Any pressure wash service expert knows that matching the right nozzle to the job is important not only for efficient cleaning but to prevent damage to your property. During pressure washing, the amount of pressure that reaches the target partially depends on the size nozzle’s hole. Each job is different, so it’s a good idea to understand the differences between nozzles.
Here’s a quick guide to pressure washing nozzles:
Quick disconnect: Most of the tips you’ll encounter are designed for a quick disconnect. The plugs snap together quickly, so you’ll want to ensure that everything is on securely to keep your nozzle from flying off in the middle of your pressure washing job. The various types of quick disconnect nozzles are differentiated by the degree or pattern they create with the fan spray.
Pencil point: This nozzle creates a spray of zero degrees and has a red tip. It concentrates the pressure into a tiny area. It removes stains and substances caked onto tough surfaces, such as concrete sidewalks and steel equipment.
Chisel: This yellow-tipped pressure washer nozzle produces a fan of 15 degrees. Use it to remove substances that really stick to surfaces with bonds that are tough to remove, such as mildew and paint.
Wash: Boasting a green tip, this tip makes a spray of 25 degrees. The wash nozzle is best for plain, old washing. Choose this pressure washer nozzle to loosen weaker bonds as well as perform light tasks such as sweeping dirt and leaves off the sidewalk in front of your home or business.
Rinse: The rinse nozzle yields a fan of 40 degrees and has a white tip. If you want to rinse windows or cars, this is the nozzle for you.
Turbo/rotary: One of the newest pressure washing accessories on the market, this nozzle is a multi-tasker. Also called the rotary , the rotary is used by your pressure wash service can finish that pressure washing job up to twice as quickly as with a regular nozzle. Rather than a fan-shaped spray pattern, turbo nozzles make a rotating circle, which ramps up your impact. The turbo nozzle works on almost any job, from mold to animal droppings to mud.
Soap Tip: These Tips are Black and they will dispense soap that is down-streamed from your pressure washer. Notice the large hole in the tip to allow for soap and suds to some through.
Regardless of which pressure washer one you choose, remember to check for signs of wear and have the nozzle replaced when appropriate. Remember when you are purchasing these tips you will have to make sure to check if they are 1/4 or 3/8 size. Make sure you get the correct size and PSI for the machine that you have. Buying a smaller tip and lower PSI then what your machine can produce will potentially bring on issues with tips exploding which could lead to bodily harm.