What do I need to know about pressure washing?

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Power washing and pressure washing are the same?
The terms “power washing” and “pressure washing” are frequently used as the same, but the fact is they’re two different procedures. Both use water under high pressure to clean surfaces, but power washing heats the water, and pressure washing does not.

What’s the difference between pressure washing and soft washing?
Pressure washing employs the natural cleaning power of water launched at a target surface at extremely high pressure and is best for harder surfaces like concrete, stone, and asphalt. Soft washing incorporates cleaning solutions and chemicals with low-pressure and no-pressure washing for spectacular results on malleable materials like shingles and tiles.

Can you use the same level of pressure for all your washing?
Pressure washing is NOT one-size-its-all. Different surfaces require different amounts of pressurized power. Professionals trained to recognize the right psi for each surface. Too much psi can cause all kinds of problems, like:

• Damaging plants and landscaping
• Stripping off paint
• Breaking or cracking windows
• Leaving etch marks on hard surfaces and cutting softer surfaces
• Completely removing siding and shingles

Security tips when you are using pressure washing:

• Protected or cover all water and electrical outlets before spraying.
• Never spray a pressure washer at water or an electrical outlet.
• Never spray a pressure washer on another person – the spray can seriously hurt them.
• Use body protection such as safety glasses, goggles, and better yet – a full face shield when spraying.
• Stay at least 5-to-6 feet away from the surface you’re cleaning until you know how the spray reacts.
• When washing a vertical surface such as a wall, start from the top and wash your way down, so your dirty water isn’t cascading over clean areas.
• Depending on the size of the area, what needs to clean from it, and your resources, it’s often better to hire a commercial power washing company to clean your home, drive, or deck.
• Make sure you’re using the correct nozzle for the job you’re doing. A 0-degree nozzle has the most potent spray and is best used for dirt, algae, mud, and stains clumps. A 40-degree nozzle sprays wide and is best used for house siding, sidewalks, patios, decks, etc.


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