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Pressure Washer Safety: Are Pressure Washers Dangerous?

At first glance, a pressure washer in action doesn’t look all that dangerous. After all, it’s just a blast of water, albeit more powerful than what you get from a regular garden hose–right?

Wrong.

A pressure washer–just like any other power tool in your garage–can become dangerous with improper use. Think about it: if a pressure washer can remove paint from a surface, just imagine what it can do to bare skin! You’re lucky if all you get is a bruise or a wound. But with a pressure washer’s powerful spray, it is very likely to have water injected into your skin, which can easily cause a deep-layer infection.

As a business, you are responsible for your employees’ safety and your own. With that in mind, knowing about pressure washer safety is crucial before you attempt to use a pressure washer without prior experience.

Keep on reading to learn more about the potential dangers of using a pressure washer and–more importantly, how to prevent serious injuries or damage from happening.

Are Pressure Washers Dangerous?

The short answer is yes, pressure washers can be dangerous. But the real question you should ask is, how dangerous are pressure washers?

A pressure washer can be just as dangerous as any other power tool, but the injuries that they can cause are definitely less severe than, say, a power saw. However, this doesn’t make them any less hazardous. At the very least, getting hit by the spray of a pressure washer can cause minor bruising or wounds on your skin. In worse cases, however, the pressurized water can penetrate deep into the skin and where it’s not supposed to be, which can lead to an infection. Let’s say you get sprayed in the eyes – you could be at risk of losing your vision permanently.

We say all this not to scare you, but rather to make you aware of the reality you face when you use a pressure washer.

These types of deep-tissue injuries can appear to be no big deal at first glance, which can increase the risk of not seeking medical help until it’s too late. In the absolute worst cases, a pressure washer injury where the water ended up deep inside the skin can lead to disability and even amputation.

So, to answer the question, “are pressure washers dangerous?” Yes, they can be–unless you employ proper pressure washer safety practices. This brings us to our next topic:

At What Pressure Are Pressure Washers Dangerous?

To be able to use a pressure washer safely, you must know the level of pressure at which pressure washers can become dangerous. More specifically, you need to know the pounds per square inch (psi) level at which the jet of water can cut through the outer layer of skin, which is 1,160 psi.

General cleaning applications call for 1,500 to 1,900 psi of pressure. Pressure washers that can emit pressure between 1,500 to 1,900 psi are considered “light-duty”. That said, an average pressure washer with a “light” spray can be strong enough to cause serious injury if you’re not careful.

Having said that, just imagine how much damage a higher psi level can cause (pressure washers can go up to 3,300+ psi!). In any case, it is important to practice proper pressure washer safety at any pressure.

Speaking of psi, check out this guide on how much water pressure psi you need for different types of applications!

Pressure Washer Safety Tips

Before you attempt to use a pressure washer, take note of these important safety tips to minimize the risk of accidents:

Learn How To Use a Pressure Washer Before Using One

It is imperative that you know the correct pressure washer techniques before even touching an actual machine. A pressure washer is a very powerful tool that can easily cause serious injuries and damage to property when placed in the wrong hands. Therefore, if you are inexperienced, it is crucial that you know how to use a pressure washer properly, at least in theory.

Pro tip: Watch video tutorials on how to use a pressure washer, ideally with the same type of washer that you have. There are plenty of sources online that you can use to learn before you give your pressure washer a go.

Once you learn what you need to do, you can start practicing with your pressure washer at a low psi. Set your pressure washer at the lowest psi it can go, then work your way up as you learn how to maneuver the nozzle properly. In any case, work in an abandoned area where there is less risk of injuring someone or damaging property. 

Wear PPE

When using a pressure washer, be sure to wear clothing that covers your skin i.e. pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Similarly, wear shoes that cover your entire foot; work boots with metatarsal guards are the best option, but regular sneakers will do as long as they are thick enough. 

Eye and ear protection are also an absolute must. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from the mist and other particles, as well as to prevent accidents caused by something flying into your eye. If you are using a gas-powered pressure washer, which can be very loud, don’t forget to wear ear protection, too. 

It is also recommended to wear waterproof safety gloves to protect your hands in case they accidentally get in the way of the pressurized spray. Waterproof gloves will also prevent your hands from getting wet, which minimizes the risk of you losing grip on the nozzle gun. 

