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How to Safely Clean a Car Using a Pressure Washer?

Thinking about can a pressure washer be used safely to wash a car? Yes, it can. If you apply some safety protocols, then you can safely pressure clean your vehicle.

How to Pressure Clean Car Safely

Before you dig into the process of cleaning the car with a pressure washer safely, there is a disclaimer. Remember that most people prevent the use of pressure washers for car cleaning. The reason is the pressure washer damages the paintwork of the car. However, you can safely pressure clean your vehicle only if you follow the mentioned guidelines as such.

Rinse the Car

For pressure cleaning the car, there is a requirement that you need to know how to use the pressure cleaner. The selection of incorrect settings of the pressure cleaner can cause damage to the car, which leads to rust formation.

First, adjust the angle to 4-8cm wide. You may be thinking that the higher pressure you apply, the quicker the car will be clean. Forget this concept. This concept will lead you towards car paint damage and nothing more. On the fragile areas and windows, use a wider angle to rinse the vehicle.

Apply Car Cleaning Agent Layer

Now, again change the pressure washer settings and set the angle to the widest. Gently apply the detergent layer all over the car. Remember, the pressure washer should be at least 1-2 feet away from the vehicle.

Scrub the Tough Stains

Take an ordinary car cleaning brush, and start scrubbing the tough stains. Remember, you don't want to damage the car paintwork, so it is better to rub the car gently.

If you're using a single brush to clean the car body and wheels, it is better to do the wheel later. The reason is during wheel cleaning, the scrub easily pickups the stone, which when you rub on the car body leaves scratch marks on it.

Wash the Car with Jet Setting

Now is the time to allow the pressure washer to show its magic. Once you are done scrubbing the car body and wheels. Now set the pressure washer settings to jet mode and start washing the car. Stand at least 2-3 feet away from the vehicle and wash.

Keep the nozzle of the pressure washer straight at the car. If your pressure washer doesn't have any set controls, then keep it straight and stand 4 feet away from the vehicle. This distance is safe enough to prevent car paintwork damage.


While cleaning the car with a pressure washer, make sure to maintain the mentioned safe distance. 

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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