There are many different trees that result in TANNIN STAINS on concrete driveways and walkways that pressure washing professionals encounter. Oak trees are the most common example, but in the video example provided below, they are caused by a sugar gum tree. These stains can be particularly difficult to remove. In fact, tannin is the very ingredient in wines that result in heavy, dark stains. The more porous the concrete, the stronger the tannin stain remover needs to be.
We pre-wet or pre-treat the surface with our house wash mix. Depending on how heavy the tannin stains are might require allowing the mix to dwell, and perhaps a second application. Upon rinse, there should be a noticeable reduction and visual change on the surface. Here is another helpful post about the gun we use for soft washing.
Tannin Stain Remover
One of the questions I am most often asked, is, what’s in the Tannin Stain Remover. That’s a question that really is pretty common knowledge, if you are in the exterior cleaning industry. The chemical we use, is the same one we use for cleaning houses and roofs. While I am willing to share the chemical with my students and customers, I am hesitant to publicly reveal what it is. The reason is, I do not want anyone getting hurt using it. The chemical is perfectly safe to use, and will not harm the environment. But, like any chemical, if the user is not educated about proper use, then problems could arise,
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Have you ever wanted to use an XJET but without all the mist and pressure that the XJET puts out? The good news is that you can do exactly that! I’m going to walk you through an XJET modified for downstream. Remember that as you are evaluating a job, you are evaluating three things. You are looking at the surface type and stain presence, which then helps you determine which application method to use. Application options include downstream injector, dedicated pump, XJET, or even a pump up sprayer. The XJET is just one application for applying your bleach mix.
XJET SET UP
Here are a few preliminaries before the XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is executed. The XJET comes with hose, nozzle and proportion attachments that help meter the mix coming out of the XJET bucket. Its very important when using the XJET bucket, which comes separately, to ensure the back valve is open. This allows for ample ventilation. Otherwise, the bucket will collapse as a result of vacuum suction upon draw. One end of the hose will attach directly to top of the XJET bucket.
The main step for an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is to install the main part of the XJET in between the gun and the lance of the pressure washing gun. For more information concerning the BEST SOFT WASH GUN, click here. Remove the quarter inch plug fitting from the XJET nozzle and the spring and orifice from inside. Install a quarter inch threaded fitting directly into the gun. We always recommend using teflon tape with lock seal to secure the fittings. Next, screw the XJET fitting directly into the threaded fitting now attached to the gun. Then there is another quarter inch fitting with threading INSIDE which screws on to the XJET nozzle. After you reinstall the wand, place the quarter inch coupler on the end of the wand. Now, using the JROD for downstreaming along with the XJET modification, you have much lower pressure. The same down streaming distance of 40 feet can be acheived with this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process.
The XJET arrives with an approximately 15 foot hose. This will require needing to move the XJET bucket every 15 feet. This will add needless time to every project that the XJET bucket is used. We always recommend purchasing a 50 foot hose to use in place of the 15 foot hose it comes with.
One of the great advantages of this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process is that your bleach mix is not running through more equipment, which means this equipment will last much longer. In addition, this method means you will use more bleach. This modification allows you to use your XJET as a downstream injector, which is great for post treating concrete surfaces with heavy landscape. Mist and overspray is greatly reduced and much more controlled with an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM. I have provided a detailed video on my YOUTUBE channel link here which provides further insight and details for this.
For about the last eight months to a year I have been using a Downstream Injector Check Valve for Soft Washing. These not only help the injectors last longer, since we are removing the ball and spring, but they also actually make the mix a little stronger. We have been able to clean some porous surfaces that have the black algae stains on them, a little faster than using the injectors how they come. They are available on my store HERE .
Very easy to install, you simply remove the hose barb from the Downstream Injector. Then you remove the ball and spring, which will pop out anyway. Attache the check valve where the hose barb was, and you are ready to attach your hose and start downstreaming.
