4 Pressure Washer Tips: The Right Washer for the Job

4 Pressure Washer Tips: The Right Washer for the Job

Removing stains from walls, driveways, siding or decks is a demanding job that requires powerful equipment. A pressure washer rental from The Cat® Rental Store is the ideal tool for blasting away dirt, grime, loose paint, graffiti and other stubborn materials from a variety of surfaces. You'll get a high-quality product at a competitive rate, along with exceptional customer service.

What to Look for in a Rental Pressure Washer

You'll find several types of pressure washers for rent in an assortment of sizes, power sources, water pressure and output flow capacities. When choosing the right rental for your needs, consider the following:

Power Source

Pressure washer rentals come in a choice of gas or electric power. The models with electric motors tend to be smaller and lighter, which makes them more mobile and maneuverable. They're also easier to use — just plug them in and they're ready to go. On the other hand, gas pressure washers deliver more power, making them ideal for heavy-duty cleaning applications. You also don't have to be close to an electrical outlet to use them.

Power Output

A pressure washer's output capacity consists of two measurements: pounds per square inch (PSI), which indicates the pressure of the water stream, and gallons per minute (GPM), which expresses the amount of water volume. A higher PSI means the washer will provide more cleaning power, while a higher GPM enables faster cleaning. It's essential to choose a model that delivers enough power, but not too much, to avoid wasting energy.

Generally, light-duty cleaning jobs require a washer with a rate of 1,300 to 1,900 PSI and 2 GPM, while medium-duty projects need a PSI from 2,200 to 2,800 and 2 to 3 GPM. To remove the most challenging stains, consider a model with a PSI output of more than 2,800 and a GPM rate of 3 to 4.

Water Temperature

Today's technology offers pressure washers than can deliver cold or hot water. Cold-water models provide less cleaning power, although they work well for removing loose dirt, mud, sand and materials that haven't had time to dry on a surface. Although they're generally more expensive to rent, hot-water washers are better at eliminating more challenging substances such as oil and grease, as the heat reduces their viscosity. They're also the better choice when defrosting surfaces.

Nozzle Opening Size

You can control the angle of the spray of your pressure washer rental by choosing from various nozzle opening sizes — the smaller the opening, the more concentrated the spray will be. Depending on which pressure washer model you select, it will come with either an adjustable nozzle or several interchangeable nozzle tips.

Explore All Your Rental Pressure Washer Options

Please browse our current selection of pressure washers for rent. If you need help finding the right model for your applications, give us a call at 1-800-RENT-CAT for immediate assistance. We'll also be happy to provide a quick online quote.

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