A guide to nozzle types

This article shows how to match a pressure washer nozzle or spray tip for your selected surface/ material. The idea is to ensure an efficient and thorough clean with no damage, as using the wrong nozzle could result in:

  • Damage to your wooden decking
  • Stripping paint from your boat, car, motorbike, bicycle
  • Boring holes into precious Edinburgh sandstone

Here’s a brief overview of the main 5 types of nozzles:

How to clean and check nozzles?

Cleaning and checking nozzles is important for optimum performance. Dirt or residue can quickly build up so you should look to remove any dirt with a soft brush or with compressed air. Please note that you shouldn’t use a hard brush or any other hard object (such as a needle) as this can damage the nozzle. Special care is required with a plastic nozzle, as this nozzle is more likely to get damaged than a nozzle made of stainless steel. Also worthy of note is Soda as a cleaning agent. This method is perfect for cleaning of nozzles by immersion and then thoroughly rinsing with water to ensure completely clean.