What is the Difference Between Pressure Washing and Power Washing?

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Power Washing and Pressure Washing. They sound pretty similar. So what’s the difference, and how do I know what I need? The Elite Power Washing team would like to clarify the difference between the two types of washing.

Which Type of Cleaning is Better for my Home?

Both power washing and pressure washing can be used for your home. Similar results can be attained using either method. The main difference between the two is the water temperature. Power washing uses hot water to accomplish the cleaning. Pressure washing uses normal temperature water and high pressure. It can remove dirt, algae, and grime.

What is Power Washing?

Power washing is a method of using hot water to clean dirt, grime, algae, mold or anything else on your home. The water is normal pressure.  A power washing is used for:

  • Cleaning vinyl, aluminum or wood siding
  • Getting rid of mildew and mold
  • Killing weeds or algae
  • Clean gutters
  • Brightening your driveway and walkway
  • Getting gum off the sidewalks
  • Refreshing your deck or patio
  • Getting your house ready for sale

Using water at a high temperature makes it easier to get things clean. It also kills algae and mold that could affect your family’s health.

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing uses high pressure to remove dirt, grime, algae, and mold. The water used is the normal temperature that comes out of the hose. The difference is the water flows through a tank that applies pressure. Pressure washers can be either gas or electric driven. The pressure can range anywhere from 1300 to 2,800 psi of pressure. There is a variety of nozzles available to use for different applications.

Tips to Make Your Cleaning Safe and Successful

Power washing or pressure washing will both do a good job cleaning. Cleaning can be a great DIY’er project, or you are always welcome to call the Elite Power Washing team for help. If you choose to do it yourself you’ll need a pressure washer. Pressure washers can be purchased, rented, or borrowed from a friend. Here are some tips to help your project be more successful:

  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Familiarize yourself with the unit
  • Inspect the washer for any potential problems such as leaking seals or rusty nozzles
  • There are different nozzles for different jobs. Check the owner’s manual to use the right one
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you won’t mind getting wet and dirty
  • Always wear safety glasses to keep any debris from getting into your eyes
  • Consider wearing steel-toed shoes and gloves to help keep your feet and hands safe
  • Cover any electrical equipment, connections or outlets
  • Always start with the lowest pressure that is available
  • If this is your first time, begin in a less conspicuous area to get a feel for the washer
  • Be careful around windows, as they can shatter if too much pressure is applied
  • Never use a pressure washer on your roof shingles as it will void any and all warranties
  • Keep your attention on the job at hand. Never forget you’re dealing with a lot of pressure. There’s enough pressure to lose a finger or toe.

Call Us If You’d Like Help

The Elite Power Washing team is always available to give you a hand if you need one. Call us for an appointment and we can take care of the project for you while you’re enjoying your weekend time. Our experienced team members will give your home the professional attention your home deserves. We’ll bring back your homes curb appeal and you’ll love the way your home looks.

 

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