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Pressure vs Power Washing: Which is Best for Your Business?

When cleaning exterior surfaces in industrial settings, few things work better than a good dose of pressurized water. From removing tough stains such as grease stains to eliminating mold and mildew, pressure washing and power washing both offer plenty of benefits. 

What many people don’t realize, though, is that there is actually a key difference between pressure washing and power washing. While both are great for removing dirt and grime from your business and home’s exterior, there are still some important distinctions between the two. To help you choose the option that is best suited for cleaning your business’s outdoor surfaces, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the main difference between pressure washing and power washing. 

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Understanding Pressure Washing 

As the name suggests, pressure washing entails using a high-pressure water spray to clean hard surfaces such as vinyl siding or a concrete driveway. After being connected, pressure washers spray a jet of pressurized water to forcefully clean surfaces and blast away dirt and grime. Many pressure washers also allow you to adjust the water pressure, enabling you to use lower pressure settings for delicate surfaces and higher pressure settings for larger jobs. You also have the option to add a cleaning solution to your pressure washer for even more cleaning power. Compared to power washers, pressure washers tend to be more affordable and easier/safer to use.

Understanding Power Washing

In many ways, a power wash is similar to a pressure wash; both use high-pressure water to wash away buildup, and the machines themselves often look and function quite similarly. The main difference between the two is that a power washing machine will include a heating element so that you are able to adjust the water temperature. Pressure washers, meanwhile, don’t have a heating element and just use normal-temperature water. 

Using heated water instead of cold water presents several advantages. For one, heated water improves the efficiency of any cleaning solution you mix into it, making it more effective for removing tough stains and buildup. Along with improving the effectiveness of cleaning solutions, many types of stains and buildup will melt away better when you use heated water regardless of whether or not it is mixed with a cleaning solution. 

Along with being better for eliminating stains, hot water is also better for the purpose of sanitization. It’s common knowledge that hot water is great for killing germs and bacteria. That’s why it’s recommended that you wash your hands with hot water, and it’s why dishwashers use hot water instead of cold. It’s also why anyone that wants to fully sanitize their surfaces along with improving their appearance is better off choosing power washing instead of pressure washing. Depending on the surfaces that you are cleaning, sanitization may or may not be a priority. If you are cleaning your business’s sidewalks and exterior walls, for example, sanitizing might not be the number one concern. Cleaning the surfaces in an industrial kitchen, on the other hand, is an application where thorough sanitation is much more important and one where power washing would be the better choice. 

While power washing provides the advantages of improved sanitization and boosted cleaning power, there are a couple of drawbacks to keep in mind as well. For one, using a power washer requires professional training. This is due to the fact that the water in a power washer can reach dangerous temperatures and can cause serious burns if you don’t follow the proper precautions. Combine this with the fact that power washers tend to be a lot more expensive than pressure washers, and DIY power washing really isn’t an option for most business owners. 

It is also important to note that not every surface is a candidate for power washing. Surfaces that are sensitive to heat such as a wood deck can be damaged if you wash them using a power washer, making pressure washing the only safe option. 

The Tank

The Best of Both Worlds: Enviro-Master’s Re-Fresh Service 

There are some situations where power washing is better, and there are other situations where pressure washing is ideal. With Enviro-Master’s Re-Fresh Service, you can receive the best of both worlds – and all thanks to the power of The Tank!

The Tank is what we fondly call our industry-leading power/pressure washing machine, and it’s one of the few machines on the market today that is capable of performing both power and pressure washing applications. Whether you need low-pressure, room-temperature water for delicate surfaces or a high-pressure jet of water that’s been heated to the germ-eviscerating temperature of 210 degrees Fahrenheit, The Tank is up to the task!

This versatility allows the expert technicians at Enviro-Master Services to clean every conceivable surface in a business using the optimum temperature and pressure settings. With Enviro-Master’s Re-Fresh service, you can look forward to having every surface in your business cleaned and sanitized in one go. This includes floors, kitchens, concrete surfaces, exterior walls, dumpsters and dumpster pads, and a whole lot more. 

Another advantage of Enviro-Master’s Re-Fresh service is our commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly cleaning. One drawback of both pressure washing and power washing is that they tend to waste a large amount of water. Thanks to The Tank’s innovative design, we are able to reclaim up to 90% of the water that is sprayed. Along with drastically reducing water waste, this feature also allows us to avoid clogging drains when cleaning indoor surfaces and avoid spreading oils, fats, and grease when cleaning outdoor surfaces. And thanks to our environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, our pressure/power washing service is made even safer for the planet. 

Power washing

Every Business Needs Power and Pressure Washing Services

There are a number of reasons why pressure and power washing services are beneficial for business owners of all stripes. For one, pressure/power washing helps keep your building’s exterior clean and improves your business’s curb appeal. If dirt, grime, and mold are the first things that people notice when they are walking or driving past your business, they aren’t going to be very motivated to stop and come inside. A building that is kept clean and sparkling, meanwhile, is going to be much more inviting. The same goes for your business’s interior surfaces as well; if you want to keep your customers and employees as satisfied as possible, providing them with a clean and sanitary environment is an important place to start. 

Speaking of sanitization, power washing is an ideal solution for any business that needs to efficiently sanitize areas such as kitchens, dining rooms, and restrooms. If keeping yourself, your customers, and your employee safe from germs is a priority for your business, it’s hard to beat a blast of high-temperature water that is mixed with a powerful cleaning solution. At Enviro-Master Services, we utilize both power washing and electrostatic spraying to completely sanitize a broad range of commercial surfaces. 

Last but not least, regular pressure/power washing can help prevent damage to surfaces. Grease and oil, for example, can seep into wood and concrete and cause permanent stains. Mold growth, meanwhile, can actually damage the integrity of concrete surfaces by producing acids that degrade the concrete over time. Issues such as these make routine pressure/power washing an essential part of any building’s maintenance. 

For these three important reasons, professional power and pressure washing services are something that every business needs. If you decide that partnering with an experienced commercial cleaning service is the right choice for your business’s pressure/power washing needs, Enviro-Master Services is able to help!

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Contact Enviro-Master to Learn More About Our Re-Fresh Service!

Enviro-Master’s Re-Fresh service is the perfect choice for any business owner that needs both power and pressure washing services. Thanks to our cutting-edge equipment and expert technicians, we are able to clean a wide variety of surfaces using just the right temperature and pressure settings for the job. And thanks to our advanced water reclaim process and eco-friendly products, it’s a service that environmentally conscious businesses can feel good about using! To learn more about our industry-leading Re-Fresh service, be sure to contact Enviro-Master Services today! A friendly and knowledgeable customer service representative will be happy to learn more about your business’s commercial cleaning needs and help you choose the service that is best suited for you.

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