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Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers Announces Participation at PowerClean 2018

Exhibiting this year at booth #503, Nilfisk HPW will be showcasing an expansive product portfolio found within each of their brands of high pressure washers by Nilfisk, Hydro Tek and Pressure-Pro. With over several decades of cleaning expertise, they develop and manufacture high quality products that represent the latest technology and innovation in the pressure washer industry.

Whether the need is for a home improvement project, an outdoor surface with stubborn grime, or a semi-professional or industrial job, they have the machines you need for projects both big and small. Choose from any one of their machines to assist with tackling the most rigorous of cleaning jobs to bring back the shine.

Product spotlights include:

  • New MH 3C, offers high cleaning efficiency and low running costs via optimal cleaning
    and heating performance. It is the ideal hot water unit for general light everyday cleaning in applications such as automotive, craftsmen and light farming.
  • E4040HG, 4gpm @ 4000psi, offers a revolutionary aircraft grade aluminum frame with dual handles, lifetime frame warranty, adjustable pressure unloader with a GX390 Honda engine.
  • AZV88, a portable recycling system used in protecting the environment from wash water runoff and complying with governmental storm drain regulations is simple, economical and effective to use.

Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers experts will be available in booth #503 to consult and discuss needs for specific industry applications.

For more information on Nilfisk HPW – High Pressure Washers machines, please visit NilfiskHPW.

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Pressure Washer for Your Need

You know you want a pressure washer but how do you decide which one is best for your needs? A simple way to get an answer is to work with Hydro Tek. We specialize in these products and that means we know them inside and out. All you have to do is go over what you plan to use your power washer for, answer a few questions, and consider the advice we give you.

In the meantime, you can also consider a few essential factors to make the right decision. Once you have considered the choices, feel free to reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us for additional assistance.

Do you want maximum power? Maybe not

The water pressure used by a hot- or cold-water pressure washer is measured in pound per square inch, which is indicated by psi. The average gas-powered model is going to have more power with ranges between 2,000 and 2,800 psi. Compare that to electric models, which generally have between 1,300 to 1,700.

It is common for a person to assume that the higher the pressure, the better it is for their needs but this is not always the case. If you are going to strip paint off of vinyl siding, then a gas option is likely to be ten times faster and a gas option is going to clean a concrete patio about three times faster than the best electric pressure washer on the market.

However, a gas model is going to be more dangerous than an electric model. It requires more skill to handle the higher pressure, and when set to the wrong settings, electric models are more likely to splinter, etch, or otherwise damage the surfaces they are supposed to be cleaning.

Noise is important to consider

Next, consider how important noise is for you. A gas pressure washer model is going to produce 85 decibels at the minimum. At this noise level, hearing protection is highly recommended. On average, an electric model produces 78 decibels of sound when they are running. When the trigger is released, the motor stops and they are entirely silent.

As you compare these sound levels, consider two things. First, we are comparing the quietest a gas pressure washer can run at – 85 dBa – with the average sound of an electric model. Second, note that gas pressure washers are loud the entire time, whether in use or not. Electric models only make noise when in use, which means they can be used in residential areas with only a few brief moments of sound.

Contact us now and we can help you find the right choice

There is no reason to wonder which pressure washer to get, or to worry that you did not make the right decision. At Hydro Tek we have years of experience with these products and their accessories. Reach out today at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us and let us help you find what you are looking for.

Gas vs Electric: Which is the Best Power Source for a Pressure Washer?

Gas vs Electric: Which is the Best Power Source for a Pressure Washer?

If you are planning to buy a pressure washer then you will have a number of factors to consider and decisions to make. However, for many people there is no more challenging choice than that between gas and electric. At Hydro Tek we offer a wide selection of pressure washers and accessories. There is no single model that’s perfect for everyone and so it is up to you to decide what will work best for you.

Today we will go over some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us at 800-274-9376 or sales@hydrotek.us. We are here to use our years of experience to ensure you get exactly what you need.

The pros and cons of a gas-powered pressure washer

One of the biggest advantages of choosing a gas-powered pressure washer is the fact that they are portable. They are not hooked up to any cords at all, which means that they can be used anywhere there is enough ventilation. They are also the more powerful option, which makes them a top choice for those who want a power washer for commercial or industrial needs.

