10 Pressure Washer Uses at Home

Written by: Greenworks Blog Team


Pressure washing is often hailed as the unsung hero of cleaning, giving new life to grimy, unkept surfaces with a burst of high-pressure water. From cars and boats to decks and driveways, not much can't be made spick and span with a good pressure wash. In this simple guide, we'll explore ten pressure-washing uses that will revolutionize your outdoor spaces.

Reminder: Improper use of high-powered pressure washers can damage surfaces, vehicles and operators. To ensure safety, double-check that you're using the right pressure washer for the job and always follow manufacturer guidelines.

1. Vehicle Cleaning

Bid farewell to stubborn dirt and build-up on your vehicles with the power of pressure washing (and stop paying for trips to the car wash!). Whether it's your car, truck or bike, pressure washing is a great way to remove road salt, mud and other contaminants that damage the paint and exterior of your vehicle over time.

Most residential pressure washers should be gentle enough not to damage paint or delicate surfaces yet powerful enough to blast away tough stains with minimal effort. But be careful—use the delicate setting (about 2,000 PSI or less) at a safe distance to avoid unwanted damage. FYI, commercial pressure washers start at around 3,200 PSI.

Man washing car with Greenworks pressure washer

2. Driveway and Sidewalk Cleaning

Driveways and sidewalks bear the brunt of the elements, collecting grime and oil stains over time. Pressure washing restores these surfaces to their former glory, eliminating unsightly stains and improving curb appeal. The high-pressure water stream penetrates deep into the pores of concrete, asphalt and paving stones, removing embedded debris and leaving behind a fresh surface.

Man using Greenworks pressure washer to clean sidewalk

3. Deck and Patio Cleaning

Decks and patios are outdoor sanctuaries that can quickly become eyesores when covered in moss or mildew. To keep these spaces in top shape, give them a thorough pressure washing about once a year.

With adjustable pressure settings and different nozzle types, you can customize your cleaning to suit various materials like wood, brick, or stone (be extra careful with wood and brick!), ensuring optimal results without causing damage.

Man using Greenworks pressure washer to clean deck

4. Outdoor Furniture Cleaning

Whether by the poolside or on the patio, outdoor furniture is prone to accumulating dirt, pollen and other debris in just a few seasons. What once looked pristine and stylish at the store now looks weathered and uninviting. No one wants to sit in a chair that looks like it will stain their clothes! Use a pressure washer to (gently) clean cushions and common outdoor furniture materials like plastic, wicker, metal and wood -- keeping your lounging areas spotless.

Greenworks pressure washer cleaning outdoor furniture

5. Home Exterior Cleaning

To extend the life of your siding and keep your home looking fresh, pressure wash your exterior at least once a year (and no, last week's rainstorm doesn't count!). Pressure washing is particularly effective for hard-to-reach areas and large surfaces, providing detailed cleaning with minimal effort. However, remember to take extra caution when dealing with windows and aging brick.

Cleaning siding with Greenworks pressure washer

6. Drains and Gutter Cleaning

If left unattended, clogged drains and gutters can lead to expensive water damage and structural issues. But instead of scooping out handfuls of moist, rotting leaves with your hands, use a pressure washer to clean your gutters in a fraction of the time.

Pressure washing effectively clears debris and blockages, preventing potential damage by letting the water flow freely. You can even wash the most out-of-reach areas with the right attachments and techniques, ensuring comprehensive cleaning and proper drainage.

Greenworks pressure washer cleaning gutters

7. Outdoor Equipment Cleaning

If you've only seen your lawn care and gardening tools clean when you first bought them, it's time to wash them. Over time, lawnmowers, trimmers, shovels and other equipment can accumulate dirt, grass clippings and other residues, accelerating wear and tear.

Pressure washing offers a convenient way to maintain your outdoor tools, prolonging their lifespan and ensuring optimal performance. Periodically removing built-up grime prevents corrosion and keeps your equipment in top condition season after season.

Greenworks pressure washer on sidewalk

8. Surface Preparation

Proper preparation is crucial for the best adhesion and longevity before painting, sealing or coating surfaces such as decks, driveways and fences. Pressure washing before the job removes dirt, grease, and old coatings, providing a clean canvas for your finish. Eliminating surface contaminants ensures a better bond between paints, sealants or coatings and their surface for a more durable and better-looking result.

Greenworks pressure washer cleaning brick

9. Paint Removal

Removing old paint using traditional methods like scraping or sanding is tedious and labor-intensive. Skip the elbow grease and use a pressure washer to blast away caked-on layers of paint on siding, fences, or furniture with ease.

We recommend anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 PSI when stripping paint to effectively break the chemical bond between the surface and the paint. However, remember to follow manufacturer guidelines to prevent damaging underlying surfaces.

Greenworks pressure washer in use

10. Boat and Marine Equipment Cleaning

Pontoons, kayaks, fishing boats and other marine equipment are constantly exposed to harsh environments, accumulating salt, algae, and muck. Pressure washing helps maintain your vessel by removing salt deposits and marine growth to prevent costly corrosion and deterioration. It's also an excellent way to clean accessories such as trailers, docks, and fishing gear!

Man using Greenworks pressure washer to clean boat

Pressure Washers: Why Scrub When You Can Spray?

pressure washer is a versatile cleaning tool that accomplishes a wide range of tasks with ease and efficiency. From deck detailing to driveway rejuvenation, harnessing the power of high-pressure water breathes new life into even the dirtiest surfaces, keeping your outdoor spaces and equipment looking and performing their best. Discover our lineup of high-power, low-maintenance electric pressure washers today to find your best fit.

Man walking with Greenworks pressure washer
Greenworks Blog Team

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