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Power Washing vs Pressure Washing

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How often have you heard power washing and pressure washing being used interchangeably? Have you ever wondered if there was a difference between the two? We are here to tell you that power washing and pressure washing are both the same but also different. Let us explain how!


Both power washing and pressure washing use highly pressurized water to remove dirt, debris and other materials.

They both use similar amount of pressure on surfaces when cleaning.


Power washing and pressure washing heating elements are the biggest difference.

  • A power washer heats up the water, whereas a pressure washer does not.
  • A power washer uses a high-pressure stream of very hot water to get rid of dirt, debris and other materials. This is great for removing things like salt, mildew, mold, chewing gum, grease, etc. Power washing can also help control weeds and moss around your home or business. The pressure and hot water kill and helps prevent weeds and moss from growing back.
  • Pressure washing is what you have used on your home before. It has the same high-pressure as power washing but it doesn’t use heated water. This still does a wonderful job at removing dirt and debris but it won’t get rid of tough stuck on substances, primarily it is used to get rid of tough stains on concrete.

When to use pressure washing and power washing:

Pressure washing is best used for regular home exterior cleanings. It should be used on things like masonry, brick and concrete.

Power washing is best used for large spaces. The heated water will help the job go faster and will loosen the dirt easier. However, it can damaged some surfaces so be sure to only use on concrete or other hard surfaces.

If you currently live in Utah and are needing pressure washing/power washing services, contact our sister company, AJET Services (801-330-0398 or

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