What’s most shocking is how disgusting it was before.

This is the result of power washing a filthy Florida back patio.

The medium-duty pressure cleaner had no issues blasting the mildew away.

Power Washing Back Patio Florida

Florida Mildew. Be Gone.

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Announcing: Pressure Washer Parts and Accessories Buying Guide

Water Filter for Pressure Washer

Pressure washers come stock with a hose, spray gun and wand, and often with a set of nozzles.

If you want to increase the total cleaning capacity and performance of your power cleaner then you need to look at the newly released parts and accessories guide.

It lists and explains the best accessory products and replacement parts – as well, it gives you a guide: how to replace and attach your parts and accessories. The accessories included are:

  • Surface cleaners
  • Spray guns and wands
  • Hose products
  • Nozzles
  • Detergents
  • Foamers
  • Maintenance care products
  • Replacement gas engines
  • Replacement pumps.

Be sure to check it out here.

An Example of the Benefits of a Surface Cleaner

Included in the accessory guide are surface cleaners. They focus the energy in a small area to clean it efficiently and quickly as they hover over the surface. They work quite well as you can see:

Pressure washing tennis court surface cleaner

Surface Cleaner vs. Tennis Court

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Invest in a power washer and the home improvements you can do are endless. Here’s an example of front steps being pressure cleaned after 2 years neglect:

Pressure Washing Clean Stairs

Half Clean, Half Dirty – Power Washing Front Steps

Which pressure cleaner was used?

This was the work of a gas power washer. To be specific: a Generac 2,700 PSI.

Pressure Washer Price:

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Here you’ll learn why you need a hot water pressure washer – and which are the best two. Whether you’re cleaning oil/grease off concrete or steel, or washing large construction equipment… Hot water works better faster.

Best Hot Water CleanersHot water power cleaners have a water heater on board to heat water to 200 degrees F – just shy of boiling water.

The water heater is usually powered by diesel fuel, and usually the heater has an electric starter.

If you’ve only ever cleaned surfaces with a cold water cleaner, you’ll be amazed how much easier stains lift with the hot water. It’s the same effect as when you’re cleaning dishes…

Think about how easy it is to clean caked on cheese, for example, from bakeware with hot water and soap versus cold water.

Hot water power cleaners are heavier and more expensive than regular ones because they have the large water heaters on board.

Example Jobs Made Easy By Hot Water Pressure Cleaners:

Hot water cleaners make any size job easier and faster. However, because these cleaners are more expensive they tend to be mainly used in industry as oppose to residential use. Some of the more common uses are:

  • Automotive garage floors with oil stains.
  • Large boat hauls.
  • Agriculture industry equipment like tractors.
  • Mining industry equipment like crushers, transfer chutes, excavators and haul trucks.
  • Large building exteriors.

Important Features of Hot Water Power Washers

Hot Water Heater Internal TubesWater Heater/Burner – The water heater is a cylindrical storage tank with a heating coil/element running through the inside. The internal structure of the tank looks like the picture right. There’s a burner at the bottom the emits a flame that heats the water running through the tubes. Cold water enters and hot water exits.

2 or 4 Wheel Steel Frame Cart (Depending on Size) – As you can see from the picture above right, the water heater weighs a lot. Because of this extra weight compared to normal power cleaner, hot water cleaners need extra support. As such they have bigger wheels and stronger cart frames.

Gas or Electric Powered Engine – On the list below of the best 2 hot water cleaners is 1 gas powered engine and 1 electrical motor. Just like with cold water washers the electrical powered ones are less powerful and more affordable. But they have to be plugged in so in a sense they are less portable.

Best Light-Duty Hot Water Pressure Cleaner

 

Simpson Mini-Brute MB1223 1,200 PSI Electric/Diesel Powered

Simpson Mini Brute Hot Water Power Cleaner

Simpson Mini-Brute

The best light-duty hot water pressure cleaner is the 1,200 PSI and 2.3 GPM electric powered motor and diesel fired burner Simpson mini-brute.

It has an industrial triplex pump that is powered by a 120 Volt heavy duty induction motor system that plugs into any 3 prong, grounded 15-amp circuit.

As you can see in the picture it has a heavy duty frame and has 13″ pneumatic tires. It only has a 2 wheel cart, but shouldn’t be too hard to move around as it has well leveraged handlebars at waist level.

It comes with 4 nozzles and features down stream soap injection.

 

Best Heavy-Duty Hot Water Power Washer

 

Shark SGP-353037 3,000 PSI Gas/Diesel Powered

Shark SGP 3000 PSI Hot Water Pressure Cleaner

Shark SGP Series

In the heavy-duty category, the best hot water pressure washer is the Shark SGP series 3,000 PSI 3.5 GPM gas powered cleaner.

It features a direct drive pump, engine vibration isolators to keep things quiet and has a 6 gallon rust free polyethylene tank to store the diesel burner fuel.

The engine is a gasoline powered 337 CC Honda with a recoil starter.  The whole unit weights 550 pounds and so comes with a rugged all steel chassis and frame with lifting points and 13″ vibration absorbing pneumatic tires.

