The holidays are quickly approaching which means you’re running out of time to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Surprise the spouse, parent, sibling or friend you’ll be shopping for this year by getting them their first Mi-T-M product from our holiday gift guide, or helping them upgrade to a newer model.
The following guide is intended to give you the information necessary to make the best purchasing decision possible. Take a moment to learn about the many benefits of purchasing a Mi-T-M product.
We all take pride in owning nice things, but cleaning and maintaining them is sometimes a pain. One of the most enjoyable cleaning methods around any home is with the assistance of a pressure washer! Pressure washers make even the toughest cleaning jobs easy by blasting away the grease, dirt, and grime.
Pressure washers can be used outside the home on siding, sidewalks, garage floors, driveways, decks, playhouses, and much more. Using a pressure washer to clean property will breathe life back into a variety of surfaces, giving your home a newer and cleaner feeling.
Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, as well as electric or gas-powered. If there are cleaning jobs to take care of indoors, the electric pressure washer is the best option as it’s exhaust-free. If you’re looking for something that travels well, you’ll want to look into the hand-carry and portable units. Moving these washers around will be the easiest part of any cleaning job.
If the fortunate recipient already has a pressure washer, maybe now is a great time to upgrade their unit. Mi-T-M products are built to last, getting the job done long after their cheaper competitors have been discarded. Many businesses offer great incentives on certain products, so keep an eye open for your opportunity to upgrade at a store near you.
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you’ve been wanting or needing, but for whatever reason just haven’t gotten around to purchasing yet. One such item that nearly everyone could use is a generator. A generator is perfect for the home, camping or other recreational activities enjoyed throughout the year. You’ll be faced with two main options when looking for generators: traditional generators and inverter generators.
Inverter generators are much quieter than traditional generators. This relatively new technology is very popular with campers.
Generators are great for recreational use, such as powering lights and TVs at a tailgate, as well as emergency back-up power. Mi-T-M generators are powerful enough to act as a backup power source in case a home’s electricity ever goes out. These handy generators are easily transportable. The Mi-T-M ChoreMaster is a great option if you think the recipient would use it as both a recreational and emergency tool.
Everyone enjoys convenience, and that is exactly what Mi-T-M air compressors provide. Whomever you purchase an air compressor for will most likely have many uses for it beyond filling up a tire. Whether it’s for construction, auto maintenance, cleaning, etc. An air compressor is a great addition to any workshop or garage.
There are a variety of consumer-grade air compressors that meet a wide range of needs. Most consumers will use a gas or electric single-stage compressor. Mi-T-M air compressors are available in portable and hand-carry models and the tanks can range in size from 4 gallon to 8 gallon. The most important part of choosing air compressor is knowing whether or not it will be used indoors or outdoors. An electric compressor can be safely used inside and out, as opposed to a gas compressor that should only be used outside. To get expert advice on which compressor best fits your lucky recipient’s needs, contact the Mi-T-M dealer nearest you.
Propane Patio Heaters:
Give the gift of quality time spent with family and friends under the warm glow of a Mi-T-M propane patio heater. These amazing heaters stand upright as a decorative piece and distribute heat evenly around your space, warming a 210 sq. ft. radius and providing the right amount of comfort. This heater works well throughout the year and is a great way to help the recipient enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests even in chilly temperatures.
If you’re looking for stocking-stuffer ideas, consider some of the best equipment accessories available from Mi-T-M . A rotating nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment can seriously boost the cleaning power of an existing pressure washer unit or of course, one recently gifted. You’ll also find generator covers, air compressor blow guns, air hoses and more. Easy to install and use, our accessories will be a welcomed addition to any unit. Our accessories, like our equipment, are designed and made by leading industry engineers.
If you’re unsure of which piece of equipment will make the perfect gift, simply talk with a dealer to get the expert advice you need. They will help you identify the equipment and models that will best fit their needs.
Get Excited About Pressure Washing!
Go ahead. Try it. It’s impossible not to be happy while using a pressure washer. You hold a wand in your two hands that’s capable of delivering great power and get amazing cleaning ability. You get to see the progress you’re making cleaning nasty dirt, grime, moss and mold. You can even sign your name in heavy grime. It can be very exciting.
Mi-T-M manufactures every type of equipment you need—from our top rated commercial pressure washer to the best pressure washer for home use—and you’ll appreciate that our hot and cold pressure washers make short work of any dirty surface.
Pressure washing your house, deck, gutters, and driveways makes cleaning a snap. Add a telescoping wand for great results. You can pressure wash almost anything — cars, boats, toys, playground equipment, bikes, fences, dog kennels, sheds, and the list goes on and on. Once you’ve cleaned one surface, you’ll be hooked.
As great as it is to use a power washer, when you add accessories, you really boost the excitement factor. Fortunately, Mi-T-M has dozens of pressure washer accessories to fit your every need. Easy to install and use, our accessories help you customize your cleaning solutions.
Our authorized dealers will help you select the best pressure washer for your home or business. They can also recommend which accessories make the most sense for your cleaning goals.
Following are a dozen Mi-T-M accessories guaranteed to help you. These are just the tip of the iceberg. We sell accessories for every use you can possibly imagine. You can also request a catalog for more information.
Pressure Washer Nozzles
Our wide variety of pressure washer nozzles direct spray right where you need it. Choose from our quick connect, long-range (30-feet) chemical, detergent, multi-function, and rotating nozzles. Designed to boost your cleaning power and reduce your cleaning time, the right nozzle is crucial. Our trained distributors will listen to your needs and, pardon the pun, hook you up with exactly the right nozzle.
You want total and absolute control at your fingertips? Mi-T-M can give it to you. Our multi-function nozzle provides six settings for all your cleaning needs. That’s one setting for every day of the week, but Sunday. Made from durable stainless steel, choose 0, 15, 25, 40 degrees plus low pressure detergent and rinsing options.
If you love the multi-function nozzle above, you’re sure to appreciate our Mi-T-M rotating nozzle. Attach this marvelous device to your pressure washer wand, set your timer, and start saving time. This wonderful nozzle boosts your cleaning power with zero-degree spray impact and 25-degree coverage. We offer four models of this nozzle, so you’re guaranteed to find one for any application.
Sure, you can see it, but you just can’t get to it. Even with the tallest ladder on the market and the right nozzle head, sometimes you can’t reach what you’re trying to clean. Mi-T-M will help you get close to the action with our durable extension wands. Our lightweight, aluminum models range in length from 6’ 5” to either 18 or 24’. Imagine that you’re pressure washing siding and there’s mold at the top corner you can’t blast away. Now you can. Simply attach one of our extension wands and attack grime. Bye bye mold.
