Pressure washing tips for absolute beginners

No one is born perfect. Every master in their field acquires the skill through determination, practice, and patience. 

Likewise, this sentiment extends to the use of pressure washers as well. At some stage, we’ve all been introduced to this revolutionary way of keeping your house clean. However, as opposed to the traditional broom and vacuum, this machinery requires more finesse. 

If you’re just starting out with pressure washers, and are planning to get a model for yourself, then you’re in the right place.

We acknowledge the fact that starting out with such complicated machinery can be a little daunting at first. However, by the end of this, you’ll be well-versed on how to effectively handle a pressure washer as a beginner.

Without further ado, here are our best pressures washing tips!

Embrace the manual

The first thing that we would recommend if you’re an absolute beginner is embrace the manual.

The bulk of models out there come with an elaborative manual or guide that highlights virtually everything relevant there is to know about the model at hand. 

Furthermore, it’s also good to educate yourself about how a pressure washer works, which we’ve addressed here.

A general mistake that a lot people make, which they pay for later on, is that they ignore the manual. This is normally done for a multitude of reasons, the general gist being that they’ll figure it out on the fly.

However, since pressure washers often carry a high-risk setting around themselves, people who rush the process end up injuring themselves or breaking something.

In conclusion, read the manual thoroughly, first page to last, the moment you unpack your pressure washer.

Be wary of portability

Portability is arguably one of the most underrated features about a pressure washer. 

As a beginner, we would highly advise that you familiarize yourself with the mechanics of the model and how you intend to move around with it.

This can present a plethora of benefits and advantages. For starters, it will make it easier around to maneuver the place. This is particularly applicable if you have a bigger pressure washer and are working outdoors.

For indoor models, an ergonomic handle is a good option to consider. 

Another benefit that this might present is that it will reduce the total time of operation when you’re out cleaning your house. Since you’ve mastered the craft of moving around, you won’t have to worry about the technical details.

The gist of this tip is that you should know how to orient the model when carrying it from place to place, so that you can make the process easier for yourself, and make pressure washing hassle-free. 

Keep the wires safe

This tip is geared towards individuals who own an electric pressure washer, since the main power source is a direct outlet. For people with gas motors, you should move on to the next tip.

Generally speaking, most models come with retractable wire storage. However, that is a feature that is often not warranted with the best of quality. The durability factor is quite low.

In order to prevent tripping, and generally making a mess of the scene, we would suggest that you keep good track of the wire.

A smart way to do this is to make loops and then tie them with a rope. Then latch them onto the handle, so that there isn’t any extra wiring on the floor. Likewise, you can also use an extension cord to function as a power source and do the same with that.

The main reason we choose to highlight this is because several users report issues related to the wiring and how it can be a nuisance. In some cases, storage issues also arise due to bad wire handling. 

To save you all the trouble, we’d advise that you follow through with the tip mentioned above.

Spare attachments

Pressure washers come with interchangeable parts, especially the attachments that are used on the open end. 

One thing that people often tend to overlook is that the jet that comes out of the pressure washer is at a very high speed. To withstand that pressure, the attachments and the nozzles are made of high-quality plastic material and embedded with wire mesh.

However, in some cases, the hose in general cannot handle the pressure that the motor generates. The result is that you’ll have a faulty attachment at hand.

To spare you the trouble, we would highly recommend that you keep spare attachments at all times. Other than granting you additional versatility, spare attachments will also reduce the likeliness of you having to call quits on a cleaning job.

The general rule of thumb we’d like to suggest is that the attachments and pipe should be of  a power rating that is about three times that of the motor.

To put it in numbers, if the motor can put up to about 1500PSI, then the attachments and hose should be able to withstand about 4500PSI.

Safety precautions

The final tip that we have for this segment, which applies to all types of users (including beginners) is to never compromise on your safety. 

We have established the fact that pressure washers carry a high risk due to the high velocity propulsion of water. 

What people don’t realize is that if this flow is directed towards any body part, then there are high chances of bruising or any sort of similar damage.

Likewise, if directed towards something fragile, the subjected object can be damaged. 

Another thing to consider is that pressure washers run on detergent, which can often be irritating to the skin.

When working with pressure washers, it is a general recommendation that you should take as many safety precautions as you can.

When starting out, it’s always a good idea to wear safety goggles and rubber gloves. If you’re working outside with a bigger model, then it’s a good idea to wear rubber boots as well. This is to prevent damage to your shoes, which can be often caused by detergents and solvents used.