A Guide to Finding the Best Detergent for Your Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is a powerful cleaning tool, but many models will only perform to the best of their ability when paired with high-quality pressure washing chemicals. Before searching for the best detergent for your pressure washer, owners of these machines are advised to ensure that their pressure washer uses detergent to avoid damaging the machine.

The experts at Crown Cleaning Systems have created the perfect guide to finding the best pressure washing chemicals for the task at hand.

  1. Research the surface you plan on cleaning

Different surfaces will require different detergents to get the best possible clean. For example, a metal surface may require an anti-rust chemical solution such as High-Image. In contrast, a concrete surface will require more of a heavy-duty cleaner such as Solv-O-Way.

2. Avoid using bleach in your pressure washer

Bleach can be an effective cleaning solution for many surfaces when used properly. However, bleach can also be an extremely harmful chemical for the inside of your pressure washer to combat. Avoid pouring bleach directly into the pressure washer cavity to prevent breakdowns.

3. Consider the type of debris that you are trying to remove

In addition to researching the surface that you plan on cleaning, you must consider the type of debris you want to clean to find the best chemicals to help your pressure washer remove it. For example, on aluminum and other metal surfaces, you may be dealing with grease that can only be removed by a degreaser such as Strike.

4. When pressure washing a car, use the same detergent you regularly use to clean it

To get a professional-looking clean, car owners often use pressure washers to remove excess grime. If you plan on using a pressure washer to clean your car, simply mix an effective car wash concentrate such as Dyna-Shine with water to avoid a buildup of excess foam. Make certain it’s on a lower setting to avoiding damaging your exterior paint job.

5. For a cost-effective solution, make your own detergent

Many people try to avoid cleaning with harsh chemicals and spending money on expensive store-bought detergents. If you prefer to use a homemade solution, recipes for pressure washing detergents can range from a simple water and vinegar mix to a more complex solution of laundry detergent and other household ingredients.

Crown Cleaning Systems Is Here to Help

Our experts work with a wide range of pressure washing chemicals and are well-versed in the many different types of surfaces and debris that you may need to clean. Call us today for expert advice on the best pressure washing chemicals for the job at 216-341-6000!