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The Essential Guide to Pressure Washing Cars

Cleaning can be a hassle but achieving sparkling vehicles and a clean forecourt with a top-quality pressure washer will add value to your business.

It may feel like a secondary part of any job but there is no getting around the fact that a perfect result is crucial.

Here at Britclean, we are one of the largest suppliers of commercial and industrial cleaning equipment, making us well placed to give you the best advice and keep your cleaning costs down.

Six Steps to a Comprehensive Clean

1. Remove Grime Before Washing

Getting rid of as much dirt as possible is critical before hands are placed on your vehicle. Any particles that are dragged along the vehicle’s surface will damage your paintwork. Using a pressure washer is ideal whilst making sure you stay a minimum distance of 30cm away from the vehicle. A best practice is to point the water hose towards the floor which stabilises the force of the flow before contact is made. Don’t forget to pre-spray with a detergent liquid or foam before starting your pressure washer but also make sure the paintwork is not flaky or rusty.

2. Choose Correct Attachment

Choosing the right attachment for your pressure washer will help agitate dirt, with a soft, long bristled brush the best attachment for bodywork. Alternatively, a rotary brush will help to get to awkward areas such as front grills, bumpers and wheels.

A detergent nozzle allows you to spray your vehicle using a mixture of water and mild pressure washer detergent, which is great for dealing with grime and oily stains.

Using a wand extension will help you reach over the roof of high vehicles and gain access to areas often missed using a sponge. We would also recommend not using an unrestricted nozzle on your pressure washer as this can lead to irreversible damage to rubber seals and paintwork.

3. Avoid Electrical and Mechanical Components

Never point your pressure washer into the engine block or any other working components such as the vehicle aerial. A well-maintained engine block encourages mechanics to take extra care when servicing, but this area does not require cleaning with a pressure washer.

4. Pressure Washing Wheels

Alloy wheels and hubcaps are the largest accumulators of grit, dust and oil from road surfaces. Start with your bodywork using your main nozzle to remove loose debris and immediate dirt before using the detergent nozzle to break down oil residue. Use the rotary brush to agitate difficult stains to reach awkward corners and rinse thoroughly with plain water to remove excess detergent. Don’t aim your pressure washer to tyres though as this will lead to tread or tyre wall damage.

5. Hot or Cold Pressure Washing?

A lot of the time cold water delivered at pressure will remove most dirt, except oil or grease which require hot water. Using hot water pressure washing has been proven from independent testing to be more cost-effective and reduce the amount of labour, water, fuel and service elements by up to a quarter.

6. Ease of Use – When deciding which pressure washer will work best to clean your vehicles, pay attention to the machine’s centre of gravity. This will affect how easy the unit is to pull, especially on uneven surfaces. Manoeuvrability is extremely important, especially within a busy, time pressure facility.

Talk to the Pressure Washer Experts

If you have any questions about Britclean’s range of pressure washers and industrial vacuums, please contact us today.

We provide cleaning equipment from manufacturers such as Nilfisk and Karcher for customers across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire.

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Dispelling Common Myths about Pressure Washers

Pressure washers from Britclean are designed to make your cleaning tasks easier and save you time and effort.

Having said this, some people do not understand the value of pressure washing, which creates a number of myths. For our latest blog, we are going to focus on four of the most common myths surrounding pressure washers.

Four Common Myths About Pressure Washing Explained

1. Pressure Washers Can Only Be Used on Dirt, Grime, Mould or Stains

A lot of people believe that pressure washing is the best solution for incredibly dirt properties, but this is not always true. While pressure washing involves removing stains from surfaces, not all forms of dirt are visible to the eye. Do not wait until a property has become unsightly before getting your pressure washer out. Regular cleaning and prevention of stains are much better for your surfaces than waiting for them to accumulate over time. This makes using pressure washers a great preventative measure and not the all-or-nothing solution you may think it is.

2. Pressure Washers are Safe Because They Are Water-Based

Pressure washers do depend on water but they also require plenty of pressure. While the water sweeps away deep stains, mould and dirt it can be damaging to different surfaces if not handled properly due to the pressure. For example, valuable furniture and finishings could be at risk, so asks experts such as Britclean before using a pressure washer on them.

3. One Pressure Setting Works For All

Some surfaces can be susceptible to damage which means you will need to use a lower level of pressure. This means you may need to use a different pressure setting for different parts of your property. Low-pressure settings, for example, are better for washing away potential mould from sidings.

4. Anyone Can Pressure Wash Surfaces

Pressure washing may seem quite straight-forward, but it does require skill and knowledge. While some people buy a pressure washer hoping for a quick fix for their cleaning tasks, the truth is mishandling them can be quite dangerous. This could lead to damage to your surfaces, rooms or property, so do your research before considering buying a pressure washer for the first time.