For the last few years there has has been a lot of mis-information about what soft washing is and isn’t. As long as y9u are using low pressure to apply your chemical mix, and rinsing under low pressure, you are Soft Washing. The use of a dedicated pump does not dictate that you are soft washing. Downstreaming is the original soft wash method that I was taught to use way back in 1979.
While a dedicated pump will allow you to apply a stronger mix than downstreaming, just like a pump up sprayer will. In fact, thats all a dedicated pump is, a pump up sprayer on steroids. If you want to clean buildings and houses faster, then using a downstream injector check valve is the way to go. Your mix will be much stronger than a traditional injector.
I always encourage people starting a pressure washing business, to learn how to downstream first. This will help you learn to clean in a traditional way, and help prevent damage to landscape.
There are a few different soft wash guns available on the market today. A soft wash gun is a gun used for applying your house or roof wash mix through your dedicated pump. In the video below I discuss the various one’s available and what I consider the Best Soft Wash Gun that I use. Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube Channel so you get notifications of new educational videos I post.
Choosing a Soft Wash Gun is more of a personal preference thing, than someone telling you this gun or that gun is the best out there. I can only tell you what gun works best for me. Most often times you have to try them all to figure out the Best Soft Wash Gun for you and your business.
I personally don’t like the type with the long sprinkler riser coming off the ball valve. But many people do and that’s fine, because it works for them. I do prefer using a ball valve type gun though, as it won’t cause restrictions, loss of distance and flow like trigger guns. Trigger guns are much safer though, because if you drop one, they immediately stop spraying. My favorite ball valve gun is the one HERE. Remember this is the not the type of gun you can use on a pressure washer. It’s only for use with a soft wash dedicated pump.
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How you take care of your Pressure Washing Equipment plays a big factor in how long it will last. One of the most often overlooked is Pressure Washing Hose Care. We all try to prevent cars from running over them, dragging them through rough terrain, and other obstacles that our hoses face. One of the easiest ways to prevent damage is in the rolling up of your hoses onto hose reels.
In this video I show you a kink I found in one of our pressure washing hoses that was caused by the hose not being stretched out straight as it approached the hose reel. When at all possible always make sure the power washing hose isn’t twisted or kinked when rolling them up.
On our residential rig’s we install the hose reels on the passenger side of the trailer or truck. This makes it easier to roll out and roll up because we position the reel to feed down the driveway. When parking in front of a house, we always block the driveway with the trailer or truck. The hose reel can then easily feed down the driveway. Blocking the driveway also prevents cars or trucks from rolling over our hose.
On our commercial rig, our hose reels feed off the back of the trailer. With wide open parking lots, or areas to park, this makes it easier. Especially if you are cleaning large concrete areas or need to move the truck and trailer while working. Disconnects at the hose reel allows us to drop the hose from reel before moving. Dragging a hose while moving the truck or trailer can cause damage to your hose.
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When owning pressure washing equipment it is very important to properly maintain your equipment. Using the correct Pressure Washing Equipment Oil for your machines is very important. I have switched all my equipment and trucks to the High Performance Lubricants brand of oils. My equipment and trucks run much smoother and I also have more time between changes. This saves me time and money.
There are many options out there to consider for Pressure Washing Equipment Oil, and most of us do like I have done. Go to the auto parts store and get the oil that we feel is the best value. That’s all well and good, but those oils are not really the best for the equipment we use, and how much and often we run them.
The High Performance Lubricant brand of oils do exactly as they say, give you High Performance. I stock and sell them in our store, because I feel so strongly about them. You can find the ENGINE OIL HERE.
Also available on the store Site is Pressure Washing Pump Oil as well as Air Compressor Oil if you use an AODD pump for Soft Washing like I do.
These oils are competitively priced, only a little bit higher than the store bought brands. The little extra you spend, you will make up on extended equipment life, less failures, and more time between oil maintenance changes. Always remember to change your oil filter when changing engine oil.
