Steam Cleaning vs. Pressure Washing: What’s the Difference?

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Wondering which cleaning method is best for your outdoor needs? Click to learn the differences between pressure washing and steam cleaning stone and brick.

The World Health Organization has found a large percentage of the 300 million cases of childhood asthma are caused by indoor dampness and mold, typical in outdoor patios.

How many dark patches of grime can you already spot in your outdoor spaces, such as a garage, pool, or roof eaves?

Mould and grime do not only look bad when trying to enjoy the outdoors but can cause severe health problems when left untouched. This makes pressure washing and outdoor steam cleaning essential to-dos. Each method has pros and cons, and we are here to help you select the option that fits your needs best.

Continue reading below for our guide on pressure versus steam washing to make your outdoor spaces a healthy, clean sanctuary.

The Process of Pressure Washing

A pressure washer forces large quantities of water through high-pressure jets to clean away dirt, grime, and insects from surfaces. The pressure loosens and dislodges through whatever has caked onto a surface. The concentrated stream of water makes cleaning quick and easy.

Water volume and force matter when it comes to cleaning with pressure washing. Pressure washing is standard on large outdoor spaces such as patios, garages, and walkways.

Pressure washers also extend to clean eaves on a roof or other areas that need height. Nothing is hard to reach when using additional attachments that provide length and extra water force.

Detergent is an easy addition to the pressurized water, creating specialized sanitation and treatment depending on the job at hand.

The Process of Steam Cleaning

Pressure washers are fantastic in large outdoor spaces or hard-to-reach areas. Areas needing a lighter touch would clean well with steam cleaning.

Steam cleaning works by the steamer heating water beyond boiling and focusing that steam on specific areas that need cleaning. The great thing about steam cleaning is that it immediately sanitizes with the heat killing bacteria and germs on the spot.

A steam cleaner takes very little water to operate, meaning it’s quick to dry with little runoff. The all-natural method also makes it a safe option for areas where children or those with allergies may come into contact with cleaned surfaces.

Steamers clean food prep surfaces, vehicles, machinery, and furniture with ease.

Cleaning Outdoor Surfaces

Both pressure washing and steam cleaning present great options for you to mark your outdoor space sparkle like a diamond. However, picking which cleaning method to use comes down to a few questions:

  • How large is the area to clean?
  • What materials are present in the space?
  • Who uses the site most often?
  • What is your ideal cleaning timeline?

For large outdoor spaces where you can go a few days without use, pressure washing is a fantastic option. You can easily clean brick and stone of grime using pressurised water, possibly with a small amount of detergent for sanitisation. The time it takes to dry will be the longest part of the process.

For outdoor spaces where children play, look into steam cleaning. The natural sanitisation and low water usage make it a safe and quick-to-dry process. But you may spend more time using just a steam cleaner in a larger outdoor space.

Get to the Great Outdoors

Keeping outdoor patios spaces clean means more time spent in the fresh air. Select pressure washing or steam cleaning depending on your needs, and see how the combination of both can cut cleaning time even further.

You don’t need to spend hours with a mop and bucket, and you don’t even need to pressure wash or steam clean yourself. Check out our services and book a cleaning in time for the sunny months.