Got any Questions? Get in Touch Now

If you have any questions about pressure washing and which model will best suit your requirements, please contact us today.

Britclean is the leading provider of pressure washer manufacturers such as Nilfisk, Kranzle and Karcher.

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Understanding the Power of Hot-Water Cleaning

Whether you are cleaning floors or pressure-washing agricultural equipment, hot water is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal.

For our latest update, Britclean is going to share three benefits of hot-water cleaning using one of our pressure washers.

  1. Lower Resource Consumption – Just like using a dishwasher at home, hot-water cleaning provides better and quicker results for commercial and industrial applications.
    Nilfisk recently teamed up with the wfk Cleaning Technology Institute to conduct tests which compared hot and cold water pressure washing. This found that across all applications that hot water reduced cleaning times by roughly 40%. In some particular cases, such as ones involving grease, fat and oil, a hot-water clean was up to four times more efficient than cold-water cleaning. This translated into a reduction of cleaning time of 75%.
    Using hot water reduces drying time after cleaning too, as cleaned areas and items will be available sooner. For example, if you are cleaning floors, they will be able to be used earlier without the risk of slips, trips and falls.
  2. Hygiene – Cleaning and then sanitising is the ‘one-two punch’ for stopping the spread of germs such as viruses and bacteria which can be harmful to humans and animals. A study from the Thuringen State Office for Agriculture discovered that while cleaning with cold water had no impact on bacteria levels, raising the temperature to 60˚C reduced bacterial colonies by 90%. At 80˚C, bacterial colonies reduced by 97%, and at 155˚C they were wiped out completely.
    Heat also helps to combat viruses, and while hot water is not sufficient for sanitisation or disinfection on its own, it can reduce bacteria and virus counts on surfaces.
  3. Sustainability – A hot-water clean also decreases your resource consumption in three main ways.
    Firstly, less water is required. This translates the time savings into resource savings as for every 1000 litres of water needed for cold water cleaning, hot-water cleaning saves at least 400 litres.
    With shorter cleaning times you will also reduce your energy consumption.
    Finally, hot water can (in some cases) decrease or eliminate the need for detergent because the heat is enough to remove dirt. If you are sanitising or disinfecting floors, you will still need to use an appropriate disinfectant.

Find Out More About Hot Water Cleaning

As you can read from the studies above, hot-water cleaning is a highly effective way to boost your efficiency, hygiene and the sustainability of your cleaning tasks.

If you like to know more about Britclean’s line of hot-water high-pressure washers, please contact us today.

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Using Pressure Washers for Cleaner Working Environments

As countries and communities all over the world do their utmost to slow down the spread of Coronavirus, there has never been more important to effectively clean of your premises.

This can be achieved using Britclean’s range of pressure washers and industrial vacuums, from renowned suppliers such as Karcher and Nilfisk.

For essential businesses and institutions to remain operating during this period of lockdown, expert cleaning professionals (such as Britclean) are working hard to provide cleaning solutions for hospitals, store aisles and the disinfecting of warehouses and other areas.

Here at Britclean, we are proud to support a wide range of sectors with a full portfolio of equipment to ensure you can deliver the highest and safest standard of cleaning to your property.

For our latest blog, we are going to explore how our pressure washers and industrial vacuums can support you.

Eliminate Contaminants with Hot Pressure Washers

Hot-water pressure washers will reduce or eliminate contaminants using a mixture of high temperatures and powerful chemicals.
Our pressure washers will get your tasks done quickly, using less water and detergent due to their high boiler efficiency and durable design. Our Nilfisk pressure washer has a steaming mode for temperatures that exceed 100˚C, with a range of accessories available to improve the flexibility of this task.

Industrial Vacuums Maintain Air Quality

Our industrial vacuums will maintain the highest air quality whilst reducing dust and debris and ensuring safe hazard disposal.
Using HEPA or ULPA filter, Nilfisk vacuums enable you to reach and sustain higher levels of cleanliness and air quality every day. Leveraging top-tier performance, large capacity and secure containment will safeguard against any airborne risks.

Get in Touch for More Information

If you would like more information about Britclean’s range of cleaning solutions, please contact us today. We offer industrial vacuums and pressure washers for purchase or hire for customers across Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.

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How to Get the Most From Pressure Washers

When you have hired a pressure washer from Britclean, it is important to read the instructions it came with very carefully. Power washers can be dangerous, so for numerous tasks, we would recommend wearing protective gear such as a hard hat, safety goggles and gloves.

Every power washer works differently, so we have put together a handy guide in this blog to ensure you get the most out of your equipment.

7 Ways to Prolong Pressure Washing Machines

Ensure All Connections are Secure  – Before using your pressure washer for the time, make sure connections for all hose, water and air are secure. If you discover any leaks, the washer will not work properly. Also, check the power cord is firmly attached to the outlet.

