How to Use a Pressure Washer - Correctly and Safely


How to use a pressure washer: Whether you need to give your car a clean or maybe bring the patio back to life after winter, getting rid of dirt can be a real pain, that is if you haven’t got one of these.

This is a pressure washer, and you can hire them from Speedy, the UK’s number one hire company.

A couple of good things to remember when hiring from Speedy, all our hire equipment is checked, tested, cleaned and serviced before every hire and will come ready to go. You will also notice a folder attached to your product. These are the safety and operating instructions, please make sure you read these before you begin your job.

Before you use the pressure washer it’s really important that you wear the correct PPE, eye protection, safety boots, gloves and a dust mask are essential, and any PPE you do require can be purchased from Speedy.

Speedy Top Tip! Please Watch our How to Use a Pressure Washer Video below:


Step 1:

This pressure washer is really easy to use and will come with a hose and spray lance. To begin with you will need to attach the hose and spray lance to the pressure washer unit, this can be done by screwing the end of the hose onto the outlet of the unit. Next to the hose outlet you will find the water inlet, here you will need to attach your garden hose using a standard connector, this will provide clean water to the pressure washer.


Step 2:

Some of our pressure washers come with a dial similar to this. This is a pressure dial and will allow you to control the power output of the pressure washer. On the rear of the machine you might also find a small tube, this tube can be simply dropped into a cleaning solution like a car shampoo or a patio cleaner, the solution will then be sucked up through the tube and come out of the nozzle, making your job just that little bit easier. You can even use this dial here to control how much cleaning solution you want to be put through. Any cleaning solution or hose connectors you do require can be purchased from Speedy.


Step 3:

Operating the spray gun is really easy. On the handle you will find a two-phase trigger, which means that to operate the washer you will need to squeeze both triggers together. At the top of the gun you will find a lock off button, this is a safety mechanism and will lock the trigger preventing it from being squeezed. At the top of the head you will notice that the nozzle has different settings that can be adjusted by twisting the head.


Step 4:

Once you’ve set the pressure washer up, you’re ready to plug it in and start your job.


Step 5:

Any mains powered equipment you hire from Speedy can come with one of three types of plugs, a UK standard domestic plug that can be plugged into any household socket, a yellow 110v plug which will require a transformer, or a blue 240v plug that will require an RCD unit. But don’t worry, whatever you require your Speedy service centre will provide you with everything you need to power up your equipment. And no matter the shape or size of your transformer or RCD unit plugging it in will be exactly the same, just simply lift the flap and push it in.


Step 6:

Turning it on is really easy and can be done by turning the rotary switch on the front of the machine into the on position.

Keep children and animals away from the work area and always keep the lance pointed away from you as water under pressure is powerful enough to cause injury!


Step 7:

When your done with it, unplug it from the mains and disconnect the water, aim it at the floor and just give the trigger a squeeze to release any pressure that may be built up in the system.

If you have any issues with any of the products you hire from Speedy, just give your local Service Centre a call, as we are always available to help, and remember to always check the safety and operating guidance before you use any hire product.


Ready for more DIY tips?

Thank you for reading our Speedy Services blog, we hope you found this how-to use a pressure washer guide and video useful. Want to find out how to use a pressure washer to clean a patio then check out our How-To Clean a Patio with a Pressure Washer blog, plus, there’s plenty more tips and how-to-guides where this came from please visit our skills and project page.

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