We’ve all spent countless summer hours trying to clean our cars. It seems like such a simple task, yet often we are woefully unprepared for removing all the spots, stains, and dirt imprinted throughout the surfaces of our vehicles. Some of the impurities can be removed simply by using old rags with soap and water, but for many other pesky impurities, the best way to eliminate dirt and grime is to use a pressure washer.
A pressure washer incorporates the implementation of a high-pressure water spray to effectively remove dirt and other impurities from various surfaces, including roofs, gutters, decks, sidewalks, patios, and all types of vehicles. Instead of buying various cleaning substances with varying degrees of effectiveness, pressure washing can be used to clean your car in as little as 10 min. This method of washing also allows an individual the ability to clean hard-to-reach areas such as the lower parts of a car. Instead of kneeling for hours, scrubbing the rims of tires, or trying to reach the bottom frame of the car, a pressure washer can clean these areas within a few minutes of well-aimed streams of water.
While there are many pressure washers available to the general public that can emit streams of water ranging anywhere from 750 to 2500 psi, the best range of psi for cars is generally acknowledged as 1200 to 2000 psi. While gas and electric motors are on the market, most gas-powered pressure washers start at around 2000 psi, probably too high for most cars. Electric motors are more feasible options as they usually range from 1300 to 1700 psi. Occasionally, a strength of up to 4000 psi may be used on a car in special circumstances, such as removing graffiti or removing part of a finish on a car. Pressure washers also contain various nozzles that can distribute the water flow more evenly, lessening the total psi of the stream of water. Therefore, it is possible to use a pressure washer with a psi greater than 2000 on your car if you apply the appropriate nozzle.
While using a pressure washer, it is vital to wear the appropriate safety attire. Goggles, ear protection, heavy shoes, and strong gloves are all necessary items to wear while cleaning your car. Please note that the more powerful the pressure washer, the more noise it will emit. It is also imperative to find a unit that has a manageable weight and has a long cord.
In conclusion, pressure washing is an effective way to save time and money cleaning your car. While many different types of units can be used, generally, an electric pressure washer with a range of about 1200 to 2000 psi is usually recommended for most cars. Pressure washing dramatically changes the process of cleaning a car by both easing the process and shortening the time allotted.