Turn Water Source Completely On – If you are using a pressure washer that needs to be attached to a water source, turn the faucet completely on. You will be able to adjust the pressure on the machine, but it will need the faucet’s full requirement of water to work well.

Attach Nozzles Whilst Pressure is Locked and Off – If you are using particular attachments, you will need to add them to the nozzle while your pressure washer is off and locked.

Protect Equipment, Building Features and Nearby Plants – We would recommend clearing the area as much as possible, protecting items such as plants, equipment, light fixtures and any fragile building features like tarps.

Begin with a Low Setting – Always make sure your pressure washer is on its lowest setting when turning it on, as this will allow to slowly increase pressure safely as needed – preventing kickback.

Hold the Nozzle at an Angle – When using the pressure washer, do not aim it directly at items you are cleaning. Instead, hold it an angle, which will wash dirt and debris away rather than against the surface.

Use Up and Down Motions – When cleaning a surface, begin at the bottom and move upward guiding the spray down over the same area to rinse it off. Continue this motion until the entire surface is cleaned.

Using a pressure washers makes a wide range of cleaning tasks quite simple. Deciding on what you will be using your machine for before buying, will make the choice quite easy.

Browse the Best of Pressure Washers

If you are looking for the finest pressure washers on the market, look no further than Britclean’s range. Contact us today if you have any questions about any of our models.

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Your Guide to Pressure Washer Hose Repairs

If you have been using pressure washers for a considerable amount of time, you are likely to experience a leak in the hose at some point.

As the leading supplier of pressure washers and industrial vacuums across Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire, Britclean understand the importance of keeping your products functioning for the longest time possible.

Sometimes the issue comes from touching the exhaust on a gas-powered washer with the hose, whereas it could also be old age or even just bad luck.

Pressure Washer Repairs are Different to Garden Hoses

A leak in your pressure washer hose cannot be fixed in the same way as a garden hose. Firstly, the patch won’t last as the high-pressure water will force it loose. Even a small patched leak can lead to a serious injury when it bursts open and the high-pressure water hits your body.

At the very least, you will get soaked and whatever washing task you had planned is not going to get done.

The layers of wire mesh and plastic distribute the water evenly throughout your hose which contains the pressure. Repairing the hose requires each layer to be shaped and repaired correctly or it simply won’t last.

If you feel this is not the best course of action; you can always choose to replace the hose instead.

How Britclean Repair Power Washer Hoses

If you are unfamiliar with the process of repairing a power washer hose, here are the guidelines our team follow to get your pressure washer working as good as new.

1. Switch off the pressure washer, and if it is electrical we will unplug it.
2. Press the hose trigger which releases any water from inside the hose.
3. Discover the leak and dry the area around the leak.
4. We will make a square cut on each side of the leak.
5. The diameter of the hose needs measuring.
6. A compression seal with a gate compression fitting needs creating, with the female repair coupling reverse threaded and spun counterclockwise once fitted onto the hose. We will use an adjustable wrench to tighten it, with the male repair coupling fitting inside the hose tubing with motor oil used to lubricate the tip.
7. The hose will be placed in a vice or we can use two adjustable wrenches which connect and tighten the two pieces.
8. Finally, we will connect the M22 adapter and screw the adapter onto the pressure washer.

Talk to Britclean About Pressure Washer Repairs

If you have any questions about Britclean’s pressure washer repairs service, please contact us now. With over 30 years of industry experience, we also offer repairs on established brands such as Karcher, Ehrle, Numatic and Nilfisk.

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How Pressure Washers Clean Mossy Paving

Now the sun is shining again and Spring has truly sprung, you could be considering cleaning tasks outdoors that you have put off for too long.

Mossy paving is one of the biggest eyesores that can develop on your property, but using a pressure washer from Britclean will deal with this issue in no time.

For our latest blog, we are going to explain the process of ridding moss from your pavements.

Get the Garden of Your Dreams with Britclean

While cleaning moss is never top of anyone’s favourite garden chores, the end result of a pressure wash will leave you beaming with pride at your paths and patios.

You will need to bear in mind that when you are cleaning, the water pressure is greatest immediately in front of the nozzle. This means that stubborn dirt and moss can be cleaned off at close range, whilst light dirt or sensitive areas will need cleaning at a greater distance.

Moss forms a thick layer on paved surfaces, but it also remains in the pores of the paving stones which require a top-quality pressure washer from Britclean to remove effectively.

The Karcher HD 7/11 4m pressure washer, is one of the best models we currently have in stock that is ideal for cleaning patios. Don’t take our word for it though, here is a testimonial from one of our customers Ryan Gallimore,

“This Karcher pressure washer is perfect for my stone patio flags, cleans it up in no time!”

