How to Wash Your Car with an Electric Car Washer

by Jess Oliphant

When it comes to cleaning your car, using an electric car washer is one of the best ways to make the job easier and faster.

But if it is your first time using a pressure washer to do the job, there are a few things that you should know such as using the right nozzle or pressure so that you do not end up damaging your car.

Here, we will give you a quick guide on how to pressure wash your car at home.

Choosing the right pressure

When it comes to pressure washing, you should have an idea what is the appropriate power (PSI) and water flow (GPM) to use for the task. Generally, the higher the PSI, the more force the water will have as it is released from the hose. The higher the GPM, the more water will be released from the hose.

To pressure wash a car, you will need a PSI of 1200 to 1900 and a GPM of 1.4 to 1.6. This is just the right pressure to use without damaging the car paint.

Choosing the right electric car washer nozzle

You will find that there are different sizes and types of nozzles to choose from. Choosing the right size is important so that the water is evenly distributed on the surface of your car.

Generally, the more narrow the nozzle, the less area it can cover – however, they will have more pressure. Wider nozzles will let you cover more area but then you will have less pressure.

When it comes to choosing a power washer nozzle for cleaning your car, it is best to choose a 40-degree nozzle.

Where to wash your car

Before you wash your car, park it in an open-spaced area or keep your car away from objects that you would not want to get wet. Remember, you are using a pressure washer so there will be some force involved. Other objects can get water damage from it. Make sure that all your windows are rolled up and the car doors and trunk are closed so that the water will not get inside the car.

Rinse your car first

Before you apply any soap or cleaner to your car, make sure you rinse it off first.

Before you spray on the car, test the water pressure first by spraying the water on the ground.

Use the spray to get rid of any debris or mud stuck on the surface. Start at about 5 feet away from the car and move towards it gradually.

When it comes to the wheels, it is better to rinse them up close so that you can fully remove all the grime and dirt on the hubcaps.

Apply your cleaning products

It helps to purchase a cleaning detergent that is specially made to be used with pressure washers. Take note that most detergents are sold in concentrated form and have to be diluted before you apply them to your car. So, check the label and follow the instructions on how to dilute the detergent before applying it to your car.

You can apply the detergent through spray or do it by hand with a cloth.

Rinse the detergent off

Let the detergent stay on the surface for five minutes before you rinse it off with the pressure washer. To do the rinsing more effectively, hold the hose at a 45-degree angle then start at the top and move downwards.

Drying off

You can use a soft cloth or towel to dry your car after rinsing off the detergent. Then, give the surface some shine by buffing it up with car wax.

Last thoughts

Whether you are a car enthusiast who loves your car and wants to have it looking clean all the time or just someone who owns a car and wants to do the chore as quickly as you can, an electric car washer is a good investment for you.

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