Confused By PSI? Let’s Break It Down
Get the most from WORX family of power washers by selecting the right tool for the job.
I spent many Saturday mornings as a youth holding the flashlight for my Dad and handing him tools as he repaired the lawn mower or worked on his latest DIY project. If there’s one thing I learned from him, it’s that the right tool makes all the difference. When it comes to power washers, understanding the pressure output will help you in selecting the washer you need for the job at hand.
The power of a pressure washer is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI, and gallons per minute (GPM). The larger the PSI value, the more powerful the washer, while washers with higher GPM deliver more water at a time, making the job go faster. Some jobs require more power than others. On the other hand, delicate surfaces can be damaged by too much pressure. The following will help you select the right pressure washer for your expected needs.
Clean Siding and Fences
Be careful when pressure washing buildings and fences, as some materials are more delicate than others (like windows!). Reach for the 1500 PSI Pressure Washer and use the 40-degree nozzle to clean painted soft-wood surfaces, aluminum siding, and windows. Brick, stone, and vinyl can handle the higher pressure of the 1600 PSI model. For stucco, stick to the gentler cleaning power of the WORX Hydroshot described below.
Sidewalks and Driveways
Concrete and asphalt require more cleaning power. You’ll want to use the turbo nozzle on the 1600 PSI for hard-to-clean driveways, sidewalks, and patios as well as brick paving. For wood decks and painted surfaces, switch to the gentler 40-degree nozzle. Check manufacturer recommendations before pressure washing composite decking materials.
Yard and Patio
Both models can be used on the patio to clean outdoor kitchens, grills, and patio furniture, but pay attention to construction materials when deciding to pressure wash furniture. Most composite wood, mesh, plastic, and unpainted wood patio furniture can be pressure-washed using the 40-degree nozzle. Use caution with painted wood furniture as too much pressure can remove paint, especially if it is already peeling. When in doubt, the Hydroshot is a good alternative. You can also use the pressure washer to clean wheelbarrows, garbage cans, kid’s pools, and yard tools.
For more delicate surfaces or cleaning on-the-go, the Hydroshot is the best tool for the job. Delivering 320 to 725 PSI, depending on the model, this portable cleaner is gentle enough for delicate stucco, window screens, and even rinsing sand from blow-up beach toys. It is our only power cleaner that can be set to a shower setting for watering plants. But don’t under-estimate its cleaning power. Use the Hydroshot to clean garage floors and first-floor windows, bikes, small campers, scooters, boats, or spray down canoes and kayaks after a day on the water.
The WORX family of power washers can handle most household tasks with ease. They provide plenty of power to get the job done quickly, so you can get back to enjoying the weekend.