The main disadvantage of a gas-powered pressure washer is that it cannot be used in an area that does not have ventilation. For example, if you need pressure washers to clean out buildings, then gas-powered is not the right choice. If you need to clean out a basement, closed garage, bathroom, etc., then you will need something without fumes. Gas powered options are also more expensive upfront and more expensive to run than electric options.

The pros and cons of an electric-powered pressure washer

The other main fuel source is electric. These are extremely quiet machines, which make them a much better choice for residential needs. Though they are not portable enough to be used anywhere (they require an electrical outlet to be plugged into) they do not give off fumes, which means they can be used in enclosed places such as basements and bathrooms.

The fact that electric-powered pressure washers are more affordable to purchase and run is an advantage as well, but it comes at a price. These units do not have as much power capacity as a gas model. They also do not last as long and they require more maintenance. However, they are often the choice of a person or company that plans to use them occasionally.

Still not sure? We can help you decide

If you are still not sure if a gas or electric powered pressure washer is best for your needs then there is good news: We are here to help. Contact Hydro Tek today and we can go over our catalog with you. There are other factors that can be considered, which we are more than happy to discuss. Call now and find the perfect pressure washer for your needs.

RVs and Travel Trailers Need Special Cleanings: Pressure Washer Can Do the Trick

RVs and Travel Trailers Need Special Cleanings: Pressure Washer Can Do the Trick

Even in California, RVs and travel trailers are not used much in winter months. When they sit around, gathering dust and debris, they are often in need of detailing. The good news is that a pressure washer can help get RVs and travel trailers clean. For minor cleaning, follow the directions below. For true deep cleaning, invest in a pressure washer and a water recycle system.

Standard cleaning: Everything you need

First of all, just grab any soap you would use to wash a car. You will want to use a high-quality soap that is non-toxic. Then grab a scrub brush. You need something that is firm and will provide plenty of cleaning pressure without risking damaging the paint on the RV or travel. The best way to ensure that the paint is not damaged is to skip the brush and use a pressure washer. Just be sure it is set to the right temperature and pressure.

If you want your travel trailer or RV to look brand new, then you may want to find a soap that has a high gloss finish. You can even add wax or other finishing products to make it look even better. We also recommend polishing the tires and the metal rims. Once they are polished up, they will shine like new and help the travel trailer or RV look brand new.

Finally, you need a garden hose. This will not provide much pressure at all, which means you will need to do quite a bit of work. For those with mobility, who are worried they lack the strength to properly clean the TV, or those who want to save time and hassle, clean the RV or travel trailer with a pressure washer.

The cleaning process for standard or pressure washing cleaning

No matter what type of cleaning you are using, you should start by cleaning off the roof. You may need to walk on the roof if using standard cleaning procedures. Remember that you could potentially damage the roof by doing so, so be sure to walk only on the ribs.

Once the roof is clean, move to the sides and tires. You should make sure to avoid getting water into the fridge access panels, as this can actually destroy the fridge. After you have rinsed your vehicle or travel trailer, it’s time to add any high-gloss soap you want.

Putting aside the appropriate amount of time

If you are cleaning with a hose then you can expect this process to take an average of eight hours for a full-sized RV. On the other hand, if you invest in a pressure washer then the entire process can be completed as quickly as an hour. Reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you are interested in learning more about pressure washers.

Pressure Washing Your Gutters Can Save You Money in Many Ways

Pressure Washing Your Gutters Can Save You Money in Many Ways

Keeping your gutters maintained is essential. If you don’t, then over time the downspouts can become lose and you could potentially lose your gutters due to rotting back boards. If you do not regularly clean your gutters, then you could end up with issues that extend beyond damage to your gutters. You could find that black streaks appear on your property – and they may not come out without pressure washing or repainting.

At Hydro Tek, we recommend that homeowners or business owners look into pressure washing equipment and accessories for a number of needs, including cleaning out your gutters. A small investment today could result in saving cash in a number of ways in the future. Today we will discuss the ways in which you can clean your gutters – both without and without pressure washing.

What you need to check your gutters

Before you head up there and start cleaning, it is a good idea to get a close look at what you are dealing with. You’ll need a ladder, preferably with a stabilizer bar, a pair of heavy work gloves, a bucket with dish soap and water, and a sponge or brush. Climb up there and visually inspect your gutters. If there is minor debris, then you can remove it with your gloves. If you want to see how well the gutters are working, pour the water into them and see how effectively the water is moved.

