An industrial pressure washer usually has pressure level ranging from 1000 to 3500 psi. This machine also heats water to high temperatures; a commercial pressure washer can reach temperatures as high as 330°F. This combination of heat and high pressure works to dissolve dirt and grease and wash it away from the surface.
An industrial pressure washer may also use cold water when heat is not required. This versatility makes an industrial pressure washer the best equipment for cleaning applications in factories, car detailing businesses, commercial kitchens and restrooms, gas stations, and building and grounds maintenance.
There are a variety of models and designs to choose from, and no matter which type of pressure washer you ultimately purchase, there are some points to consider.
While an industrial pressure washer often does not reach pressure levels as high as non-heated machines the temperature adds cleaning power to provide extended cleaning capabilities. In addition, certain surfaces may actually become damaged under high heat. Car surfaces, for example, cannot tolerate pressure levels higher than 1500 psi. On the other hand, surfaces such as concrete, stone, and granite require pressure levels as high as 2000 to 3000 psi for complete cleanliness. Higher pressure levels also create more stress on the machine, which is why you should purchase industrial pressure washers only from reputable dealers that offer product guarantees. Parts such as hoses, machine housings, and nozzles should be specially designed to withstand high pressure.
High pressure washers may use electricity, gas, diesel, propane, and even jet fuel to power their engines. The choice of fuel depends on a variety of factors. Electric pressure washers are popular because they can be used indoors and outdoors, and you simply need to plug in the machine for applications. Gas, diesel, and propane pressure washers are used for cleaning outdoors areas where electric supplies are nonexistent or scarce. Some people prefer gas over propane due to fuel costs, others might find diesel more fuel efficient, and still others prefer propane because it is considered a clean fuel.
Jet fuel-powered pressure washers are used for cleaning airplanes, hangars, airports, and other places in the aviation field.
Whatever the power source, steam pressure washers may use gas, propane, butane, heating oil, diesel, or jet fuel as a heating medium. Electric power wash machines, in addition to these fuels, may use electricity as a medium to heat water as well as run the motor.
Steam pressure washers have one of the highest temperature levels among all pressure washer systems. These machines, however, have varying flow rates, starting from 0.5 GPM and up to 5 GPM.
Some steam pressure washers have flow rates as low as 0.5 GPM. These low flow machines are primarily used for car washing, but they have many other commercial applications.
Due to the wide combinations and variations of these features available with different pressure washer models, the buyer has many choices and more likelihood of finding an industrial pressure washer that suits his or her requirements exactly.