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The Difference Between Clean, Sanitize and Disinfect

By | Pressure Washers and Supplies, Pressure Washing Safety, Pressure Washing Tips

Many people use the words “clean, disinfect and sanitize” interchangeably. The fact is, they mean very different things.

It’s more important now than ever to understand the nuances between these terms, so you can ensure the cleanest possible surface for your clients or home. 

Clean: Mixing a cleaner with water to remove dirt or a stain is cleaning. The correct cleaner depends on your job’s surface and the substance needing removal. Pressure Works carries a wide range of cleaners from Action Degreaser to Gutter Klean, each for a specific purpose. If you’re having a hard time deciding exactly what you need, our experts can help. 

While cleaning is a necessary step in sanitizing and disinfecting procedures, it does not kill bacteria, viruses or fungi. It may look clean, but it’s not hygienic.

Sanitize: Sanitization is the process of reducing, but not eliminating germs. Officially, it means removing 99.9% of bacteria, making the area safe for public health standards. Don’t forget to clean the surface first, or the sanitizer doesn’t work effectively. 

Disinfect: Disinfection removes the .1% typically left behind during sanitization. There’s been a recent push to disinfect high-touch areas of germ exposure, such as bathrooms, children’s playgrounds and apartment complexes. That small percentage makes a huge difference when it comes to the possible spread of infection. The best disinfectant is a properly diluted bleach solution.

Pressure Works also carries handy Bleach Masks, to cover the lingering smell after bleach use.

Always use a cleaner first and then disinfect or sanitize the surface according to the job requirements. As always, follow the instructions carefully and use appropriate protective gear when working with harsh chemicals. 

If you have any questions, Pressure Works associates can help! Contact us today with any questions or to place an order by phone. 

Surprsing Spring Solutions

By | Pressure Washers and Supplies, Pressure Washing Safety, Pressure Washing Tips

Most of us are currently hunkering down at home! That means, your list of spring cleaning to-do’s is likely filled with even more mundane tasks – and extra deep cleaning this year. From sanitizing and cleaning your outdoor fixtures, your jobs don’t stop. What if spring cleaning went a lot faster? Not only can it go fast, but we know how to actually make it enjoyable! Knock out your tasks with a residential pressure washer!

Pressure Washers do a lot more than just clean the exterior of your home or surface of your patio. Here is a list of sometimes surprising tasks that a residential pressure washer quickly accomplishes:

  1. Clean the Grill: Grilling is an enjoyable and family-friendly springtime activity, but cleaning the grill is the exact opposite. Unfortunately, after a long winter, cleaning your machine is necessary before firing up the barbeque. Skip hours of scrubbing by hand or low-pressure rinsing with a garden hose. Use your pressure washer! That’s right, power washing your grill cuts down on time, cleans it more efficiently and keeps your hands coal-free. With the right cleaning solutions, caked-on grease is a thing of the past.
  2. Boat Upkeep If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, a power washer is a surprisingly essential tool. Although many do it, cleaning it with your hands is time-consuming and painstaking. A pressure washer combined with the correct chemical allows easier access to hard-to-reach places and a deeper clean. For anyone worried about too much pressure hurting their prized craft, using different nozzles (link to nozzles page) ensures pressure stays in a safe range. 
  3. Fence Maintenance: You may not realize it, but a dirty fence overwhelmingly reflects negligent property upkeep. That’s because it’s the first thing visitors and passers-by see. If you want to maintain curb appeal or just prevent your home from being the dirtiest on the block, your fence is an obvious place to start. Fortunately, cleaning your fence is one of the easiest power washer uses. As long as you maintain the correct pressure, just blast any and all dirt and grime off. 

Spend more time enjoying your spring rather than working around the house. If you want to find the best pressure washer for your home and budget, visit a Pressure Works near you (link to locations page). Our experts can help answer questions and fit you with the right tools to get your to-do list done!

New Home for the Holidays!

By | Pressure Washing Safety, Pressure Washing Tips

Are you planning to start the new year with resolutions to improve your heath, become more organized or spend more time with family? They key to sticking with your New Year’s goals is starting with a clean slate – getting rid of those cookies in the pantry, purchasing a planner, opening a savings account, etc. The same is true for your home!

If one of your goals for the year is to finally have the home you want, it’s best to start by cleaning and getting rid of the old. New, beautiful landscaping or a fresh coat of paint on the front door won’t stand out much if you still have mildew on your siding or grease stains on the driveway. If you’re ready for a new home this New Year’s, start with a deep clean of the exterior. Here is what we suggest:

Pressure wash, then paint. If you want to change the look of your home without a renovation with new materials, painting it can do the trick! However, it’s important to make sure the surface underneath the new paint is clean for a uniform coating.

Clean your concrete. Just as you would vacuum or mop indoors to make your home look cleaner and bright, pressure washing your driveway and walkway can transform your home’s exterior.

Gut the gutters. Clogged gutters can not only lead to damage and annoying water runoff on a rainy day, but they can also leave streaks of dirt and debris on your freshly cleaned siding. Cleaning them will keep your home fresh and in good shape, and using your pressure washer will make this task much easier.

Once your home is clean and fresh, you’re ready to start on those resolutions for your home to start enjoying them once it’s finally warm again. If you have questions about useful accessories or your pressure washer, contact your nearest Pressure Works location, or use our online form.

Pressure Washing for the Holidays

By | Pressure Washers and Supplies, Pressure Washing Safety, Pressure Washing Tips

Are you getting ready to host friends and family during the busy holiday season? It’s enjoyable to provide a gathering place for loved ones, but can be stressful. That’s because preparing a home to look its best is usually a very daunting task. 

Fortunately, if you own a pressure washer (or if you are close to a Pressure Works location where you can rent one) this job just got much easier. You don’t have to repaint, add new landscaping or spend hours cleaning the exterior of your home to get it looking like new! 

Here are a few quick ways to freshen your home for guests and visitors this holiday season: 

  1. Pressure wash siding. If you want to change the look of your home without a renovation with new materials, power washing your siding does the trick. By spending time removing mildew left over from the warmer months, you’ll reveal the clean paint job underneath. 
  2. Clean your concrete. Just as you would vacuum or mop indoors to make your home look cleaner and bright, pressure washing your driveway and walkway can transform your home’s exterior.
  3. Gut the gutters. Clogged gutters can not only lead to damage and annoying water runoff on a rainy day, but they can also leave streaks of dirt and debris on your freshly cleaned siding. Cleaning them will keep your home fresh and help your home look great! Additionally, you’ll prevent a variety of issues that happens when that debris is left to fester over the winter. If you want to stay off the ladder, check out our gutter wand attachments! 
  4. Add Decoration: The final step of any exterior holiday preparation, is getting into the spirit. You don’t have to go overboard, but hanging a wreath or two and adding a few lights will spark joy for everyone coming to visit. 

Once your home is clean and fresh, you’re ready to start welcoming guests to a warm and welcoming home. If you have questions about useful accessories for your pressure washer, contact your nearest Pressure Works location, or use our online form.