This pressure washer is perfect for job sites and can offer you the reliability of premium commercial grade construction.

Sources:

1. I referred to the specs and warranty page of the Simpson Mini Brute brand webpage.

2. Product literature PDF for the Shark SGP series was referenced.

Find out which pressure washer and nozzle style is best to clean your boat in preparation for seasonal storage… and see a video example of the proper technique.

Your boat is an investment. Doesn’t matter if you bought it new or used, plan to keep it forever or sell it in a few years. The better you take care of it the more years you’ll get out of it or money you’ll get for it. Properly cleaning it – haul, motor (s) etc. goes a long way to protecting your boat investment.

You could clean it by hand – but why waste so much time and energy? Get a power washer and get the job done better, faster and with ease. With a pressure washer you could clean your 18 foot bow rider in 1 hour. I’m thinking by hand that same job, to the same quality, would take 10x that long.

What do you think?

And since the power washer you need is only $150 or so… It’s a win-win for your investment.

Which Power Washer?

An electric pressure washer with 1400 – 1900 PSI is what I would recommend. Here’s a comparison chart to show the best ones.

However, if you’re planning on doing the job far from an electrical outlet, you can get a gasoline powered washer. It’ll be more expensive, more powerful and louder but it’s an option.

Which Nozzle?

The best nozzle for the job depends on the amount of foreign material on your boat haul and motor. If there’s barnacles you may need a 0 degree nozzle. If it’s just algae a 15 or 25 degree nozzle will suffice.

Even on 1 boat you may require several different nozzles to get the job done. Therefore, I recommend a Vari nozzle.

Should You Use Chemicals to Speed Up the Job?

Yes. Using a chemical wash will speed up the job and ensure your boat is properly cleaned.

Safety Tips

  • Wear safety glasses – As a precaution for flying debris you should always wear safety classes when pressure washing.
  • Ensure the boat is properly hoisted / jacked up / secured – If you’re washing your boat while it’s on the trailer then make sure everything is secure and locked out. If you’re hoisting or jacking your boat for the wash – ensure it won’t fall off / down on top of you when washing underneath it.
  • Remove loose items – Do a once over of your boat to ensure all loose items that could fly off when pressure washing are removed or secured.

Proper Technique

Power washing your boat is no different than your car – ensure the nozzle tip is about 6 inches from the surface and hold the spray gun with 2 hands. Wash top down. Hold the spray gun perpendicular to the boat.

Here’s a video that shows how much time a pressure washer can save you (his boat has barnacles all over it).

Sources

  1. Long Island Boaters Club youtube channel. Eddie’s done some great videos – all things boating. He shows you how to prep your boat for winter storage.
  2. Some tips about boat chemicals for cleaning. Life Tips website had some good tips about which chemicals to use.
  3. Full listing of pressure washer accessories here.

In this ‘How-To’ article you’ll learn why you should be pressure washing your vehicle weekly… and how to do it in only 10 minutes.

I don’t know about you but I’ve spent countless hours washing my car / work truck by hand – usually with a bucket of soap, a big sponge and a garden hose with a nozzle gun. Unfortunately the garden hose and nozzle gun combo are not a 50th of what a pressure washer is (in terms of pressure) – so I spend at least 30 minutes washing.

In the summer this method becomes more difficult. My technique is to go over the car with the soapy sponge and then spray it all down. Often, the side I start with has been dried by the sun and the soap has caused the car to look dirty and smeared, and has to be done again. With a pressure washer you can just use a detergent and correct nozzle and give the whole car a clean in 10 minutes…

…And it’s easier, cleans better and uses less water.

Which Pressure Washer?

An electric pressure washer will get the job done for the least cost. You’ll probably be washing your car in your driveway or lean-to so I’m guessing there will be easy access to an electrical outlet? Check out the 3 electric pressure washers I recommend here.

The PSI range of electric pressure washers (light-duty 1000 PSI –> low-range medium-duty 2000 PSI) is perfect for the small jobs like washing your car or truck. Combine the correct nozzle and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t get a power washer sooner.

Verdict: Electric pressure washer: 1900 PSI from Karcher, AR Blue Clean or Powerworks.

Which Nozzle?

Picking the correct nozzle for the job is essential. Because we’re talking about your car or truck all you  need to know is that the 40 degree nozzle will do the job. But if you’re 4×4’ing and get a lot of mud stuck to your undercarriage etc you may need the 15 or 25 degree nozzle to get those off.

The degree naming of the nozzle refers to the width of the water sheet that leaves the nozzle. So 0 degree is a straight line and 40 degrees is a wide sheet of water – the wide sheet provides a nice wash and the straight jet of water removes caked on mud and dirt.

Verdict: 40 degree nozzle

Hot Water or Cold Water?

Hot water pressure washers will clean your car better. We all know this is true intuitively. Think about when you wash the dishes – you use hot water right? Same thing goes for washing your car. The hot water actively removes the dirt and grime from the surface of the car. It will also use less soap because it can get the job done without it.

