Model: AR260
Owner’s Manual
Model: AR260
Congratulations on the purchase of your BLUE CLEAN POWER WASHER!
Your BLUE CLEAN POWER WASHER is a power tool in every sense of the
word that may be used outside your house and in. It is one of the finest most
powerful home-use power washers in the marketplace today.
AR260 features include:
A proprietary, all-aluminum water pump.
A full 12-month “bumper to bumper” warranty on the power washer and
all parts/accessories.
A quick release Garden Hose Adapter with an incorporated water filter
and water check valve.
Two high pressure lances: Vari-spray lance and Turbo lance.
A Total Stop System (TSS) which turns the washer on only when the
spray gun trigger is pressed.
Industry-leading customer service with one goal “Happy Customers!”
Please familiarize yourself with the following assembly, operating and safety
information. Read this manual before using the power washer. Failure to follow
these instructions could cause personal injury, property damage, or both. Save
this manual for other users to read prior to using the power washer.
If you have any questions about or problems with your power washer please
call our toll-free number 1- 866-235-5112 and talk with our Customer Service
Support Team at AR North America Inc. We are available to talk with you
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).
We can help you with questions regarding operation, warranty, replacement or
optional parts, or contact us at
For more information 24/7 on BLUE CLEAN POWER WASHERS go to www. Power washers, parts, and accessories can be ordered online
24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.
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Safeguards, Warnings, and Safety Tips
3, 4, 5
Package Contents6
Unpacking & Assembly Instructions
7, 8, 9
Operating Instructions9
Operating Tips and Maintenance
10, 11
Storage11, 12
Pump Saver12
Replacement Parts14
Limited Warranty & Warranty Returns
Safeguards, Warnings and Safety Tips
• To avoid personal injury and/or damage to property and to maximize
your power washing experience, carefully follow all of the safety tips,
instructions, warnings and safeguards and become familiar with all of the
controls. Be sure you know how to quickly bleed off the pressure from all
parts of your power washer, and how to turn off the power washer.
• This power washer conforms to CSA and other safety and consumer
standards. Do not modify or rebuild any part of your power washer.
• Do not use your power washer when you are under the influence of
alcohol or drugs. Use this power tool carefully and only when you are
• Watch your balance and footing while using your power washer. Surfaces become slippery when wet and are extra slippery when using a
detergent or cleaner.
• Never operate the power washer in bare feet, sandals, or open-toed
• When using the power washer near children make sure they are closely
supervised by an adult to avoid injury. Never let a child use the power
• Keep fingers, hands, feet and any part of your body clear of the stream
of high pressure water. The powerful spray can cause blindness or blast
holes in the skin. It can break a window if you are too close when you
pull the trigger on the spray gun.
• Always wear eye protection to prevent injury to eyes when operating the
power washer.
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• To avoid mishaps or injury, always use the trigger safety lock when not
using the power washer even if the spraying stops for a moment.
• The power washer is equipped with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
(GFCI) which greatly reduces the chance of electric shock while the unit
is in use.
• Point the spray gun in a safe direction when beginning a power washing
• When first using the spray gun, hold the spray gun and lance with two
hands when pulling the trigger until you get used to the “kick back” from
the spray gun (one hand to pull the trigger and the other to stabilize the
gun assembly).
• When you press the power switch to turn off the power washer, water
pressure may remain in the system. To discharge the pressure, point the
spray gun in a safe direction and pull the trigger.
• Never spray flammable liquids.
• Never use the power washer in areas that contain combustible dust,
liquids or vapors.
• Avoid contact of the pressure hose with sharp objects and examine the
hose regularly. Replace if damaged. Due to the high pressure involved, it
cannot be repaired if cut of damaged.
• Only use detergent specifically formulated for power washers and follow
instructions on the detergent’s label. We have a selection of power
washer detergents to choose from. Go to for
more information and to order the detergents. Power washer detergents
are also available at your local hardware store.
