The terms Pressure Washing and Power Washing are sometimes used interchangeably but, although they can do some of the same jobs, they aren’t exactly the same thing. In some cases, one should be used instead of the other, especially in home use vs commercial use.


Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses a high-pressure water spray coming from a hose with a long wand handle to spray away dirt and debris from decks, walls, siding, blacktop, and concrete. It’s the process used for most home applications, though it should still be used with care, in order to avoid damage to delicate surfaces or injury to others.


Power Washing – Not the Same as Pressure Washing

Like pressure washing, power washing uses high-pressure blasts of water to clean surfaces but delivers an additional element of heat, which adds greatly to its cleaning effect. Using super-heated water gives power washing the added bonus of easily removing sticky materials and stubborn coatings of tar, salt, heavy mud, grease, chewing gum and paint. Power washing comes in handy for removing and killing mold and mildew, moss and even weeds. For commercial uses, power washing is preferable, since companies use it to clean large work areas, roads, parking lots, warehouses, equipment and entire fleets of vehicles used in construction. It can even be used to remove graffiti, clean large awnings, and the sides of large buildings. Softer surfaces may be more easily damaged with power washing, so care, skill and good judgment are necessary to determine how to best use power washing.  


It’s best to hire a certified power washing company to do any commercial pressure or power washing jobs. With years of experience, an understanding of water reclamation, training and the best equipment, RTD Power Washing can make sure the right methods are used for your commercial washing needs. Safety, affordability and optimal results are built into all of our services. Additionally, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Why not contact us to schedule a consultation today?