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If you've been looking at pressure washers, you may have heard the name hot water pressure washer interchanged with a steam cleaner. However, there is a difference between the two.
A hot water pressure washer is capable of spraying water with 1000-5000 PSI of strength at a temperature of about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. They can be used for a range of tasks, but are very efficient at cutting through grease and oil. They never actually produce steam due constant water pressure during operation.
A steam cleaner will operate at a much lower water pressure – often 300 PSI at a temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Like its name, this cleaner will actually produce steam. These cleaners are useful for tasks like disinfecting areas and melting ice.