If you have never owned a Karcher jet washer before and aren’t sure how to work it we have got you covered. In our latest blog, Britclean is going to talk you through the process.
Using a Pressure Washer for the First Time
Setting up a Karcher pressure washer is really simple, all you need is a water supply and somewhere safe to plug it in.
Every Karcher jet washer from Britclean comes with a standard hose pipe adapter but if you are drawing from a water bucket, the suction hose and filter kit fit directly onto your machine.
A mains fed garden hose pipe should be at least 15 metres long, which will help you an even supply by using the free-flowing hose pipe adapter on the end of your hose.
Connect the water supply and turn on the tap then squeeze the trigger until the water is running freely through the machine in a steady stream. This will remove airlocks in the system. Now connect to a power source, turn on your jet washer at the switch and you will hear the motor activate for a few seconds then stop.
This is quite normal, it is just your machine pressurising itself.
Packing Your Karcher Jet Washer Away
To pack your Karcher pressure washer away, turn off the machine and turn off your water supply. Pull the trigger to release the remaining pressure and then remove the hose pipe from the machine.
Remove the high-pressure hose and to flush through the last few drops of water left in the pump. Turn the machine back on for 5 seconds and then turn it off again. This is especially important during the winter period.
Your pressure washer can now be stored away ready for its next jet washing adventure.
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If you would like to know more about Britclean’s range of Karcher jet washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
There are a number of accessories available to help you realise the full potential of your power washers from Britclean.
Sometimes buying accessories in bulk when you purchase a power washer is more cost-effective and it is better to understand how they can help first. This is where we can help, with this handy guide to all of the accessories a pressure washer can use.
Explaining Accessories for Power Washers
Here is a brief breakdown of the accessories that can be used with a power washer –
Lances – Most washers come with a basic lance that is suitable for most tasks, but others are available for specific tasks such as different surfaces.
Detergents – Detergent can be used to shift tough muck or grime. A number of detergents have a specific formula that suits the surface you are cleaning. These will help to penetrate the dirt plus they can also protect and maintain your outdoor living spaces.
Patio Cleaners – Patio cleaners are great for cleaning patios and decking as the rotating nozzles cover a larger surface than a lance alone. They also provide a faster clean than a lance and as the cleaner hovers over the surface you will benefit from a much more even clean.
Foam Nozzles – Foam nozzles are a simple way to apply detergent. The detergent is applied to the surface as a thick foam which clings to surfaces and allows more time for the formulae to work. This can be quite useful for cleaning vertical surfaces like cars.
Brushes – Brushes that attach to the power washer guns are essential for tackling stubborn dirt on sensitive surfaces like woodwork and vehicles.
Extending Hose – If you are working away from the water supply tap you may need a heavy-duty professional hose which adds length to your water supply hose. They will need to be hooked up to your tap and pressure washer with connectors.
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If you have any questions about power washer accessories, contact Britclean now. We are Staffordshire and Cheshire’s leading supplier of jet washers for domestic and commercial customers.
Adding a patio or decking to your garden creates a fantastic outdoor space for entertaining and dining. Using pressure washers to clean your decking or patio will prevent the build-up of dirt and algae.
Read our latest blog for a simple guide on cleaning decking and patio slabs using a pressure washer.
Jet washers help you to skip the hard work of using a manual scrubbing brush, as their powerful pump and narrow nozzle blast water in a forceful spray. This will remove dirt and grime from paving slabs fast plus it is more efficient than your regular garden hose.
6 Steps to Pressure Washing Your Patio
- Clear your patio, removing all furniture, ornaments and pots.
- Use a broom to brush away any loose debris such as leaves and dirt.
- Connect your hose and make sure that water is running freely before you start cleaning. Allow water to flow through the washer to remove any airlocks. If you are using a hose reel it needs to be fully unwound and free of kinks to ensure constant water flow. You will need two universal connectors and a tap adaptor for your garden tap to connect your hose.
- Connect your jet washer to the mains electricity supply then turn it on to pressurise the system.
- Before you begin cleaning your patio, apply some detergent to the surface to help dissolve dirt and make the patio easier to clean. A number of detergents have special properties that help reduce the build-up of dirt in the future plus it will protect your surfaces from weather damage. You can purchase specific detergents for stone, wood and vehicles, with each specially designed to suit that particular task.
- Dirt and organisms such as lichens can be difficult to remove using a standard lance or patio cleaner. Most power washers come with a rotary pencil jet nozzle which provides up to 80% more power. Switching this lance will ensure even the most stubborn dirt can be removed. Please note that the increased power of these lances means they should only be used on hard surfaces like stone or brickwork whereas sensitive surfaces such as wood or vehicle paintwork could be damaged when cleaned with this type of lance.
Hire or Buy Pressure Washers from Britclean
If you are looking to hire or purchase a pressure washer for cleaning your patio, get in touch with Britclean today.
We work with the finest range of pressure washers, including renowned brands such as Karcher, Ehrle and Nilfisk and have been working with customers across Staffordshire and Cheshire for over 40 years.