Pressure Washer Maintenance for Car Wash Owners
http://www.kleen-ritecorp.com/c-444-pressure-wash.aspx | Pressure washers provide car wash owners with an invaluable cleaning tool. Maintaining and using pressure washers properly will reduce liability and risk, while making them more effective for customers.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Pressure washers provide an efficient
and helpful service for car wash
businesses. Shooting streams of
pressurized water, these devices can
safely remove dirt and grime from a
Unlike car washes that use brushes,
pressure washers will not leave scratches
on vehicles that result in poor customer
Proper settings and maintenance are
vital to getting the most out of a
pressure washer for car wash facilities.
Car wash owners provide a valuable service to automobile owners.
Regular car washes can remove dirt and debris that can damage the
vehicle’s paint, reducing its resale value. Cleaning windows and mirrors
also helps drivers better see the road and traffic, enhancing safety.
Because pressure washers direct high
pressure streams of water, they can
cause damage to vehicles and injury to
people if used improperly. Car wash
owners can mitigate risk by having
proper settings on their pressure
washers. Good settings for car wash
pressure washers are:
• 1200 PSI
• 1 GPM
Pressures over 2000 PSI can easily chip
paint and cause injury, so be sure your
pressure is not too high.
Proper Pressure Washer Use
Pressure Washer Safety
Employees or customers using a pressure washer at your
car wash should be aware of the following safety tips:
• Keep the pressure wand at least a foot from the
surface being cleaned.
• Start with a low setting on the pressure washer
and adjust upward as needed.
• Pre-rinsing with soap and light brushing will
help loosen up dirt and debris, keeping
employees from having to use the high settings.
Like any piece of machinery,
your pressure washer will
require regular maintenance
to continue optimal function.
Car wash pressure washers are
subject to quite a bit of wear
and tear, so purchasing
durable products and keeping
them maintained is a must.
Checking The Pump
Inlet & Output
If your pump is losing pressure, checking the pump’s inlet and
output is probably the first bit of troubleshooting you should do.
• Clean the pump inlet.
• Ensure the line has a clean filter.
• Make sure the flow control valve
is installed and working properly.
• Ensure the temperature valve is
installed and working properly.
• Replace spray nozzles, if
Drives & Belts
Problems with the pump drive
can contribute to pressure loss.
• Check your pump
• If they’ve decreased,
you may need to repair
or replace your drive.
• Also, check belts on the
pressure washer to see
if they are worn or
slipping. Belt problems
can result in loss of
Regular Service Tasks
• Regularly inspect, repair and replace pump packings or
• Install a pressure gauge for better monitoring.
• Perform maintenance right away if pressure fluctuates.
• Regularly service the valve.
Kleen Rite supplies quality commercial
car wash products and equipment. In
business for 50 years, Kleen Rite has
developed a solid reputation for selling
pressure washers, cleaning supplies and
other car wash equipment at highly
Learn more by calling 1-800-233-3873
or visiting www.kleen-ritecorp.com.