Another important tip: if you are using a hot water pressure washer, opt for insulated waterproof gloves!

Clear The Area Before Spraying

The powerful spray of a pressure washer can not only pose a risk to humans but inanimate objects as well. That said, always make sure to clear the area before you start working. Get rid of any obstacles that can get in the way of your spray; cover up windows; barricade the walkways (if you are working in a public area), and cover surrounding greenery with a tarp if necessary.

Never Aim The Wand at Anyone

How dangerous are pressure washers? Dangerous enough that you should treat your pressure washer wand like a firearm! Never aim it at anyone or anything that you don’t intend to clean. When the water is off, always point the wand downward and keep your fingers off the trigger.

Don’t Use a Gas Pressure Washer in an Enclosed Space

A gas-powered pressure washer emits fumes as it burns fuel for power. As a result, it is only ideal for outdoor use. If you try to operate a gas pressure washer inside an enclosed space, the carbon monoxide can remain trapped indoors, and you will be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. If a cleaning job needs to be done indoors, use an electric pressure washer instead.

Cover Electrical Outlets

Before cleaning an area, make it a point to check for and cover electrical outlets. You already know what can happen if you accidentally spray water into one.

Start With a Wide Nozzle

All pressure washers come with 3 to 4 nozzle tips. The widest angle nozzle tip is the 40-degree nozzle, which sprays a gentle fan of water on a surface. The smallest and strongest nozzle tip is the 0-degree nozzle, which sprays a jet of water the size of a quarter. Whenever you work on a new surface, always start with the 40-degree nozzle first, then work your way down until you find the nozzle tip that is strong enough to do the job.

Maintain Your Equipment Properly

This is a safety tip that a lot of business owners tend to forget. Proper maintenance is not only necessary to save money on your pressure washer–it’s also important for the safety of whoever uses it.

To illustrate, a poorly-maintained pressure washer has a higher risk of failing, which can lead to accidents. In the unfortunate event that it does cause an accident, you are legally obligated to pay for damages and medical expenses because maintaining the machine is your responsibility as a business owner. If it is your employee that sustains injuries, they are also entitled to workers’ compensation.

Final Thoughts On Pressure Washer Safety

With all the points that we’ve made here, you should be able to understand how important it is to employ all the necessary safety precautions when using a pressure washer. Don’t put your workers, yourself, and your business at risk–always make safety your #1 priority!

More than that, invest in a top-quality commercial pressure washer that has all the features you need to increase user safety. With a reliable unit from Hotsy Equipment Company, you won’t have to worry about your hot water pressure washer spraying scalding water everywhere for no reason–or perhaps your electric pressure washer suddenly malfunctioning. As long as you do your part in maintaining your machine, you can rest assured that a Hotsy pressure washer will remain fully functional and safe for years to come.

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A pressure washer can clean almost anything you can think of. Be it a filthy car, a heavily-stained pavement, grimy house siding, or even a corroded metal fence – these machines are up to the task. If you want to clean effectively and efficiently, however, you need to know how to use a pressure washer the right way.

Understanding the basic pressure washer techniques is a must for any new user. And let’s face it – sometimes, even the most seasoned of pressure washing experts could use a refresher.

And today, that’s exactly what we are here to provide – a detailed explanation of how to use a pressure washer, including advanced pressure washer techniques for faster, more efficient cleaning. But before all of that, let’s go over some of the mistakes we see people making when using a pressure washer.

What Are The Common Mistakes People Make With A Pressure Washer?

Cleaning with a pressure washer is not rocket science. However, there are quite a few mistakes we see people making with them. Learn how to avoid these so that you can pressure wash safely, efficiently, and effectively.

Not Using Safety Equipment

While pressure washers are not inherently dangerous, the high-pressure spray of water can be hazardous. That said, always wear protective equipment when pressure washing. Wear closed-toe shoes, work gloves, eye protection, ear protection (if you’re using a loud pressure power washer), and clothes that cover your entire body.

Not Angling The Spray

When pressure washing, the goal is to lift the dirt up from the surface so it can be washed away by the water. If you spray directly onto the surface instead of angling your nozzle, you will only drive the grime deeper and make the surface even harder to clean.

