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Commercial Pressure Washing

COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING

There are several unique challenges that arise with COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING projects.  These challenges are generally set apart from an average residential home.  However, some of the challenges can be found on larger mansions and larger residential properties.  These COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING tips and tricks will help better prepare you for cleaning commercial properties.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

Any time you clean close to grass, plants, or landscaping, it is very important to PRE WET the surface and the ground below.  So as you pre wet the surface with 100% water, you also pre wet the grass, plants and landscaping.  After pre wetting, you apply your cleaning solution, which is usually about a 40%-50% mix.  Do not flood coat with this solution, but rather provide a nice medium coat of mix.  When we rinse the building, that water will also help dilute the mix and protect the plants.  You will then spend even more time watering the grass to ensure that solution does not damage any plant life.  The area will most likely be pretty soggy when you walk across it.  Special attention should be paid to any shrubbery or trees that are close to the building.  Previous amounts of rain water will also affect the amount of water needed for pre wetting to prevent damage to plant life.  If sprinkler systems are present, this would also be an important factor for commercial pressure washingGet even more property protection tips here.

PREVIOUS CLEANING SERVICE

Are there any signs of previous exterior cleaning?  In this particular case, we notice the use of a wand.  While sections closer to the ground are clean, how high they were able to reach was limited.  It’s important to document this in the event that damage was caused previously that you are not responsible for.  Commercial Pressure Washing surface damage is fairly common so be on the look out for this.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SOFT WASH METHOD

Our cleaning starts with the KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  We apply a 50% mix after pre wetting in a cross way pattern.  It’s important to apply a nice even coat to avoid dry spots on the surface.  Depending on the severity of the stains, it may take two or three coats to reach maximum clean.  Using a soft wash strategy is the best approach for commercial pressure washing jobs.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS

When evaluating commercial pressure washing projects, consider whether the property has been well maintained.  If that is not the case, there may be damage to the surface which exists under some stains.  In fact, some organic and biological growth may have penetrated the paint, exposing the surface.  So it’s important to document and communicate this to the customer.  This way, you are not held responsible for preexisting damage which might show after cleaning.  Again, this is why the soft wash method is critical for cases like this.

Commercial Pressure Washing

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PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

There are a variety of reasons why a pressure washer won’t start.  Just this week, my nephew was asking my why his machine would start, but then shut down within minute or two.  The most likely fix for this scenario is to clean out the carburetor.  But what if the unit simply won’t start?  We found the solution for this problem when a Honda GX690 simply would not start.

FAULTY FUSE

If you’re Honda GX 690 pressure washer won’t start, it may be a faulty fuse.  If you do get the click sound upon turning the switch, this is a good thing and means your fuel valve is in good shape.  Upon pulling the throttle assembly off, you will find 30 amp fuse.  You’ll need to trouble shoot whether you have a faulty fuse using an ohm meter and comparing results with a new fuse.  Then you would clean corrosion from the fuse itself and from the fuse socket.  Follow the step by step instructions here in this video:

Don’t forget to also clean and reinstall the rubber gasket.  Obviously, you will want to unhook the battery on any machine that you are working on for maintenance or repairs.  This applies to working on any pressure washer won’t start project.  In addition, this might be a great opportunity to change the oil.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

In the process of correcting this faulty fuse issue, it was extremely difficult to remove the throttle housing unit.  Rather than reinstalling it back the way it was, we improvised a new solution to make this fuse and fuse socket much easier to access for future maintenance.  We drill a small hole in the housing assembly so that the fuse and socket can remain outside of the throttle housing assembly.  Be very careful and cautious when drilling so that you don’t cause more damage to the machine by drilling wires or other components.  Again, always remember to DISCONNECT THE BATTERY so that you don’t short anything out with metal tools touching wires.

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Pressure Washer Honda GX690

HONDA GX690 Pressure Washer

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Pressure Washing School Schedule

Pressure Washing School Schedule

The Doug Rucker School is pleased to announce that our 2021 schedule is available.  This schedule is for those interested in attending Hands On and Class Room Training.  It is held here in Houston TX, as we enter our 10th year! When you attend this school, you will be able to see and use the equipment that we use daily for our Houston Pressure Washing Business. We also have class room teaching that covers a wide variety of subjects such as, Soft Washing, Roof Cleaning, and House Washing.  We also teach Concrete Cleaning, Plant and Property Protection, How to Bid Jobs, Customer Care, Chemical Ratios and Mixes.  Identifying Surfaces, Proper Application Methods and much more will be addressed.  Listed below is the Pressure Washing School Schedule 2021 dates.

January 11,12, February 8,9, March 8,9 April 12,13 May 10,11 June 14,15 July 12,13 August 9,10,

September 13,14 October 11,12, November 8,9 December 6,7

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When attending the power washing school here in Houston, I recommend you fly in to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  It is best to arrive on Sunday afternoon or early evening. This airport is the closest to our training facility.  The hotel I recommend you staying at is the Country Inn & Suites 20611 Hwy 59 N,  Humble Texas.  When making your reservations, be sure to let them know you are attending the Doug Rucker School so you get the School Discount on your room. The hotel can be reached at 281-446-4977. When making your reservations, be sure to let them know you are attending the Doug Rucker School so you get the School Discount, $70.00 per night on your room.

pressure washing school schedule

The hands on training portion is usually held on the first day, Monday, and starts at 8:00am. The classroom portion is on Tuesday.  We are usually finished each day by 1pm or so.  This allows you time to visit the Houston area and any of our many attractions.  Registration for any of our training classes can be made by clicking HERE.

