Tips to prepare a pressure washer for the harsh temperatures

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (November 9, 2016) — Before another winter hits much of the country, Briggs & Stratton Corporation encourages homeowners to prepare the right way, so their homes and outdoor power equipment are ready for the harsh elements brought on by the cold winter months.

“It’s understandable that after the long summer, we want to turn our attention from outdoor living space chores and tune into our favorite football game, but it’s important to give things outside a final scrubbing before the temperatures bottom out and the snow flies,” said Dan Roche, director of marketing for portable power and cleaning systems at Briggs & Stratton. “Take advantage of the football teams’ off-weekend and tackle three main areas outside a home before winter sets in.”

Honor the Grill with a Scrubbing.

Grills oftentimes take a beating during the summer. Show it respect with a deep clean before storing for the winter. Briggs & Stratton’s heavy-duty degreaser is perfect for removing any oil or grease. To clean a grill, disconnect any electric lines, prop up the hood and remove the grates. Add the cleaner to the on-board detergent tank. Be careful around gas hoses, connections, electrical components or heating elements. Working from the bottom of the cart up to the grill bed, spray the detergent on evenly and let it soak for three minutes before rinsing. Using a general medium-pressure spray pattern, flush detergent from the hoses. Working from the top down, wash away any detergent. Once the grill is dry, cover with a tarp and store in a cool, dry place.

Spray the Stink Out of Garbage Cans.

Taking out the trash stinks. Pressure washers can be used to rid trash receptacles of any slime that may be growing in the bottom, ultimately reducing the overpowering smell. Start by emptying the garbage bin of all trash. Using a rotating scrub brush, apply the Briggs & Stratton multi-purpose detergent to the outside of the container and scrub the inside walls. To begin the rinse process, use a garden hose on the outside of the bin and connect a 40-degree tip to the pressure washer. Brace the container against a garage or an outside wall – this will prevent the container from moving across the yard. When performing the final rinse, do not stand directly in front of the container when pressure washing the can; water and dirt will be projected out of the receptacle. Let the glistening wet trash can completely dry before putting it back in service.

Wash Outdoor Windows and Siding.

There is a good chance that siding and windows have accumulated a coating of dust and grime over the late summer/early fall months. To keep the view from a home clear, use a pressure washer with high pressure to lift dirt, and high flow to wash it away. The high-pressure and high-flow capabilities of the Briggs & Stratton POWERflow+ TechnologyTM pressure washer make reaching second story windows and other high places easy without needing a ladder. Another option to increase reach is to add an extension wand or to use a Story Nozzle Kit designed to propel soap and water greater distances than normal pressure washer nozzles. Another option to increase reach is to add an extension wand or to use a 2nd Story Nozzle Kit designed to propel soap and water greater distances than normal pressure washer nozzles. 

Don’t Forget to Prep Your Pressure Washer for the Winter.

Once those final fall projects have been tackled with the pressure washer, it’s important to properly winterize the unit before storing for the winter months.

“Many homeowners make the mistake of leaving their pressure washers full of fuel and residual water during the winter months,” added Roche. “Overlooking these two things can cause major headaches come springtime. We highly recommend taking time to properly winterize a pressure washer by doing things such as flushing leftover cleaning solutions and maintaining the pump.”

Proper winterization is simple. The first step is to use Briggs & Stratton Pump Saver formula, which purges out the extra water and lubricates the seals and O-Rings. If water is left in the pump at the end of the season, it can freeze and cause the pump to crack or leave behind harmful buildup of hard-water mineral deposits.

If left untreated, gasoline can turn into a sludge-like formula in as little as 30 days. Once in this state, it can clog up the carburetor and in some cases will not allow the engine to start when you go to use it in the springtime. For this reason, Briggs & Stratton recommends adding its Advanced Fuel Treatment and Stabilizer to the fuel tank as it protects the engine against the corrosive effects of ethanol and maintains fuel stability for up to three years.  

Briggs & Stratton has a step-by-step guide to winterizing a pressure washer. Visit for support. Homeowners should always wear indirect vented (chemical splash) safety goggles when performing maintenance, operating or are in the vicinity of a pressure washer.

Media Contact: 
Liz Dorland
Office: (402)-437-6066

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:

Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, pressure washers, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Simplicity®, Snapper®,  Ferris®, Vanguard®, Allmand™, Billy Goat®, Murray®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For additional information, please visit and