Difference Between Power Washing & Pressure Washing

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Power washing and pressure washing often mistaken for the same thing, and although there are not many major differences, the slight differences they DO have can actually affect your cleaning performance. Yes they both use water, and yes they both use pressure but it is the minor variations that make them very separate services.

Whether you are cleaning a commercial or residential property, there are two main things you need to consider when deciding between power washing and pressure washing. These are the type of dirt or the stains you are hoping to get rid of, and the material or foundation you are washing.

The following explains the differences between the two services, allowing you to make a more informed decision about which one you should use for your next project.

What is Power Washing?

Power washing uses hot water to clean surfaces and remove contaminants and is ideal for heavy-duty cleaning. Along with the heat, it uses a high-pressure system. It is great for removing long-standing dirt, mud, mildew or mold as the heat assists in lifting these contaminants from the surface. It can also be used for removing chewing gum, along with oil and grease stains.

The main benefit of using hot water is that it can kill any bacteria, along with weeds or mold, so that it doesn’t grow back.

Power washing is effective for building exteriors, roofs, and facades. However, because the water is heated, you need to be careful when it comes to power washing particular surfaces. It’s best to stick with concrete and hard surfaces for power washing, rather than timber as the force of the hot water could cause long-lasting damage.
If you’re cleaning a large commercial space, or you have a large driveway or patio, power washing could be the best option for you. It will work faster and help to keep hard surfaces cleaner for longer.

What is Pressure Washing?

One of the major differences between power washing and pressure washing is that pressure washing is done with normal temperature water or tap water. The power of the wash itself is therefore based more on the force of the water rather than heat. Pressure washing uses the same amount of high-pressure, but because the water is cold it doesn’t work as well in eliminating things like mold or removing greasy stains from driveways and walkways.

If you’re cleaning around the house, pressure washing is your best bet. It can be used on anything, from timber to brick, masonry, and cinder, to concrete – although you still need to be wary of damaging stained timber and paintwork.

The method of washing you choose depends on the job at hand. If you’re unsure (or even just short on time), it is best you talk to a professional to get the right advice, and of course – better yet, to have a professional complete the job for you. If you want to know more about either of the above-mentioned services, get in touch with our experienced team today.