Like the wands above, our longer hoses allow you to cover more distance. If you need to be more mobile while cleaning, we’ve got you covered. From 50, 75, 100, 150, and 200-foot lengths, our Mi-T-M hoses are designed to handle a wide variety of PSI requirements and temperatures.
Our cold-water hoses are resistant to chemicals and our hot water extension hoses come assembled with screw and quick connects. All our high-quality extension hoses can withstand temperatures up to 250 degrees.
Hard-to-reach areas and nooks and crannies are no match for our clever little pivot coupler. With three different cleaning angles, this Mi-T-M accessory connects between your pressure washer wand and high pressure nozzle. It’s ideal for nearly every cold water pressure washer and can handle up to 4500-PSI. Just say the word and we’ll connect you with our helpful pivot coupler.
Water alone is great. But pair it with the right cleaner and you’re really off to the races. Trust our large line of Mi-T-M detergents. Our environmentally friendly blends can be used indoors and outdoors. Available in 1, 5, and 55-gallon sizes, our cleaners also prevent spotting. Choose from our all-purpose cleaner, deck and house wash, or heavy-duty degreaser. Tell us your cleaning needs and we’ll help you select the perfect detergent to accomplish your goals.
Now it is easy and efficient to stand on the ground and clean your gutter. Use our special gutter cleaning attachment and you can blast away leaves, dirt, branches, and anything that is clogging your gutters. Don’t take the risk of climbing on a ladder — pant your feet on terra firma and say sayonara to dirty gutters.
If you’ve ever spent time trying to untangle a cord or hose, we’ve got the perfect product for you. Many of our hose reels feature convenient 360 degree pivoting action for ease of use. The reel capacity of each model depends on the type of Mi-T-M hose you use. You’ll appreciate the easy mount bracket design of our many types of hose reels. Our authorized dealers will help you select all the accessories you’ll need, including brackets, elbows, reducers, and jumper hoses.
Our specialized Mi-T-M liquid treatment is just the ticket for maintaining your pressure washing equipment. Just as plumbing pipes needs snaking, our pump saver is designed to flush out harmful built-up materials, including mineral deposits. Perfect for all pressure washer models, our pump saver solution preserves seals and pistons. When you’re ready to store your equipment for winter, pump saver protects against freezing temperatures.
Rotary Surface Cleaners
With a variety of sizes ranging from 14″ to 28” in diameter, this powerful cleaning accessory is aces for cleaning large surface areas. If you’ve ever used a regular pressure washer for large spaces, you know it takes patience and a slow certain sweeping rhythm. If you miss a spot, it shows. You don’t have time for that. Use our rotary surface cleaner for driveways, decks, sidewalks, patios, and other areas.
Here’s how it works: Put your hands on the lightweight frame to guide it as it glides along the surface. Large wheels make it easy to operate and you’ll simply love the results.
Using this amazing tool, you may find yourself singing Snap’s “I’ve Got The Power” song. Why? Our Mi-T-M sand injector can strip away coatings from concrete and steel. Got graffiti? No problem. Use the sand injector to blast it away. Rusty surfaces? Stripping paint? Random stains? The sand injector accessory is the answer. Imagine how long it would take by hand for the same result. Once you try our sand injector, you’ll be hooked.
Shut-off ball valve
If variety is the spice of life, you’re going to love our shut-off ball valve accessory. Attach this quick connect outlet and you’ll be able to easily and conveniently switch between a pressure washer gun and a rotary surface cleaner. Imagine you’ve just covered a patch of concrete and a single stain remains. There’s no need to go back over the entire surface area again. Switch to the gun and you can quickly get rid of it.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about the many accessories we offer at Mi-T-M. Since 1971, our goal has been to provide the most powerful and most innovative cleaning equipment on the market. Our accessories, like our equipment, are designed and made by leading industry engineers. Trust Mi-T-M for all your pressure washer needs.
Put your Customers at Ease
Your customers are busy sanitizing, cleaning, and washing all around their homes, so make sure they feel confident in your business’s cleaning efforts with sanitation equipment from Mi-T-M.
Sanitizing Inside and Outside
Use equipment that is safe for indoor use. Mi-T-M’s electric hot water pressure washers can reach a temperature of 120 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The HHS Series electric pressure washers are portable and easy to move around in large stores and warehouses, shipping facilities, and other industrial and commercial sites where you need to clean. And don’t forget to clean your shopping carts and baskets—this series is perfect for indoors or outdoors.
The HSE series of electric hot water pressure washers effortlessly handles your toughest cleaning jobs, like vehicle repair shops, construction and agriculture equipment, and other industrial and commercial sites. Mi-T-M’s HSE portable unit quickly cleans outdoor business areas, such as gas pumps and bank drive-up areas, as well as semi-tractor/trailers and other delivery vehicles.
Clean the outside areas of your establishments, like parking lots, entryways, restaurant drive-up and pick-up areas, outdoor seating, and playgrounds. Use equipment like a Mi-T-M hot water unit to pressure wash these outdoor areas.
Food and Beverage Industry Sanitation
For food and beverage processing companies, Mi-T-M HAE all-electric hot water pressure washer will clean and sanitize your facilities in order to meet regulatory requirements.
A patented heat exchange cartridge design provides consistent, on-demand hot water to clean surfaces, without the harmful emission of fuel and exhaust fumes.
Cleaning in Well-Ventilated Areas
Mi-T-M’s HEG gas driven hot water units are designed to clean heavily soiled vehicles and industrial equipment. Efficient and rugged, the HEG Series will last for years.
Our experts can explain the difference between these pressure washers, and help you determine which machine best fits your needs. Call or contact us today.
Buying a Pressure Washer Vs. Renting a Pressure Washer
From fences to decks, siding to lawn furniture, cars to garage floors; the places and things you can clean with a pressure washer are seemingly endless. So does it make more sense to rent or buy a pressure washer?
If you only use a pressure washer once or twice a year, it may make more financial sense to rent a pressure washer or you may want to hire someone with their own machine to clean your home and items.
Benefits of renting a pressure washer include:
- No Storage Hassle
- No Equipment Maintenance
- Save Money – will be less expensive to rent if you are only planning occasional use.
- Conserve Water – pressure washers actually use less water than using a garden hose.
- Restore & Preserve exterior surfaces by removing damaging agents, such as dirt, salt, grease and mold.
If you’re a weekend warrior and wash your house, patio, deck and outdoor furniture several times each year, you may want to purchase a sturdy and reliable washer. Mi-T-M offers a huge variety of residential pressure washers, available with an electric motor or gas engine, and ranging from 1400 PSI to 3000 PSI.
Make sure you compare like models when deciding to buy or rent a pressure washer. Once you know which motor and type of washer best fits your needs, you can calculate the hourly cost of renting vs. buying. Renting a pressure washer may cost $50-$150 dollars per day. Buying a pressure washer, depending on the model and motor, runs $300 and up. Therefore, 2-3 rentals may be the same price as buying new.
