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What's the difference between "pressure washing" and "power washing" ?

"Pressure" washing consists of using highly pressurized water at cold temperatures. This method relies on pressure to clean a surface. On the other hand, "power" washing is the combination of using both high-pressure and hot-water. This method is safer as it uses the science of thermodynamics!


Submitted by Trina Shira on January 26th, 2014.

What is hot-water power washing?

Hot-water power washing introduces heated water to the surface that needs to be cleaned. Commercial power washing machines burn diesel fuel inside a chamber to heat the pressurized water to a specific temperature. Once the desired temperature is reached the cleaning begins!  This method is safer for the surface and environment as it does not rely on pressure and chemicals!


Submitted by Kevin Ray on April 19th, 2017.

What is Thermodynamics?

Thermodynamics is a branch of physics that deals with the relationships between heat and other forms of energy. In particular, it describes how thermal energy is converted to and from other forms of energy and how it affects matter. The amount of heat transferred by a substance depends on the speed and number of atoms or molecules in motion. The faster the atoms or molecules move, the higher the temperature, and the more atoms or molecules that are in motion, the greater the quantity of heat they transfer. 


Submitted by Taylor Vella on November 19th, 2016.

Is it safe to power wash your home?

Yes! Power washing is actually very safe and beneficial for the exterior of your home. A routine cleaning will not only keep your paint looking fresh but it will maintain the overall value and appearance of your home!


Submitted by Christin Rodriguez on August 23rd, 2011.

Can oil stains be removed from concrete?

Yes and no. Oil stains can be removed from your concrete if action is taken immediately during a spill. The oil will get deeper into the pores of the concrete the longer the spill sits on the surface. The oil will not dry.. it will only get deeper! The saying goes.. "The deeper the stain the harder it will be to remove." For tough stains, we would recommend a routine cleaning with degreaser and steam! This will help emulsify the oils and lift them from the pores of the concrete.


Submitted by Edward Cassidy on December 2nd, 2013

How do you remove rust from concrete and does it require chemicals?

Rust is the result of the oxidation of iron. The most common cause is prolonged exposure to water. Any metal that contains iron, including steel, will bond with the oxygen atoms found in water to form a layer of iron oxide, or rust. Rust will increase and speed up the corrosion process, so upkeep is important. Removing rust is not too difficult. Rust removal will require a chemical reaction with an acid based solution. Acid cleaners are actually a rust "converter" in that it turns iron oxide (or rust) into ferric phosphate, a black or grey coating. After the rust is decomposed the surface will need to be power washed with steam to remove all of the contaminates on the surface.


Submitted by Chanel Gonzales on November 19th, 2019.

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