• Protect eyes, lungs, and skin from exposure to detergent. Dish or laundry
soap is too thick and will clog the nozzle of your detergent bottle.
• IMPORTANT: Store the power washer indoors to prevent the water
in the unit from expanding under freezing conditions. When the
water freezes and expands, your power washer will be damaged and
become inoperable. Or, if storing outdoors, it is recommended you use
Pump Saver. Pump Saver can be purchased on our website: www. See details in the Pump Saver section of this manual.
• Never use hot water with your power washer. It will overheat and damage
the high pressure pump.
• Never leave the power washer unattended while it is powered “on”.
• Always turn the water supply “on” before turning the power washer
power to “on”. Running the pump dry will cause damage to the internal
• Never use a water supply to your power washer that exceeds 150 psi
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• Never disconnect the high pressure hose from the power washer while
the system is pressurized.
• Never permanently engage the trigger mechanisms on the spray gun.
• Never operate the power washer unless all components are properly and
securely connected.
• Never allow the power washer pump to run for more than one minute,
after you have turned off the water supply. This can cause the motor and
pump to overheat and fail.
• Never use lances or other parts that have not been supplied with your
power washer.
• Never use an extension power cord since it defeats the effectiveness of
the GFCI and increases the chance of electrocuting the operator.
• Never spray any electrical outlet with your power washer.
• Inspect the power cord before using. Do not use it if it is damaged.
Servicing of a Double-Insulated Appliance
In a double-insulated product, two systems of insulation are provided instead of
grounding. Grounding means are not provided for a double-insulated product,
nor should grounding means be added to the product.
Servicing a double-insulated product requires extreme care and knowledge of
the system, and should only be done by qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts for a double-insulated product must be identical to the
original parts. A double-insulated product is marked with the words “Double
Insulation” or “Double Insulated”. Product may also be marked with symbol
shown below.
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Package Contents:
1. Power washer unit
2. Manual
3. Adjustable spray lance
4. Turbo lance
5. Spray gun (5A shows trigger lock button)
6. Detergent bottle
7. Nozzle cleaning wire - taped to the manual for safe keeping
8. High pressure hose
9. Garden hose adapter (blue/black)
10.Quick connect filter (clear plastic)
11.Accessory holder /
Electric Power Cord
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Unpacking & Assembly
• After unpacking the BLUE CLEAN POWER WASHER,
lay out parts and accessories. Familiarize yourself with
the parts in the package by comparing them to those
listed on the “PACKAGE CONTENTS” page.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
• Install the accessory holder on the back of your BLUE
CLEAN POWER WASHER (Fig.1). You’ll notice where
the accessory holder meets the back of the unit. You
will see several male index posts which fit into female
holes. The posts and holes enable easy placement of the
accessory holder and easy tightening of the screws. Place
the screws in the holes provided on the accessory holder
and screw them in. Do not use a power screwdriver.
When the screw is completely tight, give a small final
clockwise twist of the screwdriver. Do not over tighten.
After the accessory holder is installed you will notice a
square area in the center of the holder where the square
detergent bottle may be stored and easily retrieved
Fig. 3
High Pressure Hose
Fig. 4
• The BLUE CLEAN POWER WASHER requires some
minor assembly. You’ll need a Phillips screwdriver to
install the accessory holders.
• Using one of the supplied screws, install the small electric
power cord holder below the accessory holder so that the
“L” - shaped holder faces downward. The electric power
cord can now be wrapped around the accessory holder
and the bottom “L” - shaped holder while your power
washer is not in use (Fig.1).
• Please refer to (Fig.3) for accessory storage locations on
the accessory holder.
High Pressure Hose
• Screw the high pressure hose (clockwise) on the back of
the unit at the bottom (Fig 4). The end of the hose must
be inserted into the water outlet far enough so the collar
can thread onto the outlet threads until hand tight. Do not
use pliers or vice grips to tighten. If it takes fewer than
six or so turns you have not properly tightened the high
pressure hose fitting. It is easier to position the power
washer in front of you so to ensure that the threads are
started correctly. Failure to properly tighten the high
pressure hose will result in the hose slipping or popping
off immediately upon turning the unit on. Do not worry
about damage if this occurs - just reinstall and take extra
care at screwing on the high pressure hose fitting.