Using Too Much Pressure or Not Enough

If you use too much pressure when pressure washing, you risk damaging the surface of whatever it is you’re cleaning. On the other hand, not using enough pressure will simply be ineffective and inefficient.

For light cleaning tasks, 1,500 to 1,900 psi should be enough. If the dirt is more stubborn, use 2,000 to 2,800 psi except for soft and fragile surfaces. And if you need more power than that (e.g. for cleaning pavement or when prepping a surface), heavy-duty pressure washers that can go up to 2,900 to 3,200 psi should do the trick.

Not sure how much pressure washer psi you need? Check out our previous blog post where we discuss the different levels of psi and their correct applications.

Cleaning With a Gas-Powered Pressure Washer Indoors

Gas pressure washers are loud and produce harmful emissions. That said, they should not be used in enclosed spaces. Electric pressure washers, on the other hand, are quiet and produce no fumes because they do not run on gasoline, making them the safer choice for indoor cleaning.

The Top Pressure Washer Techniques, Tips, & Tricks For Faster Cleaning

Pressure washing is an easy job if you know how to do it right. Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, let’s move on to some pressure washing tips to help you clean faster, safer, and more effectively.

Choose The Right Pressure Washer

First things first, you should be using the right type of pressure washer for the job. There are two main options you can choose from; cold water pressure washers and hot water pressure washers.

Cold water pressure washers are great for cleaning dirt, mildew, mud, and other sorts of grime from almost all types of surfaces. But if you’re cleaning oil, grease, and tougher grime, you will need to use a hot water pressure washer. Hot water cuts through grease and oil easily, agitating them at the molecular level so that they can be washed away. You can learn more about the difference between hot water and cold water pressure washers in our blog.

Use The Correct Nozzle

Pressure washers spray water in a V-shape from the tip of the wand. Nozzles dictate how wide that V is, depending on the angle it is built to spray at. There are five different nozzles to choose from:

  • Red (0 degrees) – creates a small yet extremely powerful jet of water (in an O-shape), best for removing deeper stains from hard surfaces.
  • Yellow (15 degrees) – emits a narrow fan of water that can remove dirt, rust, paint, and other contaminants, usually to prepare a surface for repainting or re-sealing.
  • Green (25 degrees) – the most common nozzle for general use; creates a wider spray for pressure washing dirt, mud, debris, and other grime–as long as they are not deep-seated.
  • White (40 degrees) – produces a wider and gentler spray for light cleaning; best for fragile and soft surfaces such as glass and cars, or for washing away detergent.
  • Black – used for applying soap quickly and efficiently.

Use a Detergent

Pressure washer detergents make pressure washing a whole lot easier. They help eliminate grease and oil, and they help soften dirt, mud, mildew, and other types of grime for easier cleaning.

All hot water, cold water, gas, and electric pressure washers can use soap or detergent. But, it is important to choose the right type of detergent. Always read the label of your pressure washer detergent to make sure that it is appropriate for the surface that you are cleaning. For instance, some detergents are used for specific substances like motor oil, while others are not to be used for certain types of paint.

Be sure to read our article on how to use soap with a pressure washer for more information on picking the right detergent and using it effectively.

Aim From a Distance

If you spray the water too close you risk damaging the surface you’re trying to clean. Similarly, you won’t clean effectively or efficiently if you stand back too far from the surface. What’s the right distance, then? We recommend keeping the tip of your nozzle at least 18 inches away from the surface. When estimating the correct distance, do a test spray first and see if you are too close or too far.

Spray in The Correct Motion

When pressure washing a sidewalk or a driveway, direct the water towards the drain, making sure to spray at an angle. If you’re pressure washing a wall or siding, move the wand in short, downward motions, starting at the top. This will prevent dirty water from splattering upwards and ruining your hard work.

Also, make sure not to direct the spray of the water on a single spot for too long. Doing so can cause damage to the surface due to the high pressure.

Use Both Hands

If you are a beginner, it’s safer to use both hands when power washing so you won’t lose your grip. Also, make sure that your hands are dry. This will help prevent the wand from accidentally slipping out of your hands.

Lay Down Tarps

You don’t want paint chips or dirty water to splatter all over the area you’re trying to clean. To prevent this, lay down tarps to protect the surrounding area, including plants, furniture, and other objects in the way.

