For many homeowners, garages have much more use than just parking the family cars. We use them as our personal gyms, as art studios, and extra storage. With all that we use our garages for, they tend to accumulate dust and grime over the years. If it’s been a while since you’ve given your garage a good cleaning, using a power washer is an effective way to return your garage to a gleaming sparkle.
While power washers are powerful tools, they are safe and easy to use by virtually everyone. As a homeowner, it would be a cinch for anyone to purchase or even just rent a power washer to clean your garage. Plus, it’s incredibly effective to use.
Difference Between a Pressure Washer and a Power Washer
The main difference between the two types of high-flow washers is that power washers use hot water while pressure washers do not. Therefore, power washers are sometimes more useful in removing stubborn dirt and grime — especially oil and grease stains from cars.
Removing Oil and Grease Stains
Speaking of oil and grease stains, removing these tough spots from concrete may require a little help from cleaning agents in addition to the force of the power washer itself. Apply a cleaner before using your power washer. Using poultices and degreasers first will help lift the stains from the concrete.
Using Your Power Washer
Now that you understand the benefits of using a power washer for your garage, here are some tips and pointers for getting your garage clean:
- Electric power washers are safer than gas for use in enclosed spaces, like in a garage
- Start with a thorough sweeping to remove loose debris
- Begin using your power washer at the back of your garage (closest to the house) and move forward toward the door
- Spray directly onto the garage floor and out toward the door, allowing the water and debris to wash outward and away from your home
The pressure of the water that comes from the washer is quite forceful. Therefore, you must use some precautions to remain safe while you’re cleaning your garage. Be sure to always wear closed-toe shoes when operating your power washer. Old work boots offer the best protection. Be careful to never point the wand directly at your feet or at anyone as the force of the water can cause injury. Do not use your hand to check the pressure and remember to completely shut the water off to change the nozzle or add accessories.