Spring has arrived. The birds are singing. The sun is shining. But you can’t enjoy the fresh air and warm rays when your sidewalks, driveway and siding are covered with moss, muck and grime. So it’s time to pull that pressure washer out of the shed and put it to work. Luckily, we have a few pressure washer accessories that’ll help you clean faster (and maybe even better) so you can get back to enjoying the sunshine.
5. Long-Range Soap Nozzles
Everyone loves a clean house, but not everyone loves climbing a ladder to clean hard-to-reach areas. A long-range soap nozzle can spray soap up to 20′, applying detergent to second storey siding, trim and windows. This nozzle, which we sell for $10.99, also delivers your suds in short-range applications, a setting you can toggle by sliding the housing toward you.
4. Upgraded Spray Guns
The first time you pull the trigger on a 3,000 PSI pressure washer, it might feel like you’ve harnessed the power of Niagara Falls beneath your fingertips. But a couple of hours of pressure washing can lead to achy fingers and cramped wrists. Choosing the right spray gun can be the difference between a productive afternoon and a nasty bout of carpal tunnel syndrome. A spray gun with an easy-pull handle, like this Suttner model ($69.99), can reduce trigger force by up to 20 percent and holding force by up to 60 percent.
3. Water Brooms
A water broom is a nice option for cleaning sidewalks, decks and driveways. The water broom rolls on casters, which keep the nozzles at an even height to produce a stripe-free finish. KMS sells a 12″ broom with three nozzles and a 16″ broom with four nozzles. Both are $54.99.
2. Whirl-A-Way Flat Surface Cleaners
A Whirl-A-Way expands the cleaning area with two nozzles, mounted on a rotating arm and spun like a high-pressure lawn sprinkler. Fortunately its nozzles are shrouded and face the ground, giving the Whirl-A-Way the look of a futuristic lawn mower. The Whirl-A-Ways we sell are available in three sizes, 14″, 16″ and 20″, and each rides along a nylon skirt so it won’t damage your concrete or paving stones. A Whirl-A-Way is the perfect accessory if you need to clean a driveway, parking lot, tennis court, pool deck, concrete patio or any other large, flat surface. Like a water broom, a Whirl-A-Way keeps a consistent height, so it doesn’t leave the stripes and streaks often left behind by standard angled tips. Our 14″ Whirl-A-Way is on sale this month for $129.95. We also have a 16″ model for $429.99 and a 20″ for $519.99.
1. Rotary Nozzles
Where other nozzles fall short, a rotary nozzle, also known as a turbo nozzle or dirt blaster, will succeed in removing the toughest caked-on dirt, moss and grime. How does it work? Inside its bulbous shell, the rotary nozzle houses a zero degree nozzle that whips around in a spiral, propelled by water pressure from your machine. The furious spinning action spreads the powerful-yet-narrow cleaning ability of the zero degree nozzle over a 4″ to 8″ area, so you don’t have to hold the nozzle as close to the worksurface as you would with a standard angled tip.
Choose a rotary nozzle to match the flow rate and pressure output of your washer. A commercial, high-output machine usually requires a rotary nozzle with an .035 or .040 orifice. A residential pressure washer, which typically produces lower pressure and flow, can use a rotary nozzle with a .025″ or .030″ orifice. KMS sells rotary nozzles starting at $44.99.
Paired with the right pressure washer, some rotary nozzles are mean enough to cut through wood. So watch your aim and use caution when cleaning concrete, too, as the force of these nozzles can erode the surface of your sidewalk, patio or driveway.
Whether you are cleaning your house, driveway, deck or sidewalk, KMS Tools and Equipment sells commercial and consumer pressure washers, hoses, wands, lances, nozzles and a ton of accessories including soapers, spray guns, water brooms, Whirl-A-Ways and rotary nozzles—everything you need to make your yard sparkle. KMS Tool Repair also services pressure washers in Coquitlam, with pick-up service available through our Abbotsford and Langley locations.