Maintain Your Machine

Keeping your pressure washer in good shape is crucial to extending its lifespan and maintaining its effectiveness. Aside from cleaning your machine regularly, replace your high-pressure nozzles every 6 months; check your oil levels (if you’re using a gas power washer); remove burner soot and scale from the heating coil annually; clean the water filter screen weekly, and replace parts as soon as they get worn.

If your pressure washer is acting up, take it to the service center or call a professional before attempting another power washing session. You should also learn about winterizing your pressure washer – this is an important form of maintenance in freezing cold regions.

Final Thoughts On Pressure Washer Techniques

And there you have it! Pressure washing is not as hard as it seems, right? However, it’s important that you take note of these pressure washing tips not only to make cleaning faster and more effective – but to also avoid causing damage to the surface you are cleaning. No one wants to clean a surface only to have it crack under the pressure of the spray!

For efficient and safe power washing, choose Hotsy pressure washers. We have come to be known as the #1 pressure washer store in all of Texas. You can either buy or rent a pressure washer through us, and you’ll have access to the most extensive catalog out there. We even offer pressure washer trailers for mobile cleaning needs!

Trust us – nothing cleans like a Hotsy. And after 35 years of service in this industry, you don’t have to just take our word for it – we’ve got the reputation to back it up. For a specific recommendation, take a look at our list of the best commercial pressure washers of the year.

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When you finish disinfecting an environment, how do you know whether you’ve hit every surface? The truth is, it’s impossible to tell how thoroughly you’ve done your job if you use standard methods. Many surfaces are just hard to reach, even with a mister or fogger. With a Protexus electrostatic sprayer, you never have to worry about missing anything. This ingenious piece of equipment ensures you have complete coverage every time, and you get the job quickly, too. Here’s why Protexus is the future of disinfectant applications.

The Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer Provides an Advantage

According to the CDC, 3.4 million people who visit the emergency room are diagnosed with an infectious or parasitic illness. This doesn’t account for all those who get sick but don’t make a trip to the hospital. Often, individuals become sick when they touch contaminated surfaces. Regular disinfection methods aren’t sufficient for thorough sterilization. Using an electrostatic sprayer is the only way to ensure the job is done right. The Protexus electrostatic sprayer uses revolutionary electrostatic delivery technology.

Electrostatic Disinfectant - HotsyElectrostatic Delivery Gives Your Disinfectant a Charge

An electrostatic delivery works better than any other application system because it gives disinfectant droplets a magnetic charge. The sprayer’s nozzle contains an electrode. When the liquid passes through the nozzle, it receives a positive charge. Almost every type of surface has a negative charge. When you spray the positively charged disinfectant into an area, those droplets are attracted to the negatively charged surfaces, just like a magnet.

One of the best things about this process is that each droplet acts like an atom and is attracted to particles with an opposite charge. Once the droplets bond with a surface, the surface no longer has a negative charge and will repel the positively charged droplets. The disinfectant that is still charged automatically seeks out an available surface.

A Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer Gets at Those Hard-To-Reach Surfaces

Every environment has surfaces that are difficult to reach unless you use a Protexus electrostatic sprayer. When the charged droplets leave the sprayer, they are drawn to any negatively charged surface within six feet. The attraction is so powerful that droplets will reverse course or wrap around a curve to reach an available atom.

The magnetic attraction is approximately 15 times stronger than gravity. Once the disinfectant leaves the sprayer, the droplets do not fall to the ground or aimlessly drift through the air. The attraction’s pull is too strong. You end up with an even coating of disinfectant on all surfaces, including those that are hard to reach or hidden from sight.

The Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer Has Numerous Benefits

An electrostatic spray is the most efficient and effective method for disinfecting and sanitizing. It’s cordless, making it easy to move around and between rooms efficiently. The electrostatic sprayer is faster than conventional methods. It takes less time to apply the disinfectant than misters and foggers, and the room is ready for use much more quickly.

The Protexus sprayer has a three-tiered applicator, giving you flexibility and control. You can make adjustments as needed for saturation level, droplet size, and disinfectant product specifications. You get the control you need to pinpoint your application and reach tough spots, such as door edges. They are also versatile and safe for any surface or in any area.
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Electrostatic Disinfection Kills Viruses and Bacteria

When you use a disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, an electrostatic sprayer provides the coverage you need to kill infectious disease-causing pathogens. Pairing the Protexus with Purtabs or Vital Oxide Cleaner and Disinfectant is a powerful combination. Both of these disinfectants are EPA-approved for use in fighting the coronavirus. They are safe enough to use on food contact surfaces, yet powerful enough for hospital environments.