When you rent a pressure washer, you don’t have to maintain the machine. However, you may have to pay for rental insurance. When you buy a pressure washer, you’ll need to pay for your own repairs, but you’ll own the machine outright. With proper maintenance you’ll have it for many years.
Availability is another factor. If you own your own washer, you can use it whenever and wherever you need it. However, if you wish to rent, know that there are some seasons and times of year when washers are in high demand. Renting during those times may be more difficult or may cost more.
The experts at Mi-T-M can answer all your pressure washer questions. We’ve been in business for more than 40 years and our promise is to deliver unmatched performance—from the quality of our products to the dedication of each employee who does what’s right for our customer every time.
Let us explain the difference between hot and cold pressure washers, determine which size machine best fits your personal needs, and help you decide if renting or buying is best for you. Call or email us today.
Which Pressure Washer is Right for You? Hot Water Pressure Washer vs. Cold Water
Mi-T-M builds so many different types pressure washers; hot-water, cold-water, electric, gas, diesel, portable, stationary–how do you choose which pressure washer is right for you?
Let’s focus on choosing between hot water and cold-water pressure washers.
To start the decision-making process, ask yourself some questions. What are my primary cleaning goals? How often do I plan to use the pressure washer? How much pressure do I need? What is my budget?
Battling ordinary dirt, grime, and mud? A cold-water pressure washer is a great option. With nearly 80 different cold-water models, Mi-T-M offers the size and strength you need.
The spraying power of a cold-water pressure washer makes quick work of all muddy messes. This unit will sweep away debris and remove dirt from siding, driveways, dog kennels, cars, boats, RV’s, decks, and other surfaces.
Plus, Mi-T-M cold-water pressure washers are low maintenance and easy to operate.
Increasing Your Pressure Washer Power
Boost the strength and reach of your cold-water pressure water by using accessories. Depending on your tasks, consider this large selection of accessories:
- Rotating brushes and nozzles
- Sand injectors
- Different strength nozzles
- Aluminum wand extensions
- Gutter Cleaners
Combatting grease, oil, and reactive agents? A hot-water pressure washer is your best choice. Hot water can cut your cleaning time in half, and utilizing detergent helps significantly when removing oily substances.
Sanitizing? Hot-water pressure washers are perfect for food and beverage production facilities. Mi-T-M offers more than 30 different hot-water models, including electric pressure washers for use inside buildings.
Once you’ve chosen your pressure washer, check out the helpful how-to videos in Mi-T-M’s Video Library. You will find videos about starting, maintaining, and winterizing your pressure washer, as well as troubleshooting and how to use the accessories.
Mi-T-M customer service representatives are always happy to answer your questions. Contact us at 800-553-9053 or submit a question online.
Bidding Stadium Clean Up – Mi-T-M
Stadiums, arenas, and sports venues are some of the most challenging jobs to bid due to their sheer size and complexity. Many cleaning businesses lose money on these types of jobs because of underbidding, which is easy to do unless you take every last detail into account.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while putting together your bid.
The sheer size of a venue may be intimidating for many pressure washing businesses, but the most important aspect of bidding out a cleaning job is to ensure you have the right equipment. Making sure you’re able to reach every surface that needs cleaning will determine the amount of time and energy you’ll need to dedicate to the project.
Do you need a special lift or scaffolding to reach the underside of stadium seating? Not having the proper equipment could greatly hinder your ability to do the job thoroughly and efficiently.
Plan ahead and know if there are any areas that require prep-work prior to cleaning. Is there debris or other venue belongings that could obstruct your people or equipment? Be sure to know the area well enough to foresee any obstacles you may run into.
- Create Cleaning Zones:
If there are multiple areas to be cleaned within the same venue, it is generally wise to divide and conquer. By dividing a venue into zones, you’re taking the first step in prioritizing your jobs tasks. There may be zones you place a higher priority on because they’re literally higher in elevation, and the flow of soiled water determines that they be cleaned in a descending order. There may be other times where the venue’s operations depend on you cleaning specified zones first, then moving on to zones that don’t inhibit their preparations such as a concession stand. You may not realize it but accounting for this prioritization means taking into consideration the movement of people and equipment which could take extra time.
Cleaning after an event can be much more time consuming when there was high attendance. Even if you’re not responsible for trash removal, there may still be a significant quantity of spills, stains, and crumbs to wash away. Knowing the approximate attendance of an event will allow you to adjust your bid because smaller crowds generally require less cleanup and vice versa.
- Chemical Limitations:
Consider any potential limitations you may have as it relates to chemicals or equipment. Regardless the reason for the limitation you’ll need to know if you’re able to offer an alternative solution and if it will add any time to your bid.
There are other factors that can be taken into consideration when bidding a stadium, but the items outlined above are often overlooked by even the best businesses. Mi-T-M Dealers are experts when it comes to equipment & applications. Reach out to the Mi-T-M dealer nearest you for any additional advice you may need when bidding out such a large project.
Winterize Your Home
As the summer sun fades into memory, we welcome the cool, fresh temperatures of autumn. Fall is a time to prepare for the frigid months ahead. September and October are the ideal time to winterize and protect your home and belongings. At Mi-T-M we offer a wide variety of solutions to prepare your property for winter. You have a lot of choices when it comes to our huge selection of gasoline and electric pressure washers. We also offer countless accessories—including extension hoses, detergents, nozzles, and brushes—to give you additional cleaning power for specific jobs.
Yes, summer is over, but you still have some beautiful fall days left to get ready for winter. As the leaves start to swirl and crunch beneath your feet, here are 13 fall cleaning projects we recommend at Mi-T-M. Remember to take the proper safety precautions before beginning any project.
Exfoliate Your Exterior
While the weather is still nice, take a stroll around your home. Check the exterior to see if there are any areas that have dirt, moss, or mold. Now is the perfect time to tame those spots before the first snow sends you indoors. A Mi-T-M pressure washer will easily remove stains and plant growth, from brick or vinyl siding. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Pressure Washers for advice on cleaning specific types of home exteriors.
Primed for Painting
Check for peeling paint on exterior surfaces. Our Mi-T-M pressure washers are a great way to blast away old paint. After you’ve carefully followed these easy “How-To Strip Paint” steps, let the surface properly dry, prep the area, and you’re ready to paint your home before winter. Fall is a wonderful time to paint the exterior of your home. Like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, it’s just right. Check with an experienced paint retailer about the best methods for painting wood and siding.
