Washing the car on a Sunday arvo? Forget about the buckets and sponges. Once you’ve seen what a water pressure cleaner can do, you’ll never turn back.
Washing your car with a water pressure cleaner is like having your own personal car wash right there in your driveway, arguably even better. A good quality pressure washer generates over 40 times the pressure or water flow strength of a garden hose, and don’t even think about comparing it to your own humble hands (or your kids’)!
So if you need to get the grime off your SUV/4WD or get your Ute looking shiny and new again, no doubt about it: a water pressure cleaner is the best machine for the job.
Before you get started car washing with a water pressure cleaner, there are a few tips and tricks you should know:
1. Rinse first and make the vehicle warm before you start washing. Sometimes a simple water spray is all it takes to remove the build-up of dirt dust and grime. This will make cleaning your car easier and prevent scratching.
2. Don’t forget to wash underneath your vehicle, especially 4WDs and anything that’s been on dirt roads and even wet roads. Debris, mud and sand can accumulate under fenders and on the chassis over time. Use the angled extension wand to reach underneath the car.
3. Use a car cleaning detergent in the chemical injection system of your water pressure cleaner. Make sure you choose a cleaning fluid that is designed for use with a pressure washer and a vehicle, so you don’t risk damaging either.
4. Use overlapping, smooth strokes working from the bottom of the car to the top.
5. Got some stubborn grime to shift? Switch to the rotating brush and let it do the hard work for you.
6. Rinse using high pressure, working your way from top to bottom until there are no soapsuds left.
7. Watch the distance and spray angle – spraying too close could damage the car, especially if there is some paint damage and the spray can get under it, it will peel off like a Band-Aid.Also be careful not to spray directly on rubber or vinyl, such as motorcycle seats, as some powerful machines may rip these materials.
8. Use a revitalizing oil-based solution or other lubricant on exposed engines and other mechanical parts after washing. Too much water and detergent can dilute the lubricants on important working parts such as suspension and cables.
Finally, sit back and admire your gleaming car. Job done 🙂
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Watch above video: Why pressure washers don’t damage the paintwork on your car.