Since power washing often involves the use of a ladder to reach the upper parts of a home’s exterior, it’s crucial that the technicians doing the job have experience using power washing equipment from a ladder to reduce the risk of injury.  A trained technician will also understand what nozzle size and technique to use to ensure they do not damage the surface of the material they are cleaning while using the power washer.  Although many people use the terms “pressure washing” and “power washing” interchangeably, they are technically different processes.


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A pressure washing service uses what’s called a pressure cleaner.  This device uses a high-power spray to remove dirt, mold, grime, and other material from driveways, signs, sidewalks, patios, building facades, and even vehicles.

Power washing accomplishes the same thing; however, it uses heated water to add extra cleaning power.  Heated water is especially effective at cleaning off heavier grime or substances that liquify under heat, such as grease as in doing the dishes.  Power washing is ideal for seriously dirty surfaces with its increased cleaning ability.

A pressure washing company will also use these terms interchangeably because customers frequently do.  Before hiring the service, customers can speak with a customer service representative to get clarity on the exact service the company offers.


Types of Exterior Surfaces

Understanding what surfaces should and shouldn’t be pressure washed is key when selecting a service.  Driveways and concrete patios are ideal surfaces for pressure washing.  These surfaces are hard enough to withstand high-pressure spray without damage. Wooden surfaces, such as decks and certain types of siding, are also good candidates for a power wash; however, more care must be taken with wood, which can be damaged by too much water pressure.  An experienced technician will use a broader fan angle and stand farther from the surface when power washing wood decking to prevent damaging it.  Vinyl siding is also a common material for power washing.  As with wood, a technician experienced with pressure washer equipment will know the proper washer tip and technique to use when cleaning the surface to avoid damaging the delicate vinyl material.  The process for power washing vinyl is sometimes called soft washing.


Additional Services

In addition to power washing, many companies also offer other related services, including gutter cleaning and window cleaning.  Less common additional services include window tinting, driveway and patio sealing, dryer vent cleaning, and even chimney sweeping.  Some power washing companies offer discounts for customers who hire them to complete more than one service.



Many power washing companies stand behind their services with customer satisfaction guarantees.  If the customer is not satisfied with the service, these companies will return to redo the cleaning within a reasonable time frame.  Some companies will return to the customer’s home within 48 hours to complete a full recleaning.  It’s essential to pay careful attention to the service’s guarantee as they can vary from company to company.

BEARCLAW is a Mercer County power washing company that has been performing painting and pressure washing for the past 20 years.  We specialize in refurbishing home exteriors, decks, sidewalks and walkways, and roofs.  We provide restoration of many surfaces including brick, concrete, roofing, stucco, vinyl and aluminum siding, wood, and cedar shake.  Many people do not know that you can bring many surfaces back to their original beauty with the process of power washing.


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Service towns in Mercer County, NJ area include Princeton, Pennington, Lawrence, East Windsor, West Windsor, Hamilton, Hopewell, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Windsor, Trenton, and Groveville.  With 20 years’ experience, Bearclaw is a professional, high quality Power Washing Service.  Phone 609-882-1688   Email NJBEARCLAW@AOL.COM

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