Pressure Washing vs. power Washing

by | Jan 16, 2019 | Business

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In industrial washing, you hear a lot about power washing and pressure washing, and the two terms are often used interchangeably even though they shouldn’t be. Those living in OKC should be familiar with the difference, and it has very little to do with how much pressure is being used in your pressure washer hose.

Nothing to Do with Pressure

A common misconception is that the amount of pressure from the pressure washer hose is what dictates the two different styles of washing, but in the end, the pressure you get depends on the type of machine. As an example, if you are using a residential unit to clean your house, you won’t get nearly as much pressure as you would from an industrial machine. Typically 1500 PSI is enough to clean the common driveway, but a larger unit would be needed for greater lengths and surfaces. Ultimately it comes down to the two different types of machines. So what is it? It’s the heating element.

Everything to Do with the Heating Element

The critical difference between the two is the heating element. Across both of them, you have a high powered stream of water but the pressure washer can heat that water, and while that sounds like a small difference it is pretty big. In power washing, you use a hot stream of water to clean surfaces making it perfect for removing a wide range of debris including:

  • Salt
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Chewing Gum
  • Grease Stains

A Look at Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is the most commonly used method when you are at home. It uses high powered streams, but it doesn’t have the heating element so you’ll be able to blast dirt and debris away. On that note, however, it isn’t great for moss, mold, or chewing gum as mentioned earlier. Still, it’s an excellent way for you to make sure that your home, driveway, or deck are adequately cleaned, giving you peace of mind and a great home cleaning solution.