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Pressure Washing vs. Steam Cleaning

by Charlie
on November 20, 2017

Steam cleaners and pressure washers are technically built for the same purpose (to clean surfaces), but there are key differences in how they work-and when you should use them. The simplest definitions are that steam cleaners use vapor or steam to get surfaces clean, while pressure washers use water and high pressure to do the job. But there are other differences you need to be aware of before choosing which to use.

Steam Cleaners:

  • Use gentle vapor from an internal heat source
  • Use very little water-less than a gallon in some cases
  • Use high temperatures to clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Are made for delicate surfaces
  • Provide a higher level of hygiene
  • Reduce slippery surfaces
  • Do not splash on operator(s)

Pressure Washers:

  • Force water through jets at high pressure
  • Larger volumes of water are needed to clean
  • May require detergents for stubborn grease & grime
  • Made for heavy-duty, large cleaning jobs covering more square footage.
  • Equipment weighs more, not always portable

Ready to add steam to your cleaning arsenal? Hotsy Iowa has the knowledge, training and a full line of steamers to help you get the job done right. So, don’t leave it to chance, leave it to the experts.

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