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The Pressure Works Tools You Need this Fall

By | Pressure Washers and Supplies, Pressure Washing Tips

With seasonal changes, comes a change of tools in the world of pressure washing. By giving yourself the instruments required to finish seasonal jobs, you’ll get the most out of your pressure washer and be able to offer more services. Wondering what you might need to grab? Think ahead to the types of tasks you’ll do this fall and winter. Here’s our fall checklist and tool suggestions for getting each job done:

1. Make sure you can use your lawn equipment, toys and patio furniture year after year by cleaning them before putting them in storage. Doing it by hand, though, is extremely tedious and rarely done. With a pressure washer, it’s fast. Remove the debris that deteriorates and stains the surfaces of your outdoor items, and keep them in good shape. Additionally, on the first warm day of spring, you can get everything out without having to clean again! We suggest using Pressure Works favorite cleaner, The Brown Stuff, to ensure everything gets thoroughly washed.

2. Pressure wash your driveway, walkway and siding. Preparing your home for colder seasons is a big deal. You don’t want a summer of grease stains, mildew and dirt to be freezing under the harsh winter weather. Also, cleaning your exteriors will make your home shine just in time for visits from neighborhood trick-or-treaters and family or friends.

3. Clear out your gutters. Keeping your gutter system clear of debris is the best way to extend its life and fall is the worst season for gutters. It’s usually when long-term issues originate. Cleaning your gutters is one of the more tedious fall tasks, but using your pressure washer makes it easier. Our favorite fall tool is the gutter cleaning wand! With this tool,  you’ll actually want to clean them out. And, you’ll be surprised at how long your system lasts with this regular maintenance.

4. Clean and close the pool. If you have a pool, you already know how much maintenance they take. So, now the summer fun is over and it’s time to clean and close your pool! Switch to a delicate, low-pressure spray pattern and flush the residue from the walls, working from the top down.

Remember, your pressure washer will be useful throughout the fall season, especially for wet sweeping leaves. When the season is over, be sure to check out our tips on storing your equipment during winter.

3 Reasons To Skip the Drive-Through Car Wash

By | Pressure Washers and Supplies, Pressure Washing Tips

Do you want a car that actually looks better after it’s washed? Then think twice before you drive through a car wash. Those side-of-the-road conveniences tend to do more harm than good. Even if you go through one time, the whipping brushes, acid-etching chemicals and mineral deposits will ultimately wreck the exterior of your vehicle. Here’s what happens while you’re parked in the car wash: 

Abrasive Brushes:
Older car washes have abrasive bristles and newer locations label themselves “brushless”. No matter how they identify, all can cause trouble to your car’s exterior. They’re often full of dirt and grit left over from all the vehicles that drove through before you because the brushes don’t get washed between jobs. So, where will all grime end up? Blasted against the side of your car, leaving you with nothing but a dull paint job.

Harsh Chemicals
Do you know anything about chemicals the car washes spray on your vehicle? Most people don’t. Typically, it’s harsh cleaners that are rarely diluted properly. The result? A car that shines for twenty minutes then quickly reveals etches and markings in the windows, mirrors and chrome accents.

Misdirected Pressure
Older vehicles belong at drive-in movies, not car washes. The rough machines roll right over delicate fixtures, like exposed antennas and fragile side mirrors, bending and even breaking classic features.

Vehicles are a big investment and if you clean them right, they look brand new for years to come. They way to do it? Correct pressure washing. Not only is it easy but quick and safe for your car. Skip the abrasive brushes, select the cleaner and nozzle best suited for your needs and just spray. At Pressure Works, you can rent or buy the perfect washer for your needs and choose one of our specially formulated automotive cleaners.

Visit a Pressure Works location near you to learn more about cleaning your vehicle, inside and out, using our equipment and chemicals to get the job done. 



Pressure Washing Safety Tips

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A pressure washer is a great investment for both hobbyists and professionals. We, of all people, know how exciting it is to bring one home! But, it’s important to be careful because mistakes can happen even with years of experience.

