Owning a pressure washer is fun as you get to clean surfaces faster and with ease. However, sometimes it can be hard to find the right type of soap to use in your pressure washer. Most of the time, you will come across either soaps or detergents that can be used with a pressure washer.
Soaps and detergents are different, unlike what people think. Detergents come with synthetic chemicals tailored to do specific purposes. It can be killing mold or dissolving grease. These synthetic chemicals can often be harsh as compared to the ingredients found in soaps.
Soaps on the other hand will have natural ingredients such as fats and oils. Such substances are combined to form a specific type of soap through a hot or cold process combined with an alkaline solution.
When should you use either in your pressure washing machine?
In today’s world, eco-friendly and biodegradable products of either soap or detergents are highly sought after. This is because they can disintegrate faster as compared to the other type of ingredients. You might find more people opting for soap because of its natural ingredients as it can also get washed down storm drains.
The common issue with soap is that it can lead to calcium carbon solid forms on the surface if the water is untreated. You will not face the same problem whenever you decide to use a detergent. Additionally, detergents can also be good for various surfaces such as wood and concrete.
With the properties of each, you can get most people combining the natural soap ingredients and the synthetic detergent cleaning power to come up with a powerful and eco-friendly cleaning agent.
Can soaps or detergents be harmful to your pets or gardens?
Generally, no one wants to have detergent soaps that are likely to lead to environmental damage or harm their pets and gardens.
Well, the good news is that the majority of the detergents are environmental, pet, and human friendly. If you get a label stating that it is biodegradable, then you can buy with confidence knowing that it will be safe for the environment.
Generally, pressure washing a surface with a soapy solution will generally make it easier to clean the surface. The best is when you mix the soapy solution with warm water. The warm water helps to soak the dirt and get rid of it faster. Setting the pressure washer to the high setting allows for removing the soapy solution from the surface together with the dirt. You should now be left with a clean surface.
So, should you use dish soap in a pressure washer?
Many people think because dish soap in a liquid soapy form, so it can be used with a pressure washer. Well, many experts advise against using it in your pressure washer. Due to the high pressure, you are likely to face backsplash when using dish soap. Also, the dish soap is likely to have a lot of suds when used in high amounts in your pressure washer.
Other people have found that you do not get the best results when using a dish soap as compared to using a concentrated detergent soap. It is advisable that you pick the best detergent or soap as recommended by the manufacturer.