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Pressure Washer Season: Four Ways to Spring Cleanup Success

April 27, 2021

Spring has arrived, which means it’s time to venture outside and get a handle on what you need to do to prepare for the new season. For most homeowners, spring cleanup includes getting rid of winter grime, pollen, mold, mildew, and dirt that has had time to accumulate. Instead of hiring a service company or renting equipment, using your own pressure washer to tackle your warm weather to-do list is cost-effective, efficient, and satisfying! 

Here are four ways your pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success. 

  1. Pressure wash your home’s exterior

You and your family have persevered through sleet, snow, ice, and storms. Winter is finally clearing out for good, but it’s left a lot of dirt and debris behind. If you’ve noticed your home looks a little more dull or dingy than it did last fall, this is probably why. 

Whether your home’s exterior is brick, stucco, or vinyl, a pressure washer and a little time on the weekend is all it takes to brighten up your home and give it a fresh appearance for spring. Whether they’re dolly-style or wheelbarrow style, pressure washers are designed to be convenient and easy to maneuver. They’re also fast and easy to assemble right out of the box so you can get right to work. 

Follow all safety precautions in your manual, and make sure you understand the safest way to clean the materials that make up the surface of your home. Begin cleaning by choosing the right nozzle for the job. If you need detergent, you’ll want to have that ready to go as well. 

Keep the spray at a slight angle and use an even and consistent sweeping motion when you clean to minimize streaking and prevent damage. Champion pressure washers include a high-pressure hose. This handy tool helps extend your reach and makes it much easier to get to every area of your home that needs to be cleaned. 

  1. Pressure wash your driveway, sidewalk, patio, or deck

It’s not just vertical surfaces like your home’s exterior that are affected by dirt and grime. You’ll find that winter grime has also been deposited on your driveway, sidewalk, patio, and deck.

Fortunately, the right pressure washer plus water and detergent can take care of winter buildup for you in no time. 

When cleaning horizontal surfaces outside your home, it’s important to choose the right nozzle since the size of the nozzle affects water flow and pressure. Champion pressure washers come with four quick-connect nozzles (0˚, 25˚,40˚, soap) to ensure maximum cleaning performance for any type of job. The quick-connect feature makes it easy to switch out nozzles as you clean.

Before you clean, make sure you clear the area of toys, furniture, potted plants, and anything else that might get in the way. Read up on the safest way to clean each surface since the recommended methods for pressure washing a concrete driveway are different than the methods for safely cleaning a wooden deck.  

  1. Pressure wash your patio or porch furniture

If your patio or porch furniture has been sitting outside all winter, it definitely deserves a cleanup. Hand washing and scrubbing every inch of your outdoor furniture is exhausting and time consuming, but using a pressure washer is a fast, easy, and fun way to get your outdoor living spaces ready for the first barbecue of the season.

Champion designs their pressure washers with onboard storage for a high-pressure hose, trigger gun and spray wand to ensure you’ll have what you need when you need it. Having everything you need at your fingertips means you’ll be able to keep cleaning without having to stop and put things away.

First, remove all cushions and bring your furniture to a flat surface, clear of any items that might get in the way. Choose a low-pressure spray and start at the top of the furniture using a back and forth motion and working your way down. When the furniture is clean, don’t forget to rinse off any excess detergent and then let your furniture dry thoroughly before replacing your cushions. 

  1. Pressure wash your vehicle, boat, or farm equipment

Whatever vehicle you need to clean, using a pressure washer is a faster, more efficient way to get the job done. 

Champion pressure washers include never flat tires for easy maneuvering as you work your way around each vehicle. 

When pressure washing a vehicle, you’ll want to proceed with caution and be sure you don’t do anything to damage the surface. Boats and farm equipment are going to need different cleaning methods than a car or a truck, so it’s important to read your vehicle owner’s manual first to prevent damage. Also, read up on the safest methods to clean your particular type of vehicle.

Many sources recommend using a regular garden hose first to rinse off loose mud, salt, or bugs. When you’re ready to use your pressure washer, test the pressure on the ground first, then start with a basic, no-detergent rinse using a wide angle nozzle and low pressure spray with a downward angle, keeping a distance of 2-3 feet from the vehicle.

