Welcome to part two, from part one!
So, after you select your tip we’re going to insert it at the end of the line. You want to make sure it clicks in nice and solid and that it’s fastened, because this will shoot when you turn on the pressure washer if it’s not locked into place.
Now that its inserted you want to make sure that you have your switch flipped so that it has power. Secondly, you want to make sure your gas is open (the switch you see). With that we’ll give it a pull…
One of the nice things also is that you can actually (because this unit comes with a 50 foot hose) you can take this unit upstairs. This keeps the pressure washer out of the way, and you can wash the deck up top without having to deal with the pressure washer being in the way.
When you’re on the deck you want to start on the far corner and work your way back. We’re not going to be using chemicals today because our pressure washer is strong enough to the point of not having to use chemicals. If you have different stains that are tough you might want to use chemicals, but we tend to stay away from them because they are not good for the environment. If you have a pressure washer that has enough pressure and flow you don’t really need chemicals. Also, be sure to note where the water is going to be running and to remain compliant with your city’s regulations on water disposal.
Here’s an example of another way of pressure washing without using chemicals:
So now what we’re going to show you is how to use a broom. This will extend your spraying surface to three nozzle, and this will increase your efficiency and make your job three times faster. This is not always going to be perfect for small spaces like the cap rail of the deck. However, when you get to larger surface areas you can see how much this can help speed up your job.
After you get done using your upstairs area you want to make sure you clean off everything below it before starting in the lower area. You want to figure out what tip you want, and you can probably go back to using the same tip you were using. Consequently, you can also use a tip called a turbo nozzle. You can take a zero degree tip and it actually rotates it, which in turn gives you lasting power.
This is great for cleaning brick surfaces, or cement. You want to be careful not to get too close. Sometimes on wood products it will leave a swirling look which you can get rid of, but this is something to take into consideration.
After you shut down your unit you always release the pressure that’s built off in the hose before you take off the tip, that way you wont have any pressure that’s built up come out on you.
After you have everything done and cleaned up you disconnect your hose. You place it in the special spot that’s been designed for it. IF you’re going to leave your pressure washer for any period of time you want to put some kind of pump saver into it. What that does is it coats the bowels, and all the mechanisms inside the pump. The pump saver also protects the pressure washer from cold climate and freezing and cracking the pump – a very important feature.
You essentially just attach a plastic bottle into the fitting and pull the cord once for the starter and pump some water through and some of the fluids with the special pump saver fluid, and will keep it protected for many years to come.
Something else to keep in mind is how good of shape your wood is in. Down below we had a deck that was only a year or so old. When we come to the upper deck we had a deck that was much more coarse with older wood. With the older wood we’re tempted sometimes to really get deep down in. The closer in that we get though the coarser the wood. This can tear up the wood very easily, so you don’t want to over do it. This will actually cause your problems and damage your wood even more. In heavy duty situations you’ll want to use chemicals in order to bleach the wood instead of blasting it out.
There we are, coiling up the hose. We have a nice clean deck, and hopefully through this two part series you can use some of this information to help you out. If you have any questions you can also leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.