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Washing the winter away

Apr 5, 2024 | Public | 0 comments

Close up Outdoor floor cleaning with high pressure water jet

The winter often leaves salt and sand on walkways, in parking lots, and at building entrances that the rain won’t wash away. As part of your spring maintenance plan, use a pressure washer to remove the dirt, add curb appeal, and start the season off with a clean and tidy look for your outdoor surfaces.

Using a pressure washer can save you the time it takes to clean outdoor surfaces with brushes and soap, allowing you to focus on the high-traffic areas on your property. And, by keeping sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots clean, you decrease the time, supplies, and labour needed for the inside, as less dirt and debris will be tracked through your building.

There are several factors to consider before adding pressure washing to your spring outdoor maintenance practices:

  • You will need to choose from an electric or gas-powered sprayer. The electric models are quieter, typically cheaper, and lightweight. The gas models are typically more powerful and don’t have a cord, which can be cumbersome during use.
  • Pressure washers also come in hot- and cold-water models. While cold-water models are best for moving dirt and dust, hot-water washers can clean surfaces up to 60 per cent faster than their competition.
  • Choosing the appropriate nozzle for different surfaces can ensure that you achieve your cleanliness goals without incurring damage to your property. Similarly, spray pressure matters for optimal results. For example, if you are cleaning a fence, you might take the paint off if the spray pressure is set too high. Sprays vary from 15 to 30 to 40 degrees, with 15 being the most concentrated. Start conservatively and test a section to avoid damage and clean surfaces efficiently.
  • Positioning the nozzle too close to the surface can also result in damage like removing the finish. Experts recommend spraying four to 12 inches from the area you are cleaning for best results.
  • Stay consistent. By using tools like wands, you may be altering the spray distance as you pass the nozzle along the surface, resulting in varying results and increased time. Look for accessories that help you achieve the results you are looking for quickly and efficiently.
  • Stay safe by using PPE and being protective with safety glasses, boots, and long pants to protect you from flying rocks, sand, or anything else that is dislodged by the spray.

Add power washing to your spring outdoor maintenance plan to increase safety, simplify your groundskeeping, and improve your curb appeal.

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