Get Your Mind, er Leaves, Out of the Gutter
Gutters are an important part of your home’s structural integrity. They redirect water away from your roof and walls. However, they can easily get clogged with leaves, insects, sticks, and other debris. A Mi-T-M pressure washer fitted with a gutter cleaner accessory will make short work of dirty gutters. Forget ladders or climbing on the roof. At Mi-T-M, we make your safety a priority. Using this wonderful attachment, you can blast away dirt and grime while standing on the ground. Cleaning your gutters now will help prevent ice dams from forming during the winter.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Most people know you can pressure wash your car or motorcycle. But did you realize you can also clean your RV, boat, jet ski, snowmobile, and other vehicles? It’s true. Because of potential paint damage, be sure to use the gentlest cleansers and the proper nozzle. You want to gently clean your vehicles, not strip them of paint, decals, or trim. Talk to your authorized Mi-T-M dealer or talk to our support center about the best model for your specific machinery.
Make Way for Santa
Just as your gutters need cleaning, so too does your fireplace. Before you pile on the logs for a toasty winter fire, make sure your fireplace is clean as a whistle. Our Mi-T-M wet/dry vacuums are an easy and convenient way to get rid of ashes. Choose from 9, 13, and 18-gallon models. You’ll appreciate the power and quiet operation of these vacuums as well as our lifetime canister warranty. But there is some maintenance you shouldn’t attempt; repairs best left to the experts. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends you have your chimney inspected once each year to check for structural soundness and obstructions.
Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Winter ice and snow can wreak havoc with your driveway. Water from sleet or snow can seep below the surface of your concrete and then freeze and expand. The result can range from minor cracks to major foundation damage. So play offense. Start by getting rid of any paint, oil, or gas stains. Before snow hits, clean your driveway with a pressure washer. We recommend adding a rotating nozzle to add extra kick to your work. You may also wish to use a surface cleaner. Once the surface is dry, roll or spray on the appropriate sealant. Use asphalt or acrylic sealers for asphalt. For concrete, we recommend acrylic and siloxane sealants.
All Hands On Deck
Remember when your fence or your deck was new? The wood looked so fresh and beautiful. But time can be unkind. And harsh weather conditions can begin to destroy any wood surface. Mold, mildew, moss, dirt and grime are just a few of the culprits for this type of mess. Using a Mi-T-M pressure washer, you can restore your fence, gate, outdoor furniture, or deck to their former glory. Your authorized dealer will help you choose the proper model, detergent, and attachments for your project. Just for fun? Take a before and after picture of the wood surface. You’ll be amazed by the difference.
Garbage In; Garbage Out
Have you ever looked inside your trash cans and recycle bins? Pretty disgusting, right? Pressure wash away all the dirt and detritus in one fell swoop. Simply lay your cans on their side and place them up against something solid . . . or they’ll blow away with the force of the spray. Use a sudsy wash to soften the interior. Then finish with a steady stream of water from your pressure washer. Turn the canisters and cans upside down and let them dry in the sun. That was easy, wasn’t it?
Your Cleaning Will Go Swimmingly
You have such fond memories of the summer months spent in your pool. Make sure you’ll have more memories next season by taking proper care of the space now. Drain all the water and get ready to pressure wash away the dirt and debris. Sure you can use brushes and other tools instead. But why would you? Save time and stress by using a powerful pressure washer to clean and winterize your in ground pool.
Prepare for Winter Emergencies
During harsh winters, a generator makes sense for many homeowners. Mi-T-M manufactures many different types and sizes of generators for all your needs. If you are considering a generator purchase, now is the time. If the power goes out, what are your immediate needs? Perhaps you’ll want to keep the heat going? Maybe you need the lights? Or perhaps you want to be sure your food doesn’t spoil? Determining how you’ll use your generator will help you select the right size.
A Sprinkling of Advice
Your sprinkler system worked hard for you all spring and summer, keeping your grass watered and green. Now it’s time for you to take care of the system. Before freezing temperature arrive, make sure you blow out all the water from the pipes. A Mi-T-M air compressor is the ideal way to do this. Be sure to protect your pipes before winter beats you to the punch.
Spray and Shine Before Storing
As a homeowner, chances are you have a lot of yard equipment. To preserve your tools, we recommend pressure washing them before storing them for the winter. Look around; most any type of lawn accessory can benefit from a pressure wash. Line up your lawn mower, chain saw, rakes, leaf blower, tree trimmer, edger, broom, or other outdoor tools. Select the proper amount of wand pressure and pressure wash away all the gunk from the summer months. Dry each piece and store your equipment for the winter.
Prep Your Pressure Washer for Hibernation
Now that you’ve prepared your home and equipment for winter, don’t forget to winterize your pressure washer. For your gas model, drain all the liquid, attach a pump saver to the water inlet, start the motor, and make sure all the discharged liquid is pure solution. For an electric model, simply squeeze the solution to flush out the system. Now you can safely store your machine in the garage or shed until spring.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Mi-T-M Fall preparation and cleaning guide. You can easily locate a M-T-M dealer and ask them for their tips and suggestions. Whether you buy or rent our equipment, we know you’ll appreciate our rugged and high-quality products. We wish you a very safe and happy winter.
The Ultimate Guide to Pressure Washing
If you’re like us, you love before and after home pictures. But you wouldn’t believe a few of the “before” images we’ve seen at Mi-T-M. In some pictures, you can’t even tell the original color of the vinyl siding, others show greasy and blackened driveways and garages, while some photos feature decks covered in slimy algae.
Not only are these unsightly and unwelcoming sights, many of these spaces are slippery and dangerous.
As a busy homeowner, it’s easy to let maintenance and home projects fall by the wayside. But what if you had an easy, economical and quick way to clean your property from top to bottom and from sidewalk to back fence? You do.
Pressure washing is an excellent method to make fast work of built-up grime, mud, and mold and mildew. And at Mi-T-M, we’re your trusted provider of high-quality residential and industrial pressure washers.
Nearly 48 years ago, Mi-T-M’s founder , AJ Spiegel realized the need for a portable, economical, and powerful cleaner. With a background in painting and cleaning, he built a 1000 PSI gas-powered unit. It was a humble, but important step. We’ve come a long way since then and today we offer hundreds of industrial and residential cleaning products and equipment.
With a variety of sizes and types, our powerful Mi-T-M machines can help you tackle patios, driveways, decks, siding, pools, fencing, lawn furniture, and even prep for painting. Once dirty and unclean spaces suddenly transform into sparkling and polished areas. Those are exactly the types of pictures we cherish: the after photos.
We’ve prepared this fun step-by-step guide on pressure washing to help you learn how to pressure wash your home. Used along with our short and informative videos, we believe you’ll be an expert in no time and your home will be the envy of the neighborhood.
And the Third Little Piggy Built His Home of Bricks
Brick homes are beautiful, sturdy, and timeless. Like other home surfaces, bricks become dirty, mossy, and need regular maintenance. Unlike many other home materials, brick is porous and more prone to discoloration and structural damage. Therefore, before you attempt to pressure wash your brick home, you should know the proper methods for cleaning.
