Is It Pressure Washing or Power Washing?

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You may have seen those super satisfying videos of people cleaning their deck, removing moss and algae from their vinyl siding, or having their sidewalk cleaned. Those were probably done with a pressure washer. Or is it a power washer? What’s the difference? In reality, there isn’t one. Power washing and pressure washing are the same thing.

What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing is the process of using a highly pressured stream of water to clean a surface. This is typically achieved by using industrial equipment that creates the high-pressure stream. Pressure washing and power washing are often done with high-temperature water which allows any layers of build-up to be removed. If the pressure is not above 500 PSI, such as during a rinsing process, it is called soft washing.

What Is Power Washing For?

Pressure washing is an effective way to clean different surfaces around the home. The water stream is so highly concentrated that it can penetrate just about any amount of buildup and leave the underlying surface clean. Power washing is often used in the home maintenance industry because it allows professionals to get concrete and gutters cleaner than typical home equipment would be able to.

Can You Pressure Wash Yourself?

While you can do your own pressure washing, it is not recommended. Not only are purchasing and renting pressure or power washers cost-prohibitive, they can be extremely dangerous as well. The pressure that comes out of a power washer can be so high that it can damage the surface you are trying to clean, which happens often when homeowners try to clean their vinyl siding. Not only is it a risk to the surface you’re cleaning, it can be a risk to yourself as well. Water pressure from a power washer is high enough to cut through skin and even bone. If you think you need a pressure washer, it’s advisable to call a professional.

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