What is Pressure Washing?
Pressure Washing (also known as Power Washing, Steam Cleaning, and Water Blasting) is the process of using high pressure (1,000 to 5,000 psi) water jets for cleaning, demolition, paint or dirt removal, and similar applications. The water may be heated to near 220 degrees Fahrenheit, or at ambient temperature.
The combination of pressure and flow is what determines how fast a pressure washing project can be completed. High pressure and high flow are required in order to properly complete a job in a timely manner. This requires expensive, professional equipment. Low budget equipment will yield high pressure with low flow or low pressure with high flow, both of which will slow down the pressure washing project down.
Cleaning effectiveness may be enhanced with the addition of certain chemicals compounded specifically for power washing and the particular problem being treated (oil, grease, etc.). One reason for heating the water used for pressure washing is because hot water requires less chemicals to complete the power washing project.
Why is Pressure Washing Necessary?
Humid climates can allow the rapid accumulation of organisms like algae, mold, and mildew to take root on just about every surface on the exteriors of your home or place of business. Dry climates similarly produce dirt, grime, cobwebs, mold, and mildew that accumulate and rob your home or place of business exteriors of their original luster and sheen. This includes siding, dumpster and trash areas, brick pavers, concrete driveways, and more.
These problems, if not dealt with, can result in dangerous or hazardous conditions for people, equipment, and vehicles. Also, if your facility was the subject of a surprise OSHA inspection, many of these problems could result in serious fines.
In addition, things like graffiti, paint and oil spills, or stains make a poor impression on your business and prospective customers. You only get one chance to make a Great 1st impression.
Power washing is often used as a highly effective, relatively low cost way to deal with these problems.
Typical surfaces suitable for pressure washing:
- Most types of exterior surfaces, including stucco, masonry, wood and metal siding
- Fences and decorative surfaces
- All types of concrete slabs including patios, sidewalks, driveways, interior floors in warehouses and industrial structures
- Swimming pool decks
How often should Pressure Washing be Done?
Pressure washing is usually done on an “as needed” basis. However, we recommend scheduling pressure washing on a regular basis as a form of maintenance to help homes, businesses, and other areas keep their value or restore them to what they should be.
One-time power washing is frequently used to clean a surface prior to painting.
Power washing can also be done on a regularly scheduled program. This is often the case for store fronts and entry sidewalks, signage, high foot or vehicular traffic areas, and containers and areas subject to frequent spills such as trash bins and surrounding areas.
Our Presure washing is good for:
- Parking Lots
- Exterior of Buildings
- Construction Sites
- Property Maintenance
- Commercial (Restaurants, Store Fronts, etc.)
- Residential (Fences, Driveways, Decks, etc.)
- Heavy Equipment
- Store Fronts / Awnings
- Dumpster & Trash Areas