It isn’t enough to use a strong disinfectant if your application method leaves some surfaces untreated. Door handles are surfaces that commonly expose people to viruses. With traditional applications, you run the risk of incomplete coverage. No matter how potent your disinfectant is, germs may be left behind if part of that door handle is missed. The Protexus sprayer ensures complete coverage, making a good disinfectant that much more powerful.

Electrostatic Disinfecting Is Appropriate for Any Environment

You can use it in any environment and for any situation that requires infectious disease control, such as:

  • Schools and day cares
  • Hospitals
  • Offices
  • Food service
  • Hotels, vacation homes, Air B&Bs
  • Mass transportation services
  • Apartment complexes, condos, and homes

You Can Count on Hotsy

Hotsy provides you with the best disinfecting equipment out there. We carry the Protexus handheld, cordless electrostatic sprayer, as well as Purtab and Vital Oxide Cleaner and Disinfectant. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about our products, so feel free to contact us at (210) 851-9652.

 

 

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Disinfecting With Protexus Electrostatic Sprayers Is the Future | Hotsy Equipment Company, San Antonio TX

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It’s more important than ever to disinfect things properly. Whether you are looking to make your home a little safer, provide a healthier environment for your customers, or looking to keep a room sterile for your patients, you need the best method for disinfecting available.

 

For this, you should turn to an electrostatic sprayer. Using a traditional spray bottle and towel doesn’t give a thorough enough against pathogens like the coronavirus. However, the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer uses new technology to cling to any pathogens lying in its path and killing them on sight. Not only that, but it’s practically just as easy to use as a regular spray bottle. Here’s what you need to know:
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What Is the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer?

The Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer uses an electrostatic charge to clean surfaces. Unlike most sprayers, which leave the liquid droplets hanging in the air, the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer charges the molecules before leaving the sprayer, which allows them to cling to the nearby surface.

 

If you have a dog or cat, you likely know all about static electricity. It’s what keeps all that hair clinging to your sweater after you’re done petting them or sit down on the couch they used. You may have also experienced a static shock once, twice, or dozens of times in your life when you touched something metal after walking along some carpet. This static electricity binds things together. And while static electricity can sometimes be annoying, it becomes a powerful tool when used within an electrostatic sprayer.

 

Using this type of sprayer provides you with more disinfecting power. When it comes to cleaning germs within your home or business, and especially pathogens like COVID-19, you want to eliminate as much as possible. The spray from the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer wraps around the object you point it at, giving you even more complete coverage. In fact, it can provide up to 3 times more coverage, in the same amount of time, than more traditional cleaning methods such as spray bottles or rags.

 

The Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer meets the EPA standards for fighting combating COVID-19 and allows you to clean an entire room in a fraction of the time. This makes it perfect for your home, your business, hospitals, hotel rooms, and more. But perhaps best of all, this sprayer is easy to use. To learn how to use the Hotsy electrostatic sprayer, follow our steps below.

Covid19 Desinfection - HotsyHow to Use The Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer

Using the electrostatic sprayer from Protexus only requires a few simple steps.

 

  1. Charge the battery: To operate, the electrostatic sprayer uses a lithium-ion battery. This battery powers the device and provides a charge to the water molecules, which forces them to cling to nearby surfaces. Our electrostatic sprayer comes with a charger and doesn’t take long to reach a full charge.
  2. Fill the sprayer with water: Next, fill up the sprayer with water. You’ll see a clear container right on the front of the sprayer where the water goes. In addition to water, also add in the disinfecting agent. One option you have here is a Purtab. Purtabs dissolve quickly in water and are EPA certified to kill pathogens like the coronavirus. Another alternative is to use Vital Oxide Cleaner and Disinfectant. This is a hospital-grade disinfectant, so you know you are getting a deep clean. Just drop the tablets or powder in and wait for it to dissolve before using the system.
  3. Insert the battery: Once the battery is fully charged, insert it into the sprayer. The battery slot is directly below the handle and should slip in quite easily. Be sure the sprayer is set to “OFF” before inserting the battery.
  4. Aim at the desired surface and pull the trigger: Finally, turn on the sprayer, aim it at the surface you want to clean, and pull the trigger. You should see a mist of water coming out and landing on the surface. Spray the surface thoroughly to ensure a good clean, then move on to any additional surfaces that need cleaning. If you run out of water, turn off the sprayer and fill it up again. To ensure thorough cleaning, it is best to move the electrostatic sprayer constantly moving the “S” pattern.