One of the most unique features of this model is the dirt blaster nozzle, which provides an even greater cleaning performance for even the toughest tasks.

Got Questions about Pressure Washers? Get in Touch Now

If you have any questions about Britclean’s range of Karcher pressure washers, please contact us today.

We also stock other leading manufacturers of pressure washers, including Nilfisk, Interpump and Ehrle plus our own home brand of manufactured machines.

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Coronavirus Statement from Britclean UK

Please find below a statement from Britclean UK regarding the coronavirus –

We just wanted to keep all of our customers informed of our plans during the ongoing lockdown due to the coronavirus.

As it stands we are still open in order to support customers in food production and agriculture sectors with pressure washers and industrial vacuums.

Our team will also be following the Government’s advice regarding social distancing during working practices.

We are reviewing the situation daily and looking at each site to evaluate the risks associated.

Please be understanding if there is a delay in attending your site and above all take care, everyone.

If you have any questions about any of our products, please contact us now.

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11 Things You Can’t Pressure Wash

Although pressure washers have an array of uses, there are certain things you can’t use them on.

Here’s a list of 11 areas you shouldn’t use pressure washers for cleaning –

1. Wood Siding – Water from pressure washers can damage insulation, electrical wiring and spur mould growth on wood siding plus they can dent aluminium and vinyl siding.
2. Electrical Panels and Meters – Electricity based on the exterior of your home should not be pressure washed, as this can force water into cracks and crevices and cause damage that leads to costly repairs.
3. Asphalt Shingles – If your roof has asphalt shingles never pressure wash, as it will remove the granules which are important for protecting the roof. Using a pressure washer on a high place can be dangerous as once you squeeze the trigger, the powerful recoil on the spray wand could knock you off balance, and maybe from a ladder too.
4. Air Conditioners – The intense flow of water from a pressure washer can crush the delicate fins and restrict airflow that could shorten the life of the unit.
5. Old Mortar – Weathered brick houses and landscape surfaces with mortar can be damaged by pressure washers, as any loose material, especially on older properties will be blasted away.
6. Living Things – It may seem like a no-brainer, but do not pressure wash humans, pets and plants as the force of the water can cause physical harm and destroy plants.
7. Painted Surfaces – A pressure washer will easily chip paint off of most surfaces, so we would recommend using a low-pressure flow of water to wash painted items such as your porch floor or painted outdoor furniture.
8. Windows – The high pressure will break windows and cause you a major expense to replace.
9. Outdoor Lighting Fixtures – Outdoor lighting is built to withstand rain and other outdoor elements as you will risk forcing water in cracks and causing damage.
10. Gutters – It can be tempting, but never clean out the inside of your gutters using a pressure washer. We would recommend removing debris by hand and rinse the inside with a less intense flow of water.
11. Stained Wood – A pressure washer will pull stain right off of wood surfaces.

If You Need a Pressure Washer? Contact Us

Now we have gone through what you can’t use pressure washers for, we are going to look at where they are best used.

Britclean supply the leading names of pressure washers such as Nilfisk, Karcher and Ehrle which are extremely popular in commercial and industrial working environments.
If you are looking to purchase or hire one of our pressure washers, please get in touch today.

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Getting to Know Ehrle Pressure Washers

German manufacturer Ehrle is one of the leading pressure washer companies worldwide and Britclean is proud to be one of their leading UK suppliers.

If you have never used Ehrle pressure washers before, don’t worry as we are going to provide all the essential information you need in this blog.

All Ehrle products are manufactured using state-of-the-art, precise and innovative processes that are subjected to extremely rigorous internal and external tests which ensure customer expectations are always met.

The Company Values of Ehrle

Ehrle work from four core company values that help them to be one of the leaders in the industrial cleaning market.

Quality – ‘Made by Ehrle’ is renowned globally as a stamp of top German manufacturing. Using their many years of experience and a highly skilled team maintains the quality of their products.
Flexibility – Ehrle constantly considers feedback from their customers to improve their products and react promptly to changes in the market.
Sustainability – As a manufacturer, Ehrle is also committed to sustainable production processes plus a commitment to protecting the environment.
Fairness and Responsibility – Ehrle has been a business partner of Britclean for many years, with both parties understanding the importance of an effective working relationship meaning we can provide the best pressure cleaners on the market to our customers.

Here at Britclean, we supply a wide range of Ehrle pressure washers, which can handle both commercial and industrial cleaning requirements.
Ehrle isn’t the only top supplier we work with either, as we also work with Nilfisk, Karcher, Honda and Kranzle.

Contact Britclean for Effective Cleaning Solutions

We give our customers the choice of purchasing or hiring our range of pressure washers plus we can offer a tailored program, in case you haven’t used that particular model of pressure washer. Get in touch for more information.

If your cleaner has stopped working, we can also provide the best repair service on the market with a quick turn around on most issues.