Pressure Washing 101 | A Rental Customer's Guide To Equipment Usage

Posted on: 23 July 2015


When the exterior of your home or business is starting to look a little dingy and grimy, the easiest solution is to grab a pressure washer and get to work. Pressure washers are readily available at most companies that offer cleaning equipment rentals, but if you have never used this piece of equipment, it is a good idea to understand its basic operation. Here are a few of the most common questions regarding using a rented pressure washer for cleaning. 

Will the pressure washer come with an exterior water hose when you rent it?

If you do not already have a good water hose to use with the pressure washer, it is a good idea to rent one in addition to the machine, as most of the time, this will not be included. Keep in mind that the hose that should be used should be durable and sturdy enough to withstand higher water pressure. 

What are the different attachments included for?

When you rent a pressure washer, you will typically have several different nozzle attachments included that will be situated on the upper side of the machine. The different spray nozzle attachments will each give you a different type of spray pressure or shape. For example, you will likely get a wide-angled nozzle that is good for sweeping large areas with spray and a pin-pointed nozzle that works well to clear grime out of small spaces. 

Should you be concerned with getting water on the motor?

For the most part, pressure washers are designed to be fairly waterproof machines and getting wet will not be a big concern. However, you should be careful not to flood the motor with large amounts of water while you are cleaning as this can cause problems with getting the machine started. 

Do you have to use only the recommended cleaning solution?

When you initially rent the pressure washer, the equipment rental company will recommend a specific type of cleaning agent to use with the machine. This recommendation is usually the same as what the manufacture of the equipment recommends and will likely be available for purchase at the rental store. It is best to stick with the recommended product to prevent causing buildup in the cleaner distribution hoses of the machine.  

With a little instruction and some experience, you can use a rented pressure washer like a professional. If you have additional questions about how to use the pressure washer, always make sure you ask the representative from the cleaning equipment rental store before you get started with your project.