Is there a difference between power washing and pressure washing?

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From the looks of it, the purpose, and the name, one might easily think that power washing and pressure washing are essentially the same things. However, there exist several differences between the two types of machine, and we are here to tell you exactly how. 

Water Temperature

While the purpose of both power washers and pressure washers is to remove impurities, such as grime, dirt, and even mold from surfaces and that the main tool of both machines is to use water, there are still key differences, such as water temperature. While a pressure washer uses the water of normal temperature, a power washer makes the use of incredibly hot water. 

Water Pressure 

Not only does the temperature of the water differs, but the amount of water pressure is also a key difference between the two. A power washer uses hot water with minimal pressure to remove impurities from surfaces. However, as the name suggests, a pressure washer uses normal temperature water with pressure that emits from the tank. The pressure of the water in a presser washer ranges from thirteen hundred to twenty-eight hundred psi.


Judging from the water pressure that differentiates a power washer from a pressure washer, one can easily conclude that a power washer is much gentler than a pressure washer. A pressure washer is quite intense, which is why it is important for you to never use it on surfaces, such as windows and brick structures. Also, since a pressure washer essentially blasts the impurities off the surface, therefore you should never use it to remove lead paints. 


Of course, as the way both machines function, the safety precautions differ too. In comparison, you should wear the basic safety equipment, while pressure washing, it is vital for you to wear steel-toed shoes as the pressure is enough to cut through your shoe and toes. Play it safe and always hire a professional exterior cleaning company!

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