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How to Clean Your Car with a Pressure Washer

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Some people are very particular about the appearance of their car. They are willing to spend time and money on washing and polishing the exterior, as well as cleaning the interior. Washing a car requires effort and it is unquestionably a tedious task. Whether you love washing your car on weekly basis or just want the job to get done as quick as possible, using a pressure washer can get the task completed efficiently and effectively.

Use an appropriate pressure washer

It’s important to use the best pressure washer for cleaning cars that has the appropriate power and water flow. Pressure is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) and water flow is measured in gallons per minute (GPM). Higher PSI indicates more force whereas higher GPM indicates the amount of water released. The cleaning unit is represented by the product of PSI and GPM. Washing a car with a water pressure requires around 2,000-2,800 cleaning units. Given this requirement, choose your pressure washer and nozzle accordingly to clean your car effectively and avoid any damage to the car.


Park the car in a good spot

Your car needs to be parked in an open space away from other objects that you don’t want to get wet. If you are using an electric pressure washer, then you will need to be near a power source. Since not all electric pressure washers can be used with an extension, make sure you are close enough to the power outlet.


Rinse the car

Before adding any cleaner or detergent, make sure all mud and debris that is stuck on the surface is rinsed off. Begin about four to five feet from the car and move closer gradually. Be sure to close all windows and openings to avoid water from getting into the car. Plug the pressure washer into electrical source, attach the pressure washer to water outlet, attach the tip to the washer nozzle and spray the water on the entire surface of car.


Apply detergent

Many pressure washers feature special compartments for cleaning detergents. Be sure to use a cleaning detergent that is designed to be utilized with pressure washers. Since they are sold as concentrates, dilute them with water before applying to your car. Start from the top of the car and move down, gradually covering each and every component of the vehicle. Keep the detergent on the car for about five minutes and then proceed to the next step.


Rinse the detergent off

Rinse the detergent off the car by using a 40 degree tip. Hold the washer at a 45-degree angle and rinse downward from top of the car. Begin with switching the tip of the washer to a 40 degree tip and then switch output method from detergent tank to the main water source. Rinse the detergent off completely. Finally, use a soft towel or cloth to dry the car after it has been cleaned.

This is a collaborative article.