A pressure washer can be the most efficient way to remove dust, grime, or mildew buildup from various surfaces. However, once you’ve decided that you need a pressure washer, you may find the number of choices and models overwhelming. There are several factors you want to look at before you purchase a pressure washer.
Electric or Gas Pressure Washers
The two main types of pressure washers are powered with either electricity or gasoline. The best model for you depends on the type of work you plan to do. If you’ll be working on smaller surface areas in which you’ll have easy access to a power outlet, an electric pressure washer will be sufficient. These are a good choice for washing garages, boats, or grills. They are also best for indoor cleaning, as they do not emit fumes the way gasoline washers do.
A gas powered washer is beneficial for large areas like patios, driveways, or multi-level buildings. They are typically used for more powerful jobs or for areas in which you would not have access to electricity. They do tend to be louder but they are also cord-free, which allows the user more versatility, especially for outdoor cleaning.
Consumer or Professional Models
If you’ll just be doing occasional household work, a lighter duty consumer model should have all the features you need. You can stay within the range of 1200-1900 PSI (which refers to the Pounds per Square Inch of water pressure the unit can provide). However, if you plan to use your pressure washer almost every day or for at least 20 hours per year, you may want to invest in a heavier duty professional model. It may be higher in initial cost, but it will be worth it for the increased lifespan and use you will get out of your machine. Depending on the frequency and intensity of the work you’re doing, a model anywhere from 2650-3800 PSI is recommended.
As a general rule, you don’t want to use any washer that is too strong for what you need; not only will it be more expensive, but you could damage the surface you’re cleaning.
Hot or Cold Water Pressure Washers
Hot water pressure washers are good for tough oil or grease-based stains. They are usually more expensive and more commonly used for professional applications, but if you need a thorough pressure washing, they’ll get the job done. Cold water pressure washers
are more common because they are cheaper to use and easier to maintain. They are versatile and can solidly perform a variety of cleaning jobs. They are best for removing dirt and work well when combined with detergent.
The best way to find out which type of pressure washer is ideal for you is to talk to a professional. Call the San Antonio pressure washer experts at Washing Equipment of Texas today to discuss your options!