There is no doubt that the pressure washer is the best cleaning invention ever made. People who have experienced its cleaning power will not argue against it. In fact, many people who are aware of the cleaning prowess and capabilities of pressure washers themselves have pressure washer units. This is because they find the cleaning capacity of these units indispensable as it helps them accomplish many of their cleaning tasks both fast and efficient.
The basic principle on how a pressure washer works is fairly simple. The unit is equipped with both a water pump and a motor, powered by either gas or electric. The motor is responsible for spinning the water pump that is responsible for sucking water and pressurizing it inside its chamber. This pressurized water is then ejected on a nozzle which directs its flow. The pressurized stream of water that comes out of the nozzle is so strong it is capable of lifting stubborn dirt and stains off of solid surfaces. This simple yet highly effective method of the pressure washer has influenced two innovations – hot water pressure washer and steam pressure washer. These types are several pegs up in cleaning power as compared to the more traditional cold water pressure washer. Nevertheless, the cold water pressure washer still has its fair share of uses even on industrial settings, even if it is minimal. Most industries settle for either hot water units or steam units though as they can also be used as cold water units.
Industrial pressure washers will normally have a pressure rating of 1000 to 3500 PSI. They would also have heating elements that raise the temperature of water up to 330° F which is perfect for cleaning oil and grease as the heated water helps to dissolve them. If heating is not needed, the heating element is simply turned off and the unit is then used as a regular pressure washer. This added versatility of industrial pressure washers makes them the perfect cleaning equipment for factories, commercial kitchens, gas stations, restrooms, car detailing companies, auto mechanic shops, and many more.
When it comes to industrial pressure washer units, you will find that there are an assortment of models and styles to choose from. This makes it important to carefully consider which type or model suits your cleaning requirements.
Since industrial pressure washers have the added heating element to help increase its cleaning power, they usually do not need the high pressure levels that non-heated units need to have to clean efficiently. Despite not having the very high pressure, operators still need to be wary of the surface they are cleaning as not every surface can tolerate high heat and can get damaged, melt, or warp because of it. A good example for this would be cleaning commercial kitchen equipments and appliances. The stainless steel is capable of withstanding the heat and intense pressure brought about by the unit. A car on the other hand may not be able to withstand the heat as the paint and the fiberglass may warp and get damaged from the heat.
Although it can be said that industrial units are more expensive than regular units, the fact that they can be used for prolonged periods and can withstand higher pressure levels makes them the best choice for heavy duty usage. If you use a regular pressure washer unit on an industrial setting, the high pressure levels used and using it for prolonged periods may cause stress on the unit. This will make the machine break down with just a few months or even days of use. In fact, many of the parts and equipment of a regular pressure washer are not made for such abuse. Parts like the pressure hose, unit housing, pump, and nozzles. This makes it specifically important to use an industrial pressure washer on an industrial setting.
A pressure washing unit can use gas, butane, propane, diesel, or electricity to power their motors. The choice of powering the unit, such as the fuel, depends on many factors. The use of fuel to power the unit mostly lies because a fuel-powered pressure washer machines can generate more power than its electric counterpart. Fuel-powered units also have the advantage of being used on location where there are no nearby electric power outlets. This means they can be powered without being connected to the grid. Electric-powered units on the other hand have the advantage of being usable for both indoor and outdoor applications. The unit simply needs to be plugged to the grid and it is ready to go. The best part about using an electric-powered unit is that they are less messy, less noisy, and requires less maintenance. However, there are still people who prefer fuel-powered units because they find it cheaper and convenient to run, especially when they will be using the unit on remote locations.
With regards to industrial steam pressure washers, the heating and power of the system may use gas, butane, propane, oil, or even diesel. Electric steam units on the other hand may use electricity not just as a source of power for running its motor, but also for heating the water as well.
Flow rate is an important factor when choosing an industrial cleaning unit. Steam pressure washers are able to generate the highest temperature levels. This makes having a varying flow rate useful. They can start from around 0.5 GPM (Gallons per Minute) to around 5 GPM. There are other units though that has flow rates lower than 0.5 GPM. However, these units are mostly used lighter commercial cleaning applications.
Since the variety, capability, power, and fuel source of industrial pressure washers is immense, not to mention the different manufacturers, types, and models to choose from, buying an industrial pressure washing machine should be dealt seriously and planned ahead. Doing such will allow you to consider the many factors involved and enable you to choose which would be the most suitable one for your industry – one that meets the cleaning specifications needed for your specific industrial setting.