Types of Pressure Washers and their Corresponding Uses

Pressure washers are very effective and efficient cleaning equipments.  Since there are several types of pressure washers, knowing what they are along with their corresponding uses can be beneficial, particularly for people who want to have a unit of their own.

Pressure washers are basically machines or cleaning equipments made for cleaning different types of surfaces.  They are used not just for commercial and industrial cleaning, but also for residential ones.  These cleaning equipments are powered by either a gas combustion engine or an electric motor.  In terms of size, gas-powered pressure washers can generate more power as compared to their electric counterparts.  They can also be used on remote locations as their use is not limited by the nearness of an electrical outlet.  Gas-powered units are more suitable for heavy duty rugged use.  Electric-powered pressure washers on the other hand do not emit any fumes.  This makes them suitable for use on indoor cleaning applications as well as in the food processing industry.  In addition, electric-powered units don’t only require less maintenance, but they also are less noisy to operate.  This makes them highly favored for use in hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and anywhere where machine-made noise is a prohibited factor.

When using these units, cleaning is accomplished by spraying the highly pressurized water onto the dirt and surface that needs to be cleaned.  The PSI rating (Pounds per Square Inch) of the unit serves as the power that bombards the dirt and the GPM (Gallons per Minute) serves as the weight behind the power.  This means any increase in either the PSI or GPM rating of the unit increase its overall cleaning power and capacity.  Some units give operators the capacity to change slightly the PSI and GPM output of their unit to suit certain cleaning conditions or requirements.

The uses of pressure washers vary depending on the cleaning environment.  For residential sectors, the use of pressure washers can be from cleaning cars, lawn mower equipment, garage, driveway, deck, patio, walls, and fences, to peeling off the cracked and aged paint off walls.  In fact, with the right accessory, a pressure washer can beat any broom when it comes to cleaning floors – as long as you don’t mind getting the floor wet, that is.  Then again, if the floor is outdoors, then there shouldn’t be any problem getting it wet.  For commercial and industrial settings, pressure washer can be used for cleaning commercial kitchens spaces, parking areas, heavy duty equipments, food processing plants, and many more.

Pressure washers are available in three temperature options – cold water, hot water, and steam.  The temperature option you choose should fit your cleaning requirement.  You should also note that the higher the temperature output, the more powerful the cleaning unit becomes.  Then again, the prices of the unit increases significantly as their temperature output increases.  If you will be using your pressure washing unit for cleaning regular dirt on surfaces, then a cold water unit should suit you fine.  However, if you plan on using your unit to clean oil-based stains most of the time, then a hot water unit or steam unit is recommended.  This is because if you use cold water for cleaning oil-based stains, the oil will just solidify making it even harder to remove.  However, if you use elevated water temperature, you will melt and emulsify down the oil enough for you to wash it away from the surface it is adhered to.

There is also a fourth type of pressure washer and it is called the Tri-mode pressure washer.  This type of pressure washer is probably the most expensive of the first three types as it capable of delivering the better of the first three.  As the Tri-mode name suggests, this pressure washer is capable of cold water, hot water, and steam output.  The best part of it all, the operator can actively choose the type of output he wants that will be the best for the current cleaning task he has at hand.  If your pressure washer is meant for cleaning a wide range of dirt and stains, then this is the type of unit that will suit you best as you can cover practically anything that the first three can do.

Once you have acquired your pressure washer, you need to perform regular maintenance on your unit to maintain its efficiency.  One of the components or part that needs regular maintenance are the pressure washer nozzles as with regular use, the orifice of the nozzles are bound to get clogged or get some kind of blockage augmenting the spray pattern of the nozzle.  Due to the intense pressure generated by the unit, the irregular spray pattern if left uncorrected may potentially damage the orifice of the nozzle.

The best thing about performing regular maintenance with your unit is that you are able to potentially detect parts that are wearing down or parts that have already become defective.  Replacing the defective parts is often necessary as a pressure washer is not a toy and can lead to serious injuries if a small damage or defect is left unattended.  Pressure washer maintenance is easy as long as you know how your pressure washer unit works.  This even allows you to make minor repairs on the unit should you need to.  And since pressure washers are no longer rare products, getting spare parts have become relatively easy, particularly with the advent of the internet as you can get parts that are halfway around the world.  In addition, you are able to get more savings by canvassing from different websites.

The factors involved when choosing a pressure washer unit mostly depends on the needs of the buyer.  If you’re buying a unit for industrial cleaning purposes, then you will need heavy duty units that are able to withstand both abuse and prolonged usage.  Getting a cheap residential-grade unit for use on industrial cleaning will only end up costing your more money as these types are not intended for abuse and prolonged usage.  This makes it very important to identify your cleaning needs before getting a unit as this will help you greatly in choosing the right unit for you.

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