The downside of these hot water pressure washers is they need an extra mechanism to heat the water up. Most will use a heating element akin to your electric kettle. So that’s another component that needs maintenance.

Cold water pressure washers are more common. They’re more affordable and more simple.

Verdict: Cold water

Use Detergent or Not?

The majority of washers these days allow for detergent to be used alongside the high pressure water. I would jump at this and use it for every wash. It really does make the wash effortless.

Make sure to use a soap nozzle that has a bigger orifice that allows the soap to discharge with the water.

Verdict: Use detergent

Proper Technique

This video does a great job of showing you the proper pressure washing technique for your car or truck:

Sources:

  1. Some pressure washers on eBay. I used this to look at some specific specs of hot water electric pressure washers.
  2. Buying guide on Home Depot. Not a bad guide. I used it to confirm that range of PSI for washing your car.

Pressure Washer Nozzles 101

Pressure Washer NozzleThere’s different nozzles for different jobs. A nozzle shapes the water to either focus all its force on an area the size of an Oreo cookie, or, spreads the water out in a sheet to clean an area as big as you turned sideways.

  • 0 Degree Nozzles – The focus on 1 small point nozzles are called 0 degree nozzles because the nozzle shoots 1 straight stream of water. The thickness of this stream is the same when it exits the nozzle as it is when it hits the surface.
  • 15, 25 and 40 Degree Nozzles – These nozzles spread the water out in varying amounts. The point is to hit the surface with less force because some surfaces are more sensitive or less dirty and don’t need to be blasted. You wouldn’t want to blast your car hood with the 0 degree nozzle – because if your pressure washer is enough PSI you could peel the paint off.

So, what is each nozzle degree for? Let me tell you:

0 Degree – Full Blast Cleaning

  • Remove caked on mud
  • Remove rust
  • Removing stains from concrete

15 Degree – Stripping Surfaces

  • Removing dirt from car wheels / wheel wells
  • Cleaning fences in preparation for painting

25 Degree – Lifting Solids

  • Cleaning gutters
  • Cleaning decks and patios of dirt and grime

40 Degree – General Cleaning

  • Cleaning your car, house windows etc.

But, in reality, you should just test out the different nozzles on your job to see which one works. If you’re using the 25 degree nozzle to remove some dirt from your deck but it’s not working – try the 15 degree one out.

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Nozzle

Now that you have an idea what degree your nozzle should be – what else do you need to look out for? Let’s look at 3 things to look for:

  1. Quick release or threaded connection – The threaded connection nozzles will take a bit longer to install than the quick release – but they’ll be a bit more reliable and durable given they’re fastened in tight. Which one to get really depends on what you value more – speed or durability and life.
  2. Stainless steel or brass fitting – Stainless steel nozzles will last longer than brass because they’re corrosion resistant. And since we are talking about a water nozzle it would be wise to go with stainless tell. However, they will be a little more expensive up front. You’ll see that stainless steel nozzles are just as common as brass ones.
  3. Variable or fixed degree – You can purchase a ‘Vari’ nozzle that allows you to adjust the nozzle degrees in real-time with one nozzle – no need to disconnect and reconnect. It will cost about 4x a fixed degree nozzle – but the way I look at it is that you’re getting 4 nozzles for that price.
  4. Soap nozzle – The soap nozzles come with a bigger orifice to allow for the release of both water and soap.

Here’s a video to show how easy it is to install a quick release nozzle:

Types of Each Nozzle

We’ve gone over everything you need to know but here I’d just like to show you some example with pictures of what each of the nozzles actually looks like.

Rotary Pressure Washer NozzleRotary Nozzle

The rotary nozzle turn the 0 degree stream into a cone shape – so that you get the power and also some added surface area. This nozzle will make the water hit the surface like a orange traffic cone (in a hollow circle).

See full specs here…

Vari Nozzle Pressure WashingVari Nozzle

The variable nozzle allows you to switch the type of water stream in real-time without disconnecting it – however, you’ll probably want to turn the water off to be safe.

See full specs here…

Pressure Washer NozzleQuick Connect Nozzle

These are the most popular pressure washer nozzles. They’re extremely easy to use and you don’t have to worry about not having the right nozzle for the job because these come in packs with all the necessary degrees.

See full specs here…

Here’s a video that shows you the power of a rotary nozzle:

Recommendations

Will the nozzle fit my pressure washer?

Most likely the answer is yes. Most will have a 1/8″ connection from your washer gun.

Which one should I get?

Nozzles are inexpensive – $20 for all the degree requirements. I would get them all when you purchase your pressure washer.

Sources

  1. Ultimate Washer.com – I used this page find out some example of what each nozzle degree can be used to clean.
  2. User Reviews – Amazon

Welcome to Pressure Cleaner Reviews.com. Here I will give unbiased reviews and buying advice to help you find the best pressure cleaner for your needs.

Come back soon.

Cheers,

Jamey