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Offline mrclose

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Question For Powerwashing Pros
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:10:26 PM »
I bought a PowerCare extension pole to go with my power washer.
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The power washer that I have does not have a soap/cleaning dispenser, only a hose that goes into a separate bucket.

My question, Please bear with me.

You can't use harsh chemicals or alkaline's, bleaches etc. etc. that will run through the powerwasher which is understandable.

What I don't understand is why the instructions that come with the extension pole say that you shouldn't use these cleaners either?

If you will look at the picture below you will see a soap dispenser bottle attached to the wand.

I am pretty sure that the cleaning agents will not be passing through the power washer itself because the pressure from the water running through the wand draws the cleaner up through the clear tube (attached to canister and wand) and out the wands end directly?

What would I be hurting if I used a bleach type cleaner?

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Re: Question For Powerwashing Pros
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2015, 02:20:07 PM »
I bought a PowerCare extension pole to go with my power washer.
(Pic Below)

The power washer that I have does not have a soap/cleaning dispenser, only a hose that goes into a separate bucket.

My question, Please bear with me.

You can't use harsh chemicals or alkaline's, bleaches etc. etc. that will run through the powerwasher which is understandable.

What I don't understand is why the instructions that come with the extension pole say that you shouldn't use these cleaners either?

If you will look at the picture below you will see a soap dispenser bottle attached to the wand.

I am pretty sure that the cleaning agents will not be passing through the power washer itself because the pressure from the water running through the wand draws the cleaner up through the clear tube (attached to canister and wand) and out the wands end directly?

What would I be hurting if I used a bleach type cleaner?

Thanks



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Could be your house and all the plants around you.  Other the that you could always get new wands.
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Re: Question For Powerwashing Pros
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2015, 02:28:02 PM »
From my experience with pumps, not all seals and internal plastics are chemical tolerant.
Basically what you have is a unit designed for soap only, and alkaline of acidic solvent would harden the seals and cause them to either harden and crack or disintegrate altogether.

Edit: If the seals are accessible, you could go to an automotive store and see if they have some to replace with.
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Re: Question For Powerwashing Pros
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2015, 03:30:17 PM »
Could be your house and all the plants around you.  Other the that you could always get new wands.

The cleaner I use is one that I have always used and is safe around all my plants.



From my experience with pumps, not all seals and internal plastics are chemical tolerant.
Basically what you have is a unit designed for soap only, and alkaline of acidic solvent would harden the seals and cause them to either harden and crack or disintegrate altogether.

Edit: If the seals are accessible, you could go to an automotive store and see if they have some to replace with.
But that is one of the purposes for my purchasing the wand .

The cleaning solutions wont be passing through the power washer itself.

I haven't used it yet but from looking at the attachment (wand), you see the dispenser bottle that connects to the wand directly?

The cleaners will run through the wand only.

Replacing seals in the wand attachments are not an issue for me.

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Re: Question For Powerwashing Pros
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 05:07:25 PM »
Probably won't hurt it if you flush it with clear water afterwards.
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Re: Question For Powerwashing Pros
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2015, 06:47:32 PM »
The cleaner I use is one that I have always used and is safe around all my plants.


But that is one of the purposes for my purchasing the wand .

The cleaning solutions wont be passing through the power washer itself.

I haven't used it yet but from looking at the attachment (wand), you see the dispenser bottle that connects to the wand directly?

The cleaners will run through the wand only.

Replacing seals in the wand attachments are not an issue for me.
You said:
"the instructions that come with the extension pole say that you shouldn't use these cleaners either?"
So it sounds like they don't want you to do it.
Call the manufacturer and ask them if you can use certain chemicals. But like I said, if everything is metal, and only the seals are at issue, just buy some chemical proof, industrial seals.
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