What are the 10 most popular pressure washer uses?
Tons of people own pressure washers and use them for different things. I’ve seen people use them to clean car seats, window blinds, air conditioner filters and everything else you may find around the house.
But I was curious what the most common uses are. Let’s look at a what the go-to industry report revealed…
According to a September-2014 report from research company IBISWorld, the pressure washing industry employs 182,073 people in the US and generates $9 billion in revenues. In the report it listed the most common industry activities as follows:
- Window washing
- Drain, duct and gutter cleaning
- Pool cleaning
- Parking lot and driveway washing
- Other outdoor maintenance cleaning activities, and
- Chimney sweep services.
A few of these don’t seem to fit into how I see my neighbours and friends using their pressure washers. Chimney sweep services? But of course the reason for this is that is commercial and I am interested in residential. So I went and asked around in forums and compiled the below list of what seems to be the top 10 pressure washer uses:
9. Outdoor Furniture
It seems that people either never cleaned their outdoor furniture or they cleaned their outdoor furniture regularly with a pressure cleaner. And why not? It’s super quick and easy. (Img source: jdiknight92)
8. Various Gear Like Lawn Mowers, Mountain Bikes, Trailers and Boats
This is a bit of a random section that includes boats, lawn mowers, bikes and other random things around the house including dog houses and go karts. A lot of people mentioned they cleaned their other power equipment with a pressure washer on. (Image Courtesy of: snail315core)
7. Cars and Trucks
It was surprising that cars and trucks weren’t the consensus #1. Many people said they often did clean their car with a pressure washer but it still needed a good solid sponge or brush to get it fully clean. Some people swore-by using pressure washer and attachment brush. (Img from: Thatpurplexj)
Basically everyone has a fence so it made since that it was quite a popular surface to clean with a pressure washer. (Img credit: pubmech)
Wood fences too! (Img Courtesy of: Seth80)
5. Home Exteriors Like Vinyl or Brick (And Also Window Cleaning)
4. Wood Decks
3. Front Entrance Stairs and Walkways
Realtors know the importance of curb appeal when trying to sell a house and there is almost nothing as important as a clean front entrance. As you can see in the pic this brick front steps look 10x better clean. (Img source: TheFriendlyZombie)
2. Concrete or Tile Patios
People tend to entertain in the summer on their concrete or brick back or front patios. It’s where the BBQ grill is and it’s where you can hang out and enjoy the nice weather. It’s because of this reason that I think many people used their pressure washer to regularly clean their concrete/tile patios. (Img from: eaterofdog)
1. Driveways and Garage Floors
I think if I kept asking more people patio or front steps may have taken over first spot. But seriously almost 100% of people I talked to mentioned driveway as one of the pressure washer uses and main reasons they bought a pressure washer. (Img from Kaffein)
The Top 10 Pressure Cleaner Uses:
- Driveways and garage floors.
- Concrete or tile patios.
- Front entrance stairs and walkways.
- Wood decks.
- Home exteriors that are vinyl or brick.
- Cars and Trucks.
- Miscellaneous gear like lawn mowers, dirt bikes, boats or trailers.
- Outdoor Furniture.
Believe it or not the majority of power washers bought are used in industrial environments. Businesses use them to be more efficient at cleaning. Instead of wasting time using other methods a high flow rate, high PSI, hot water power washer gets the job done quick, easy and thorough. Let’s take a look in more detail:
How are pressure washers used in industry?
Let me tell you a story.
I used to work at a rendering plant. There they take in grease from restaurants and gone-off fish and poultry and turn all that into rubber, farm feed, candles, tires and bio diesel.
Trucks would come into the plant and dump their load into the correct “hole”. At the bottom were screws that pushed the product along screw conveyors to where the product would be heated to high temperature to turn it into a slurry of almost liquid quality.
Those holes would need to be cleaned on a regular basis. We used hot water pressure washers. They cleaned the walls of the holes quite well. And very fast. Despite this being probably the hardest cleaning environment possible.
We also used pressure washers to clean the floors of the storage areas where food oil would often spill.
Other industries use pressure washers in different ways.
I know that in the mining industry pressure cleaners are used extensively to clean the haul trucks and light vehicles.
In the oil and gas industry they are used to clean out the storage tanks from time to time.
Power washers are great machines for cleaning. Only your imagination holds you back when thinking of ways to use them.
A Few More Remarks
- These are the top pressure washer uses for residential use. Commercial power washing contractors I would doubt clean patio furniture or cars.
- Different surfaces require different water force to remove the dirt and grime and clean the surface. Be sure to adjust the distance from the surface and the nozzle as necessary.