Washing a car, truck or boat can be hard work. Learn how to handle the job quickly and efficiently by pressure washing or power washing your vehicle.
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The cleaning power of pressure washers depends on multiple factors. Check the owner's manual to see if the power output of your machine is appropriate for the job. Settings vary depending on whether you're applying detergent, performing high-pressure cleaning or the type of surface you're cleaning.
Check your vehicle owner's manual to see if it's okay to clean your vehicle with a pressure washer.
Follow the safety instructions in your pressure washer manual. General guidelines include:
Check your vehicle owner's manual for specific cleaning instructions. Check your pressure washer manual for operating instructions and details about spray settings and how far the spray tip should be from the vehicle. Using a pressure washer incorrectly can damage your vehicle. Always test the spray pattern on a hidden area before cleaning to avoid damage. Here are some basic tips to help you pressure wash a vehicle:
Don't direct the pressure washer spray into the vehicle's vents or engine compartment.
After you clean your vehicle, move it away and flush the work area with water to dilute the detergent residue. You'll also need to take care of the pressure washer. Your manual should include directions for relieving the water pressure, draining liquid from the pump and storing the machine. Follow those instructions to make sure your pressure washer is ready for your next cleaning project.