How long have you been considering cleaning that grimy paving, the patio that no longer looks inviting and even the mouldy gutters? Ages! We know, but never mind, we are here to give you encouragement, show you how to do it and tell you what you will need.
We chose to use a high pressure cleaner to get the job done. Why? Well, they are powerful enough to tackle the toughest dirt and deliver water up to five times the pressure of normal hosepipes whilst using substantially less water. There are many products out on the market, so do your homework before buying and ask these important questions.
· Is there a guarantee? And if so what kind?
· Are replacement parts easily available?
· Where is the closest repair agency?
Before you start, check that the following is accessible in the areas where you will be working:
- Outside water tap
- Tap connectors
- A garden hose pipe
- An electrical supply
Safety hints and tips:
- High pressure cleaners are simple to use but very powerful, they must be handled with care and the necessary protection tips must be followed.
- Always wear protective clothing, especially safety goggles.
- Never point the gun at yourself or others.
- Always bleed the air from your machine. To do this one must connect the hose to the machine, turn on the water and then pull the trigger until the water flows smoothly (this may take a few minutes) only then should one turn on the machine.
- Use the brushes available from the wide range of accessories and only use detergents that have been recommended by the manufacturer.
- Only use in secure environments, for example avoid using the cleaner while standing on a ladder, rather use one of the lances and extension hoses from the range.
- Always point the lance at a 45 degree angle away from your body to avoid any sharp pieces of paving or cement being blown towards your body.
- Do not touch any electrical mains or plugs with wet hands.