants or other items that could be hit by the spray. You should also move anything inside that might be affected by the water and shut off electricity to outlets or electrical appliances in the vicinity of your cleaning area (it’s not safe to mix water and power). You may also want to cover or wrap hoses and cords so they don’t get kinked or cause tripping hazards while you’re cleaning. And always, always, be careful to avoid accidentally shooting pressurized water at yourself or your loved ones—it can sting!