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A pressure washer is an extremely handy piece of equipment that is suited to just about any home. You can use a pressure washer for a wide variety of tasks, including spraying down and cleaning your outside walls, preparing the inside of your home for an upcoming painting and decorating job, or even cleaning the dog’s kennel to remove those nasty whiffs and smells. Additionally, if you purchase the right type of washer for your home you can enjoy using it for many years to come. This post will introduce you to the various uses and models of pressure washer.

Who Needs a Pressure Washer?

In all honesty, in answer to that question, everyone could make good use of a pressure washer. Unfortunately, many of us are set in our ways and only view pressure washers as the ideal tool to help a painter strip down the walls in order to prepare the surface to be painted or decorated.  However, in reality, you can use a pressure washer for so many different things, especially for most outdoor cleaning tasks that you probably complete on a regular basis.

A pressure washer is ideal for cleaning a number of items, including cars, gutters, garden equipment and outdoor furniture, driveways, dustbins, garage walls and floors, etc. When you add these tasks to the industrial uses of a pressure washer, such as washing areas with a build up of soiled materials, such as oil, grease, extreme dirt, and also preparing surfaces to be painted, it’s easy to see why anyone can make use of a pressure washer.

It can also be a lot of fun using a washer and a very cost effective way to clean and maintain a number of household tools and furniture, cars, etc.

How Do You Choose a Pressure Washer?

There is a wide variety of pressure washers in the marketplace to choose from, and therefore you must determine which washer is the best type for you. Some of the questions you should ask yourself beforehand include, how often you’ll use it, what you’d like to use it for and, of course, how much money you’re willing to spend. If you plan to use a washer infrequently, such as for spring cleaning your driveways and other areas outside your home then you’ll be better off choosing something from the lower end of the scale. This type of pressure washer is readily available in the vast majority of hardware stores.

However, if you are planning a little more use, such as over 100 hours a year then you may need to consider an industrial or agricultural model. Unfortunately, the types of washer manufactured for residential use won’t hold up over an extended period of time, especially if you are using it on a very regular basis.

You should also pay particular attention to the washer’s gallons per unit dispensed, as well as the units of pressure per square inch. Basically, the higher these two measurements are, the more effective and powerful the model will be.

Finally, you’ll need to determine whether an electric or gas model is more appropriate for you. Simply put, if you need your model to be portable then you‘ll be better off with a gas model, but both varieties work equally well.

Lara Philip, the author of this post, is a sales professional at PowerVac, leading suppliers of pressure washers. Laura is a clean freak and writes on a wide range of topics related to home improvement and DIY projects.

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