Pressure Washer Tips for Your Outdoor Cleaning Chores

Pressure-washing-a-deckby Barb Hopkins

Pressure washers make large cleaning chores easier. Gas or electric pressure washers can be used for many spring and summer outdoor cleaning projects. The force from the machine provides a pressurized stream of water capable of removing mud, mold, mildew, bird droppings, berry stains and more from a home’s siding, porch steps, decking, patio, driveway and walkways. A pressure washer also can be used to wash your bike, lawn mower or snow blower.

Power wash siding

Craftsman-pressure-washerThe siding on your home, garage and detached buildings naturally builds up dirt and grime. Bird droppings and berries from nearby trees or shrubs can stain the siding. Mud splatters onto siding during storms, and mildew even can form on siding. You don’t need to use the most powerful setting for pressure washing vinyl siding. Using a pressure washer’s most powerful setting actually can cause damage to siding. Be sure to read the owner’s manual recommendations for settings before beginning any pressure washing job.

The Craftsman Honda pressure washer is ideal for medium pressure washing jobs such as cleaning siding. This gas-powered pressure washer features four quick-connect spray tips, Easy Start™ technology and a fold-down handle for easy storage.

DIY expert Tim Carter from the Chicago Tribune cautions, “Never aim the spray wand up as you clean siding or aim it at cracks where siding butts up against windows, doors or any trim boards.” Water from the pressure washer can work its way into those cracks and under the siding, causing leaks and damage.

Briggs-and-Stratton-pressure-washerDegreasing driveways

A driveway stained with motor oil or other vehicle fluids can make the rest of your property look unkempt. Pressure washers can blast those old stains off your driveway with ease. The Briggs & Stratton gas-powered 3,000 PSI pressure washer offers ample power to degrease driveways and remove stubborn stains from walkways. It has a 30-foot hose, four quick-connect spray tips and a patented Briggs & Stratton engine.

Clean decks for summer gatherings

A deck covered in bird droppings and berry stains isn’t the best setting for summer cookouts. A pressure washer will clean decking and patios quickly and with minimal effort. Use the right spray tip for the surface you’re cleaning to avoid causing damage when using the powerful spray of a pressure washer.

DEK-deck-and-wood-cleanerA tip with a 0-degree angle provides the strongest force, while a 40-degree tip provides a gentler stream of water, which is better for washing wooden, vinyl and composite surfaces. For stubborn stains on a deck, use a deck cleaning solvent designed specifically for pressure washers and decking.

Deep-cleaning a pet enclosure

Outdoor pet enclosures and kennels need to be cleaned regularly for the health of your animal. A pressure washer works better than a simple garden hose, even with a standard spray handle on it. Never use a pressure washer to clean an enclosure when your pet is present. Never allow your pets or children to be outside or nearby when using a pressure washer, as the force of the spray can hurt animals and people.


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  1. Very helpful article! We are interested in buying a pressure washer this summer, the Craftsman Honda pressure washer may be the right choice for us.


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