How to Find the Right Pressure Washing Equipment

If you’re ready to get serious about cleaning, choosing the right pressure washing equipment is the first step. The correct equipment will reduce downtime, and replacement parts for you pump and components.

Hot or Cold?

Your cleaning application will help you determine which equipment is best. There are two basic types of pressure washers, hot water and cold water.

  • Hot water machines are the best option for cleaning less soluble, hard to remove substances like oil, grease and tar. The four standard choices of hot water are; electrically heated pressure washer, natural gas heated pressure washer, propane gas heated pressure washer, and the diesel fuel heated pressure washer
  • Cold water machines work well to clean soluble materials and for high pressure industrial blasting, like rock removal or land excavation

Where are You Washing?

In the case of portable pressure washers versus permanent installations, like a car wash, the machinery you choose can depend on whether you are cleaning indoors or out and how much portability you require.

  • Outdoors – Outdoor cleaning applications mean you have the most choice in the type of machinery you can choose. Power sources include gasoline or electricity, with gasoline models offering more portability because they do not require access to electricity.
  • Indoors – Indoor cleaning applications are generally restricted to electric machines due to the noise and fumes generated by gasoline powered equipment. Portability can be a problem indoors because electric washers must always be close to a power source.

Where are You Discharging Your Wash Water?

In most cases this is not an issue, but for those applications that require more to discharge, we can help. There are two basic types of wash water recycling; open loop and closed loop.

  • Open loop recycling allows oil and dirt to be separated and then the wash water re-used and occasionally discharged. This can be on a continuous basis or only when required.
  • Closed loop recycling does not allow wash water discharge. Oils and dirt are separated continuously and re-used for pressure washing. If evaporation and natural removal of water on equipment is not enough to maintain system cleaning requirements water removal must be incorporated into the preventative maintenance program.

How Much Cleaning Will You Do?

This is a question of quality. If you’re just doing occasional cleaning once or twice a week and don’t require particularly high pressure, then lower-priced equipment will get the job done for you.

However, if your equipment will be in almost constant use or needs to perform at higher pressures, lower quality machinery will cost you more over time due to increased repair and maintenance costs and the downtime that comes with them.

HPW is your #1 source for pressure washing equipment needs. Call us today at 905-761-8822 or Contact Us.

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