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Pressure Washing vs. Power Washing: Are They Different?

Pressure Washing vs. Power Washing: Are They Different?

Pressure Washing vs. Power Washing: How Are They Different?

Have you considered scheduling pressure washing for your home or business but feel confused about how to search for a company that offers the service?

Many people think that way. It’s because some service providers use the words pressure wash and power wash interchangeably to describe what they do.

Is there a difference?

Today, our goal is to answer that question and clear up the confusion. This guide will talk about the difference between pressure washing and power washing.

The Main Difference Between Power and Pressure Washing 

It’s no wonder people get confused when talking about these two terms. Most businesses that offer the service use the two terms interchangeably.

One significant difference between pressure washing and power washing is water temperature. Incorrect water temperature is one mistake people make when they DIY a pressure washing job.

If you’re using a pressure washer, you’ll use normal temperature water. For power washing, the water needs to be hot.

We’ll cover that more in a minute, but let’s look at the types of projects pressure washing contractors handle and which cleaning methods they use for each.

Pressure Washing 101

A pressure washer is a machine that relies on the high-pressure water spray. Contractors use them to remove: Loose paint, grime, dust, mud, mold, and salt from residential and commercial exteriors. 

A pressure washer can also remove chewing gum surfaces.

In addition to cleaning the exterior of your home or business, an electric pressure washer makes the ideal tool for cleaning:

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Patios
  • Public spaces
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Vehicles

Suppose you’re looking for one of the easiest and most economical ways to keep the exterior of your commercial property looking pristine. In that case, the pressure washing team at A Brilliant Solution suggests cleaning weekly or monthly. 

What Is Power Washing?

Power washing helps you accomplish many of the same cleaning jobs as pressure washing does, with one difference. A power washer does a better job of getting rid of mold.

Ignoring mold development indoors puts your health at risk. Outdoor mold can create multiple problems as well.

Mold, unchecked, causes damage to painted surfaces. It can even cause damage to concrete.

A power washer utilizes specialized hot water jets to remove surfaces’ mold, dirt, and grime. It’s your number one defense against permanent damage.

But the key to power washing is to use an experienced professional who knows how to tackle all types of projects as not all surfaces are the same in durability. A contractor who offers soft power washing will be the best choice.

Which Cleaning Method Is Better?

So it is pressure washing vs. power washing?

Sometimes it’s not enough to think about which type works better. Instead, you’ll want to think about the job itself.

Pressure washing works well if you don’t have a heavy buildup of salt stains, oily stains, or mold development. You’ll likely find several home remedies for these types of stains, but they can be time-consuming and expensive.

For the heavier cleaning projects mentioned above, power washing is the only way to ensure the complete removal of grimy buildup, certain stains, and mold.

The best way to determine which cleaning service you need is to check with a professional pressure cleaning contractor like A Brilliant Solution.

Ready to Schedule Pressure Washing Services?

Now that you know the subtle and not-so-subtle differences between power and pressure washing services, you’ll want to call a local contact and schedule a service.

Whether your home or business needs a facelift or a deeper clean, A Brilliant Solution has your back. Reach out today and request a free estimate.

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