More Pressure Washing Help

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call or text me at 281-883-3630 or by email at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com.  Look forward to seeing you in Houston and helping you start and build your business. Also stop by our you tube channel HERE for some helpful hints and tips.

Once you have attended my school here in Houston, you will always have access to me via Phone Call, Text Message, or Email at no additional charge.  I am here to help you become successful, long after the school ends,  and just because the School ends does not mean the education does.  Consider it like having a mentor for life.

 

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BEST PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER BUILD

BEST PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER BUILD

Recently in Houston, we had the opportunity to provide the BEST PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER BUILD for a local company.  This local roofing company was desiring to add to their services roof installation and repair.  Thus, with this BEST PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER BUILD addition, they are now able to offer roof cleaning and complete pressure washing to the services they offer.  So this will empower them to increase the revenue they generate on many jobs, making them more profitable.  We can assure this investment will provide a high rate of return for their business.

EQUIPMENT INCLUDED

The equipment in this BEST PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER BUILD is the exact same equipment that we use and train our students on.  As newcomers enter this industry, this trailer build is a great goal to have for the future as your business grows.  First, there is the 9 gallon per minute mad max cold water pressure washer.  Then there is the whisper wash little big guy 24 inch surface cleaner.  The tank is a 225 gallon water tank plumbed to the pressure washer.  We use the banjo connector in the event you need water for any reason, which occurs often.  It also comes in very handy when the need arises to drain the tank.  The trailer itself is a 12 foot enclosed trailer.  The trailer has a ramp and we sealed the flooring for longevity.  Other equipment items included is the stack reel for three hoses, the KingSlinger Soft Wash System, and the Dougenator mixing station.  There is also a bypass downstream injector and of course, the pressure washing guns.

MONTLY TRAINING

We provide monthly training events and encourage you to click here for details for the next scheduled class.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!  Call 281-957-2851 or send us an email PressureCleaningSchool@gmail.com.

 

 

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Ball Valve Installation

BALL VALVE INSTALLATION

All of our trucks and trailers now have a ball valve installation that we recommend.  It is a three way valve that allows us to make a switch.  We can switch from the tank fill to a garden hose quickly and easily.  Some of examples for using this include filling a bucket, or the need for a high wash station.  If we need light pressure for anything like rinsing off the truck or anything else, it’s much easier than using a drain hose.

HOW BALL VALVE INSTALLATION WORKS

Water arrives to our rigs through the garden hose reel.  It then flows directly into the ball valve.  It can easily switch from filling the tank to a rig mounted garden hose.  With several different nozzles, you are able to use it in different ways.  For example, we have a fireman’s nozzle that can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowe’s.  This nozzle provides a wide range or garden hose pressure from a pretty long, straight stream to nothing more than a trickle if needed.  It’s ideal for filling a soap bucket without creating a lot of splashing suds.  In addition, we have a second nozzle that provides stronger pressure and a longer stream.  It’s the same nozzle that we use for just rinsing houses using a dedicated pump.

TRAILER VIEW

In this video, we also provide a quick view of the entire trailer.  I have been testing a booster pump, but eventually concluded it’s not really worth using.  I was not impressed at all!  So if you have any questions about this ball valve installation, just shoot me an email and I’ll answer as quickly as I’m able.  Be sure and subscribe to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL for more helpful videos.  Perhaps you would enjoy another post about a newer pressure washing truck rig.

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Tannin Stain Remover

TANNIN STAIN REMOVER

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

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,

Are you considering starting a pressure washing business? Be sure to check out or Online Pressure Washing School.  You’ll be able to drastically cut your learning curve, and, you gain a mentor in me for as long as you need me. I also have an Online Power Washing Store for all your equipment and supplies.  What ever you need, we are here to help you become successful.

 

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XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

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.

XJET MODIFICATION

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.

X-Jet modified for downstreaming

EXTRA HOSE

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.

XJET XTRAS

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.

LINKS TO NEEDED SUPPLIES

X Jet Long range Nozzle

X Jet Bucket Pail System

50 Foot Flexzilla 3/8 Air Hose

The quarter inch threaded couplings you can get at any building supply or plumbing supply store.

 

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Downstream Injector Check Valve

Downstream Injector Check Valve

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.

Downstream-Injector-Check-valve

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.

For more educational options, be sure to check out our online video school.  You can also check our class schedule page.

 

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Best Soft Wash Gun

Best Soft Wash Gun

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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Be sure to check out our training opportunities if you are starting a pressure washing business.  I have multiple options available from hands on training to a couple different online video schools.  I am here to help you become successful, and any student that pays for my training is considered a student for life. If you have any questions about our training options, please feel free to email me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com

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Pressure Washing Hose Care

Pressure Washing Hose Care

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.

Pressure Washing Hose Care

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.

Be sure to watch the Pressure Washing Hose Care video, and subscribe to our You Tube Channel  and hit the like button.  Leave a question or comment and I’ll be sure to respond as quickly as I can.

Starting a Pressure Washing Business?  I have a great online pressure washing school with over 215 videos.  I also have monthly Hands On Pressure Washing Training here in Houston that also covers Soft Washing and Roof Cleaning.  If you have any questions bout our training please contact me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com or HERE.