You will also want to ensure that your gutters secure to your home or commercial property. to check them, simply give them a light tug. Look at the back wood boards to see if they have rotted. If you can see that your gutters are in good order then it is time to get a deep cleaning via pressure washing.

What type of gutters do you have?

In order to properly handle gutter maintenance and cleaning on your own, you will need to know what type of gutters you are dealing with. For example, open gutters are gutters that are (as the name implies) entirely open and can be easily scooped out by hand. Gutter guards prevent debris from getting into the gutter, much like a guard over a bathtub drain keeps debris from going down the pipes. Rain gutters have ribs and are destined to get filled with debris at some point. They are also almost impossible to properly clean without a pressure washer.

How to prevent future clogs

It is easy enough to clean out gutters with the right pressure washing equipment but of course most homeowners do not want to deal with this issue. If you want to keep your gutters are clear of debris as possible, install gutter baskets. They allow the water to flow through the gutters but do not allow leaves and other debris to go through.

If you are in need of the proper pressure washing equipment then you are in luck – we have you covered. Let Hydro Tek guide you through the process of finding the right option by calling us at 800-274-9376 or sending us an email at sales@hydrotek.us.

Learn How to Clean Your Metal Roof with a Pressure Washer

Learn How to Clean Your Metal Roof with a Pressure Washer

In past months, we have given you advice on how to clean a tile roof and how to clean a shingle roof with a pressure washer. Today we are going to cover how to clean a metal roof with a pressure washer. While some of the steps will be the same, others are unique to a metal roof. If you are in the process of considering your pressure washer options, we highly recommend that you contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 before making a final decision.

Understanding the type of metal roof

Before we explain how to use a pressure washer to clean your metal roof, it is important to know what type of metal roof you have. There are two main options for the purposes of this tutorial. First there is the flat metal roof with a slight slope. This does not necessarily mean it is entirely flat but it is flat enough that it can be walked on. Just be sure that you are using extreme caution because this type of roof can be very slippery.

The second option is the moderate to high pitch metal roof. These are not at all safe to walk on. Instead, you will need accessories that allow you to spray the roof from a ladder. You can get said pressure washer accessories from Hydro Tek and we are happy to help you find the right choice.

You need the right safety equipment

Before you can get on a roof and clean it, you must be sure that you have the appropriate safety equipment. First, you need a hardness and fall safe. These should be used when getting on any roof but are especially important on metal roofs due to how slippery they are. Make sure that the ladder you have has padded stabilizers because metal roofs have coatings to protect them. You do not want to scratch or damage this coating, which is why the padded stabilizers are need.

You need the right equipment

Once you have the safety equipment you need, then it is time to make sure that you have the pressure washing equipment you need. Start off with a hot water pressure with a 40-degree tip. This is very effective at getting rid of algae and mildew, both of which often grow on metal roofs. You only need low pressure on metal roofs, as it is enough to disturb and clean them. We recommend hot water because metal roofs can handle it and hot water is more effective.

Then get a 12 volt or gas-powered detergent sprayer. This makes it easy for you to coat your metal roof with detergent while you are on the ladder. As mentioned above, even if you have a flat metal roof, it is still slippery when wet so the best option is a sprayer that can work from the ladder. If you need help finding the right equipment then we hope you will reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 .

6 Potential Uses for a Commercial Water Pressure Washer

6 Potential Uses for a Commercial Water Pressure Washer

Investing in a commercial grade water pressure washer is a great way to start or build a business. At Hydro Tek we are proud to offer a wide range of machines, accessories, and other equipment. Read on to find out more about the many uses of these washers and then contact us to find out more about how to choose the right one for your needs.

  1. Rust removal
  2. Rust stains are unsightly and can make a surface look older than it is. If you have stains from irrigation, rust, fertilizer, or even orange battery acid burn, then a water pressure washer may be just what you need to get rid of it without damaging what’s underneath.

  3. Restaurant cleaning
  4. First impressions are important in any business but cleanliness is especially important in the restaurant industry. If a restaurant is not clean enough, then people may assume the food is not clean. If the sidewalk in front of the building is dirty, then it may give people the impression that the kitchen is dirty too.

  5. Gum removal
  6. Many people may consider gum removal to be one of the most disgusting jobs they can imagine. The good news is that it is actually fairly easy with the right equipment. It may be tempting to blast it with high pressure, but actually using hot water and low pressure gently melts the gum and assures you don’t have to put a hand on it.

