Some people may wonder if it is safe to wash a car with a pressure washer. The answer to that question is yes, as long as you take a few precautions. In this blog post, we will discuss the best way to wash your car with a pressure washer and how to avoid damaging your vehicle. We will also cover some of the potential dangers of using a pressure washer on your car. So, if you are thinking about using a pressure washer to clean your car, make sure to read this blog post first!
Is It Safe To Wash A Car With A Pressure Washer?
Pressure washers are incredibly efficient tools for quickly cleaning dirt or grime from any surface. They use high-pressure water, much greater than that from typical garden hoses, to achieve a deep clean. An electric motor powers the pump which directs the water through a hose and out of a nozzle.
As the pressure of the water increases at the nozzle, it is able to push away anything built up on surfaces such as outdoor furniture or decks. Pressure washers are designed with adjustable nozzles to control the output of water so that you can choose a gentle spray or a more powerful stream depending on what type of surface you’re cleaning.
It is safe to wash a car with a pressure washer as long as you never set your pressure washer above 2,200 psi and never go closer than six inches. In fact, setting the pressure washer around 1,500 psi and keeping the nozzle about ten inches from the car will give you the best results.
Setting the pressure on a pressure washer correctly is important to ensure that your car is cleaned safely. When using a pressure washer, first determine the material you will be cleaning and consult your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI to use. Then, save time and energy by adjusting one nozzle at a time. Change the angle and height of the nozzle after turning the knob in either direction until desired PSI is reached on each setting. This will guarantee that you get effective results while avoiding any potential damage to the surfaces you are cleaning.
How To Wash Your Tires and Rims With A Pressure Washer
Washing your car’s tires and rims doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By using a pressure washer, not only can you quickly remove dirt and grime build-up, but you’ll also achieve a sparkling result. Firstly, make sure the pressure of the water is between 1,200 and 1,500 PSI to get the job done. You can adjust the nozzle if it feels too strong.
Keep in mind that you should constantly move the nozzle around. It takes about five seconds of direct spraying at the tire sidewall to damage it or weaken it. This is why it is important to constantly move the nozzle and keep a safe distance of about ten inches away.
Begin by spraying from side to side and then in circles while keeping the wand at least two feet away from the surface. Take extra care around any rubber trim, as it’s fragile and easily damaged when exposed to high-pressure water. When finished, rinse off your car with plain water and allow it to dry naturally, or pat dry with a soft cloth for extra shine. With a little effort, you’ll have clean tires and rims that will enhance your car’s appearance.
When it comes to washing your rims, it’s pretty safe to do it with a pressure washer. The main issue that you will run into is not being able to clean the residue left from breaking. So, I suggest spraying some oven cleaner and leaving it for 5 minutes. After that, pressure wash it and you should have shiny rims.
Should You Wash The Interior With A Pressure Washer
Let me start off by saying this is probably the worst idea that one can think of. Washing the inside of your car with a pressure washer can only damage your interior. The highly pressurized water will tear your seats and ceiling, destroy your dashboard and radio. If some of the interior ”survives the flood”, it will take forever for it to dry, and drying too long will bring that awkward smell, which is hard to get rid of. So, please, grab a brush, roll your sleeves, and put in the hard work.
Is It OK To Pressure Wash Your Engine?
Engines are kind of a ‘forgotten place’ when it comes to cleaning, and with all the oil spills and dust, they can get pretty dirty. Pressure washing your engine may seem like an efficient way to give it a thorough cleaning, but it is not recommended. This method of cleaning could potentially damage several of the important parts that live under your hood, such as delicate wiring and hoses.
It is not OK to pressure wash your engine, especially if you have never done it before. There are sensitive electrical parts within the engine bay such as the alternator, distributor, battery, and many sensors that can get damaged if they come in contact with water.
Wrapping the electrical components with waterproof bags and tape is alright. However, the pressure washer is strong enough and will cut right through the protection if you are not careful. Also, after pressure washing the engine, you need to let it dry completely. Many vehicles simply won’t be able to start until the engine is completely dry.
Is Home Wash Cheaper Than Car Wash?
This is a great question. I love doing some extra work in order to save some cash. Little here, little there, that’s how you fill up a piggy bank. So, maybe you want to wash your car at home just because you love your car, or you want to save money. Let’s break it down to what material you need and how much it costs.
Pressure Washer: A decent washer pressure costs around $200-300. You can also use this pressure washer for other stuff, it doesn’t have to be strictly for your car. Many people wash their pavements, sidewalks, and even house roof with pressure washers.
Water: A standard pressure washer with an automatic shut-off nozzle will need around 30 gallons per vehicle. On the other hand, a garden hose can spend around 100 gallons per vehicle.
Soap: A nice car wash soap with wax costs around $35. You can use this soap to wash your car at least 36 times.
Home wash is at least three times cheaper than a car wash. After the initial cost of acquiring car soap and a pressure washer, you will be paying basically pennies for a car wash. The only downside is that you need to do it, so it will only cost you your time.