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There are two main types of pressure washers: hot water and cold water. Both types of commercial cleaning equipment in Chicago are great for cleaning, however, there are a few main differences between the two. Use this guideline from High PSI in order to purchase the type of pressure washer best suited for your cleaning needs.

Hot Water Pressure Washer

Hot water commercial cleaning equipment in Chicago can reach temperatures up to 180℉.


Hot water is more effective at loosening grease or oils from a surface, killing germs and bacteria and requires less detergent than cold water machines. The hotter temperature also helps quicken the drying and washing time, as well as, defrost other machines or surfaces.


The added features of a hot water pressure washer come with a few trade-offs. These machines are usually bigger and more complex meaning they are less portable and require more maintenance is throughout the pressure washer’s lifetime. Lastly, hot water machines are on average more expensive than cold water.

Cold Water Pressure Washer

Some cold water pressure washers can accommodate hot water, but you will want to make sure that your machine is equipped with hot water rated components, such as seals and “o” rings.


On the flip side, cold water commercial cleaning equipment in Chicago is best suited for breaking up soil and dirt. These machines are also more compact, easier to move around and are on average less expensive than hot water pressure washers.


Cold water machines do not get hot enough to remove oil or grease from any surfaces. The temperature is also far less effective at defrosting objects or drying quickly.

Want to learn more about the difference between hot and cold pressure washers? Contact High PSI by calling 630.893.0777 today!