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Fig. 5
Fig. 6
• Connect the other end of the high pressure hose to the
spray gun by inserting the brass metal tip of the high
pressure hose into the fitting just ahead of the trigger
guard. It will lock into the spray gun with a “click” (Fig 5).
Confirm the hose is locked into the spray gun by pulling
slightly on the hose. The hose is now securely attached to
the spray gun.
To release the hose from the spray gun, press the blue
button on the underside of the gun toward the trigger
guard. The hose will slide out from the connection.
Spray Gun
Fig. 7
• To lock the trigger of the spray gun aim the gun away
from you and push the lock button from right to left, (Fig.
6), after doing so, squeeze or pull the trigger to make sure
it is locked and will not move. Get in the habit of leaving
the lock button in the “locked” position when the power
washer is not in use. This ensures the gun is in “safe”
mode until it is ready for use.
Fig. 8
Lance and Detergent bottle
• While the spray gun is in the locked position, insert
the turbo lance, the adjustable spray lance, or the
detergent bottle directly into the end of the spray gun
by inserting and pushing together and turning clockwise
simultaneously. To remove push together and turn counter
clockwise (Fig. 7). Push the safety lock button to lock
the trigger when changing lances or detergent bottle,
to ensure that they do not accidentally eject with force
during removal.
Fig. 9
Fig. 10
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• When using the turbo lance, make sure the turbo nozzle
is screwed on tight at the end of the lance, each time
you use it. The Turbo lance is designed for high impact
cleaning. Only use on hard surfaces such as driveways,
cement surfaces, patio bricks, etc. A test strip should be
done prior to avoid chance of damaging the surface.
• When using the adjustable spray lance, the spray pattern and intensity can be controlled according to power of
water needed for each task by twisting the spray nozzle
at the far end of the lance (Fig. 8). These can be used for
sweeping leaves or debris from flat surfaces or curbing.
This lance has the widest variety of applications as the
fan degree allows for good impact pressure and cleaning
• When using the detergent bottle, fill it with a properly
formulated detergent or cleaner with water ratio according
to instructions on the container (Fig. 9). The detergent
bottle comes with a straw which is fitted into the screw-on
top. If you don’t see the straw, look inside the bottle and
attach it to the screw-on top (Fig. 10).
Note: the ratio of water to detergent is 10:1 or 10 parts
water to 1 part detergent.
QC - Clear
Garden Hose Adapter
Fig. 12
• Install the garden hose adapter (GHA) and quick connect
filter. It is made up of two separate pieces. (1) A clear
plastic adapter with a screen filter (about 3 inches long)
and (2) a blue/black collar attachment (Fig.11).
Fig. 14
• First, remove the plastic shipping cover on the water
inlet on the front of the power washer. Attach the clear
plastic adapter by screwing it into the water inlet (Fig.12).
Hand tight is fine. Next screw on the blue/black collar
attachment to your garden hose (Fig.13). Slide the blue/
black collar onto the clear adapter (Fig.14), it will “click”
into place. The water is now connected to your power
Garden Hose
Adapter (GHA)
Fig. 11
Fig. 13
• To remove the water hose, simply pull back on the blue
collar and it will slide off the clear adapter. Note: this
can be done at any time. Water will not come out of the
garden hose as the blue/black collar has a water check
valve. Water will only flow from the garden hose when it is
connected to the clear adapter.
Fig. 15
Fig. 16
Fig. 17
• You have now completed the assembly of your BLUE
CLEAN POWER WASHER and are now ready to begin
using your electric power washer. Read and observe all
safety instructions.
Operating Instructions
Turn on the water supply at the faucet.
Make sure the “ON/OFF” switch is in the “OFF” position.
