A pressure washer can make light work of cleaning all kinds of dirty surfaces in your garden. What would take you hours with a bucket of water and a brush could literally take minutes. Powered by an electric motor or gas engine, pressure washers force water through a pump at a high pressure, allowing you to flush out accumulated grime on such surfaces as driveways, decks and patios. You can also use pressure/power washer to clean your outdoor furniture and other items that would be too time consuming to clean the conventional way.
If you're in the market for a power washer, here are a few tips worth considering.
If you want to avoid the hassle of maintenance and storage, you should consider renting rather than buying a pressure washer. This could be an appealing option if you only plan on using the washer occasionally and don't want to incur the upfront cost of buying.
Electric vs. gas-powered models
You'll need to choose between an electric pressure washer and a gas-powered model. Gas powered washers are pricier, and can be relatively heavy and noisy. Their main advantage is that they can deliver more power. This makes this the better option for cleaning large areas like driveways, siding and decks without using chemicals. Tough junk, such as tree sap and chewing gum can be easily dispatched. Having more power means they come with an higher risk of injury, plus they can gouge, splinter or etch wooden surfaces. Know more about pressure washing in http://www.ehow.com/how_4927469_pressure-wash-engine.html.
Industrial spray washers are smaller and deliver lower pressure than their gas counterparts. They are best used for cleaning small patios and decks, outdoor furniture, and any other things that require simple cleaning rather than stain removal. They are cheaper, relatively quiet and light, and do not require much upkeep. And unlike gas models, they don't need winterizing if kept indoors. The main disadvantage of electric washers is their low pressure output, which means they're slower and limited to smaller areas.
Semi-pro vs. Professional
Electric pressure washer is built with either a consumer engine and a pro pump, or a consumer pump and a pro engine. If you take home maintenance a little bit seriously, then a semi-pro model us right for you. Professional washers come equipped with a professional pump as well as engine. The pump can run for much longer than consumer pump, which means you can use the pro unit every day without worrying about it burning out.