Follow these 7 basic steps of preparation before you use your pressure washer and you’ll be on the fast track to a newer, brighter brick home.
- Shut off outdoor electrical components and avoid high-voltage spots like your central air conditioner.
- Wear waterproof clothes, gloves, and goggles.
- Survey and study the surface. If you see cracks or holes between the bricks, you must repair them before you begin pressure washing. Carefully patch these areas with mortar and let them cure for at least a week. Once they’re dry, you can move to the next step.
- Soak and saturate your brick with H20 from top to bottom. Water helps prepare the brick for cleaning. It also prevents the bricks from absorbing harsh detergents.
- Test an out-of-the-way area. Use your pressure washer to blast away grime from a small space of brick. This experiment will show if you need to adjust your pressure washer settings before you get started on the entire home. Remember: You don’t need to harness the power of a tsunami to clean brick. Turn down the PSI until you find just the right setting.
- Apply pressure washer detergent. Choose only cleaners designated for cleaning brick. Spray the detergent from bottom to top to prevent streaking. Allow the cleaner to soak into the brick surface for 5-10 minutes. Do not allow the detergent to dry on your surface.
- Check for extra challenging stains. If you find an especially dirty area, use a rotary scrub brush. This will help loosen the grime and is a safer approach than cranking up the pressure washer.
- Reverse, rinse and repeat. When you applied water to moisten the brick, you sprayed from bottom to top. Now, to clear the detergent and reduce residue, you should gently spray water from top to bottom.
Some people, once the brick is dry, opt to apply a brick and mortar sealant. Your local hardware store can help you select one that’s made exclusively for brick.
There you have it. With just seven easy steps, you’ve improved the look and extended the life of your brick home. Aren’t you glad you didn’t build your home of straw?
Pressure Washing House Siding with the Experts
Now that we’ve shown you the proper techniques for pressure washing brick houses, we’d be remiss if we didn’t explain how to pressure wash homes with vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding is used on more than 32 percent of new homes in the U.S. It’s a low-maintenance, inexpensive material that never needs to be painted. But it’s also notorious for accumulating mold, mildew, dirt and debris. And because vinyl siding is malleable, you cannot blast it with too much force.
Follow these easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to uncovering a home with tons of curb appeal.
- Put safety first. As with any outdoor pressure washing job, avoid electrical lines, conduits and outdoor appliances. Cover any exposed outlets.
- Pick the right tool for the job. You’ll want at least 3,000 PSI to reach high, out-of-the way places. Whether you prefer a gas- or electric-powered pressure washer is your choice. But Mi-T-M is happy to discuss the best fit for you.
- Wear waterproof clothes, gloves, and goggles.
- Protect any shrubs and bushes that might be damaged your by high-pressure spray work. Use a drop cloth or a plastic tablecloth to cover them while you work.
- Scan the surface of your vinyl siding. If you notice any particularly moldy spots, you should pre-treat them with a mixture of bleach and water. Scrub the spot with a sponge by hand and rinse with water. Pre-treat a test spot with the bleach mixture before proceeding to the next.
- Get ready to apply detergent to your vinyl siding. Be sure to use cleansers made especially for pressure washers. Mi-T-M offers pressure washers with injectors that mix your solution right into the jet spray.
- Test your pressure washer on a small spot of vinyl before you clean the whole kit and caboodle. This will give you a good measure of the power you’ll need. You can bump the impact on the surface by putting less distance between you and the siding. Remember, more distances equals less pressure.
- Apply your soap mixture using a lower pressure setting. Working from bottom to top, aim for smooth and steady strokes with your wand.
- Sweep your washer from left to right using overlapping strokes. Keep the wand pointed slightly downward to avoid spraying underneath the gaps in the vinyl siding.
- Allow the cleaning agent to sit and soak into the vinyl for about 5-10 minutes. Just be sure you don’t let it dry on the surface.
- Begin the rinse process with fresh, clean water. Again, start at the top and work your way down with the pressure washer to prevent streaking.
Now, step back and admire your handiwork. If you’ve followed our tips and techniques above, your home should look brand spankin’ new. Well done, weekend warrior. Well done.
All Hands On Deck
You may not be the captain of a ship, but you can make sure your own deck is in tip-top shape. But don’t do it the old-fashioned, backbreaking way. Let Mi-T-M provide just the right equipment and training.
You love your deck. It’s a great place to read, relax and entertain. Make sure you learn the proper way to preserve and protect it.
Rather than bending over and scrubbing each square inch of your home deck, use a pressure washer to blast away the months of grime and goo. But first, do no harm. Remember that the surface is sensitive. Before you begin, read and follow our suggested tips and techniques below.
Sweep, rinse and wet your deck thoroughly. Make sure you’ve removed all debris and dirt. Wear waterproof clothes, gloves, and goggles.
Find the right pressure setting via the unloader valve. Turn the unloader counterclockwise for lower pressure and clockwise for higher pressure. For example, soft woods like pine require much lower amounts of water pressure. Pick an inconspicuous test spot and start the pressure at about 600 PSI. If you need to go higher you can, but starting with lower pressure prevents irreversible damage. Remember that pressure washers can clean brick (as we explained above), but you don’t need that kind of power for a wood deck.
Use quick connect tip nozzles with 25 or 40 degree output. A quick connect nozzle ensures you can cover a larger surface area and spreads out the force of the pressure washer. Start with a back and forth spray motion about two feet from the ground. Never allow the nozzle to get too close to your wood deck. Damage to your wood surface may occur.
Remember safety at all times. Never point your nozzle at animals, people, or glass. This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don’t realize the power a pressure washer packs. Avoid accidents and focus only on your deck.
You’re heard the expression: don’t go against the grain. That certainly applies to this pressure washing your deck. Work with the grain of the wood. Why? Doing so will prevent uneven spots or cleaning edges.
Begin pressure washing where your deck meets your home foundation and spray out excessive dirt and debris.
How was the deck swabbing, matey? We’re betting you can’t wait to invite your friends and neighbors over for a BBQ on your “new” deck.
Our Concrete Plan for Success
Ever noticed just how much concrete is on your property? Your driveway, sidewalk, steps, porch, patio and—if you’re lucky enough to own one—pool—are all made out of cement. Ever notice how dirty these spaces can become?
Whether you have months or years of grime to clear, Mi-T-M is here to help. Our pressure washers will make quick work of discolored and dirty concrete. Choose from our large selection of gas- and electric powered pressure washers. No matter how large the job, we’ve got the perfect pressure washer to blast away many layers of gunk. We also offer a wide variety of other equipment that will help make cleaning a snap.
