Cleaning Mowers...Grass staining

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, May 18, 2004.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    What does everyone do for washing their machines? What type of soap?
     
  2. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    Just pressure washing, thats it.
     
  3. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    For one, presure washing doesn't seem to be removing the stains,,,
    and two, I was told you shouldn't presure wash mowers.
     
  4. Stephen M.

    Stephen M. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    We wash off every day and we spray the underside with WD40 daily.
     
  5. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    I wash mine off every day and once a week with a pressure washer
     
  6. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    I use Dawn for my cleaning agent and then my pressure washer.
     
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I wash mine twice a year and carefully at that.
    I have a 26 EFI on the Walker and you have to be careful with the electronics.
    The thing gets pressure washed in the safe areas only twice a year, no soap. Once in early summer and once before I store it for the winter.
    I mostly use compressed air or just air from the backpack blower to clean it up. Water causes problems in certain places.
     
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    Wow? Every day? After workng 10,11,12 hours in the spring, I highly doubt my husband would even so much as think about washing a mower.
    All mowers are carefully cleaned and washed when put away in the fall. That's it.
     
  9. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    greased lightning will break up grass stains instantly
     
  10. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 714

    I use warm soapy water (dish washing detergent) and an old car washing mitt or scrub brush to thoroughly clean exposed painted surfaces on my equipment, the stains are stubborn but if you persist with scrubbing they can be removed. Schedule for this cleaning varies but is done usually on a monthly basis (rainy day) other cleanings are done daily with either the backpack (Echo 650) or compressed air. I do have a pressure washer (crapsman 3000 psi w/6.5 hp BnS) and it will remove the equipment decals but will only lighten the grass stains (not remove them) so it is setting in a corner of the shop. I do not like grungy a bit dirty is OK but I really like to see my equipments paint.

    BobR
     

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