Cleaning the balcony with a pressure washer without collateral damage

At first glance, cleaning a balcony with a pressure washer sounds practical and requires little effort. However, it is easy to overlook the fact that the water pressure from the spray opening can cause many an object on the balcony to fly away with a “wipe”. Without well thought-out preparation, a balcony can empty quickly.

Often underestimated impact of force

A electric pressure washer can help the floor of a balcony get clean quickly. It can also be used to clean railings, sides and building walls. However, when using the device, one should not underestimate the pressure force that is exerted on every object and surface of the balcony over a relatively short distance.

Simplified, the force effect can be imagined if it is known how many bar of pressure correspond to which pressure dimensions by weight effect. If a working pressure of 100 bar comes out of the high-pressure cleaner, the total effective force corresponds to the weight pressure of about five tonnes. They are still distributed over the area that the water jet measures in width and thickness.


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In short, the water jets exert at least hundreds of kilograms of weight force on every surface and every object they hit. This is why, for example, façade paint can also be removed with a petrol pressure washer.

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Practical visualisation of the impact of force

If you imagine hitting balcony components and objects on them with a hammer weighing about 200 kilograms, you will get a feeling for the risks that can arise with the following targets:

  • Erected and suspended flower and plant boxes
  • Balcony furniture made of wood or plastic
  • Decorations such as garlands, statues, birdhouses and wind chimes
  • Windows and glass doors and their seals
  • Joint fillings
  • Balustrade cladding made of bamboo mats, plastic, rattan or straw
  • Sheet metal gutter and downpipe
  • Wall cladding on the side of the building (paint, plaster)

Many balconies are relatively small. When a pressure washer is “fired up”, a kickback occurs in the lance. It quickly leads to unintentional knocking down of unattached objects on the balcony. Parking cars and passers-by under the balcony can never be ruled out.

Always spray and spray from the direction of the house wall towards the front edge of the balcony. If you clean the balcony floor in the direction of the house wall, you can paint or plaster freshly afterwards. Be sure to discuss your cleaning with the neighbours and window owners below your balcony.

Alfred Harper

Alfred Harper

Alfred Harper is a former consultant and product expert at a company producing cleaning equipment. He was working at this position for more than 10 years and has gained incredible experience and knowledge as he has tested almost all pressure washers brands and models and became an expert in this field. Now, he is writing reviews and how-to articles about pressure washers and makes a great contribution to the Pressure Washers company to help people to choose the best cleaning equipment for home use.

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