Pressure Washers: High Pressure Cleaning vs. High Flow Power Washing
Pressure washers are great tools for cleaning exterior surfaces and outdoor items. They are 10 to 50 times more powerful than a garden hose, but they use up to 80 percent less water. Cars, trucks, patio furniture, sidewalks, fencing, garage floors, driveways and houses are all items you can pressure wash. However, not every project has the same cleaning requirements.
High Pressure Cleaning
For tough stains like mildew and grime on driveways, decks, patios and other exterior surfaces, you will want to use a high pressure setting on a pressure washer. Pressure washers range from light duty to heavy duty based on PSI. PSI stands for pound per square inch and is the pressure resulting from a force of one pound-force applied to an area of one square inch. A light-duty pressure washer offers 1200-1900 PSI; a medium duty pressure washer offers up to 2600 PSI; and a heavy-duty pressure washer offers between 2650-3600 PSI. Selecting the right pressure washer level depends on what you want to clean and how quickly. For more information, check out tips on choosing a pressure washer for your cleaning project. Suggested pressure cleaning projects:
- Oil stains
- Garage floors
- Deck or patio
- Paint prep
High Flow Power Washing
Traditional pressure washers are great for deep cleaning tasks such as driveways and decks because of the high power they produce. However, they could be too powerful for delicate items such as vehicles or patio furniture if not used properly, and they struggle to reach elevated areas of a home such as second story windows or eaves and gutters. For these projects, a high flow pressure washer will be helpful. A high flow pressure washer delivers up to 5 gallons per minute and increases the pressure washer’s capability to reach elevated areas to rinse away soap, dirt and debris, something a traditional pressure washer can’t do. Suggested power washing projects:
- Second-story windows
- Patio furniture
- Glass tabletops
- Power soaping
- Clearing cobwebs and insect nests
- Clearing pollen and mold spores
POWERflow+: High Flow and High Pressure Cleaning
For homeowners who want one pressure washer that can tackle all their outdoor cleaning needs, Briggs and & Stratton’s new POWERflow+ pressure washer technology offers the only pressure washers available with both high pressure to lift dirt and high flow to easily wash it away. A POWERflow+ washer offers 5 gallons per minute flow and up to 3000 max PSI using a 7-in-1 nozzle to easily switch settings for various pressure cleaning projects.
POWERflow+ is available now at most Lowe’s stores and other select Briggs and & Stratton retailers. Find your local pressure washer retailer today!