Remember the three P’s of concrete: It is porous, it is penetrable, and it is permeable. What does this mean for you? Well, though it may look hard as rock, you need to use a little common sense and TLC when you’re using a pressure washing to clean concrete.
Start by making a clean sweep of things. Sweep or blow away all excess dust and debris. Pick up and move things like lawn furniture, toys, and potted plants that could be damaged during pressure washing.
Next, think about your plan of attack. If you’ve got a lot of surface area to cover, split up your concrete cleaning into segments. Doing so will allow you to focus on one task at a time and not feel overwhelmed. Once you tackle one area, move on to the next. You won’t wash the same space twice and you’ll be able to take breaks, as needed.
Though Grease was the word for John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, it doesn’t belong anywhere on your property. Grab your bottle of degreaser (you did remember to buy one, didn’t you?), attach your soap injector to the pressure washer and apply degreaser your concrete. For really tough stains, you can use a stiff brush to work the degreaser into the concrete.
Now it’s rub-a-dub time. Mi-T-M will help you find just the right detergent for the machine you purchase. Attach your spray wand, use the soap tip, and begin applying detergent.
Go grab a cold one from the fridge. Be patient and give the detergent up to 10 minutes to soak into your concrete. It’s working . . . even though you’re not.
Now it gets fun. When the detergent has permeated your concrete, it’s time to blast away all the accumulated suds and soil. You’re about to see the fruits of your labor. Switch to a high pressure spray, keep your nozzle at least 10 inches away from the surface and use smooth back and forth motions, overlapping each pass by five or more inches. For really dirty patches, you may need to make several passes with your pressure washer. Mi-T-M also has rotary surface cleaners available for large surface areas that are capable of cleaning larger surfaces faster and easier than a standard cleaning nozzle.
You’re done! It’s high time to stand back and admire your porch/patio/sidewalk/pool/driveway/garage/other concrete area. We’re betting the sparkling surface is clean enough to eat off, mate. And yes, you deserve it, so go grab another cold one.
Don’t Fence Me In
Now that you’ve pressure washed your way to a gleaming home and sparkling exteriors, don’t neglect other property areas like your fences. We’re human and we notice what’s different. Even though your castle may look like new, if it’s bordered by a filthy fence, people will probably notice the fence first. So, to maximize your curb appeal, finish with the fence. You’ll be amazed by the transformation.
Underneath the moldy or mildewed grey or black color of your current dingy wood fence awaits a beautiful surface waiting to be rediscovered. With a bit of elbow grease and time, you can restore the former luster of your fence.
A Mi-T-M pressure washer is ideal for the task. That’s because the power of the spray will blast away the outer layer of old wood cells to reveal the beautiful wood underneath. “Wood” you believe it? You’ll save on the cost of a new fence and will prolong the life of your current fence.
Ready? Here are 10 quick steps to follow for your makeover fence project:
- Pick the right pressure washer for the job. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Too weak and small and you won’t see any difference. Too powerful and big and you’ll damage the wood and leave erosion and cut marks behind. A good electric model should offer about 1,000-1,500 PSI; a gas model should pack a 2,000-2,500 PSI punch.
- Choose the best cleanser for your fence. Acid-based residential cleaners are easy, but may not take care of really tough stains. So you may wish to consider a commercial grade detergent. Speak with the experts where you purchased your Mi-T-M pressure washer. You may want to show them a “before” picture of your fence for reference.
- Clear away any objects or tie/cover plants and bushes near the fence line. This will give you direct access to the fence and prevent damage.
- Select the right sprayer tip. We recommend a 25-degree tip to begin. However, if find you need more power, you can switch to a 15-degree tip. Power wash a small section of wood see if you’ve got the right degree of pressure.
- Wear waterproof clothes, gloves, and goggles. The force of the spray will feel like Niagara Falls. Stay dry; stay safe.
- Power up the machine and begin applying the detergent. Hold the sprayer about 3-4 feet away from the fence.
- Stay in motion. Keep moving and fanning the sprayer to avoid damaging the wood. Use different angles and move in closer if needed.
- Let the cleaning solution sink in and do its magic for about 10 minutes. Just keep a watchful eye to make sure it doesn’t dry.
- Rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
- Celebrate a job well done.
Well? What do you think? Did you, in your wildest dreams, ever think it was possible to see results like these? These are the types of before and after images we love so much at Mi-T-M. If only looking younger were this easy.
Performance Under Pressure
We hope our tongue-in-cheek guide has shown you how truly easy it is to use a pressure washer to accomplish most any outdoor cleaning task.
For nearly 45 years, Mi-T-M has helped customers across the world. Those same customers report that they appreciate our performance, quality, value and dependability.
We know the pride of home ownership. And it’s why we’re so excited to hear success stories from those who have used our equipment and our products. It’s a great feeling to stand back and admire the fruits of your own labor. And it’s also a great feeling to see the dramatic difference our pressure washers can make on an enormous variety of items including your home, car, lawn furniture, boat, RV, car, driveway, windows, fences, playground equipment, deck, garage floor, and oh gosh, we could go on and on.
At Mi-T-M, we’re proud of our long and excellent reputation. Here’s our vow: We promise to deliver unmatched performance—from the quality of our products to the dedication of each employee who does what’s right for our customer every time.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2 1/2 mile stretch of road that has led many drivers to greatness. There are many unique things about this place, an obvious one being the prestigious Indy 500. Although many events around race day are well documented, many don’t consider the extensive work that takes place before, during, and after. We’d like to give you an insider’s look at what it takes to keep the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in pristine condition for drivers and spectators alike.
As a young boy Daniel Porterfield would ride his bike to the track so he could witness all the action happening on race day. Years later he took over the company his parents founded Quipco Sales and began selling Mi-T-M power washing equipment; because of the contacts he made when visiting the track, Daniel was able to establish the Indianapolis Motor Speedway maintenance crew as his clients. This relationship continued to grow over the years, and in 2016 proved to be fruitful for both sides. Internal factors lead to a track management vacancy at IMS, and Daniel was notified immediately once the contract became available. A relationship that began over 25 years ago resulted in Daniel earning a contract to power wash the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is a testament to properly serving clients.
From April 1st to May 25th, Daniel put in 12 hour days of power washing with Mi-T-M equipment before and after each race. One can imagine the amount of cement, concrete, asphalt, composite, and black concrete that’s washed at a racetrack, but picture doing it all by hand. Walking the track with 5,000-gallon water trucks, and spraying it from the top of the bank to the infield seemed to be a never-ending task. As all innovative business owners do, Daniel is currently developing a customized 96-inch truck mounted sprayer to make his operation more efficient the next time around. An improvement such as this could cut his man-hours substantially, and ensure he produces an even better result.
