Steam Pressure Washers
Pressure washers are considered by many people as the best cleaning equipment ever invented. The equipment uses highly pressurized water to penetrate and lift hard to remove dirt and stains that are adhered to solid surfaces. If you have used a pressure washer before, you will be familiar to how the unit can make a boring, tedious, and time-consuming task more fun and easy to accomplish. This is possible because the cleaning power of the equipment is so effective that it is able to accomplish almost any cleaning task more efficiently and in far less time.
There are basically three different types of pressure washer units – cold water pressure washers, hot water pressure washers, and steam pressure washers. Cold water units are the most common types as well as the cheapest and are the likes you will often find sold on hardware stores. Cold water units are very effective for most cleaning tasks. However, if you will be using it to clean oil or grease, you will find a bit difficult to do so. This is because the cold water will only harden the oil or grease and turn them into lumps. If this is the type of cleaning task you will frequently encounter, then it is best to invest in a steam pressure washer instead of the more basic cold water pressure washer. Since steam is very hot, it easily dissolves, melts, and penetrates the adherence of the oil or grease to the surface, making it easier for the additional pressure to push and wash it away.
Steam pressure washers are available in different models. There are gas-powered models, diesel-powered models, as well as electric-powered models. This means you need to make a choice whether you want an electric-powered unit or a fuel-powered unit. Choosing the most appropriate type for you is very important as this will not only power the unit, but it will generate the heat on the heating coil as well.
The cleaning power of the steam pressure washer, as with every type of pressure washer, is generated by the motor and the pressure pump. However, since these units use steam instead of cold water, they have an additional burner and heating coils heated by either electricity or a type of fuel such as gas, diesel, or propane. For cleaning contractors who require portability, they may opt for an electric burner powered by a 12-volt battery. Although this adds weight to the overall unit, the importance of having the added power of steam when pressure cleaning can be all worth it. The combination power of steam and pressure can be quite effective as it not only cleans the surface you are trying to clean, but it sterilizes it as well. This makes the steam pressure washer the perfect cleaning equipment for cleaning areas and surfaces with the presence of microbiological hazards.
An electric-powered steam pressure washer is available with diesel, propane, or gas-fired burner. Units are available from 1500 to 3000 PSI with up to 4.8 GPM. Electric-powered steam units are equipped with adjustable thermostats and can generate a maximum temperature of 300°F. They can also be equipped with detergent and chemical injectors along with a metering valve. Gas or diesel-powered steam pressure washers on the other hand are usually equipped with heating elements that are diesel-fired. Units are available with up to 3000 PSI, 5 GPM, and 330°F of steam.
If you are in a cleaning business, it is advisable to invest in steam pressure washers as not only are they able to clean more efficiently than the traditional pressure washers, but they can do it faster as well. If you consider how much time you save per cleaning operations, it will simply mean more profit for your business as you will be able to attend to more job request.
While it is true that most steam pressure washers are made for industrial use, there are small types of steam pressure washers that can still be used for commercial and residential applications. However, since steam pressure washers involve highly heated steam and water, it is important that you practice pressure washer safety when operating the unit at home to prevent any unwanted accidents as the highly heated steam and water is hot enough to singe the skin.
Pressure Washer Safety
When operating a pressure washer, whether it is a steam type, a hot type, or the normal cold type, it is always important to practice pressure washer safety. The user manual that came with the unit has information regarding how to safely operate the unit as well other important safety guidelines. One of the most common safe practices when operating a pressure washer is to never point the highly pressurized stream of water on a person or animal. This is because the immense pressure that is coming out of the unit has the capacity to cause serious injuries, such as penetrate or peel off the skin. In the case of a steam pressure washer, not only will you peel off the skin, but you will cause serious burns to the tissues as well.
Another important safety measure that any pressure washer operator should never do is change nozzles while the unit’s spray is engaged. Doing this will cause serious injuries to your fingers as they will be subjected to the high water pressure coming out of the nozzle. It is also important the operators wear proper safety gear such as safety goggles, gloves, boots, and aprons.
Since pressure washers generate very high pressure, it would mean that releasing this pressure would cause a kick. This makes it very important to hold the wand with both hands for support; one hand for the gun and one hand holding the wand. Doing this will help you to control the kick and not lose control over it as the spray is triggered. This is the very reason why most manufacturers discourage using pressure washers when perched on ladders, flimsy scaffolds, or any other unstable platform as the sudden kick from the gun may cause the operator to lose balance and fall off. To prevent such gruesome scenario, manufacturers suggest using telescoping wands, wands that are able to extend up to 24 feet, so you can reach elevated areas while your feet are planted firmly on the floor.