  7. Graffiti removal
  8. Graffiti has been around since cavepeople were drawing on rock walls. While the urge to leave a mark may be understandable on one level, no one wants their private property being vandalized. It can seem impossible to get rid of graffiti but really all you need is the right equipment.

  9. Cleaning off concrete
  10. Anyone who owns a business owns a property that they should keep clean. One of the most important aspects of ensuring that their property looks cleaning and inviting is ensuring that the concrete is cleaned off. While anyone can take a hose to concrete, only pressure washing is going to make it look like new again.

  11. Cleaning parking garages
  12. Parking garages may not be the first place you think of when you think of clean public areas but there’s no reason they can’t be. In areas with plenty of parking garages, there are only two things that will encourage a customer: The price and the cleanliness. Work with local facilities to get their parking garage cleaner than they’ve seen it in years.

These are just some of the ways in which a person or company could make great use of a pressure washer. If you are ready to invest in your future then reach out to Hydro Tek to find the right equipment. We offer brand new units, accessories, water treatment systems, and much more.

How to Clean Your Shingle Roof with a Pressure Washer

How to Clean Your Shingle Roof with a Pressure Washer

We told you last month how to clean your tile roof but of course it is not the only type of roof out there. Each type of roof and its material will require unique cleaning. Today at Hydro Tek we are going to go over the basics of cleaning your shingle roof with a pressure washer.

Is it time to clean your shingle roof?

First of all, it is important to know how to tell when it is time to clean your shingle roof. It may be clear, depending on the situation. For example, do you see moss growing on your roof? Then you likely know right away that it is time to clean it. However, other signs may not be as obvious, such as black or dark streaks on your roof, or organic debris on your roof. These are all examples that should lead to cleaning your shingle roof.

What happens if you don’t clean your shingle roof?

Those black and dark streaks you see on your shingles are what’s known as Gloeocapsa Magma. It’s spread by spores that are spread throughout the air and they can contribute to mold and mildew. They don’t have a huge impact on the roof itself but it doesn’t look good. If you have moss on your roof then you should act right away. It can lift and crack the shingles, and it can even slowly eat them. You don’t always have to remove the moss but it does need to be treated so that it will stop growing.

Finally, if you have organic debris on your roof then this not only doesn’t look good but it can actually lock moisture into your roof, which can shorten its lifespan significantly. Note that no matter what is on your roof, the first step is to get off the growth and things that are visibly unsightly. However, this is just the first step – you still need to actually clean the roof. That’s where a water pressure washer comes in.

Get the right tools and accessories to clean your shingle roof

The first step is cleaning your shingle roof is to make sure you have the right equipment. Get a cold water pressure washer that can blast away the dirt and grime in no time at all. Then get the right detergent. You can make our own out of bleach and water. If you need accessories, you can turn to Hydro Tek for those to too.

The bottom line is that if you have the right equipment, you know what you’re doing, and you’re willing to invest a little bit of time, you can clean off your roof just as well as the professionals could. If you get the right water pressure washer, you can even do it from the ground. If you are wondering about the best accessories and other options, please reach out to us for assistance.

Ask the Professionals: What’s the Difference Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

Ask the Professionals: What’s the Difference Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

The way something is washed makes a big difference in how well it is washed. At power washing companies who clean exteriors for a living, there are two main option: Pressure washing and soft washing. If you are going to take control of the project yourself, then you should know what the difference is between these two options and when to do one over the other.

The main thing to look at is what is being cleaned. Then you should look at what is being cleaned off of it. Those two answers will essentially make up your mind about how to clean it. Keep reading to learn more and then reach out to Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 if you need more information about non-commercial or commercial pressure washers.

What is soft washing?

Soft washing, which is sometimes referred to as detergent cleaning, is generally used when trying to loosen blemishes that are hard to get rid of, when cleaning up stubborn stains, or when cleaning sensitive materials. One example is corrosion on cement. It is often also used to get rid of mildew off of vinyl siding, or to freshen up a dirty roof.

The disadvantages of soft washing

Soft washing is very fast and it is effective but there are disadvantages. First, it can hurt the organic matter around the area. As a result, it is not a good option for anything that’s in the middle of landscaping. Second, it can dull paint. If you are considering soft washing for the side of a painted house, then it may not be the best option. Finally, it can etch glass, which means it is not a good choice for cleaning windows and other glass surfaces.

