Pressure washing equipment has many applications and one of the most important applications is cleaning concrete surfaces. Buildings, roads, sidewalks, bridges, train stations, and gas stations are regularly cleaned with pressure washing equipment, to keep them clean and grime free.
Pressure washing equipment used in these tasks need to be very durable, powerful, and efficient. Pressure wash machines are perhaps the only equipment able to handle concrete cleaning on this scale and there are many reasons behind this:
- Concrete is difficult to clean with any other equipment. Dry vapor machines lack the pressure level to forcefully remove grime from the concrete surface.
- The wide expanse of concrete buildings and structures cannot be cleaned with any other kind of machinery.
- Commercial pressure washing equipment clean most of the dirt found on concrete, including grease and graffiti.
Purchasing the right pressure washing equipment is a major challenge with thousands of products flooding the market, each with claims of being the best. In order to select the best pressure machines, you need to follow a few general thumb rules.
High temperature is important
It does not matter if you are cleaning a gas station or eliminating graffiti. None of these tasks can be completed well without using hot water. Cleaning gas stations should not be very difficult, if you are using water as hot as 330ºF. A hot water pressure washer is able to reach such searing temperatures in as little as 30 seconds, no more idling as the water heats. You can simply switch on the machine and wait a few seconds as the water reaches the optimal temperature.
A hot water pressure washing machine should have the right heating device for achieving the best results. The heavy duty, schedule 80 heating coils are not only durable, but also a good conductor of heat, resulting in quick heating.
Different power methods offer more choices
An electric pressure washer is usually more common, but many contractors use propane or gasoline powered machines for outdoor cleaning, particularly where electricity is not available. An electric pressure washer, popular used for indoor cleaning, is preferred for its noiseless, no-fume motor. Such a machine is unable to function in areas without the supply of electricity, such as open highways and under-construction buildings.
When you purchase an electric pressure washer, ensure that it is compatible with the power configurations in your country. You could purchase a machine with different power options, such as 220V-240V, or 440V, and 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
The best pressure washers have advanced features to improve productivity. If you are going to be working outdoors, ensure that you have a portable power wash system. If the machine can be quickly fitted on a trailer, you would be able to handle the cleaning tasks spread over a large area easily.
Similarly, a wand that allows the operator to quickly disconnect from water source has many benefits, the most important one being improved productivity.
If you are looking for best pressure washers, pay attention to these basic features.