Pressure Washing Service
Lil Squirt Power Washing Inc. is proud to be considered and ranked as one of the best in the lower mainland, the Fraser Valley and the Greater Vancouver area. We have worked hard to get ourselves ranked in this fashion, and then also to earn, deserve and keep these rankings. We take a lot of pride in our work, have the necessary equipment to handle most household, strata and commercial exterior cleaning jobs, and have the professional staff with the right attitudes to deserve being classed as “One of the best”! We take pride in our work, and want you to share in that pride from the work we do for you.
What service(s) do you need?
There are different cleaning methods and solutions for different situations.
Are the terms power washing and pressure washing really the same thing? Or are they completely different? It might seem a bit confusing, but we’re here to help clear things up, once and for all.
The short answer is this: they are the same, but different!
The basic function is the same: they both use highly pressurized water to help remove dirt and other materials from hard surfaces. While they are very similar processes, there are some key differences that determine how you use each service. Knowing these differences will help you determine which service you actually need to help get your home looking fresh and clean again.
The Difference Between Power Washing vs Pressure Washing
As far as the water pressure is concerned, they both use similar amounts of pressure. How much pressure really just depends on the type of machine; a household unit won’t offer up as much power as an industrial machine.
If we’re talking strictly about the types of the machines, there is one key element that differentiates a power washer from a pressure washer: a heating element. Both machines create a powerful stream of high-pressure water, but a power washer also heats up the water. This might seem like a small difference, but it actually makes a huge difference in how each is used.
What is Power Washing?
A power washer uses a high-pressure stream of very hot water to blast away dirt and materials from outdoor surfaces. The combination of high pressure and the temperature of the water make it better at removing all those truly stuck on materials from surfaces. It’s great for removing residue like salt, mildew, and mold from outdoor patios, decks, driveways, and more. The added heat also makes it particularly good at removing things like chewing gum from sidewalks. Power washing is also exceptionally great for handling grease stains on driveways or garage floors.
What is Pressure Washing?
Pressure washing is what you’ve most likely used at your home before. It uses the same high-pressure water blast as power washing but doesn’t use heated water. This regular temperature water still does an amazing job at blasting away dirt but doesn’t perform as well against moss, mold, or other tough stuck on substances.
For regular household use, pressure washing is the way to go. It’s less harsh on surfaces, which makes it ideal for use on things like masonry, brick, and concrete. This is what you want to turn to when you’re looking to give your deck or patio a quick clean.
For any larger jobs, like a large commercial space or an extra big driveway and patio space, go with power washing. The heated water usually helps to make the job go faster since the heat helps to loosen up the dirt. For that same reason, though, you have to be careful which surfaces you use it on. It’s best to stick to concrete and other hard surfaces when power washing, since the force of the hot water can do damage to softer surfaces.
Whichever type of cleaning method you decide to do, keep in mind that it’s always best to hire a professional to take care of it for you. If you’re not properly trained on how to use a pressure washer or power washer, you could end up damaging the surface you’re working on. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
What is Soft Washing?
Soft House Washing – does just that – we simply do not use high pressure to ensure no damage is done to your property, and at the same time we know the most effective cleaning solutions that can assist in getting the necessary job done without damaging your home or surroundings. This approach helps kill the mold, algae, mildew and dirt to keep the issue from spreading while at the same time does not damage your exterior finishes, and does not damage your landscaping.
For wood and delicate surfaces, soft wash is preferred. For more robust surfaces, power or pressure washing does the trick. Removing dirt, algae, and washing away winter grime prolongs the life of your home’s surfaces. Salt, sand, algae and moss can damage wood, black top, concrete, paving, and siding over time. A power wash completed by a professional keeps all these surfaces in tip top shape. No two materials are completely alike! That’s why our approach to concrete cleaning is very different from our house washing approach. Pressure washing uses water at a high but controlled pressure to remove stains and debris. It is the best solution for sidewalk, driveway and other concrete cleaning.
Soft washing distributes water and cleaners at a low, safe pressure. This allows us to be extremely detail oriented in our cleaning approach, and to do it safely. This approach is what we use for house exteriors.
We understand the best solutions for every situation and are therefore able to deliver the best approach with the most effective results in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Call us for a quote!