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How far you stand away from the surface you are cleaning when you're power washing depends on several factors – the pressure washer unit you are using, the force of the water pressure, the gallons per minute the water is flowing at, and the surface that you're washing. As a general rule of thumb, you can stand four to five feet away from the vertical surface you're washing and then move closer if need be. Always be aware of your surrounding area and stay clear of open electrical areas.