Is there a difference between pressure washing and power washing? It’s a question we get a lot and for good reason. These two terms have almost become interchangeable because they are both effective methods of washing; however, power washing and pressure washing have some distinctive characteristics that are more suitable than the other for certain situations.
Pressure washing uses only high pressure with cleaning agents to clean surfaces, but it does not require heat. Pressure washers are suitable for cleaning patios, decks, walls and walkways just like power washers, and unlike power washers, pressure washers are more suitable for cleaning masonry, brick and concrete. When there is not ground dirt or mould to clean, pressure washers are the best and easiest solution to your cleaning needs.
Power washing, on the other hand, does use heat but at much lower pressures. Pressure washers also have a temperature gage to achieve specific temperatures. Power washers can be used for removing gum from sidewalks, killing weeds and moss, or removing mildew and mould. Power washers work best when there is a lot of dirt and grime to remove.
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Since power washers and pressure washers can perform many of the same jobs, they have both become known as pressure washers. In fact power washers are also referred to as hot water pressure washers.
If you are used to using a pressure washer and have switched to a power washer, be sure to read the manual carefully. There are certain precautions that you will want to be sure to follow when using power washers. Of course, it is always wise to read the manual label on any equipment you use.