You often hear people using “power washing” and “pressure washing” interchangeably as if the two were one and the same. But pressure washing and power washing are very different from each other, both in terms of the surfaces they clean and the dirt they remove.
Much of that difference has to do with water temperature and pressure. Pressure washing and power washing are each ideal for certain situations. One is not objectively better than the other.
Keep reading to learn more about the distinguishing characteristics of these cleaning methods and when to use them. If you’re confused about whether pressure washing or power washing is best for you, call Under Pressure Soft Wash and Power Washing today to speak with one of our experts.
Power washing applies hot water with normal water pressure. This makes it the gentlest of the two options. You’re less likely to damage shingles, siding, or other objects when cleaning with a power washer.
Another benefit of power washing is its ability to kill harmful algae, mold, or mildew. These bacteria not only damage your home and property but can also make your family sick. It’s crucial to kill algae and mold at the source rather than just clear them away from an affected surface. That’s why we prefer power washing over pressure washing in these situations to maintain health and safety.
Uses for Power Washing
- Cleaning dirty siding, specifically vinyl, aluminum, or wood
- Removing mold, mildew, weeds, or algae
- Clearing grimy gutters or algae-covered roofs
- Restoring driveways, walkways, or sidewalks
- Preparing decks or patios for staining or resealing
Pressure washing uses high-pressure water at an ambient temperature. Water flows through a tank that uses a motor to push the water through a hose. Different nozzles control the water flow, as determined by the surface you’re cleaning. Most pressure washers use between 1,300 and 2,800 PSI of pressure.
Pressure washing is one of the most effective ways to restore your investments to like-new condition. Whether it’s your car, patio furniture, or home, we guarantee it will look as good as the day you purchased it.
You could always buy or rent a pressure washer and DIY high-powered cleaning equipment, but this can be risky. Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully and feel confident in the task before turning on the unit. One wrong move can easily damage your property or injure someone in the process.
Uses for Pressure Washing
- Brightening the exterior of a home or commercial building to give it a facelift
- Cleaning dirty and dusty outdoor stairways, patios, walkways, or driveways
- Removing algae, mildew, or gym from a pool deck
- Washing a car, truck, or boat
- Preparing your outdoor furniture for winter storage
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