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Pressure Cleaning: How To Safely Wash A House In Brisbane, Australia
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Pressure Cleaning: How to Safely Wash A House In Brisbane, Australia

Part One: Protecting Yourself

First and foremost, make sure your pressure cleaner is as safe as advertised. Every now and then, a pressure cleaning device will be recalled due to risk of injury. A quick Google search for your model should be enough to tell you whether or not yours has been recalled. Alternatively, the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is a great place to start.

Always read the manual's safety section. This simplest instruction is usually the hardest to follow! However, the satisfaction of figuring it out for yourself just isn't worth the risk when it comes to high-pressure devices. Just one minute skimming the safety page will leave you more familiar with the product's unique risks and requirements.

Make sure your cleaning device and cleaning solution are compatible. If you're using a cleaning solution (which, it must be stressed, is often completely unnecessary), read the label carefully to ensure it's approved for use with such devices. You will also need to ensure the pressure cleaner itself is approved for use with chemical solutions. Otherwise you run the risk of damaging the device and making future uses substantially less safe.

Cover yourself. Eyes are especially vulnerable in pressure cleaning accidents. Safety glasses or goggles are essential. Gloves and strong boots might seem excessive, but it's easy to underestimate the strength of a high-pressure blast, which can rupture skin, damage arteries and - if using a chemical solution - cause serious chemical burns. Long-sleeved clothing is also highly recommended.

Avoid a ladder if at all possible. People have been seriously hurt changing the pressure while standing on one. It's all too easy to underestimate the strength of a pressure washer. More importantly, avoid any change of pressure, as the kickback (or need to suddenly adjust your balance) can easily lead to falls.

Part Two: Protecting your Property

Before beginning, find an out-of-the-way patch of cement or driveway to try cleaning before starting on your walls. This will avoid the frustration of underestimating your cleaner's strength when you use it on a more delicate painted surface.

When spraying a painted wall, it's all too easy to get carried away, getting close enough to chip away the paint itself. Stay at 3-5 feet and keep moving, resisting the urge to linger on one particular spot. If you need to remove a particular mark or wall stain, apply cleaning product to the area in question and spray it as you normally would.

With these tips in mind, you can begin your pressure cleaning and house washing secure in the knowledge that you're sidestepping some of the most common and dangerous mistakes.


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