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Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers and Cleaning Agents

Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers and Cleaning Agents

Everything You Need to Know About Pressure Washers and Cleaning Agents

One of the advantages of pressure washers is that they do not necessarily need any type of cleaning agent. Why? Because the pressure is so strong that simple water can clean off the majority of surfaces. However, for a surface with mold, mildew, or another substance that may require a little more than pressure, cleaning agents may be needed.

Once you have come to that conclusion, you must then decide what cleaning agent is best for your pressure washing project. There are three main options: Soap, detergent, and chemicals. Each has pros and cons, which we will cover today. If you have additional questions, or want to find the best hot water pressure washer for your needs, contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 today.

Pressure washer soaps

Soap is the safest of the tree options because it is made from biodegradable or recyclable materials. Common ingredients are fats, sodium, and glycerin. The materials are mixed together in a high steam and the result is soap. Soap is the safest option but also the least powerful, which is why it is often the choice for smaller maintenance jobs.

For example, it may be used to clean the exterior of a home if the only things you are up against are grime and dirt. One of the biggest advantages of soap over the other choices is the fact that it can just be washed down the drain without worry about the environment, thanks to the fact that it’s made from natural materials.

Pressure washer detergents

Detergents are similar to soap with one big difference: They are not made from biodegradable materials. Detergents are most often used than the other two options. They are made from chemicals and combining specific synthetic materials. Detergents are most commonly used for hard-to-get-rid-of substances.

They are also great at getting rid of molds and mildews. It is better than soap on gutters too, and any areas that have been damaged by hard water. However, the main disadvantage is that some type of water recycling or water recovery system is required since it cannot simply be washed down the drain.

Pressure washer chemicals

These are the strongest option and are only used for very specific, difficult jobs. These chemicals are so strong that they cannot be introduced through the pump. Instead, they have to be injected via chemical injector. These are used for very difficult jobs such as mold and mildew that has been allowed to grow for years.

If you are ready to buy a pressure washer, or you already have one and do not know what cleaning agents to use, turn to the professional. You can reach Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 now for help. We offer a full range of hot water pressure washers, cold water pressure washers, trailers, water recovery systems, and much more.

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  • 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

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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.