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October 16, 2014

How to Create Reverse Graffiti with a Pressure Washer

Reverse graffiti mural made using a pressure washer
Photo courtesy of Valerie Hinojosa, via https://www.flickr.com/photos/valkyrieh116/2837240680/
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Out of all the projects that you can use a pressure washer for, reverse graffiti might be the most artistic and unique.

Reverse graffiti is often called many different things (clean tagging, clean graffiti, dust tagging, clean advertising, grime writing), but the main idea behind it is the same; create works of art, simply by cleaning and removing the dirty areas off surfaces.

Most of us in our lives have seen an extremely dirty car with the phrase “Wash me” written in the dirt on the car. Albeit simple and scaled down, this is a great example of reverse graffiti, and perhaps one of the first.

From reverse graffiti’s humble beginnings of someone using their fingertip to etch a sarcastic phrase on a dirty car, to now being used commercially as a form of advertising, the activity has certainly come a long way.

"Wash me" Written on Dirty Car
Photo courtesy of Auto Details Supply Outlet, via http://autodetailsuppliesoutlet.com/bobs-blog/
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What started with a single fingertip and a phrase has since evolved into a much more innovative, complex, and environmentally friendly form of expression. More and more frequently, you can find large murals of reverse graffiti being created all over the world.

People now create their works of reverse graffiti with the help of stencils, brushes, and of course, pressure washers! Pressure washers are a crucial aspect to reverse graffiti because the high-powered water blasting at the dirty surface is much more effective than hand scrubbing the surface to create the designs.

Reverse Graffiti - In Progress
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When it comes to picking a pressure washer to use for reverse graffiti, you’ll want a machine with enough PSI (pounds per square inch) to properly clean the area you’ve selected. If the area you’re aiming to clean is covered in hard dirt, paint, or other items that require more effort to rid from the surface, then choosing a machine on the high end of the PSI scale would be your best bet (i.e. the AR383).

The AR383 (shown below on the left) packs 1900 PSI of power into a 27-pound machine, making it a good choice for cleaning areas full of stubborn dirt and other hard to clean grime.

If you’re looking for something more portable than powerful, then the 19-pound, 1500PSI AR118 model (pictured below on the right) is a great pick.

AR383 and AR118 Pressure Washers from AR Blue Clean

AR383 Pressure Washer from AR Blue Clean AR118 Pressure Washer from AR Blue Clean

One of the main ways that people make reverse graffiti artwork is by placing stencils over the dirty area they are cleaning. This helps the artists create designs that are very detail-oriented. Whether your design is dependent on detailed precision spraying or hitting as much of the dirty area as you can, you want to make sure your pressure washer nozzle is to set a correct angle for the job. Remember, the larger the angle of the pressure washer nozzle, the wider the water spray. For precision sprays, a low degree nozzle would likely be best, since it will spray a powerful line drive of water at the targeted area. For jobs that don’t require such precision, a 45-degree nozzle angle will produce a less powerful stream, but it will spray the largest width of water, thus allowing you to cover more area at once. 

Reverse Graffiti - Singapore
Photo by yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Be sure to visit the AR Blue Clean store to check out our full line of pressure washers and pressure washer accessories to help you with your own piece of reverse graffiti.

Note: The legality and ethical nature of reverse graffiti has been questioned by some communities and individuals, so we recommend always asking for permission before creating a reverse graffiti piece of your own in public.

 

September 2, 2014

6 Tips for Cleaning with your Pressure Washer

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Are you getting the most out of your pressure washer and pressure washer accessories? Even though your pressure washer products might be doing the job just fine, we want to make sure all of our users are getting the most out of their products.

So, we’ve compiled a list of a few things that can help you make your cleaning more efficient and more effective:

1. The gun nozzle supplied with the pressure washer provides optimum cleaning for universal cleaning applications if used properly.

2. Cleaning agents are most effective when the surface is rinsed first to loosen dirt. After pre-rinsing to loosen dirt, then clean with detergent.

3. Detergent should be applied from the bottom to the top of the washing area. Apply detergent and allow the detergent to react with the dirt, then rinse from the top to the bottom. This detergent applying and rinsing technique will help to avoid streaks and skips in the washing area.

4. Never use more detergent than is necessary to clean the surface and always follow directions supplied by the detergent manufacturer on the container.

5. For best spraying results, hold the gun 6-12” away from the washing surface and use long, slow deliberate side to side strokes, similar to using a paint sprayer. This technique will provide the most effective cleaning impact and minimize streaks and skips in the cleaning process. Waving the spray gun aimlessly across the surface wastes water and expensive detergent and prolongs the cleaning process.