 

As you can see, using the Protexus Electrostatic Sprayer is very easy. Should you have any issues, though, we are always standing by to answer any questions you may have.

Get Started with an Electrostatic Sprayer Today

When it comes to cleaning your business and home, it’s best to do the job right. You want to ensure you give everything a thorough cleaning, and the best way to do this is by using an electrostatic sprayer from Protexus. Not only does this sprayer give your location a great cleaning, and protect you against harmful pathogens at the same time, but it’s incredibly easy to use.

To learn more about how to get started with our electrostatic sprayer, please contact us today.

 

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While the COVID-19 situation is improving, it’s still important that we remain vigilant. This includes wearing a mask in public, keeping a safe distance away from others, and keeping ourselves and surfaces clean. For this last part, it’s good to have some strong disinfectants by your side. Whether you are looking to disinfect your home or your business, you must have the right stuff for the job. Here are some of the best disinfectants you should look to use.

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Using an Electrostatic Sprayer on Surfaces 

One of the best types of disinfectants is an electrostatic spray. Electrostatic sprayers release liquid droplets into the air, but they do not just float around, unlike other disinfectants. Instead, they use static electricity to cling to the object you aim the nozzle at. This static electricity is generated by applying a positive charge to the liquid as it passes through the nozzle. Should any virus molecules be residing on this object’s surface, the electrostatic spray clings to those molecules and destroys them.

Using the Protexus electrostatic sprayer is relatively easy. First, you fill the electrostatic up with water. You then insert a disinfectant tablet, like the Purtab, which dissolves within seconds. The Purtab is a better alternative to the Vital Oxide cleaner and can kill pathogens like COVID-19 much faster.

Once you fill the Protexus electrostatic sprayer, put in the Lithium-ion battery. This battery allows you to use the sprayer without a cord and gives the disinfecting liquid its electric charge. From there, it’s just a matter of pointing the sprayer at the surface you want to clean and pulling the trigger.

The Protexus electrostatic sprayer, combined with Purtabs, is one of the quickest and easiest ways to clean a surface. If you want to ensure a good clean and not spend a lot of time or money doing it, this is the best option to consider.

Getting a Deeper Clean 

According to the EPA, “Electrostatic sprayers work by charging the antimicrobial liquid as it passes through a nozzle.  The positively charged antimicrobial droplets are attracted to negatively charged environmental surfaces allowing for improved coverage on hard, non-porous environmental surfaces.” However, not every surface you want to clean is hard and non-porous.

So, while the Protexus electrostatic sprayer cleans surfaces very well, you may desire to perform a deeper clean in some areas. For example, you might want to give a carpet or couch a deep cleaning or the blankets on your bed. In these situations, there are some other options.

When cleaning linens, simply putting them through a washing machine on hot water should do the trick. Be sure you are using a laundry detergent that specifically can kill bacteria and pathogens.

For fabrics that you cannot through into the wash, consider buying or renting a carpet cleaner. Carpet cleaners penetrate deeper into the carpet and typically have an attachment you can use for other furniture, like couches or love seats. Within the carpet cleaner, you can dissolve some Vital Oxide cleaner or some Purtabs to ensure that any COVID-19 pathogens are destroyed.

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Hand Soap 

One of the most important things we can do during this time is to keep our hands clean. The best way to accomplish this is by regularly washing our hands with disinfecting soap. Look for a hand soap that specifically kills viruses. Many decorative hand soaps look or smell nice, but they do not provide the disinfecting you need against COVID-19. Both bar soaps and liquid soaps are acceptable, provided you use enough when washing your hands.

When washing, remember to get your hands wet and scrub for at least 30 seconds. Soap works by attaching itself to the bacteria on your hands, and the water washes both soap and bacteria away. The longer and more thoroughly you wash your hands, the better.

