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The Right Amount of Pressure

The Right Amount of Pressure

Pressure washing is a frequently used catch-all term for the process of cleaning a surface with a high amount of water pressure. From the outside, it may look like a relatively simple process. But when you look closer, you'll find there's a lot more to power washing than you thought.

The amount of pressure used by a pressure washer is measured in PSI or pounds per square inch. Pressure washers, either those used by privately owned businesses or those that can be rented or bought by the standard homeowner, typically have a range of 750 to 5,000 PSI. Different pressures can affect a surface differently, and knowing the difference can save you from unnecessary damage to building materials.

There are three subcategories of pressure washing, which include:

  • Standard Pressure Washing
    • Standard pressure washing involves spraying surfaces with water at a high PSI to blow away dirt, debris, growth, and grime. It's the most effective way to clean exterior surfaces, but it can also damage building materials if used on the wrong ones.
  • Power Washing
    • For all intents and purposes, power washing is the same as pressure washing, with the only differing factor being the water's temperature. Power washing utilizes hot water, which can be more effective in breaking down organic matter. Power washing uses more energy than standard pressure washing, so it's important only to use it when necessary.
  • Soft Washing
    • Soft washing is the gentler alternative to standard pressure washing. Soft washing involves washing surfaces at a much lower PSI and with an added cleaning solution to help sanitize surfaces.

On top of the different levels of pressure, pressure washing, power washing, and soft washing utilize various tools such as nozzles that work best for specific jobs. Knowing which PSI and nozzle are best for the job at hand is a vital part of pressure washing your property's exterior, which is why it's best to gain a full understanding of pressure washing before trying to tackle a project yourself. On the other hand, hiring a professional, experienced pressure washing company takes away any risk to you or your home.

A Soft Wash or a Pressure Wash

Now that you know the differences between standard pressure washing and soft washing, you may be wondering which materials on your home call for which method?

Soft washing is best used on rooftops, brick, stucco, and vinyl or wood panel siding. By soft washing these surfaces, you're still getting the clean and clear surface you desire, but without damaging the material's integrity.

Pressure washing can be applied to stronger surfaces such as concrete driveways or foundations, vehicles, and treated wooden decks. These harder surfaces, which can still be damaged with a high PSI, can typically withstand the force of standard pressure washing.

Safe, Not Sorry

As the saying goes, it's much better to be safe than sorry with pressure washing. If you feel unsure about tackling a pressure washing project yourself, hire this service in Sparta today! There are many pressure washing professionals that would be happy to handle your exterior house washing needs. A DIY mishap can result in expensive and tiresome home repairs, as well as serious personal injury. Take the pressure off yourself and call in the experienced professionals who know how to get the job done.

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