What is pressure washing?

As the name implies, pressure washing involves using high pressured water to clean up materials and surfaces. Note that only durable materials and surfaces can be cleaned with pressure washing. It is great at cleaning up dirt, muck, and other difficult materials but it can damage certain surfaces. For example, a hot water pressure washer is great for washing a patio or stripping a metal surface before painting. On the other hand, it would not be a good choice to clean your front door.

What type of pressure washer do you need?

If you are considering investing in a pressure washer then you are likely wondering what type you need. The answer is simple: Reach out to Hydro Tek and we can help you determine what will work best. With our decades of experience in this field, we know how to understand your needs, consider the options, and give expert advice.

Are you ready now? Are you interested in knowing what your options are and what they may cost? If you answered yes to any of these questions then we urge you to contact us at 800-274-9376 right away.

The Basics of Rust Removal: Learn How a Pressure Washer Can Help

The Basics of Rust Removal: Learn How a Pressure Washer Can Help

Rust is more than an ugly addition to a surface – it can be a sign that what’s under the surface is damaged. At Hydro Tek we offer a wide range of water pressure washing equipment and accessories that can make it easy to remove and prevent rust. Keep reading to learn more about it and then reach out to us at 800-274-9376 if you have questions about rust removal.

There are many places rust can come up and not all of them are great choices for pressure washing

If you have rust on your sidewalk, on the side of a building, or another hard surface then water pressure is likely the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to remove it. However, we do not recommend pressure washing for softer surfaces. This would include new cement, wood, or vinyl siding. If you use high pressure on any of these surfaces then it’s likely to do more than just get rid of the rust – it can cause serious damage.

You may have ingredients in your home right now that will remove rust

You may be surprised to discover how many ingredients you may have in your home that can get rid of rust. For example, a paste made out of water, baking soda, and vinegar can get rid of rust. However, this is just a solution for a small item you may have in your home, such as a tool or a frying pan, but it is not a solution for a building or larger area.

Removing rust from larger projects

If you have something larger than your own personal tools or a frying pan to clean, then we recommend that you get professional cleaning agents. Remember that these agents are for industrial use and can be hazardous if not used correctly. We recommend closely following the directions to ensure that you’re safe and that you’re keeping the area safe.

Most of the chemicals used to remove rust are made of acid. They basically work by eating away at the rust, but can do a lot of harm to a person’s skin or eyes if they come into contact with them. That’s why safety gear, including goggles and gloves, is a must. It’s also why only those who are confident with these types of jobs should handle them.

We can help you find the right pressure washer for your needs

The good news about working with Hydro Tek is that we have extensive experience in all types of pressure washer projects. Whether you need an industrial washer to remove rust from a building, or you need a pressure washer for cleaning a residential driveway, we can help. While not every job is right for a pressure washer, many are. If you’re ready to learn more about the equipment, accessories, and more then give us a call at 800-274-9376 .

  • Hot Water Pressure Washers

    Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers are designed to tackle the toughest messes wherever they may occur. Our products feature high-quality stainless steel construction, simple controls, and an innovative Spiralast™ heating coil that improves efficiency and reduces your fuel costs. We manufacture the Spiralast™ coils right here in our facility using a proprietary cold rolled process and robotic welds for exceptional strength and unimpeded flow. Our Spiralast™ lifetime warranty is the ONLY lifetime heating coil warranty in the industry.

  • Advantages of a Hot Water Pressure Washer

    Simply by heating up the water, a hot water pressure washer delivers dramatically improved cleaning power compared to a cold water machine. Hot water pressure washers are especially useful for cleaning sticky, greasy, or oily surfaces, because they will loosen the dirt much faster without the large amounts of soap, detergent, or other cleaning chemicals that must be used with a cold water system.

  • Hot Water Pressure Washer Applications

    A hot water pressure washer is essential for any cleanup job involving a sticky, greasy, or oily mess, as well as for applications where a surface must be sanitized. With a variety of models available, including self-contained mobile units with gas, diesel, or electric power, Hydro Tek hot water pressure washers can go anywhere and clean anything. Some common applications include heavy equipment cleaning, vehicle cleaning, graffiti removal, restaurant hood vent cleaning, and livestock facility cleaning.

Quality & Innovation Since 1985

Hydro Tek

From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.