Both homeowners and business owners have become much more conscious of the importance of cleaning regularly. Not only are dirt and grime unsightly, they can clog up machinery and wear down surface materials. In addition to those concerns, everyone is worried about super bugs these days. Drug-resistant bacteria can be found anywhere. The cleaning solutions necessary to kill them are very harsh. Many homeowners worried about the impact of toxic materials on their family and pets have turned to using an industrial pressure washer to clean their bathrooms and patios. Often they use the steam-powered washers to ensure that all of the bacteria is killed.
While this type of cleaning equipment can be used in homes, it is far more common in institutions such as nursing homes. A surface cleaner in this setting must quickly whisk away the worst of the germs. There are three different types of power washers. Those that use cold water, hot-water, or a combination. If cold water is needed to clean a surface, then there's a good chance that some chemical cleaner will need to be added to disinfect it. Steam cleaning is extremely thorough, but the unit that heats the water is heavier to carry. A combination pressure washer can be used in all circumstances.
When using a pressure washer, the cleaner must be aware of how much pressure is appropriate for a surface. If it's a steam pressure washer, they must verify that the surface is capable of withstanding high temperatures. Even though large factory equipment can look very sturdy, there may be small pressure gauges and switches that can be ruined by water or broken by the force of the water. Homeowners, with vinyl siding on the exterior of their homes, have traded in their paint brushes for power washers. They should have their vinyl siding contractor instruct them in the proper way to clean siding.
Power washers should not be used in cold conditions. If the unit is not thoroughly dried out, the water in it can turn to ice. Just like ice cubs in a tray, the water in the pressure washer will expand when it freezes. This can damage fragile components. If a power washer has to be used or stored outside, then it's best to wash it out with anti-freeze. This only works if the anti-freeze is rated for the average cold temperature expected in the area. Run the pressure washer with the antifreeze and make sure that it goes through all of the pump and cleaning nozzles as well.