6. If the pressure washer is used to apply wax, the gun should be held further from the surface to optimize the “misting” effect when applying the wax. For best results, follow the directions supplied by the wax manufacturer.

Hopefully these tips will help make your pressure washing experience quicker and more beneficial.

If you don’t already have the products mentioned above, be sure to check out the AR118 pressure washer, Universal Detergent, and the Spray Gun!

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July 15, 2014

Choosing the Right Pressure Washer: Electric or Gas?

Filed under: Pressure Washers — root @ 5:40 pm

AR383 AR Blue Clean Pressure Washer

It can be easy to become overwhelmed when making a choice about which pressure washer to purchase. There are so many different types with different features. How do you choose which one is best for you?

The first choice to make is electric or gas powered?

Electric pressure washers tend to be lighter, quieter, and generally less PSI. They are great to use for many household projects that require a soft-touch that won’t damage the surface of the items being cleaned, such as decks, boats, pools, outdoor furniture, and vehicles, just to name a few.

Gas pressure washers have more PSI and are more mobile because they are not tethered to an electrical outlet. They work well for more intense projects like paint stripping, concrete cleaning, and graffiti removal. Gas washers can sometimes be more than you need for simple around the house projects and can be too much for the surface of regular household items.

After you decide electric or gas it comes down to what kind of work you will be doing and what accessories will assist you the most.

Common features to look for that may help you make a decision are:

  • Wand type- How long is it? Does it come with a special tip fitting? The AR142P is a good example of this.
  • Hose length- Some pressure washers, like the AR383, come with extended hoses that assist in getting to hard to reach places.
  • Wheels or no wheels- Will you need to move your pressure washer regularly or will most of your work be stationary? Many AR Blue Clean pressure washers have wheels.
  • Soap dispenser- Some pressure washers have a reservoir to hold detergent. The AR390 has chemical injection with a 48oz detergent tank.

Be sure to visit ARBlueClean.com to check out the extensive selection of electric pressure washers and pressure washer accessories.

May 29, 2014

Pressure Washing Your Pool for Summer

Pressure washing your pool

Temperatures outside are on the rise and even though the official start to summer isn’t for a few more weeks, pool season is in the air. Needless to say, if you haven’t cleaned your pool yet, the time to do so is now. But fear not, because with the help of AR Blue Clean products and the few easy steps listed below, your pool will be on its way to being clean and ready for summer!

  1. Make sure your pool is drained. Also, make sure to only use a pressure washer on concrete pools. Otherwise you may damage the material your pool is made of.
  2. Before using your pressure washer, sweep out debris that may have gathered on the bottom of the pool and clean up excess dirt around the edge of the pool.
  3. For the first spray, use a universal cleaning detergent and spray down the pool. Let the solution set for a few minutes to make sure even heavy grime will be lifted off. Make sure you hold the pressure washer wand at a 45 degree angle to your surface. This will help lift dirt off the surface instead of pushing the dirt into it. If more direct force is needed, work from 45 degrees to 90 degrees until the dirt is removed.
  4. Next, remove the detergent from your pressure washer and use just a water spray. This will remove any other dirt and grime from the pool surface.

Voilà! Now your pool is ready for summer. “CANNONBALLLLLLLL!!!”

March 19, 2014

Three Spring Projects for Your Pressure Washer

Here are three of our top projects to complete with your pressure washer. If you complete these projects you will be well on your way to finishing your spring cleaning checklist.

1. Deck Cleaning
Cleaning your deck can easily be done with a pressure washer and will leave your deck looking like it was just put in. Here are five tips to make sure you get your project done right.

AR Blue Clean Pressure Washer

Cleaning Your Deck with an AR Blue Clean Pressure Washer

 

2. Boat Cleaning
To ensure you get endless hours out on the lake it is important to take care of all your equipment, especially your boat. Here are three easy tips to keep your boat in tip top shape.

3. Outdoor Furniture Cleaning
How you use the pressure washer to clean your outdoor furniture will depend on what the furniture is made of.  You can pressure wash outdoor furniture if you do it correctly. Follow these directions for wood, metal and wicker outdoor furniture to make sure you clean them correctly.

AR Blue Clean Pressure Washer

Outdoor Furniture Cleaning with an AR Blue Clean Pressure Washer

 

You may want to take a look at some of our great accessories to find products to make your job easier. For these three projects you may be interested in the underbody spray wand and the rotary brush.

January 14, 2014

Pressure Washer Manuals

Spring is right around the corner and this is a perfect time to get your pressure washer out and make sure it is good to go for that first project.

Many people are going entirely digital with documents, whether it is bank statements or monthly bills. Why should your pressure washer manual be any different? At AR Blue Clean we don’t think you should lack any of the information you need to maintain your pressure washer and keep it running for many years to come. That is why we posted all of our pressure washer manuals online for your convenience.