Aside from cleaning the racetrack areas, Daniel is responsible for the washing and sanitizing seating, amenities, and other highly traveled areas. The 250,000 bleacher seats at IMS were cleaned throughout the racing season as well as restrooms, concessions, and concourse areas.
Quipco Sales was founded on the principals of professionalism, trustworthiness, and service, three elements that help to continually strengthen customer relationships. One piece of advice Daniel has for other contractors is, “if possible, always communicate with others on the jobsite. You never know where you’ll make a friend or gain a customer – which are the same thing in my book.”
We love to hear great stories like this from our dealer network and those using our machines to do great work. If you have a story to share with us, please contact us on Facebook.
Pressure Washer Trailers
Want to wash more while saving money? When washing the sides of large buildings, expansive parking lots and miles of sidewalk, Mi-T-M’s trailers allows efficient transportation, so more projects—big or small— can be completed in a day’s time. Don’t worry about how to get your water pressure machine to multiple locations; clean off the dirt and grime by being mobile with Mi-T-M’s customizable pressure washer trailers.
Offering single and dual-axle trailer units, we have the trailers you need to conveniently transport your pressure washer.
Our single-axle trailers offer three different models varying between types of brakes with one 200-gallon water tank. In addition to the single, Mi-T-M has dual-axle trailers that hold two 200-gallon water tanks and can provide you with more water for your water pressure projects. There are three different dual-axle trailer models to choose from and our experts can help you decide which is right for you.
Both single and dual-axle trailers feature a swivel jack with pad, a 2-inch ball hitch and rubber mounted sealed lights. The tanks are enclosed with a powder coated steel frame, so leaks are nonexistent. To reach the tanks, the trailers are built with aluminum treadplate steps.
After you decide which model you like, continue to customize your trailer by picking from an assortment of hose reels, replacement hose reel parts, backflow preventers, trailer tank bypass options and trailer hitches. You can choose what accessories you need for your trailer at Mi-T-M because we specialize in customizing trailers that work for you.
Mi-T-M’s trailers are equipped with everything you’ll need to complete your washing projects.
By utilizing the trailer, you can:
- provide more space for your equipment
- provide dependable transportation that will not break down
- be mobile by easily attaching to different vehicles
The Right Temperature for Your Project
Customize your single or dual-axle trailer with a Mi-T-M hot or cold water pressure washer.
- used to wash away dirt and debris
- available in gas, diesel and electric models
- excellent for cleaning a wide variety of surfaces, including siding, driveways, dog kennels, cars, boats, RV’S, and decks.
- effective against grease, grime and other contaminants
- available in gas, diesel, LP, natural gas and electric
- capable of cutting cleaning times by 50%, which is especially useful when cleaning more than a couple hours each week.
Communicate with our experts to find which trailer is most suitable for you. No matter the location or how large the project is, Mi-T-M trailers are durable and are the perfect solution for on-site cleaning.
In the oilfields of Texas, demand for dependable, high-quality rig cleaning equipment and services gave way to the formation of MG Cleaners. To optimize the number of clients they’re able to serve, MGC specializes in selling proprietary soaps, surfactants, and degreasers for cleaning and washing oil rigs to oilfield drilling rig contractors and oilfield companies.
In addition to these proprietary products, MG also sells air compressors, water/trash pumps, combination units, generators, and pressure washers, and related parts for rigs. To top it all off, MG Cleaners can deploy service crews that perform repairs, maintenance and drilling rig wash services for customers.
Stephen Christian, MG Cleaners President, acquired the company in 2010 after his 6-year tenure as a Rig Supervisor for Nabors Drilling. His business acumen emerged quickly during his time at Nabors Drilling which is a publicly-traded company that owns and operates the nation’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet.
The proprietary formulation of Miracle Blue™ MG was developed out of the need for a heavy-duty degreaser utilized in oilfield applications.
MG Cleaners offers rig and equipment washing services because clean equipment simply lasts longer, operates more efficiently, and costs less to maintain. MG Cleaners provides quick service, so there’s minimal effect on the customers’ operation. Whether its a safety cleaning before rigs are moved, cleaning debris away before an inspection or audit, or any situation that requires a thorough cleaning, MG Cleaners provides high-quality service to each customer.
In early June 2018 SMG, MG Cleaners’ parent company announced the opening of a new location in Alice, Texas. Stephen says, “The addition of this new facility in South Texas will provide logistical efficiencies along with the expansion of our in-basin footprint in the Eagle Ford, where it is anticipated that drilling operations will significantly increase as oil prices inch higher. After receiving multiple requests for our products and service work from customers who have recently moved to South Texas, our work staff is now in place and is expected to be fully productive within the next several weeks.”
As MG Cleaners continues to grow, they’re also expecting to strengthen their relationships with their top suppliers. A partnership with Mi-T-M has undoubtedly contributed to the successes of MG Cleaners, and each looks forward to continued prosperity for years to come.
Some Like It Hot: Hot Pressure Washers
Grime, muck, grunge, and grease. Sure, they’re great sounding words, but they’re all tough to remove from surfaces.
When you want to sanitize an area, do you use hot or cold water? What about scrubbing dirty dishes? When trying to remove stains from clothing, do you select a hot or cold rinse? No doubt you answered hot all three questions. When you have greasy stained surfaces, a heat setting makes sense for dishwashers, washing machines, and other household appliances. The same is true for pressure washers.
Hot water is just more effective at removing stains. Why? The hotter the temperature, the lower the surface tension of water. Hot water contains fast moving, or excited, particles. This means the molecules spread apart, making it easier to expand and then loosen a stain. In addition, hot water can more quickly cut through grease and it effectively kills bacteria and microorganisms.
Mi-T-M Product Line
Our Mi-T-M pressure washer product line—both electric and gas-powered—includes many types of residential and commercial units. While cold water is perfectly fine for some applications, there are clear benefits of hot water pressure washers. It’s important to know when to use a hot water pressure washer. Certain industries rely on the cleaning power of heat, including:
- Construction – Big digger and excavator machines are required to do some dirty jobs. The result is a build-up of mud, grime, oil, and grease. A hot water pressure washer makes quick work of hard-to-remove caked-on mud and grime.
- Food industry – Restaurants and wineries must meet enacted standards to pass inspection. A hot water pressure washer can be used to properly clean and disinfect many different areas, including the floor, kitchen hoods and ducts, outdoor seating, and dumpster/waste areas. Hot water cleaning also requires less detergent, saving you money and protecting the environment.
- Rental property – Need an effective method to clean the exterior of your rental properties? A Mi-T-M commercial hot water pressure washer is just the ticket. You can mount or transport one of our units in the back of a truck, or pull one of our trailer units. Then the washer becomes a portable cleaning machine. For decks and driveways, use our superior rotary surface cleaner.
