What are the Different Types of Pressure Washing?

The term “pressure washing” can be used as a general term for a cleaning that uses pressurized water, and the pressure depends on the surface. A cleaner is added to the water to clean and sanitize the surface most effectively.

Soft Washing

Any PSI (Pressure per Square Inch) below 500 is considered soft washing. Soft washing is for more fragile surfaces and uses the cleaning solution as the primary way to remove stains. The roof is an excellent example of a surface that needs soft washing.

High-Pressure Washing

High-pressure washing is for surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, patios, parking areas, and dumpster pads that can handle higher pressure but require it to remove stains.

Power Washing

Power washing is high-pressure washing that uses hot water to clean the same surfaces that need high-pressure washing. The machine has a heating element that heats the water to the right temperature, making it even better at removing residue. Power washing is an intense pressure washing that is best for old, stubborn stains and large spaces. It can also be used to strip paint. That’s usually something to avoid but using power washing to remove old paint in preparation for new paint is a great solution.

Pressure washing can have a different effect depending on the PSI, solution, and water temperature. It’s important to know which type is suitable for each surface.


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