Many homeowners will do anything to have a beautiful and clean house. This is why professional home cleaning services exist, to provide the best cleaning services so that homeowners can feel comfortable in their houses, and also so that houses can look more marketable and rentable.

Cleaning a home is more than using just napkins and towels to wipe smudges off surfaces. The roof, sidings, driveway and other exterior parts of the house sometimes have strong stains that won’t come off until you use professional methods to clean them out.

Two of the professional methods used by companies to clean out tough smudges like old paint and chewing gums are pressure washing and power washing. In this article, we will go through what these two terms mean and check if they are the same thing.

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing is a system of washing that involves using equipment that pumps water at a specified pressure (about 750 to 30,000 psi) to clean strong stains like old paint and strong mold stains on external surfaces. Pressure washing is a very powerful and pressure-filled method that can be dangerous to amateurs.

In fact, in 2014, over 6000 people were rushed into the emergency rooms of hospitals from pressure washing related accidents. The pressure from these machines are so powerful that they can cause water to cut through heavy duty boots if not properly controlled. This means it could easily cut through human flesh the minute the operator gets distracted and redirects the hose to the wrong place. 

What is Power Washing?

Power washing is a system of washing that involves using pressurized hot water to remove powerful stains from external surfaces. Power washing equipment use pressure similar to that of pressure washing equipment (about 750 to 30,000 psi).

Pressure washing equipment have water heaters that heat the water before releasing them at the specified pressure to remove the dirt. The pressure used to shoot the water out remains the same, the temperature of the water than comes out is much different than that of pressure washing.

The difference between pressure washing and power washing

As stated above, the only difference between power washing and pressure washing is the temperature with which the water comes out of the equipment. Power washing equipment have water heaters that heat up water before they are shot out, pressure heaters do not have this feature.

While this may seem like a small difference, it has a great impact on how both methods remove strong pieces of dirt. For example, when it is necessary to clean up a sidewalk with strong chewing gum, it is necessary to have pressurized hot water remove the dirt easily. Other very strong pain surfaces can only be removed by power washing.

Many people cannot tell the difference between pressure washing and power washing, but professionals know it. Remember, none of these should be tried at home as a DIY project. If you need hard stains removed from your exterior, always contact the services of a professional home cleaner, unless you want to join the thousands of people already waiting in the ER. 

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