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Many of us have busy lives, with little time to devote to a regular exercise routine. And when you’re busy, it’s easy to fall behind on household chores. A fantastic way to burn calories while also tackling your household chores is to use a pressure washer to clean up around your home. Pressure washers are used to clean outdoor items such as driveways, patios, and decks. You can also use a pressure washer to clean the outdoor walls of your house, your fence, and even your car.

And the best part? Depending on the type of cleaning task you take on, you may burn up to 340 calories after just one hour of pressure cleaning!

What does a pressure washer do?

A pressure washer is a machine that produces a high-powered stream of water. A water pump is used to generate water pressure that is up to 50% greater than the water pressure from an average garden hose. This powerful stream of water, which travels through a hose and out a hand-held wand, is able to breakdown and remove dirt, oil, and grime from a variety of surfaces including concrete, asphalt, and metal while using significantly less water than cleaning with just a garden hose. Pressure washers are often mounted on wheels, allowing you to move around easily—and burn some calories—while you clean.

How do you use a pressure washer?

The first step to follow when using a pressure washer is to be sure the water source is securely attached. According to the website Pressure Washers USA, it is important that the pressure washer has a continuous supply of water; otherwise, you risk serious damage to the water pump. After powering up the pressure washer, let it run for a few minutes to warm up. You’ll also want to adjust your wand and nozzle settings according to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the surface you will be cleaning.

As you begin, It’s a good idea to test the pressure setting in a discreet area to ensure the pressure level is appropriate and will not do damage. When working on vertical surfaces like walls or fences, to reduce the appearance of streaks, spray from the bottom to the top. And be sure to avoid windows – the powerful spray may shatter the glass.

Where can you get a pressure washer?

To purchase a pressure washer, head to your local home improvement store. Light-duty pressure washers are designed for smaller cleaning tasks such as small decks and patios, and even grills and outdoor furniture. If you have larger projects like driveways or home exteriors, look for medium-duty pressure washers that provide up to 2800 PSI (pounds per square inch). If you’re not ready to purchase, many home improvement stores have rentals available.

Burn those calories!

The best part of pressure washing to burn calories is that you do not have to work out for hours to get results. For example, spending a half-hour pressure washing your fence will burn around 120 calories. Pressure washing is a great household chore that is both productive and healthy for you!

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