As you are getting your pressure washer tuned up for spring you may need to replace some parts. Check out our entire assortment of replacement parts to find the one you need.

November 14, 2013

Pick the right tool for the job: AR390 vs. AR527

Filed under: Pressure Washer Accessories,Pressure Washers — root @ 9:31 pm

AR390 and AR527

If you are looking for a pressure washer with a little more PSI you may have looked at our line of 1800 PSI pressure washers. Many people have questions about the difference between the AR390 and the AR527 pressure washers.

They both are cold water pressure washers that are 1800 PSI  and build with the quality you would expect from AR Blue Clean.

The AR390 has a built in detergent tank, a hose reel, 10 extra feet of high pressure hose and weighs about 40 pounds.

The AR527 on the other hand, has an external connection for detergent and weighs about 20 pounds.

Both will produce the same amount of cleaning power with 1800 PSI. And while both have wheels for easy mobility there is a significant difference of 20 pounds between them.

So why buy one instead of the other?

If you will be using detergent on a regular basis to clean siding, boats, cars or patios we would recommend going with the AR390 with the built in detergent tank.

If you are worried about weight and will not be needing detergent consistently then the AR527 may be right for you.

With either machine you may want to improve your performance for cleaning by using the SprayGlide to ensure you do not damage the surface you are cleaning.

November 6, 2013

Winterize Your Pressure Washer

Winter is almost here and freezing conditions can quickly damage or destroy your pressure washer.  Water expands when it freezes and any water left inside your pressure washer pump, wand, or hose will freeze and may potentially damage it.

To prevent freeze damage make sure you disconnect your hose, wand and nozzles from the pressure washer and allow the water to drain.  If your pressure washer will be stored outside during the winter take steps to winterize your system.

Using A.R. Blue Cleans Pump Saver lubricant will make sure your washer is ready to go next spring when the snow melts. Just connect the Pump Saver to the inlet of your pump and spray.

If you have a hot water unit  like the AR630- HOT you must use anti-freeze with the unit. You can also use this technique with a cold water pressure washer.

1) Take the high pressure hose off your pressure washer and drain it.

2) Cut a short length of garden hose and attach a male garden hose fitting.  Attach the garden hose to the inlet of your pump.

3) Fill a five gallon bucket with anti-freeze and put the garden hose into the bucket.

4) Start up your pressure washer and let the pump suck up the anti-freeze until it begins to come out the pressure washer outlet.  When you do this the pump and the coil (hot pressure washer only) is filled with anti-freeze.

Taking a few minutes to winterize your pressure washer will assist in giving it a long and useful life.

October 23, 2013

Halloween Designs with your Pressure Washer

Filed under: Pressure Washers,Uncategorized — root @ 5:35 pm

Did the summer run away from you and you still have a couple things on your project to do list? Well if you didn’t pressure wash your sidewalks yet you will be happy you didn’t after reading this post.

Pressure washers can be used for all sorts of productive projects and they can also be used for fun and creative decorations. You can make images on dirty surfaces by pressure washing away the dirt and grime. You can either create a stencil for detailed images or do a freehand design.

Check out AR Blue Clean’s Pinterest page to see how people have used pressure washers to stencil images on concrete. With Halloween right around the corner you may want to decorate your front walk with some of these ghost designs. After Halloween you can finish pressure washing the sidewalk and cross it off your to do list.

October 9, 2013

Why is the AR118 Pressure Washer Awesome?

Filed under: Pressure Washers,Uncategorized — root @ 7:19 pm

High powered and extremely portable.

The AR118 is a 1500 PSI pressure washer that is great for projects around the house. It is extremely portable at only 19 lbs and has on unit storage for hoses and accessories.

Reviews from customers:

“I love this pressure washer!! I’m a 55 yr.old woman who doesn’t like to wait for her husband to ‘get around to it!’ This pressure washer is so easy for me to use and it kicks butt! “ Amazon Customer

“The AR118 may not be in the same league as a $1500 commercial grade gas power washer, but it’s very capable for average residential use, and is an excellent bang for the buck. It’s small, lightweight, inexpensive, and very portable.” Amazon Customer

“Compact, well built,very long electrical cord, pressure is high enough to wash cars and things around the house.”

For a full review check out Pressure Washer Critics overview of the AR118.

To make the most of the AR118 consider using the Turbo Nozzle Lance to clean hard surfaces like driveways, patio bricks and cement surfaces.

AR Blue Clean’s Universal Detergent is 90% biodegradable and highly concentrated. It is perfect for cleaning your car, trailer or motorcycle. It will not strip wax or leave streaks.

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