Pressure Washer Buying 101



If you own a home, business, or car, you know how important it is to maintain your property. From mud, debris, and oil, there are many different types of dirt that can accumulate over the years. If you allow dirt to build-up for too long, it will become too difficult to clean with a simple hose and soap. When dirt gets tough, get tough on dirt with a pressure washer!

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what is a pressure washer?

You may be wondering what the difference is between your regular garden hose and a pressure washer. While they do have a few similarities, there is a huge difference between the power of clean these two machines harness. They both spray water at different intensities and have the ability to clean your home, car, and yard.

Garden Hose vs. Pressure Washer

The difference lies within the PSI [Pounds per Square Inch] of the hoses. PSI measures the amount of pressure applied when cleaning a surface. Your typical garden hose has a 40PSI, while a pressure washer can be anywhere from 1500 to 3300 PSI. Pressure washers PSIs vary depending on the type of machine that is used. The PSI you need will depend on the type of job you need the washer for. For example, if you are washing a truck you will want to use a lower PSI as opposed to a more intense PSI for cleaning the exterior of your home.

Difference in Clean

When you use a regular garden hose to clean your home you may have to change the water pressure by switching the nozzle over, and even then, you may still have to get down on your hands and knees to scrub away dirt and grime. This can be tough on your back and still may leave behind stuck on dirt that is just too stubborn to remove with these basic tools.

With a pressure washer, you can load detergent into the machine which will spray out along with high-intensity water to blast away dirt at remarkable speeds. This allows you to move from one task to the next without having to spend time trying to remove stuck-on dirt.

types of pressure washers

By now you have figured out that pressure washers are the way to go to maintain a sparkly clean façade for your home and business. After browsing the web, you will find there are different types of pressure washers, so which one is right for you? There are two main types of pressure washers and both serve a different purpose for cleaning. 

Cold Water Pressure Washer

This is the most common type of pressure washer and is commonly used for households. Cold water pressure washers are great for cleaning sidings, decks, porches, and driveways. They can be electric, or gas-powered. If you will not be using the pressure washer very often you may want to use a gas-powered washer, but if you will be using your pressure washer more frequently an electric washer will be more practical.

Hot Water Pressure Washer

This pressure washer helps to provide a thorough clean by using water temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Because this can get very hot these kinds of pressure washers work well for industrial kitchens, restaurants, and other places where oily dirt can build-up.

With the basic understanding of pressure washers, you can decide which washer is right for you. Hotsy provides top-quality industrial cleaning equipment, along with parts and accessories that can be found in a variety of cleaning applications.

NorTex Sales & Service offers an extensive selection of Hotsy industrial pressure washers to accommodate the unique needs of different businesses. We service Abilene, Athens, Big Springs, Carthage, San Angelo, Dallas, and other surrounding areas. We also provide training on how to properly operate our washers. Browse our inventory or give us a call today to request a quote!

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