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Pressure vs Power Washing

Many homeowners rarely consider hiring professionals to clean their homes. This is largely due to the fact that many of them are not fully aware of what pressure/power washing entails. To make it a little simpler, this blog will discuss what both of these services are and the ways in which they differentiate. It will also inform you of which is better to use for your home as opposed to commercial spaces.

Firstly, the terms power washing and pressure washing are often used interchangeably. Although this is somewhat acceptable, they are not entirely the same service and are used on different surfaces and types of properties. Knowing these differences will help you determine which service you actually need to help get your home looking fresh and clean again. However, the basic function is the same. Power washing and pressure washing both use highly pressurized water to help remove dirt and other materials from hard surfaces. Similarly, they both use similar amounts of water pressure. How much water pressure depends on the type of machine used but that makes no difference to the outcome of the job.

As for what differentiates these two terms, it is that a power washer has a heating element to their machine. As we know, both machines create a powerful stream of high-pressure water, but a power washer also heats up the water. Pressure washing does everything a power washer does minus the heat. This might appear to be a small difference, but it actually makes a large difference in how each is used. By combining high pressure and high temperature of water, it makes removing all those truly stuck on materials from surfaces much easier. It’s great for removing salt, mildew, grease, and mold from outdoor patios, decks, garage floors, and driveways. The added heat makes it particularly easy to remove chewing gum from sidewalks. Not only is it good for hard surfaces, it is useful in controlling weeds and moss from taking over your property. The hot water can kill them and stop them from growing back faster. Power washing is ideal for any situation where the surface is heavily saturated. Essentially, power washing is the more heavy duty option.

Finally, you know what makes each service individual, they are both amazing at their specific tasks but are used for different reasons. The method will depend on what your property needs cleaned. For your typical household, pressure washing is the way to go. It isn’t as harsh on surfaces, which is better for helping you masonry, brick, or concrete last longer. Pressure washing is perfect for homes themselves as well as the decks and patios.

For jobs like a large commercial space or an extra big driveway and patio space, power washing is what you need. The heated water helps to make the job go faster since the heat helps to loosen up the dirt. However, you have to be careful which surfaces you use it on as it can be damaging to softer services.

Whichever method you decide to use on your property, it’s always best to hire a professional to take care of it for you. If you’re not properly trained on how to use a pressure washer or power washer, you could end up damaging the surface you’re working on creating even more unwanted work for you.