Power Washing vs. Pressure Washing: Same Thing?

Though power washing and pressure washing have similar results, there are some distinct differences. Power washing uses hot water to remove the buildup of contaminants. Whereas, pressure washing uses a high-velocity water spray using a regular water temperature. Power washing uses hot water that has been heated to a high temperature which effectively removes sticky residue, gum, dirt, and mold. It is considered to be more effective than using normal water temperature from a garden hose. High-pressure sprays as used with pressure washers does remove contaminants but with regular temperature water. Pressure washers use a pump that is 100 times more powerful than using a garden hose. Pressure washers do not have a heating unit that is used with power washers. Using hot water with a power washer, the heated water can effectively remove contaminants even without using harsh chemical cleaners. Power washers are good for killing weeds, moss, mildew, mold, and other contaminants.

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Either method will effectively spray clean the exterior of a residential or business establishment. The difference is that pressure washers are suited for cleaning certain objects and surfaces over a power washer and the same may be said for a power washer. Before purchasing your spray cleaning equipment, decide what you want to clean and the best method to use. Pressure washers are good for cleaning masonry, brick, and concrete. If there is no mold or contaminants present, a pressure washer will suffice for quickly removing dirt from most surfaces. To avoid damaging exterior surfaces, reiterating, be mindful of the high-velocity sprays used with pressure washers. Some people choose to do power washing or pressure washing as a DIY (do-it-yourself) project. Better results can be achieved by using a professional service company. However, if you choose to rent the equipment as a DIY project, be safety conscious and follow the helpful tips mentioned below.

  • Thoroughly inspect the equipment for damage and make sure it is in good working order.
  • Check the power or pressure washer for cracks, rust, or broken seals.
  • Don’t use malfunctioning equipment. You could injure yourself.
  • Before you use the machine, make sure you know how to use it and carefully read the operating instructions.
  • Inspect the electrical and water connections before you begin using the equipment. Ensure the connections are secure.
  • To avoid injury, don’t spray water on electrical outlets. To protect your eyes, use goggles or protective eyewear. Wear a mask, old clothes, and waterproof boots or shoes.
  • Remember those pressure washers use a high-velocity spray which can cause debris to fly up when spraying a building’s exterior.

Avoid injury caused by standing too close to the building or object being sprayed. Pressure washing can be physically demanding and tiring work. Before spraying any surface, test the water pressure. Start by using a low-pressure level to avoid breaking windows and damaging your property. Test the sprayer using various nozzles to find the correct nozzle to use for your spray cleaning project. Select the correct settings for each object being spray cleaned.

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