Pressure washing in Georgia may seem fairly simple and easy. While this is true, there are a few things you can do to ensure you are getting the most from your pressure wash. Some key steps will help you increase the pressure washer’s effectiveness. Following these tips will help you get the best results and even same time and money.
1. Select the best nozzle for the job
Pressure washers offer a variety of nozzles to choose from depending on the job you have in store. Two features of the nozzle must be taken into consideration when choosing which to use. The nozzle orifice size determines the PSI (more on this below). As the nozzle size increases, your PSI is reduced. If the job requires higher PSI, you’ll want to select a smaller nozzle.
The second nozzle feature is spray angle. This ranges from zero to 65-degrees. To concentrate all of your cleaning power in a small area, use a zero-degree nozzle. The center of the blast will have a high degree of cleaning power. The drawback to this angle is that it often leaves streaks. Most contract cleaners use a 25-degree or 40-degree angle. Whichever you choose, it is important to remain a consistent distance from the surface as you wash.
2. Know the FAQ on your PSI
PSI is pounds per square inch. This is how the water pressure from the pressure washer is measured. This tells you the amount of force the water is delivering to the surface you are cleaning. You must choose the right level of PSI to effectively remove debris. The size of the nozzle tip and the flow rate determine the PSI.
Keep in mind when cleaning that the pressure decreases as the distance between the nozzle and the surface increases. Moving the wand closer to the surface will provide a greater blast. Always remember, though, that surfaces can be damaged if PSI is too great. It’s best to start with the lowest setting or greatest distance and work from there.
3. Add wax to your wash
Especially if you are washing a fleet, you probably want to your wash job to be as quick as possible. Adding wax in the rinse water of your power wash reduces dirt adhesion. This will help reduce washing time. Used in heavy concentrations, wax can reduce cement adhesion.
4. Presoak to save time and money
Use a detergent, degreaser, or chemical presoak before washing. This will reduce your wash time and chemical costs. Be sure to rinse away all detergent from the surface before it dries.
5. Choose baking soda over sand
Rather than sandblasting, use baking soda. It’s more environmentally friendly and offers easier clean-up. This milder abrasive is also easier on surfaces. This gentler method is a good technique for monument and statue cleaning.
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Applying these tips will help your next project go more smoothly and quickly. If you are ready to start pressure washing in Georgia, contact Valley Hotsy for more information about choosing the right pressure washer for your job.