Our best safety tip will always be: Read the instructions for your model before starting it up. Every washer is unique, even if it looks familiar. It may operate with more power or different functionality than the one you’re used to. By exercising precaution, you’ll prevent injuries to yourself and your home. But that’s not our only tip, here are a few more ways to stay safe as you get spraying:

  • Put on protective gear before you start: Goggles, long pants, and sturdy closed-toed footwear (no sandals or flip flops) will help protect you from injury.
  • Did you know ladder falls are among the most common household injuries? Think of climbing onto a ladder with a pressure washer gun or wand. Pulling the trigger can cause recoil and throw you off-balance, leading to disaster. We recommend staying on the ground. Pressure Works sells a variety of extension arms and tools to help your spray reach different heights, without putting yourself in danger.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings! Being alert keeps you from pointing the nozzle toward yourself, other people, or pets. Explain to young children the dangers of running in front of the strong spray and keep them far away while it’s on.
  • Take extra care on wet surfaces. Some surfaces quickly get slick and become slippery. Slipping or tripping causes injury and you may lose control of the pressure washer.
  • If your washer comes with interchangeable spray tips, turn off the machine before swapping one for another. This will prevent you from getting blasted by a powerful stream of water. Turn off the engine and press the trigger to drain excess water from the wand before changing tips.

Visit a Pressure Work location near you to learn more safety tips and techniques. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to answer any questions and make your pressure washing experience enjoyable and efficient.

What is GPM?

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When you start looking for a pressure washer, don’t just focus on the PSI. While it’s a good place to start, there are a few other factors to know as well. GPM or Gallons Per Minute, is just as important! Together, GPM and PSI make up your pressure washer’s Cleaning Units and both are key. 

The PSI determines how much pressure is directed at the object you’re cleaning. GPM is the amount of water released by the pressure washer once you start using it, also known as the flow rate.  Read More

Mistakes to Avoid When Pressure Washing Your Home

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Many homeowners choose to undergo renovation projects in the warmer months, and that often includes a fresh exterior. Cleaning the outside of a home is strenuous and time-intensive, especially when done by hand or with a regular hose. Instead, try using a pressure washer. It’s a quick and easy way to make your home look new again, no matter what type of siding you have. If you decide to pressure wash, you can avoid harmful practices with a little knowledge ahead of time. Follow these suggestions to prevent damage to your home or landscape.

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Spring Home Tasks

By | Pressure Washing Tips

Spring is finally here, and it may just be one of the most exciting seasons of the year. Nothing is better than driving home from work knowing it will still be light out for another hour, or walking out of your door in the morning and smelling fresh flowers blooming. It also marks the beginning of warm weather, and more time outdoors enjoying the sun and spending time with your family. However, the transition from winter to spring means one more thing: more home tasks.

If you winterized your home at the end of last fall, it’s time to prepare it again for warmer temperatures and outdoor fun. Here are a few tasks you’ll want to complete:

  1. Get organized. There’s a large chance you spent little time in your garage over the winter, and that it turned into a storage space for your landscaping tools, equipment and even knickknacks that you meant to donate months ago. Get organized and be ready for the new season by cleaning up your garage, servicing your pressure washer and other equipment, and locating everything you’ll use throughout the warmer seasons.
  2. Clean. Just as you do your spring cleaning indoors, you’ll need to do tidy up outdoors as well. This may involve clearing your gutters before April showers begin, pressure washing your driveway, outdoor furniture, walkways and siding, and even wiping down the mailbox and front door.
  3. Spruce up your landscaping. Whether you have overgrowth that you didn’t get to last fall, or new sprouts as the season begins, you’ll want to talk a walk around your yard and do any weeding. Then, spruce up your landscaping – this month is the time to begin planting your spring and summer garden.

As you complete your spring home tasks, stop by your nearest Pressure Works location for any pressure washing equipment (we offer rentals), accessory and cleaner needs. Our experts can offer professional advice to get the most out of your pressure washer.

How To Pressure Wash Your Driveway And Walkway

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So, you’re finally ready to enhance the look of your home with an exterior makeover, including your driveway and walkway. The easiest and most efficient way to clean outdoor surfaces is with a pressure washers, but it can be intimidating to first-time users. Thankfully, pressure washing is pretty straightforward, but there are a few ways you can make this task even easier and more effective.
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