Editor Choice: Best Pressure Washer 2016.
The power packed pressure washer comes to my mind when I have something stubborn or difficult to clean whether indoor or outdoor. I just connect them to my garden hose and start cleaning, that is the beauty of these modern day washers.
Not all the washers are the same. You need an expert eye to find the best pressure washer for the money.
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Here we have covered only the electric version of the pressure washer. The list above is suitable for home use with low maintenance. For commercial purposes, you might want to check out the gasoline powered washers.
Buying Guide : Pressure Washer A checklist to Pick a Good One.
A common mistake that most people commit is that, they end up buying a pressure washer that is way too powerful [with loads of features] than what they actually need. Ultimately they end up paying more for features which they actually don’t use in real world.
In another case, getting a cheaper one often wears out the product quickly resulting in additional costs for repairs or replacement of parts.
Before you buy one, it is recommended that you the following questions which should help cut down the time in researching for a good pressure washer (it takes ages, if you look for it the conventional way).
Which version – Electric vs Gas?
Usually these machines are powered either by electric power or gasoline, and hence they are classified as electric or gas pressure washers.
First you need to answer the question which version is right for you?
Electric Powered Washers.
An electric version would be a nice fit for household cleaning, it may not be as powerful compared to it’s counterpart gas powered version. But the main advantage with the electric pressure washer is that they do not emit smoke and can be used indoors also.
Gas Powered Washers.
Whereas the gas power washers are mostly used for commercial or industrial cleaning. They are much more powerful and should not be used indoors because they emit smoke.
Wait a second, are we missing out on something here. Yes, we are. Our main goal is to get everything cleaned up and for more efficiency and accuracy it is recommended you look into some of the
Our main goal is to get everything cleaned up. Its easier to achieve a higher efficiency and accuracy with the help of the cleaning accessories.
Its a breeze to clean even the toughest stains with the right cleaning accessories.
Pressure washers are rated in terms of PSI, GPM and CU.
- PSI: Pounds per square Inch – Indicates the pressure of the water, the higher the value the greater would be it’s dirt removal action.
- GPM: Gallons per minute – As the name itself suggests, it is the amount of water that is put out per minute by the power washer. It is also an indicator of well it can flush away dirt after clean.
- CU: Cleaning Units – Multiply both the G.P.M and PSI, you get the cleaning power of the unit. The higher the value better is the cleaning action.
- HP: Refers to horse power, it measures the washers engine power.
- Amps: Amperage, this one indicates the power of the motor (in-case of an electric power washer)
Furthermore, the pressure washers are classified into 3 different types based on their application.
So, which One to choose from?
You can choose them [based on the purpose you intend to use them].
Light duty power washer [1200 to 1900 psi and upto 1.5 gpm]:
This one’s good for washing cars, trucks or any seasonal indoor cleaning, furnitures in your lawn, windows, doors, and small appliances.
Medium duty power washer [2000 to 3000 psi and upto 2.8 gpm]:
Good fit for cleaning fences, driveways, concrete floors, and sidewalks fall under this category.
Heavy duty power washer [3000 to 4000+ psi and upto 4gpm]:
Usually gas powered. Anything that requires more cleaning power (CU) falls under this category. Such as cleaning a multi-story building, pre-paint cleaning of surfaces (heavy duty power washers can remove paint from the walls or any other typical surfaces).
They also come in hot, cold and steam versions. Cold power washer is a common type used everywhere, whereas the hot water washer is used when there is a need to remove oil or grease dirt (this one works best).
The ultimate of all is the steam washer which can be used to get rid of any dirt leaving no traces behind.
Understanding PSI in Power Washers.
Can You Power Wash a Car – Are they Safe for Cars?
A lot of my friends ask me “can i use a pressure washer on my car?”
The answer is yes you can.
Manually washing a car could save money on car washing services, but you have to spend more time doing it. A good solution for this is to use a pressure washer for washing your car.
The best time to bring in the power washer is when you have a lot of dirt to clean. I am amazed every time I see the washer work so quick and clean my car.
If you are new to cleaning then I have to warn you about the risks in power washing your car. You could blow up your cars paint or any other delicate surface if you are not careful.