A pressure washer can make all your spring cleanup projects a success

Unless your idea of fun is cleaning your outdoor surfaces with a scrub brush and a sponge, consider purchasing a pressure washer this spring. A pressure washer will save you time and money and make sure you’re able to get all your spring cleanup projects taken care of in record time.

eBook: How to Choose and Use a Generator by Steve Maxwell

February 9, 2021

The reliability of our electricity supply isn’t what it used to be. Utility companies have cut back on line maintenance and sometimes electricity demand across North America almost exceeds supply. The continent-wide, interconnected electrical grid means that power failures can ripple outwards like falling dominoes. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t experienced a power outage. Portable generators offer a safe and convenient way to provide power to a home when an outage occurs. And while none of this is news, what you might not realize is how far small-scale generator technology has advanced. It’s now more practical than ever for proactive homeowners to meet their own emergency power needs, and to meet it at lower cost than ever. Success begins by understanding your needs and options, and this is what you’ll get in this report.

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Winter Storm Season: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

January 22, 2021

Winter storm season is upon us, which means the potential for power outages is real. A prolonged power outage is no joke since no power means no heat, and if heavy snow, blizzard conditions and icy roads are part of the mix, it might be challenging to even leave your home. Here are five things you can do to prepare for severe winter weather. 

  1. Back up your power

The first priority, of course, is the health and safety of your family. If you lose power, do you have a plan for keeping your family safe and warm? If you don’t already have one, purchasing a reliable generator should be the first thing on your list. Health and safety come first, of course, but since so many people are now doing everything from home, a loss of power means you’ll lose your connection to the office and your children will lose their connection to school. Uninterrupted power is essential now for the new way of life we are living.   

There are two main types of generators for winter storm preparation: portable generators and home standby generators

A portable generator is great if you only want to back up a few essentials. Portable generators come in different sizes, they run on either gasoline or propane, and they don’t need to be installed. 

If you’d like to power more than just the essentials or even your whole home, you may want to have a standby generator installed. Standbys never need refueling since they’re connected to your propane or natural gas system. Your home standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out and returns to standby when power is restored, ensuring warmth, safety, and uninterrupted connections for your family during a winter storm power outage.

  1. Prepare your home

It’s not too late to prepare your home in case a winter storm hits. To prevent expensive damage from burst water pipes, consider insulating pipes in exposed areas. When the temperature drops, remember to let water drip from faucets served by uninsulated outdoor pipes. Keep the warmth in and the cold out by installing storm windows or insulating your windows from the inside with plastic. You’ll also want to check around your doors for air leaks and add weatherstripping where needed. Keep an eye out for tree branches that might be a danger to your home if they fall. Trim those branches and don’t forget to make sure your roof and shingles are in top condition so they can withstand heavy snow and strong winds.

  1. Stock up on supplies

If you live in an area where ice storms frequently cause power outages, make sure you have a first aid kit, medications, a portable phone charger, batteries, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio, as well as a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food for your family and your pets. It’s also smart to keep your gas tank full and have extra propane or gasoline on hand to fuel your portable generator. 

  1. Secure and protect outdoor items

If you have items outdoors that could be damaged during a winter store, go ahead and store or cover them now. No matter how bad the weather is outside, for the safety of you and your family, it’s never an option to run your portable generator or inverter inside. The best way to protect your generator is with a Champion Storm Shield generator cover. You can run your generator with confidence in severe weather, since the cover withstands winds up to 70 mph, snow loads up to 18 inches and rain up to 12 inches a day.  

  1. Purchase a snow blower

Unless your idea of fun is removing waist-high snow from your driveway with a shovel, you might consider purchasing a snow blower. Give that shovel and your back a well-deserved rest, and get a snow blower. A snow blower can help you clear your driveway after a snow storm in record time, and it could be a lifesaver if you need to leave your home during an emergency. Do you already own a snowblower? If so, don’t forget to get it serviced so it will be ready to go when you need it. 

If you’ve been putting any of these items on the back burner, get prepared now and you and your family will be able to face the unknowns of winter weather with peace and confidence.