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If you are planning to start a pressure washing, soft washing, or roof cleaning business, please consider attending one of my training events. Next year we will celebrate our 10 year anniversary, training and mentoring new business start ups. March 2011, Pressure Cleaning School was born after I saw a need to help new guys wanting to start a business. Over the last 10 years I have trained, taught, mentored, and coached, a few hundred businessmen and women in the exterior cleaning industry.
Hands On Pressure Washing Training
My school was the first to offer hands on training, and I have been doing that every month for the last 10 years. Since that beginning, I have also added two different online video training options, one at Online Video Training and the other at Cleaners University.
My schools are designed for anyone that is starting out or has been in the Pressure Washing Roof Cleaning Soft Washing industry for 3 years or less. My passion is helping the new guys start and grow a business, and I love watching them take what they learn, put it to action and watch them succeed. Once you attend one of my schools, you are a student for life, and I am available to you, at no extra charge, anytime you need me. Remember, just because the school is over, doesn’t mean the education is.
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Paying close attention to PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS is vital for new start up companies. We understand that some believe simply buying a pressure washing machine is enough to start a business. But nothing could be farther from the truth! To be successful, PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS must be given adequate consideration before you begin investing in equipment. Specifically, there are three PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS to vet fully and carefully in order to succeed.
IN THE OFFICE
You will need to consider who will answer the phone, and how will they convert inquiries into business. Another factor is the process of estimating. Each potential customer will need to provide specific details regarding the scope of work needed. And of course, this will need to be recorded carefully and completely. Is there a gate code? Are there any pets? Will the customer be home or away while work is completed? And how will you write the estimate? Will you be using google maps street view and other online tools? Or do you plan to see the property before writing up an estimate? Will it be a paper or digital estimate? You will also want to keep a customer database. In addition, a marketing strategy is a major component of PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS in the office. And did we say accounting? How will you receive payment?
ON THE JOB
You will need a clear statement of policies and procedures guiding actual work on the job. From the moment you arrive until you leave after completing the work, what are the critical, common steps to take. How is the property prepared for work to protect from damage? A plan must be in place for things such as light fixtures, furnishings, plants, and windows. Not to mention electrical outlets and boxes, a/c unit and even possible existing damage to the structure itself are important considerations. PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS on the job is an immense help when it comes to completing the work efficiently, professionally, and profitably. Time for these systems must be factored into every estimate.
Once the job is the complete, how will you follow up? Will you send each customer a thank you card? Do you plan to utilize a survey to improve customer service? Will a return visit be scheduled? Do you provide a satisfaction guarantee? If so, this means some customers may require a return visit to touch up any missed areas. If the customer is disappointed with service, you’ll want to make it right. This will help ensure future business with them and increase the chance of a positive referral. Speaking of referrals, will a referral strategy be part of your PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS follow up? A customer database will allow you to reach out to them again in the future. Recording vital contact information such as name, address, phone numbers and emails is imperative for a successful PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS follow up strategy.
We are fully convinced that all of the equipment you invest in will sit idle without PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS SYSTEMS. These systems need to be in place for the office, on the job, and follow up before you complete your first project. If not, you will find yourself scratching your head and wondering what to do next!
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We are adding a different kind of school to our schedule this year. For the past 6 years I have been offering a 2 day monthly Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas school. This October I am teaming up with Gerald Vess, the Roof King, and we will be hosting a 2 day school October 19-20, 2019.
The last few years I have noticed that many start up companies are not comfortable with proper cleaning techniques and how to price jobs. There are far to many that think soft washing can only be done with a 12V pump. Because most assume a pressure washer can only be used for cleaning concrete or porous surfaces. Knowing how to sell your services and how to create value gives way to bidding a low price just to get the job. Once this happens your company is not profitable and therefore not sustainable for the long term.
Power Wash Training That Makes A Difference
Not only are we going to teach you proper cleaning techniques, we are also going to spend time on the Business End of your company. Pricing commercial and residential jobs, creating value in your services at fair prices for you and your customer. Managing Customers, Property Protection, Chemical Mixes and Ratios, How to save time on the Job Site, Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing and how to identify surfaces, stains and application methods are just a few of the classes we will be teaching on.
