Pressure washing, or power washing, is one way to remove built on grime, mold or dirt from stubborn or difficult to reach surfaces. Many people use the terms power and pressure washing interchangeably, but they are actually two separate things. While they both do the work of removing debris or stains from things like patios, driveways, siding, grills and even fences, the difference is in the equipment.
What’s the Difference
When a power washer is used, the water stream has been heated. Hot water has been known to be extremely effective at removing stubborn stains and dirt, much like a steam mop works well on flooring. However, not all surfaces should be treated to this heat cleaning. Avoid using this treatment on masonry, brick or concrete. It is better to simply use an appropriate cleaner with a pressure washer.
Choose a Professional
It is these small details that will separate the field of competition when you are looking to hire a power washing service. Because of the specialty equipment and skilled use, relying on a company for a thorough cleaning will be a more efficient and effective use of your time and money.
Before you hire a company, there are several things you can do to be sure you are getting what you pay for. This list of questions and concerns will come in handy when interviewing a potential hire.
- Is power washer pricing quoted on a per square foot and type of surface estimate or is quoted as an hourly rate and materials job?
- What chemicals or cleaners will you be using on my surface?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Do you have referrals or examples of your work?
- Are you going to pressure wash my windows? (This should be a no!)
When you meet with a potential company, don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions. It is better to protect your home and surfaces by only working with a skilled professional.