- Manufacturing – If your products leave a mess on the shop floor, our industrial-grade pressure washers can blast away the mess left behind. You can also take advantage of our many pressure washer accessories to target specific areas of your facility.
- Trucking – Big rigs return from time on the road covered in crud, muck, and filth. But you have a secret tool in your arsenal, a Mi-T-M hot pressure washer. A hot water cleaning can take care of any cleaning concerns. And you can use it afterwards to clean your shop floor too.
- Waste Management – Garbage and recycling trucks can’t be choosy; they must pick up everything. That’s why these machines need thorough cleaning and disinfecting. Hot water pressure washers can remove grease and caked-on dirt quickly and effectively.
As you can see, there are many benefits of hot pressure washers. No matter what kind of business you run, we know you’ll appreciate the strong power of our equipment.
At Mi-T-M, we manufacture product in our nearly 1 million square-foot facility located in Peosta, IA. Once you purchase a product from Mi-T-M, we want to be sure you know how to properly use it. Check out our many training videos to learn more. We’re proud of our high-quality hot pressure washers and know they’ll help save you time, money, and stress. Contact Mi-T-M today.
Enter for your chance to make spring cleaning quick, easy, and fun!
Spring is just around the corner, and we want to help you clean your dirty stuff with a NEW 3200 PSI Work Pro® Series pressure washer featuring a KOHLER engine! The Spring Cleaning Contest starts March 15th and runs through April 15th, and all you have to do to enter is like our Facebook page & submit a photo in the comment section of the dirtiest thing you would clean using a pressure washer. A winner will be selected at random and announced on April 16th.
Think of all the uses you have for a pressure washer, especially during this time of the year. Not only can a new washer clean all the items that have been collecting dust while in storage for the winter but will also make larger projects a breeze when you’re ready to tackle them. Washing your siding, sidewalks, garage floor, vehicles, toys, and more will be easier due to this units’ power capabilities. This unit includes quick connect nozzles – 15º, 25º and a detergent nozzle, as well as a 25-foot x 3/8-inch wire-braided high-pressure hose, a professional-grade trigger gun, a two-piece, 36-inch lance and an efficient Kohler engine that will produce all the power you’ll ever need!
Designed to easily handle tough cleaning jobs, the WP Series is great for blasting away mud and muck and is great for cleaning jobs on the farm, around the home, or at a small business. The Mi-T-M Work Pro® Series pressure washer features dynamic settings that allow you to wash a variety of surfaces, from something as hard as concrete to something as soft as vinyl. Because it’s mounted on an extremely strong frame and has wheels, the portability of this pressure washer is easy for every user. If you’re hosting a grad party, bonfire, bbq, trying to sell your home, or anything in between, you can definitely use a pressure washer to make the job easier and see better results.
Don’t wait! Take a few minutes and enter now on our Facebook page. Good luck!
In your quest for cleaner surfaces you have officially decided to purchase a pressure washer, the ultimate solution to the many challenging surfaces you may face! Now that you decided to purchase, the next question is, what type do you get? There are a few differences among the many brands of pressure washers, however, the most prevalent is the amount of power they produce.
As with any tool, there is a specific application for each. The amount of power produced by a pressure washer can be lumped into two general categories, industrial and residential. You can further break these categories down depending on your use intentions. Industrial pressure washers can be used on a daily basis, provide more power, and are very durable. Residential pressure washers are typically used less frequently, have slightly less power, and can be used on almost any surface without damaging anything.
You are most likely to purchase a residential type washer, which still leaves you with a few more questions to answer. The first question is usually, how much power do I need in a pressure washer? The amount of power you’ll need depends on the type of surface you plan on cleaning and the length of time you intend to use the washer. So now your question should be, electric or gas pressure washer. As you may imagine a gas-powered pressure washer will produce more power than an electric, however, more power may not mean it’s the best tool for the job. This is the fundamental difference when it comes to a washer, gas powered vs. electric powered.
Gas powered pressure washers are often long-lasting machines that produce the most power. Because they are built to handle highly pressurized water, the parts and components are made of durable metal and plastics. This construction allows the gas-powered washer to stand the test of time. A gas washer is highly portable and will give you a greater range of use, however, depending on your own physical strength this may be a limiting factor. A gas washer is heavier than an electric, so depending on whether or not you can lift it is what determines it’s actual portability.
A gas-powered machine also lends itself to daily use, standing up to the tough jobs you have in store. This means it is a reliable tool for larger projects throughout the year. If you have heavily soiled surfaces that need cleaning a gas washer will power right though the dirt and grime! Gas washers can provide much more power which means it will make your job faster and easier. This power doesn’t mean you can’t use it on a more delicate surface, you’ll just need to use the appropriate accessories and keep in mind the various washing techniques used in safe washing.
On the other hand, a gas pressure washer will dig a bit deeper into your wallet. Because of it’s construction and overall power, a gas washer has a higher price tag. This should not deter you from making the purchase though, as it will most likely last longer than other types. Because a gas-powered pressure washer is powered by an internal combustion engine, you’ll obviously have to maintain it as such. Keeping an eye on fuel and oil levels will need to become a part of your maintenance routine. Something you may not think of at the time of purchase is winterizing the engine. This will need to be done each winter or whenever the washer sits idle for an extended period of time. Winterizing the washer means you need to remove any water from inside, and add a fuel-stabilizer to the gas. This will ensure no damage is done by cold weather, and help your washer last longer. If you’ve seen a driver broken down on the side of the road, you know that engines are prone to break down once in a while. A gas-powered pressure washer is just as susceptible to breakdowns as a car, something to keep in mind when making your choice. Gas powered washers are very reliable, but you should know that a breakdown is a possibility.
An electric powered pressure washer can serve as an affordable and effective washing tool. Electric washers tend to cost less than gas washers, and be as effective as a gas-powered washer. These washers are ideal for intermittent use, and do very well when used on vehicles, patios, home siding, and other small projects. The majority of electric washers are light-weight, which lends them to easy use by a full range of operators.
If you live in a quiet neighborhood the last thing you want to do is disrupt the peace with a loud noise. The beauty of an electric washer is how quiet and non-invasive it is. The amount of noise pollution you’ll emit is extremely minimal, something your neighbors will appreciate!
A few drawbacks of the electric pressure washer are primarily in relation to it’s range of use. Manufacturers advise against using an extension cord with an electric washer, which limits your range when working around the house. If you want to pressure wash a fence, you’ll be limited to using the nearest power source. Since these washers aren’t built to handle extreme pressure they are usually constructed with various plastic parts. This means that they will wear out over time, so you may save money up-front but end up needing to purchase another in the coming years.
As you can see when it comes to a gas or electric pressure washer, each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The best thing you can do when deciding which type to purchase is think of the projects you want to work on. From there your decision should become much easier.