This school is being held at the Country Inn & Suites located at 20611 US-59 Humble Texas. We have a special room rate of 70$ a night. Just mention that you are attending the Doug Rucker School. You can call the Hotel directly at 2814464977. If you are flying in, I suggest flying into the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, (IAH). The hotel has a free shuttle that can pick you up and take you back when the school is over.
It is my desire that this Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas school will be a Difference Maker and help take your business to the next level. The cost of this two day training school is $359.00 and you can register by CLICKING HERE.
Hey, everybody! Real quick. I’ve see some post with people having problems
with their bleach tank getting degraded for various reasons. Pressure Washing Strainers degrading bleach can be the biggest cause for this.
A lot of the time it’s caused by these metal strainers. Your bleach will degrade these pretty quickly.
It can cause your bleach mix to turn orange or black. All these metal shavings will get left down
at the bottom of the tank. Every time you put bleach in it, it’s going to continue to degrade it. We
use our bleach fast enough that it doesn’t have time to degrade.
Get rid of these! Don’t use them on anything that’s going to come in connect with bleach. We
don’t even use them with water. They come with the X-jet. Use the pail system on the X-jet and
get rid of this. You won’t have that problem.
PVC Pipes are great Strainers
If you’re downstreaming or using a dedicated pump, there are a couple of different ways you
can do it. These are two different types of PVC pipe. You have the female threads on the inside.
You can screw you pipe onto those. These are plastic, it won’t degrade it. I don’t like these
because I feel like these can starve your pump. I don’t think you get the flow you should. People
disagree with that and that’s ok. It’s what I feel so I don’t use these. I’ve had these sitting around
for years. If I ever did use them, I’d cut them off here.
Mainly, what we use, depending on if it’s a dedicated pump or if it’s downstreaming, we’ll use
something like this. It’s cut of and angled. We’ll actually run our dip hose or our braided hose
down through there. We’ll fasten these black strainers on if we’re downstreaming. That’s what
we use. There is a little weight in there.
I’ve never had a problem with these degrading our mix or the black causing it to turn a color.
They’re pretty safe. What you will have is the bleach will eat this cap our. The weight or
magnet will fall out. That’s why we have the pipe on there to keep it weighted down in the
bucket or the tank. We use those.
On our dedicated pumps, we don’t use a strainer. We actually use a PVC pipe and a 90. That
way we’re getting full flow.
Keep Your Pressure Washing Tanks Clean
One of the things we do is we keep our tanks clean. We have a bulk head that runs at the
bottom of the tank. We’ve been doing this for three or four years. It doesn’t hurt anything. The
bleach doesn’t hurt the bulk head fitting. At least, we’ve never had that problem. We run a hose
off of that bulk head fitting.
We use that for filling up X-jet buckets if we ever need to use and X-jet. Mainly we use it for
filling up pump up sprayers when we need to use pump up sprayers. We also use it to keep the
tank flushed out. It’ll get empty and about every 2 weeks we’ll take a water hose in there. We
don’t get a lot of grit in there. We keep it clean.
The other thing that could cause your problem is the type of soap you’re using. Sometimes
different types of soap can cause your bleach to degrade. It can cause it to turn colors. You
might switch your soap and see if that’s the issue.
Metal Causes Rust Issues
When you got a tank and bleach that’s degrading/changing colors, you’ve got to find out what is
different in that tank. What’s in my water tank(if your water tank is not doing it). Bleach will
I hope that helps you guys. That’s various different ways to get rid of these. You can use these if
you feel safe. We don’t sell them. I don’t recommend them. You can get them at many of the
other vendors around that sell those. This is what we use for downstreaming. Then just regular
PVC, we cut and angle or we put a 90 on it. We get our full flow. The key is keeping your tanks
clean for whenever you have a problem, isolating and figuring out what’s caused it. Using the correct Pressure Washing Strainers will help to solve this.
I hope that helps you guys!
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