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Choosing the right pressure washer PSI for industrial cleaning

A chart about choosing the right pressure washer PSI for industrial cleaning

Pounds per square inch (PSI) is a crucial metric to consider when selecting a pressure washer for your industrial needs. Purchasing a pressure washer with the right PSI can significantly impact the results of your cleaning efforts. Here’s what you need to know.

Different tasks need different PSI

Different surfaces and contaminants require different levels of pressure to achieve optimal cleaning results. This is where PSI comes into play. A pressure washer with the right PSI ensures that the force applied is neither too weak nor too strong for the specific job.

Versatility is essential

The PSI you choose should be adaptable to a range of surfaces and contaminants commonly found in your industrial setting. A unit with too low of a PSI might struggle to remove stubborn grime and grease, while one with too high of a PSI could damage sensitive surfaces or equipment.

Pressure washers that range from 2,000 to 3,000 PSI are generally suitable for most industrial cleaning tasks. This range strikes a good balance between power and precision, allowing you to tackle various challenges without causing unnecessary wear and tear. For heavy-duty applications, such as removing tar, graffiti or paint, you’ll need special detergents and a turbo nozzle to speed the cleaning process.

When dealing with delicate surfaces or equipment, a lower PSI of around 1,500 to 2,000 or less is recommended. This prevents unintended damage while still providing sufficient force to remove dirt and contaminants effectively.

Pressure washer uses

Light-duty pressure washers offer between 1,000 and 1,500 PSI. They’re best for cleaning delicate surfaces like gutters, soffits, and windows, as well as trash cans, cars, vans, trucks and outdoor furniture.

Medium-duty pressure washers provide between 1,500 and 2,000 PSI. They’re suitable for almost any surface, including concrete, brick and wood. They can also effectively clean patios, sidings, roofs, decks, cars, vans, trucks, and fences.

Heavy-duty pressure washers boast between 2,000 and 3,000 PSI and are ideal for cleaning boats, yachts, driveways, sidewalks and pathways. They’re also commonly used for prepping surfaces for painting.

Extra heavy-duty pressure washers deliver over 3,000 PSI of cleaning power and are suitable for heavily stained driveways and caked-on dirt. They’re also effective at removing graffiti and paint.

Consider gallons per minute (GPM)

Understanding the concept of GPM alongside PSI is crucial. GPM measures the unit’s water flow rate. Together, PSI and GPM determine the overall cleaning power of the pressure washer. A balance between the two ensures you have enough pressure and an adequate water flow to rinse away debris.

Industrial pressure washer systems in Western Canada and North Dakota

Hotsy Water Blast is your go-to resource for industrial pressure washers, cleaning equipment, detergents, and parts and accessories. Contact us today for a custom quote. We’re located in Edmonton , CalgaryLethbridgeRed DeerGrande Prairie, Langley, Regina, Williston and Bismarck, North Dakota.