Pressure washer season: Four ways to spring cleanup success
Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to venture outside and get a handle on what you need to do to prepare for the new season. For most homeowners, spring cleanup includes getting rid of winter grime, pollen, mold, mildew, and dirt that has had time to accumulate. Instead of hiring a service company or renting equipment, using your own pressure washer to tackle your warm weather to-do list is cost-effective, efficient, and satisfying!
Here are four ways your pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success.
1. Pressure wash your home’s exterior
You and your family have persevered through sleet, snow, ice, and storms. Winter is finally clearing out for good, but it’s left a lot of dirt and debris behind. If you’ve noticed your home looks a little more dull or dingy than it did last fall, this is probably why.
Whether your home’s exterior is brick, stucco, or vinyl, a pressure washer and a little time on the weekend is all it takes to brighten up your home and give it a fresh appearance for spring. Whether they’re dolly-style or wheelbarrow style, pressure washers are designed to be convenient and easy to maneuver. They’re also fast and easy to assemble right out of the box so you can get right to work.
Follow all safety precautions in your manual, and make sure you understand the safest way to clean the materials that make up the surface of your home. Begin cleaning by choosing the right nozzle for the job. If you need detergent, you’ll want to have that ready to go as well.
Keep the spray at a slight angle and use an even and consistent sweeping motion when you clean to minimize streaking and prevent damage. Champion pressure washers include a high-pressure hose. This handy tool helps extend your reach and makes it much easier to get to every area of your home that needs to be cleaned.
2. Pressure wash your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or deck
It’s not just vertical surfaces like your home’s exterior that are affected by dirt and grime. You’ll find that winter grime has also been deposited on your driveway, sidewalk, patio, and deck.
Fortunately, the right pressure washer plus water and detergent can take care of winter buildup for you in no time.
When cleaning horizontal surfaces outside your home, it’s important to choose the right nozzle since the size of the nozzle affects water flow and pressure. Champion pressure washers come with four quick-connect nozzles (0˚, 25˚,40˚, soap) to ensure maximum cleaning performance for any type of job. The quick-connect feature makes it easy to switch out nozzles as you clean.
Before you clean, make sure you clear the area of toys, furniture, potted plants, and anything else that might get in the way. Read up on the safest way to clean each surface since the recommended methods for pressure washing a concrete driveway are different than the methods for safely cleaning a wooden deck.
3. Pressure wash your patio or porch furniture
If your patio or porch furniture has been sitting outside all winter, it definitely deserves a cleanup. Hand washing and scrubbing every inch of your outdoor furniture is exhausting and time consuming, but using a pressure washer is a fast, easy, and fun way to get your outdoor living spaces ready for the first barbecue of the season.
Champion designs their pressure washers with onboard storage for a high-pressure hose, trigger gun and spray wand to ensure you’ll have what you need when you need it. Having everything you need at your fingertips means you’ll be able to keep cleaning without having to stop and put things away.
First, remove all cushions and bring your furniture to a flat surface, clear of any items that might get in the way. Choose a low-pressure spray and start at the top of the furniture using a back and forth motion and working your way down. When the furniture is clean, don’t forget to rinse off any excess detergent and then let your furniture dry thoroughly before replacing your cushions.
4. Pressure wash your vehicle, boat, or farm equipment
Whatever vehicle you need to clean, using a pressure washer is a faster, more efficient way to get the job done.
Champion pressure washers include never flat tires for easy maneuvering as you work your way around each vehicle.
When pressure washing a vehicle, you’ll want to proceed with caution and be sure you don’t do anything to damage the surface. Boats and farm equipment are going to need different cleaning methods than a car or a truck, so it’s important to read your vehicle owner’s manual first to prevent damage. Also, read up on the safest methods to clean your particular type of vehicle.
Many sources recommend using a regular garden hose first to rinse off loose mud, salt, or bugs. When you’re ready to use your pressure washer, test the pressure on the ground first, then start with a basic, no-detergent rinse using a wide angle nozzle and low pressure spray with a downward angle, keeping a distance of 2-3 feet from the vehicle.
5. A pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success
Unless your idea of fun is cleaning your outdoor surfaces with a scrub brush and a sponge, consider purchasing a pressure washer this spring. A pressure washer will save you time and money and make sure you’re able to get all your spring cleanup projects taken care of in record time.