Hand Sanitizer 

While not as good as hand soap, hand sanitizer can also be used to disinfect your hands. According to the CDC, “Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If water and soap are not available, you may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. You can tell if it contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label.”

Hand sanitizer is the stuff you rub into your hands without rinsing off at the end. It can kill much of the bacteria on your hands, but it is still preferable to wash your hands with soap whenever possible. However, if you are out on the go and only have hand sanitizer available, you should still use it. Grab a bottle or two and keep it in your car or purse for easy access when you’re out.

Using the Best Disinfectants

Whether you’re cleaning surfaces, furniture, or your hands, you must use the best disinfectants available. If you’re going to bother to clean, you might as well do the job right. We’re almost through dealing with COVID-19, but we need to remain vigilant a little while longer. Stock up on some of the best disinfectants and kill and COVID-19 molecules that come your way.

 

 

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A Hotsy power washer can get a hard cleaning job done quickly. You have a choice to use a hot water pressure washer or a cold water pressure washer, so it’s important to choose the right one for the job. Understanding how a Hotsy pressure washer works can help you choose the right power washer.

Why Choose a Hotsy Pressure Washer?

A pressure washer uses force and water to push dirt and grime off surfaces. Water has polar qualities that make it stick to things. Adding pressure to the mix gives it even more energy to blast away what is sticking to the surface. When high-powered water pressure hits a dirty surface, such as a concrete parking lot, the water and pressure create kinetic energy that has the power to pack a punch against the grime. There are no chemicals used, so the surface typically doesn’t get any damage unless you use too much pressure to clean it.

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Why Use a Hot Water Hotsy Pressure Washer?

If you’ve ever tried to wash dishes in tepid or cold water, you understand that cold water doesn’t always clean grease effectively. It is possible to get grease off items using cold water, but hot water is much more effective. Higher temperatures kill bacteria and break through oil and grease better than cold. You may not be thinking that your parking lot needs to be sanitized, but the higher temperature of hot water breaks up the car oils and grease, creating hazards in your lot.

What Type of Surfaces and Applications Are Appropriate For Hot Water Hotsy Pressure Washer?

Heated water can break down dirt and grime at a molecular level, cleaning surfaces faster and thoroughly. If you’re cleaning any surface contaminated with grease or oil, a hot water Hotsy pressure washer will be the better option. If you’re breaking through sand, mud, or paint, cold water will probably work fine. If you’re cleaning cooking oils, grease, or petroleum, such as on a shop floor or in a commercial kitchen, a hot water pressure washer will be better.

Hot water pressure washers are also more effective:

  • On chewing gum removal, the high temperatures and pressure can melt the chewing gum bonds on the surface
  • With ice dam removal by melting ice quicker to remove it from the home’s eaves
  • Cleaning automotive parts washing due to the heavier oils and greases involved
  • Concrete cleaning can go quicker with hot water pressure washers
  • When used on thawing frozen water lines

A good rule of thumb is that whatever cold water cleans, hot water can clean faster and better. A hot water pressure washer is not a steam cleaner. Steam can be an effective cleaning method on some surfaces, but a Hotsy pressure washer uses hot water and pressure to clean the surface. The agitation of the water combined with heat provides effective cleaning.

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What About Water Conservation When Using a Pressure Washer?

High pressured water cleaning often comes under criticism for using a precious resource for cleaning. Hotsy equipment company pressure washers use less water when cleaning than regular cleaning. Combining the power of high temperatures and pressure improves cleaning efficiency. Garden hoses use about 8 gallons per minute, but a pressure washer only uses about 5 gallons per minute. Adding pressure makes the stream stronger, which improves your cleaning ability. You clean faster, meaning that you use less water in the long run and not putting so much water through the system. You do save money while using less of our natural resources.

Select the Right Equipment For Your Cleaning Jobs

A hot water pressure washer is more expensive than a cold water pressure washer, but it gets the job done right the first time, saving you time and money. Look at the type of cleaning you need to find the right equipment for your needs. Hotsy offers a selection of washers that are easy to maneuver and use in industrial settings, both indoors and outdoors. For light cleaning each week, you may choose a less expensive model. If you’re cleaning with a pressure washer over 20 hours a week, you’ll want a higher quality model that stands up to time. Check out our selection of pressure washers and ask for a demo.

 

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