The power switch has international symbols for ‘on’ and
‘off’: On (--) Off (O). (Fig. 15)
Unwind the power cord completely and plug the GFCI into
a grounded 120 volt outlet. Press the ‘reset’ button on the
GFCI box (Fig. 16). The indicator window should show a
red color. This must be done each time the unit is plugged
Release the safety lock button on spray gun (fig. 17)
while pointing the spray gun in a safe direction, away from
yourself and others squeeze the trigger on the spray gun
until there is a steady stream of water, letting the water
and air out of the hose.
Press the ‘ON’ button. The motor and pump should now
be running and providing a powerful spray.
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Operating tips and maintenance
Fig. 18
Fig. 20
Fig. 19
• If you hear the motor run intermittently when the trigger
is not being squeezed, that is normal. The pump is
priming itself so it is ready to operate when the trigger is
squeezed. Turn off the power washer if not being used
after five minutes.
• The o-rings on the bayonet end of the adjustable lance
and detergent bottle should be cleaned regularly and
lubricated with non-water soluble grease.
• The screen inside the clear adapter should be cleaned
periodically. Insert a pen or pencil in small hole at the end
of the adapter. The screen filter will slide out (Fig.18).
Rinse it with clean water, and then place it back in the
• Keep the nozzle cleaning wire, Which is taped to this
manual for use in unclogging the lance nozzle. If you lose
the cleaning wire an unbent paper clip works fine.
Cleaning nozzles
• A clogged or partially clogged nozzle can cause
significant reduction of water pressure coming out of the
nozzle and/or cause the unit to pulsate while spraying.
• Turn off the unit
• Turn off the water supply to the unit
• Relieve any pressure trapped in the hose by squeezing
the trigger 2-3 times, and then lock the spray gun by
pushing the lock button from left to right.
• Take off the adjustable lance. Rotate the nozzle on the
adjustable lance to the narrow stream setting which
opens up the fan blades (Fig. 19).
• Using the nozzle tip cleaner provided (or an unfolded
paper clip), insert the wire into the nozzle hole and move
back and forth until debris is dislodged (Fig.20). Back
flush water through the nozzles using garden hose and
highest pressure available (either standard water nozzle
or use your thumb over the nozzle to create water pressure for back flush).
How to Avoid Damaging Surfaces
• Damage to surfaces being cleaned occurs because the
impact force of the water pressure exceeds the durability
of the surface. Bare wood can be penetrated; paint can
be peeled off, etc. You can vary the force of your power
washer by controlling:
o the fan pattern of the nozzle (when using the
adjustable nozzle)
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o the angle of the surface being cleaned
o the distance of the nozzle from the surface being
• Never use a narrow high pressure stream of water or the
turbo lance on soft surfaces susceptible to damage.
Fig. 21
• Use the adjustable spray lance when cleaning windows.
Be sure to adjust the nozzle to a wide fan spray pattern
and place the nozzle approximately four to five feet away
from the window with the nozzle at forty five degree angle.
Squeeze the trigger and vary the fan spray pattern and
angle until optimum cleaning efficiency is achieved (Fig.
Detergent Bottle
• Use detergents designed for power washers. We
offer four power washer detergents. They are Auto,
Motorcycle, Boat and Universal. These can be purchased
online at our website Hardware
stores or home centers also have power washer
detergents for different cleaning projects. The cleaning
solution should be the consistency of water in order to
prevent clogging your detergent bottle and nozzle.
• When using the detergent bottle, our power washer’s
application ratio of water to detergent is 10:1 or 10 parts
water to 1 part detergent. You will need to adjust the
concentration ratio of the detergent, according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
• This system applies detergent under low pressure. The
cleaning power of the detergents is enhanced when
applied with low pressure; and time is allowed to break
down the dirt and grime. The combination of low pressure
and chemical action is very effective and can be better
than scrubbing if applied properly. Always spray detergent
on a dry surface, do not pre-soak area. Wetting the
surface first dilutes the detergent and reduces its cleaning
ability. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface. On
vertical surfaces being cleaned, apply detergent to lower
surfaces and work your way up to prevent detergent from
causing streaks in the dirt and grime. Rinse detergent by
pressure washing from bottom up for same reason.