So it is equally important to save money on car wash as well as safely wash it.
If you follow the checklist mentioned below you should be fine.
- You need an electric pressure washer. I don’t think you need to even think of a gas powered washer (too powerful for washing cars). A medium duty pressure washer is sufficient for car cleaning task.
- A good nozzle for spraying water to efficiently clean out dirt.
- A long wand to reach tough places with ease.
- A good quality manufacturer recommended car wash detergent soap.
If possible get yourself an adjustable nozzle/wand to help in varying pressure of water.
Connect the nozzle to the pressure washer and switch ON the power.
Test spray to remove any air bubble inside the hose. Then spray some water to the ground and adjust the pressure so that you don’t strip off the paint of your car. Don’t directly test it on the car.
Use cold water to wet the car initially.
Add the detergent soap solution into the solution container of the power washer.
Next stand at a safe distance from the car and spray out the dirt from the surface. This is to ensure the pressure of the water coming out of the nozzle doesn’t damage your car’s paint.
You should be careful not to let the detergent dry on the surface of the car. Because this leaves white spots on the surface and takes more time to clean again.
Now when you are done spraying detergent unplug the solution chamber and use regular water to clean off the surface. Later use a dry cloth to absorb any water residue on the surface of your car.
One more tip, use of hot water can help in getting rid of oily dirt. You should be extra careful while washing around flawed surfaces as this can extend the damage.
Maintenance: Before and After Usage.
To keep the power washer running for many years without any issues you have to follow some standard maintenance practices.
When you purchase a pressure washer you will also get a maintenance manual with it. The maintenance manual comes with thorough documentation of instructions for proper maintenance of the equipment.
No two washers are same, so don’t interchange the instructions ever. Your prime priority should be your safety while performing a maintenance schedule.
A few manufacturers might instruct you to perform maintenance with the equipment running. Along with your safety also see that you do not keep the equipment within your house. The equipment should always be outdoors during maintenance.
Before Pressure Washing.
Inspect the water inlet section of your equipment make sure it is not blocked. This is where you connect the water hose so keeping it clean and unclogged is essential. The same procedure applies to the wand inlet also.
Some times you might notice a damage to the water inlet section. In such case, replace the part with original quality product recommended by the manufacturer.
Check whether the spray gun, detergent solution chamber, and wand are functioning properly. Routinely check for any damage to the hose of your equipment this could lower the pressure output.
Keep in mind not to run the equipment without water.
After Pressure Washing.
Make sure you have turned off the power supply.
Empty the detergent chamber after finishing your work. Unplug the chamber and clean it with water.
Release the pressure from the equipment once you are done with cleaning. Disconnect or unplug all the additional accessories from the pressure washer like the wand, nozzle, hose, etc.
Empty the water from the equipment and clean the tank thoroughly. Let the equipment dry for a while before you store it.
If you are storing the equipment ensure it is placed in a cool and dry place. You may want to use the anti-freeze agent if you are not going to use the equipment for a longer period.
Follow the instructions from the manufacturer’s manual. Finally, don’t forget to cover your pressure washer a protective outer covering.
Pro Tips: How to Power Wash a Concrete Sidewalk?
Power washing concrete surfaces requires a higher PSI usually experts say anything above 3000 PSI will do the job. For regular cleaning a 3000 PSI should do the cleaning. However, tough stains might demand a higher PSI and GPM power washer.
An advice to you is to use a movable power washer with wheels so that moving around is easy while cleaning the concrete. Experts recommend using a following pressure washer improves productivity. In case you are doing a commercial project this would be a good investment of money.
Cold Water vs Hot Water.
Obviously hot water cleans faster and better than cold water. Getting rid of grease is easy with hot water. The downside with hot water equipment is that they are expensive with complicated heating coils.
On the other side cold water equipment is lighter, easy to use, and are less expensive too.
Waste Disposal After Power Washing Concrete.
Check with your local environment code regarding waste disposal and management after removing the dirt from the concrete. The concrete might contain contaminants or chemicals requiring extra disposal rules to follow.
The local environment protection agency should help you with instructions to dispose waste appropriately.