For me, cleaning my home, garage, and car or backyard patio, it needs to be done at lightning speed with the maximum result using minimum effort. I am all about working smart and not hard and getting it finished quick. Let’s be honest nobody ‘likes’ cleaning.
I may be a mom and wife and those responsibilities seem to fall on us, but that doesn’t mean that the joy doing it comes with it. No. We just know it needs to be sorted, so we suck it up and handle our business.
I love it when a new product comes on the market and it makes our lives easier. They work quicker, more efficient and best of all, it’s not a strain to use. My husband’s new best friend is the pressure washer. This has made him smile every day.
I will almost go out on a limb and say he might even ‘look’ for something to clean.
What is a Pressure Washer?
It is a machine that allows us to use water at high pressure, but still, be in control. Not like those cartoons with the fire hose and they’re flying all over the place, although that does look fun. It’s essentially a hose with a pressure valve on the end that allows you to adjust the width of the spray radius.
Pressure Washing vs Power Washing.
The main difference between these two is that power washing uses heat. Its recommended more for the tough jobs. Driveways, patios and stuck dirt and grime. Sidewalks that have been blasted can look like they’ve had a 1000-dollar facelift. A truly male-satisfying piece of equipment.
Pressure washing, on the other hand, does not use heat and is more for the day to day tasks. Washing the car, cleaning windows and washing off the outside stairs.
Both work great for the job; just check which job you are taking on. You don’t want to be standing trying to de-stain a concrete floor with a pressure washer and having no luck.
Understand it better by having a look here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_washing
and seeing the uses and functions in more detail.
3 Advantages of Using a Pressure Washer.
- Time. This machine cuts most chores in half. It’s super quick and reliable.
- Environmentally Friendly. You don’t have liters of water wasted by using a standard hose up, running down the drive into the road being useless.
- Simple. Every member of the family can use it. It’s easy to handle and safe for the kids to have a go. And we never want to stop a child when they ‘want’ to clean.
What you are looking to use it for will determine which features it needs to have. It needs to be portable. Allowing you to move around the house and spaces easily is vital. Does the guarantee cover you for the casing or if the engine had a fault, make sure you check the fine print and warranty?
Do you need hot or cold water? Again, task-dependent. Is it for hubby and the family on the weekends, or are you looking to start a small car wash side hustle?
There is also the choice of an electric motor which is quieter but produces less pressure, versus a gas motor which has a high-pressure output, but louder. Watch this review guide on choosing a washer that works for you.
Soft Wash and What is it?
Special low-pressure nozzles are available to attach to the end of your washer handle or hose. These have a low water output and are used for rinsing or cleaning of ‘more delicate than most’ surfaces. This attachment can be used in conjunction with specialized cleaning solutions for breaking down dirt and mold.
How Often to Use?
For a full exterior house wash, a good idea would be to give it a scrub after each season. This will also protect it to some extent for the upcoming season. Of course, if you live near a dirt road or mountainside, it could be a quick spray between months just to stop the house looking a bit grubby.
Each to their own though, you do what suits the family and have fun spraying.