• If a stain is particularly tough, it may be necessary to reapply the detergent and use a stiff bristled brush to scrub
the stain. Subsequent power washing after brushing
should successfully complete your cleaning job.
• When your pressure washing session has been
completed, turn off the power switch located on the back
of the power washer. Unplug the power cord from the
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outlet. Turn off the water supply. Pull the trigger on the spray
gun 2-3 times to drain out the excess water and to release
any remaining water pressure. Disconnect the garden hose
adapter from the water inlet. Do not allow the power washer
to run with no water flowing through it.
Fig. 23
• The GHA should be stored in the accessory holder when your
unit is not in use to prevent loss or damage (Fig.22).
• Remove high pressure hose from spray gun (Fig.23) and
unscrew the other end of the high pressure hose from the
power washer (Fig.24).
• Remove lance or detergent bottle from the gun and place in
the accessory holder. Place the gun in the accessory holder
in one of the slots. Lances are pressed into and stored in
the half circle notches. Make sure to discard any remaining
detergent from the bottle. Flush the bottle and nozzle head
with fresh water to prevent clogging.
Fig. 22
• Wrap the power cord around the accessory holder using the
extension tabs at the 3:00 & 9:00 position and the L-shaped
power cord holder/tab located at the 6:00 position (Fig.25).
High Pressure Hose
Fig. 24
• DO NOT store the power washer where it is exposed to
freezing temperatures unless you use Pump Saver. It is
recommended that you use Pump Saver for storing in freezing
temperatures. Freezing will damage the pump unless Pump
Saver is added to the power washer. If not using or if storing
your power washer for more than one month, run Pump Saver
through it. See the section on Pump Saver for more information.
Pump Saver
Fig. 25
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Pump Saver is a product that protects and prolongs the life of the
pump. This will keep the internal parts of the pump lubricated and
protected from freezing while being stored in ALL climates. It also
assists with protection from internal corrosion. The Blue Clean part #
is: PW64511 (16oz. bottle).
Pump Saver Instructions
Follow the previous storage instructions for your power washer. To
prevent staining, protect the surface under the power washer from
any excess fluid. Wear eye protection when using this product.
1. Turn off your power washer.
2. Disconnect all hoses.
3. Shake the bottle well before connecting to the power washer.
4. Screw the dispensing valve on the bottle of the Pump Saver
into the water inlet on your power washer.
5. Turn the valve on the bottle to the open position.
6. Turn the power washer on. Turn the power washer off as soon
as the Pump Saver fluid begins to exit the water outlet.
7. Turn the valve on the bottle to the off position and remove the
Pump Saver bottle and valve assembly from the power washer.
T roubleshooting
Unit will not turn on.
Make sure the power washer is in the “OFF” position. Plug in the
electrical cord to a grounded 120 volt outlet (no electrical extension
cord should be used). If the electrical cord will not plug into your
outlet, your electrical outlet is not properly grounded and should not be
used. Use another electrical outlet. Press the reset button on GFCI
power box. If the color of red is not visible in the little window on the
GFCI, unplug and plug in again. Press reset, and look for the red color
in the window, this should remain red in color. If the color is staying
red, turn the power switch on the power washer to “ON”. Squeeze the
trigger on the spray gun and try again.
If this did not correct the problem, try plugging into another electrical
outlet and repeat the above procedure. If it is still not working, call
Customer Service at 1-866-235-5112.
The high pressure (HP) In most cases, the spray gun is not the problem. The problem is the
rubber sleeve covering the fitting at the end of the high pressure hose.
hose will not connect /
It has likely slipped up toward the metal tip. The fix: wiggle, twist and/
stay connected to the
or pull the rubber sleeve down until the entire tip is visible plus an 1/8”
spray gun. Is this a
of the metal fitting below the tip. Now try to insert the hose tip into the
spray gun problem?
spray gun. It should “click” into place and will not come out until the
hose is released by pushing in the lever on the underside of the gun.
