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So you've read the manual on how to operate a pressure washer, and now you're ready to start. But what should you do about technique? Well, if you're spraying a new surface, start off by holding the nozzle four to five feet away and spray with a wide nozzle pattern. You can always move in closer and adjust the nozzle once you have a feel for what works. Keep you nozzle in constant motion and maintain a steady distance as you move along.