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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Different pressure washers have different cleaning abilities. Read the documentation that came with your pressure washer before beginning any pressure washing or power washing task and confirm that your model is appropriate for the job. Learn how to set up your machine and how to select the correct spray pattern. Settings vary by whether you're applying detergent or performing high-pressure cleaning and by the type of surface you're cleaning.
Move the vehicle to an open space and close the windows, doors and sunroof. If you're pressure washing a boat with a canopy or removable seat cushions, take these items off of the boat. If you're washing a truck, remove loose items from the bed. Cover any exposed electrical components on the vehicle.
Check the work area and remove obstacles that could cause you to trip or that might snag the hoses.
Check your vehicle owner's manual to verify that pressure washing is an acceptable cleaning method.
Follow the safety instructions in your pressure washer manual. General guidelines include:
Consult the vehicle owner's manual for cleaning instructions specific to the vehicle. Using a pressure washer incorrectly can damage your vehicle, so check the pressure washer manual for operating instructions, including information on spray settings and how far the spray tip should be from the vehicle. Test the spray pattern on an inconspicuous area before cleaning to make sure the setting does not damage the surface. General instructions for pressure washing vehicles are listed below:
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 clear 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 these instructions to make sure your pressure washer is ready for your next cleaning project.