You may cut away the end of the sleeve with a sharp knife if unable to
move the sleeve down. Be careful not to cut or puncture the hose.
Check the water source. Unclog the nozzle on the lance. (See nozzle
The unit is running but cleaning instructions under “Cleaning nozzles”.) Or take off the lance
and just spray out of the spray gun. This will indicate if the problem is
there is not water flow. with the lance.
Make sure there is an o-ring at the end of the metal tip of the high
Why is water leaking
where the high pressure pressure hose. If no o-ring is present, the connection between the
hose and spray gun will leak. O-Ring Kits are available online at www.
hose connects to the or call Customer Service at 1-866-235-5112 to place
spray gun?
an order.
I can’t remove the lance All lances and the detergent tank are attached and removed from the
spray gun in the same manner. Insert the quick-release end of the
from the spray gun.
lance/detergent bottle into the spray gun. Press the spray gun and
What should I do?
lance together (about a 1/8”) and turn clockwise. The lance will lock
in place. Remove the lance by reversing this procedure. Press the
spray gun and lance together and turn counter clockwise. The lance
will slide out. Or, hold the spray gun and lance in an upright position
with the nozzle end on the floor. Push the whole assembly straight
down to loosen the connection, and then follow the removal process
again. You may also spray soapy water or a lubricant in the area
where the lance connects to the spray gun.
The power washer turns It sounds like your power washer is working just fine. When the water
on for 2 seconds, shuts is connected, the accessories are assembled properly, and the power
switch is turned on, the power washer may turn on for 1 - 2 seconds to
off, and will not turn
prime the pump. It automatically shuts off and waits for the spray gun
back on. Do I have a
trigger to be pressed. When the trigger is pressed, water starts flowing
defective unit?
through the pump. The water sensor in the pump “senses” the moving
water and automatically turns the power washer on. Or, turn the power
switch to off, hold in the trigger on the spray gun, so that you have a
steady stream of water. While you are holding the trigger open on the
spray gun, at the same time, turn the power switch on.
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Replacement Parts
Part Number
Detergent Bottle PW3080160
Hose (QC)
Spray Gun
Adjustable Lance/Nozzle
Turbo Lance/Nozzle
Garden Hose Adapter (clear plastic) PW3082130
Garden Hose Adapter (blue/black)
Electric Cord w/GFCI
GFCI Assembly PW2761401110-1
Pump Spare Part Kits
Water Seals & Valves
Pre-Assembly TSS PW3082350
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O-Ring Kit
S pecifications
Max Temp
Weight (lbs)
122° F
L imited W arranty
This product is under warranty to the original retail consumer against defects in material and
workmanship for a period of 1 (one) year and is a complete “bumper to bumper” warranty including
the spray gun, the high pressure hose and all accessories from the date of purchase. The
warranty is not transferable or assignable. This warranty covers replacement parts. This limited
one year warranty applies only to products used in consumer applications and is void in rental
or any commercial application. Reasonable care must be used in conformity with operation and
maintenance instructions in the owner’s manual and quick start guide. Failure to follow these
instructions will void this warranty.
W arranty R eturns
Keep your original receipt of purchase in case of warranty claim. Any power washer or parts
returned for a warranty claim must have a “RETURNED MERCHANDISE AUTHORIZATION (RMA)
NUMBER.” You must obtain an RMA NUMBER by calling A.R. NORTH AMERICA, INC. at 1-866235-5112 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST), or e-mail Any
return without an RMA NUMBER will be considered unauthorized and will be shipped back at
the expense of the sender. Freight costs to the company for warranty work must be paid by the
Cleaning and troubleshooting tips, manuals and other helpful information are available on our
website. For parts and accessories for your Blue Clean washer, visit Ordering
is easy and all major credit cards are accepted.
Attn: Power Washer Warranty Department
140 - 81st. Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 1-866-235-5112
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