So today we got a nice day a little damp, but not too bad. We’re going to show you how to pressure wash the deck. First thing you want to do is assess the situation, the downstairs of this deck is not to bad in shape so that will be pretty easy to clean up. Please note, VT Mobile does pressure washing in Houston, Texas, and this study was done by the coast in a different state.
Then the next thing we’re going to do is do the upstairs which is quite a bit more worn. Now what you want to make sure you do is you want to start at the top and work your way down, and you also want to make sure you clear everything out that could get messed up with debris.
Now, we’re not going to be using chemicals, but if you use chemicals it’s even more important to get stuff cleaned out from underneath the deck.
Okay, so today what we’re going to be using is the Vortex Pressure Washer it’s called the Prosumer + and basically this unit is a Prosumer unit, which means it’s not quite professional grade, but it can certainly do big jobs. It’s definitely on the high-end on what you would call consumer grade. It’s got everything you need to do at the home.
What we have in this machine is a couple things. A triplex plunger pump allows you to rebuild it. This triplex plunger pump allows you to rebuild it. It’s one of the things that with pressure washers that the pumps are disposable and they don’t allow you to rebuild them. However, this one is rebuildable. It also has a lot of other options like a cooling hose. This hose allows you to go on a bypass mode without over-heating the pump.
One thing when you’re getting started with the Vortexx pressure washers that have the oil at the top is that it usually comes with a red shipping cap. There’s a vented cap, and a non-vented cap. You want to remove the red cap and replace it with a non-vented cap to prevent oil leaking.
Make sure you have full oil, and clean gas. From there you hook up the hose and make sure you have a good water flow.
You also need to make sure you have the right clothes on. It’s tempted on a hot day to wear shorts and flip flops; however, this pressure washer can put out 2750 psi and three gallons per minute. Now, these are important numbers we can talk about later, but the important thing is that that can do damage to your skin if the line gets loose, or it starts banging around and slices across your foot.
Having the right shoes, the right pants, and protective glasses in case something flies back and hits you in the eye.
So, when you’re getting started the key is to having water hooked up to the machine. You want to have the best, and cleanest, water you possibly can. It’s always a clean water scenario. Vortexx actually builds their punps in a way that it’s a straight shot with wide filters at the bottom, and the wide filter allows you to clean the debris at the bottom.
Sometimes it would have dirty garden hoses and that could get debris in your pressure washer real quick, and it’s difficult to get the debris out once it’s already in. There’s screens built in there and a wide filter underneath the score.
The other thing that is really important is to have enough pressure. If you have low pressure, or running off of a well it would be okay, but you need to make sure you have enough pressure going through the hose.
Usually if a garden hose is held up and squirting upward and dribbling down you’re going to be okay, but you need to have enough pressure with clean fresh water flowing through it.
Next, you want to make sure you hook up the quick connect. What’s really important is that the quick connect locks into place and is tight. If it’s not tight it will just pop off.
So, the next step is to turn on the water, and take a look see if we have a flow. The best way to get it is to just pull the trigger, and we can see the flow out of the wand.
Another question we get many times is how much pressure flow we need to clean our deck properly. Usually we need around 1500 pounds of pressure to clean off the deck. However, if we start off with a small machine that only has low flow what it does is create a lot of pressure in a very focused area, but you can’t move enough dirt. You’ll be cleaning a very small area at a time. This is similar to using a pen to paint an entire wall versus using a roller. What’s very important to understand is you have to have a good combination of pressure and flow, and that’s where the difference comes in.
Today we’re going to be using a tool that because we have enough flow with the pressure that we have it’s going to make this job much much quicker. It’s important to understand that you have pressure and flow, and the more flow you have the better ability you have to clean faster.
Next thing you need to do is determine which tips you’re going to use. Tips regulate your pressure, and the tips is actually what creates the pressure and regulates it at the end of the want. The red zero degree tip is used for blasting, and it’s a straight on tip – there’s no fan to it. From there on you have different degree angles.
Here we have the fifteen degree tip which will let you clean closer in. There’s also a twenty-five and forty degree tip. The wider you’re going to be able to clean, but also less pressure. If you’re going to be cleaning out your deck use a twenty five degree tip, and if it’s a light clean use the forty degree tip. The more stubborn the stain I’d recommend using the fifteen degree tip.
What I’d like to do now is introduce you to a watermelon meeting a pressure washer: