Learn the best practices for taking care of your pressure washer to ensure you get the most out of it for years to come.
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Maintenance needs vary between different pressure washers, and gasoline-powered models require more maintenance than electric ones. Device documentation should include a maintenance schedule and detailed steps to keep your pressure washer in top shape. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use, maintenance and safety.
Some maintenance requires you to have the pressure washer running. Don't operate a gasoline-powered pressure washer indoors or in an area that lacks proper ventilation. Direct the exhaust away from doors, windows and vents. When operating an electric pressure washer, keep the electrical connections dry and off the ground. Don't touch the plug if your hands are wet.
When replacing damaged components, use only approved replacement parts.
There are basic practices you should follow before you begin pressure washing:
After you finish your cleaning project, there are a few things you need to do before putting your pressure washer away:
Maintaining the engine on a gasoline-powered pressure washer will help it run efficiently and last longer. Your manual will have details on maintenance procedures and tell you when to perform them. For these steps, disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and place it where it cannot contact the plug. Follow any additional pre-maintenance procedures the manufacturer specifies. Work in a well-ventilated location and cover your work area with a tarp.
Check your manual for other maintenance procedures, including:
When storing your pressure washer over the winter or for a period longer than 30 days, make sure it will be ready for your next cleaning project. Your manual will have specifics. Here are some general procedures:
Don't store fuel from one season to the next unless you treat it with a fuel stabilizer.