Tips for Pressure Washing in the Winter
Even though the temperatures may be freezing you may find that your patio, pathway, driveway or car need to be cleaned. You may have to brave the cold to do this, so this blog will be looking at some of the best ways to pressure wash during the winter.
Try to Stay Indoors
It is important that you protect your pressure washer when you’re not using it, which is why we suggest storing your pressure washer indoors when you are not using it. This protects the fluid, lines and fittings. This will ensure that when you come to use your pressure washer, you will have no ice related problems.
If it is possible aim to pressure wash indoors, where you are insulated and away from freezing temperatures. If you have a dedicated washing facility, this is easy. However, if you are pressure washing a driveway or patio you need to try and avoid the shade. This is because shaded areas are even cooler, so always try and aim to pressure wash in bright sunlight as this will heat up surfaces and makes them much easier and faster to clean.
When pressure washing in cold conditions, it is very important to wear suitable clothing. When the temperatures are very low, there is a very real threat that you could catch hypothermia. Wearing multiple layers or even wearing protective gear, such as rubber boots and googles, is a great way to repel water and ice and ensure that you remain warm.
You must always consider the type of footwear you are going to wear when pressure washing. Some people often underestimate the power of their pressure washer, which is why the correct footwear is key. It is important that you always have good traction as the ground may be icy or slippery. We recommend chainsaw boots for when you are pressure washing in the winter as they provide great grip as well as great protection.
When you are pressure washing, the water must run somewhere. If water runs across the pavement or your driveway, this will become very slippery and be just like an ice rink. To prevent this, always apply salt or sand to the area that you are pressure washing before you start. Alternatively, you can use magnesium chloride or calcium chloride to melt the ice, but this can leave behind an oily and slippery residue.
Wait until the Afternoon
Although it is tempting to get your pressure washing done as soon as you wake up in the morning, it is much easier to wait until the afternoon. Waiting until the afternoon will allow the sun to warm up your vehicle or machinery and will make the drying process much easier.
Be Careful Where You Aim
Once the temperature drops below freezing, it is very important to make sure that you are careful where you aim your pressure washer. Lots of your vehicle’s parts, such as the doors and bonnet, are likely to freeze shut once they become wet. If you need to wash any areas that are likely to freeze shut, it is best to try opening and closing the doors and locks to reduce the chance that they will freeze.
Before pressure washing vehicles, it is a good idea to grease any areas that are likely to freeze, such as the doors and locks. Grease, such as WD-40, is a great way to ensure that you can always get into your car, even when the temperature is freezing.
Keep a Regular Flow
If the temperature is sub-zero, it is important to keep a steady flow of water through the pressure washer as things can freeze very quickly. To prevent your pressure washer from freezing, make sure that you maintain a steady flow of water through the pressure washer for the duration of your project.
We hope that our guide has provided you with lots of helpful tips and guidance for pressure washing in the winter. You can view our range of pressure washer attachments here and our range of pressure washers here. If you require further information about pressure washers, you can give one of our friendly sales team a call who are always happy to help.