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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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Want To Use A Pressure Washer On Your Home? 6 Ways To Stay Safe

Catherine Edwards

A pressure washer is a popular way to clean windows, siding, and sidewalks in the summertime. If you plan on using a pressure washer for cleaning around your home, here are six steps you need to take to stay safe while operating a pressure washer.

#1 Start With The Pressure On Low

Don't ever start a project with the pressure turned up all the way. Instead, start with the pressure on the lowest setting, and then increase the pressure until you reach the desired pressure for the cleaning project that you are working on. You often need less pressure than you think. Also, starting on a lower pressures setting and working your way up will help ensure that you don't damage whatever it is that you are trying to clean.

#2 Watch Out For The Wind

When working with a pressure washer, be very careful with the wind. You don't want to point your pressure washer against the wind; instead, make sure that you direct the stream from your pressure washer so that it is going with the wind. The pressure and water coming out of your tool can be really strong, and if you point against a strong wind, it could come back and hurt you, so watch out for the wind.

#3 Cover Up

When you work with a pressure washer, you should cover your body up, head to toe. That means wearing pants, closed toes shoes and a long-sleeve shirt. If you get hit from the water coming out of the pressure washer, it can really sting your skin, which is why you want to cover up and protect your skin on the off chance that you get sprayed with water from your pressure washer.

#4 Protect Your Face

It is also smart to protect your face. You don't want to drop the hose and get a blast of water in the face; it will not feel good and could actually harm you. You should wear goggles when operating the pressure washer. You should also put in some earplugs as well to protect your hearing as your pressure washer can be really loud.

#5 Protect Your Pets

If you have pets, make sure they are in their kennel or are inside of your home when you are using your pressure washer. The water that comes out of that could hurt your pets should it hit them. You also don't want a pet running around your equipment and messing up the equipment or causing you to lose your balance. It takes skill and strength to properly utilize a pressure washer.

#6 Protect Your Belongings

Finally, you want to make sure that you protect your belongings. Pressure washers are great for cleaning hard, strong surfaces. However, you don't want to blast your flower pots or your kids toys with your pressure washer. Before you use your pressure washer, assess the environment where you will be cleaning and make sure anything that could get damage or just get in your way is put away. 

If you feel uncomfortable with the skills involved in using a pressure washer, then you should consider hiring a window cleaning service or other outdoor maintenance professionals to manage this often tricky work for you.