choosing the right high pressure washer for the home

How to choose a high pressure washer for your home

If you have a few cleaning jobs to get done around the house or property, you will save a lot of time with if you choose the right high pressure washer. Maybe you already have a little electric Karcher pressure washer but it’s not cutting the mustard at home? It could be time to upgrade to a petrol or diesel driven pressure washer.

We have some tips below to help you choose the right pressure washer for the job. But first lets define what a high pressure cleaner is.

What is a high pressure cleaner or high pressure washer?

A high pressure washer uses the power from a high-pressure water spray to clean various surfaces. High pressure cleaners can be used to remove loose paint from concrete surfaces, to remove grime and built up dirt from a driveway, it can also be used to clean the exterior of a building or house and even to clean chewing gum off the side walk. There are many domestic and commercial uses.

Now that you know what a pressure washer is and what it can do, your next question is sure to be ‘What does PSI stand for’? PSI stands for Pounds per Square Inch, it is the unit of pressure expressed in pounds of force per square inch of area.

Another factor that’s equally as important as the PSI, is the gallons per minute rating (GPM) or litres per minute (LPM). This measures how much water your pressure washer puts out per minute, more water equals faster cleaning.

4 things to think about when choosing a high pressure washer?

1. How often will you use the pressure washer?

If you will be using your pressure washer for more than 2 hours every week you may want to consider a commercial grade pressure washer. The Grudge diesel pressure washer is a commercial grade washer. For general household jobs that are completed 3-4 times a year a lower psi petrol pressure washers will be more than suitable.

2. What tasks will you be using the pressure washer for?

A different PSI rating is needed for cleaning your deck than for cleaning your drive way. For example to pressure clean your driveway we recommend 2800-3000 psi. You will only need around 1500-2500 psi to pressure clean the exterior of your house or deck.

3. Will you need to move easily around with the pressure washer?

You will need to check if the pressure washer is portable or a stationery unit. At 38 kg the Grudge 2800psi petrol pressure washer is the smallest in our range. This is not a weight you want to be carrying around. All Grudge pressure washers are portable and supplied on a trolley and wheel base. The trolley also features an adjustable handle for easy manoeuvrability.

4. What is your preferred source of power for the pressure washer?

Will you have access to electricity or is a petrol or diesel driven pressure washer the better option? When thinking about the source of power you will also want to consider the difference between petrol or diesel and electric pressure cleaners. Aside from accessibility, the biggest difference is speed and strength. Electric pressure cleaners can be quieter but usually have less power. If you are living on a small suburban block and just cleaning small areas than consider a electric pressure washer. But if you don’t mind a little bit of noise and prefer to get the job done faster than a petrol or diesel driven pressure washer with more power will definitely suit you best.

So what is the best pressure washer for a household?

When researching this article we found that the most common PSI rating suggested for households was 1800psi to 3000psi. A petrol powered pressure washer with 3000psi will suit most cleaning jobs around the house. Cleaning the driveway, pressure washing pavers and pool areas and even cleaning the exterior of your house. If you are adding exterior house cleaning to your list of jobs then you will also be after a few pressure washer accessories to make the job that much easier. We have a complete range of pressure washer wands on hand to help with just about any job.

If you have any more questions about pressure washers please send us a message or call Andrew or Brett on 1300 478 343. We have been importing pressure washers for over 15 years and will be able to answer any question you have about pressure washers.