Autobarn Know How



    Using a Pressure Washer

    Using a Pressure Washer


    Whether you’re cleaning your vehicle, outdoor furniture, windows or even the outside walls of your house, a pressure washer is a must-have item. Pressure washers are high pressure mechanical sprayers used to clean, remove mud, dirt and grime, and can even be use to remove paint if used correctly. Pressure washers can create up to twenty-times the pressure of a normal garden hose and can save up to 50% the running water a general garden hose would use.


    Pressure washers create a high pressure and velocity of water spray, and depending on the pressure washer, can allow a detergent into the water spray to assist in the cleaning process. Most pressure washers also have different types of nozzles available for different types of pressures and varying degrees of sprays, which are easily attached to the trigger/nozel.


    There are many different types of pressure washers available, and depending on the use or need for the washer, it may vary on which type you may need. Electric, diesel, petrol, gas, ultra high pressure, hydraulic high pressure and high pressure steam cleaner are all potential options, but for general vehicle, home and workshop cleaning, electric pressure washers should have more than enough power to get the job done.



    How to use your electric Pressure Washer

    1. Firstly, you will need to wear the correct safety gear. Pressure washers can create a very strong water spray that can cause injury if it comes into contact with yourself or other people. Wearing safety glasses, full length pants, gloves and closed-toe footwear will help prevent injury. Always ensure other people and animals are not in the vicinity of the water spray.
    2. Protect plants and other breakable objects by moving them out of the way of the spray area or by covering them. Normal thickness glass windows are fine and shouldn't have any problems with the force of a pressure washer.
    3. Ensure the pressure nozzle trigger is attached properly.
    4. Plug the electric pressure washer into a properly grounded outlet. If using an extension cord, try to use a lead that has a water proof connector. Most power leads are water-proofed but this must be considered for safety reasons.
    5. Connect the garden hose to the pressure washer. The connection is usually found on the main body of the washer.
    5. Turn on the tap at least one turn before turning on the pressure washer, then turn on the pressure washer. You may hear the engine start up immediately, or it may only start when the trigger is operated.
    6. If the washer does have a detergent reservoir, fill up to the max level. Pressure washers can be used with water only and/or detergent; unless otherwise stated in the operation manual.
    6. Point the spray tip away from any objects and squeeze trigger, ensuring the pressure washer is operating properly.
    7. Hold the nozzle approximately 0.5 – 1m away from the surface and spray in a side-to-side or circular motion on roughly a 45-degree angle to avoid splash back.
    8. For the best way to clean and maintain the pressure washer, see the operations manual or go to the manufacturer's website.



    Helpful Hints


    • Have a look at the manufacturer’s different nozzles and extension poles for the best results in the types of cleaning you need to perform. Most manufacturers have a wide range.
    • Never use a pressure washer whilst standing on a ladder. Not only is bad for the washer if it falls or is dropped, but could be very dangerous for the operator. Instead, use an extension pole.
    • Do not use a pressure washer to water the garden or plants, it will damage them very easily. 
    • As previously stated, never point in the direction of other people, pets or animals. Do not leave in the reach of children.
    • Try to keep the extension and power leads out of direct contact with the water, this is for safety and maintenance reasons.



    Checkout these Great Pressure Washers Available at Autobarn



    This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.