How To Use a Pressure Washer Safely: A Beginner’s Guide

How To Use a Pressure Washer Safely: A Beginner's Guide
How To Use a Pressure Washer Safely: A Beginner's Guide

Even though pressure washers are amazing for cleaning, you need to be extra cautious while using them. If you are not able to use them properly the results can be dangerous. Even small mistakes can lead to severe damage. If you are cleaning at high pressure, you can even end up breaking windows, rip off paint from cars. It can even cause damage to concrete. If you get in contact with high water pressure, it can even cause injuries to you. 

There are ways to save yourself from any kind of potential damage. Here is everything you need to know in order to use the pressure washer safely. 

There are two types of pressure washers available, electric and gas. 

For Electric Pressure Washers 

Even though electric pressure washers work best but chances of electrocution are always there. Even with the best electric pressure washer, you will have to be extra cautious in order to make things work smoothly. You should avoid using extension cables. We all can agree on the fact that water and electricity are a deadly combination. Make sure that the cable is directly connected to the electric switch and you are not cleaning anywhere around it. It is important that you take good care of the electric cord as well. 

For Gas Pressure Washers 

Gas pressure washers are normally used for industrial purposes. These are designed for outdoor usage only. Never use them in a covered area. Basically, when gas pressure washers are used carbon monoxide is produced. Which can be toxic. In an open area, you have access to fresh air, which will save you from any mishap. If you are planning to use this machine for long hours, make sure that you give it enough time to cool down. It tends to get hot, let it cool off properly in order to save it from any kind of fire. Do not touch the engine or get close to it. It is hot and might burn. If the hose and any other accessory get in touch with it, there are chances it might meltdown. 

Necessary instruction for all kinds of pressure washers

  • Read the manual

Before you start using any kind of pressure washer, make sure that you have thoroughly read the manual. Most people skip this part and jump straight to using it. Manuals contain all the necessary instructions any user should know. You will know how to use the machine and what precautions to take.

  • Avoid using 0-degree nozzle 

This nozzle provides the strongest water pressure. In most cases, it is too dangerous to use it. If you are not a professional, avoid using this one. Most of the time you are not going to use it. The problem is that the water coming out of this nozzle is extremely strong and there are chances it will cause damage to anything which comes in contact with it. 

  • Use protective gear 

I have seen so many using pressure washers, without wearing the right gear. This is the most dangerous thing you can do to yourself. You need to understand the fact that you are dealing with extremely high water pressure and in some cases harsh chemicals as well. You are at high risk of causing injuries. Your eyes, hands, and feet should be properly covered and protected. Do not wear loose clothes. You should not be wearing anything which might get in the way. Do not use any ladders. Always stand on stable ground and keep the pressure washer with you as well.


Always put your safety first. Pressure washers do work amazing, but it is important that you know how they function and what potential risks might be. Just be cautious about your safety and you will have fun cleaning. 


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