Comparing Steamers and Hot Water Pressure Washers

Because hot water pressure washers evolved from steamers, they are sometimes referred to as steamers even though they are mostly used for putting out pressurized water.

Traditional steamers heat water to the boiling point to create steam and accelerate water droplets to a high velocity to loosen dirt and debris from the surface. The closer the steam cleaner’s nozzle is the the surface to be cleaned, the higher the temperature and velocity of the water/steam mixture, and the more rapid the cleaning action.

Low pressure steam can be useful in a variety of applications such as mobile detailing, removing oils and waxy substances such as grease or chewing gum, sanitation in food processing, wineries, and breweries, thawing frozen drains, tanks, and piping systems, and where conserving water is a priority.

Hot water pressure washers use higher volumes of the water to move the debris, similar to a broom. The pressure is used to dislodge or break the adhesion of dirt and debris from the surface and hot water cuts through grease and oils to speed up the process.

Pressure washing is used in a wide variety of applications including farming/agriculture, construction, transportation, food processing, and in the oil and gas industry.

Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages and sometimes both are needed to complete a cleaning task effectively.

We carry both steamers and pressure washers and can help you consider the options and create a process that fits the best tools with your application. Contact us for more information.