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Everything You Need to Know About Renting a Pressure Washer

Rent a pressure washer to easily clean everything from fences, concrete and siding to your vehicle.

Richards Sales and Rental Center has a variety of pressure washers and accessories that will help you successfully complete your next cleaning project. The following describes some of the available rental options related to pressure washers, safety tips, and usage tips.

Cold water pressure washers. This type of rental pressure washer can handle most cleaning projects that require removing caked-on mud, old paint and moss. Cleaning solutions can make a cold water pressure washer more effective.

Hot water pressure washers. When you want to clean oil or grease from a surface, you should rent a hot water pressure washer. Hot water pressure washers contain a burner to heat the water.

Many homeowners feel under pressure to keep the exterior surfaces of their homes clean. Likewise, contractors need to clean their worksites and equipment after completing messy jobs. Renting a pressure washer makes that work more manageable. Pressure washers turn water from a standard faucet into a pressurized stream for cleaning many types of surfaces easily and effectively. Renting a pressure washer can take the pressure of cleaning off you in these ways.

Multipurpose. You can use a rented pressure washer to clean all types of exterior surfaces including sidewalks, patios, steps, parking lots, siding and masonry work. Using a pressure washer, you can make wooden decks and fences look like new or strip paint and remove graffiti from structures. At a lower pressure, you also can clean windows, gutters, boats, campers, trailers, vehicles and equipment using a rented pressure washer.

Saves time. A rented pressure washer lets you accomplish the same amount of cleaning in less time than using a garden hose and scrub brush.

Conserves water. A rented pressure washer uses fewer gallons per minute (gpm) of water than a garden hose. A garden hose uses up to 10 gpm, whereas a rented pressure washer uses between 2 to 5 gpm — a maximum of 80 percent less water.

Environmentally friendly. Renting a pressure washer can give you a lot of cleaning power using just water and no cleaning solvents. However, when a task requires the additional scrubbing action of a cleansing agent, many pressure washers can accommodate green cleaning solutions.

Protects your investment. You can keep your exterior surfaces and equipment looking great while extending their life spans by using a rented pressure washer to free them of damaging dirt, salt, grease, oils and sediment.

Reduces labor effort. You can complete cleaning jobs feeling less tired and more productive using a rented pressure washer since it does most of the cleaning for you.

Good value. Obviously, it costs less to rent a quality pressure washer than to buy one. Since a durable, long-lasting pressure washer costs more than most people will pay for a tool they may use only once a year, renting a pressure washer just makes sense.

Before using a pressure washer, you should become familiar with how it operates. The following tips should help you use your rented pressure washer safely and effectively.

Safety tips:

Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using the rented pressure washer.

To prevent injuries, do not point the rented pressure washer at yourself or anyone else when using it.

Do not put your fingers and hands near the rented pressure washer’s nozzle while using the equipment.

Engage the rented pressure washer’s safety lock when not in use.

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as safety glasses and boots.

Usage tips:

Always place rented pressure washer on a level surface.

Use nozzles designed for your rented pressure washer and for your application.

Make sure to connect hoses firmly and securely.

Turn on water flow before using the rented pressure washer.

Test the rented pressure washer on an inconspicuous area before beginning the main cleaning task.

First try cleaning using only water with the rented pressure washer.

If needed, use a cleaning solution approved for use in the rented pressure washer and appropriate for item you will clean. Work from the bottom up when spraying cleaning solutions on vertical surfaces. Make sure you give cleaning solutions a few minutes to work before you wash them away, but do not let them dry on item’s surface. When rinsing detergent from vertical surfaces, spray from the top down.

Hold rented pressure washer’s nozzle a few feet away from item you will wash.

Do not use hot water on wood surfaces and always spray them at an angle.

Do not use rented pressure washer at high pressure on windows or glass doors to prevent breaking them.

Periodically check rented pressure washer for a pinched hose or clogged nozzle. To clean clogged nozzle, turn off the pressure washer, release pressure from the hose, remove nozzle and use a wire to clear clog before replacing the nozzle.

When done working, relieve pressure from rented pressure washer’s hose before disconnecting.


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