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DOWNSTREAMING BASICS

DOWNSTREAMING BASICS

This post includes a video covering DOWNSTREAMING BAISCS for pressure washing business professionals.  We explain in a simple and basic manner how to operate downstream infectors.  I am a huge fan of downstreaming as it is the original soft wash method before soft wash became a buzz word about ten years ago.  So don’t miss a word of this in depth downstreaming basics video!

ADJUSTABLE DOWNSTREAM INJECTORS

One type of downstream injector is adjustable.  This just means you can adjust the chemical ratio that comes out from the downstream injector.  The fully open position allows you to get highest mix ratio possible.  Conversely, as it moves toward the closed position, a lower mix is the result.  In my years of experience, I never really saw need to close it.  So I quit using adjustable downstream injectors.

FIXED INJECTORS

The fixed injector has no flexibility in terms of mix ratio.  This is a popular approach because it is a fast, easy way to apply the solution onto the surface.  In fact, I sell the GENERAL PUMP HIGH DRAW INJECTOR through my Doug Rucker Store.  It comes in either 3-5 gallon per minute or 5-8 gallon per minute.  We use a schertzbox remote to turn the chemical on and off, saving time and effort when rinsing.  Be sure and watch the entire video for more insight such as using check valves with downstream injectors.

MIX RATIOS

One of the most complicated aspects is calculating precise mix ratios.  Regardless of the ratio calculation, the main concern to look for is whether the mix is changing the color of the stain on the surface.  Double ports do not increase the mix ratio.  A double port simple delivers more of the same ratio mix from a single port injector.  I also explain our JROD nozzle system that includes our shooter tip.  There is so much more in the downstreaming basics video so be sure and watch it all!  There are a few OTHER PRODUCTS which I find extremely helpful in my business.  I can’t recommend these to you highly enough!

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BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

Do you wonder how to BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM?  Traditional pressure washing remains effective for many concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and pool decks.  But for cleaning roof and vertical wall surfaces, we always recommend soft washing.  This helps prevent damage to the surface and other aspects of the exterior property.  In this video, I teach you how to build your own soft wash system.

SOFT WASH PUMP STATION AND AIR COMPRESSOR

To build your own soft wash system, you will need a pump station and an air compressor.  We always ship the pump station separately from the compressor to prevent damage in transit.  In fact, we use an inflatable packing material to provide maximum protection.  The pump station is two 5 gallon per minute flow jet pumps stacked together.  So it’s actually a 10 gallon per minute machine.  You cannot get a higher gallon per minute machine, even though you may see advertising stating otherwise.

ATTACHING THE TWO

To BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM, you attach the pump station to the air compressor.  Be sure and check out the full video for all the tools are steps in order to complete this step.  The cam locks can be tricky so I provide in depth suggestions for some of the complications that might arise.  We always recommend putting the cam locks on before installing the full pump station plate.

DRILLING HOLES

Drilling holes can be a challenge when you build your own soft wash system.  But the simple solution is to just remove the manifolds.  So I walk you through step by step how these come off very easily.  This will allow for drilling precisely straight holes after making a mark on all four holes.  My preference is to remove the pump station after making the marks before drilling the holes.  Slow and steady drilling is a key to this project.  Then you attach all four lock nuts to the back of the bolts and tighten.

OTHER SOFT WASH SYSTEM STEPS

There are several additional steps if you want to build your own soft wash system.  Connecting to the compressor, plumbing, and how to operate the pump station just to name a few.  Here is another great video for more information on the Kinglinsger.  I provide monthly training events in Houston that includes on the job training and classroom instruction.  It’s a great time to expand your skills and get to know a few new friends in the business!

 

 

 

 

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY CLEANING TIPS

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY CLEANING TIPS

This video features commercial property cleaning tips on a large, metal building with some unique challenges.  There is a lot of limestone split face block which is very dirty because of its highly porous nature.  Another description folks use for this is decorative block.  Notice in the video the before and after photos that will give you a great feel for this project and how effective our cleaning methods turn out.

ADJUSTABLE CONE NOZZLE

I explain how we use an adjustable cone nozzle for cleaning this decorative block.  Using a dedicated pump with the adjustable cone nozzle allows you to apply a gentle mist for this porous surface.  We apply a 50% bleach mix mist so that the mix is not bouncing off the wall or running down onto the ground.  I also show how we use an extension wand for this application method.  We use the KINGSLINGER soft wash system to apply the mist mix.  You can find the Kingslinger specifications and purchase options here.

DON’T FLOOD THE SURFACE

There is no need to flood a surface with bleach mix.  This is especially true when applying solutions for roof cleaning.  The goal is simply to get a nice, small coat onto the surface so that the bleach and the oxygen from the air can work together.  In golf lessons, they usually advise something like “don’t try to kill it.”  In other words, overpowering your swing is counterproductive.  This also applies to the amount of bleach mix you put on the surfaces that you’re cleaning.  Don’t kill it or overpower it.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY WALLS

We could see both black and green mold or mildew colors on the metal walls.  This is very common on surfaces where there is little exposure to the sun.  Our first attempt at downstreaming was ineffective, so the Kingslinger came in handy for this part of the job as well.  We apply a 30% with the 10 GPM Kingslinger soft wash system with the 0020 nozzle.  There are more tips so be sure to check out the entire video!  If you are interested in learning more about all the training options we provide, check out our extensive FAQ page.

 

 

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GETTING READY FOR CHANGE

GETTING READY FOR CHANGE

In this leadership training and motivation video, I help pressure washing business owners prepare for change.  The big result of Covid is change in the way we do business.  Pressure washing businesses are not exempt.  But just consider the long list of businesses that did not survive because they didn’t change long before covid.  Check out the entire video for the full list!

 

There are actually six ways that you can help prepare your business for change!

CREATE A PLAN

A plan with goals is vital before attempting to implement changes.  The purpose of such a step by step, gradual plan for change is to lessen risk and correct unexpected errors along the way.  What is the reason for the change?  What’s the end goal?  And how will it affect each aspect of your business such as marketing, HR, accounting, employee morale and communication flow?

HANDLE RESISTANCE TO CHANGE

It’s completely normal for your entire team to want nothing to do with new procedures.  As the leader of the organization, you’re much better inviting voices of resistance to speak up and speak out.  Listen carefully to the legitimate concerns and questions they raise so that you can build trust with your team.

ACCEPT TRENDS

Small business owners must be aware of cultural shifts and trends because it will affect your business.  When customers begin paying through an app rather than sending checks by mail, you have to change with those trends.  If customers prefer to communicate by text rather than by email or phone call, embrace it. Tens years ago, I began placing “call or text” along with my cell phone number on every marketing piece we put out.  Check out the entire video for more cultural trends that will definitely affect pressure washing service businesses.

THREE MORE

There are three more ways to prepare for change which I discuss at length in the video.  So be sure and check them out!  I also take a few moments to share my personal faith story, and about how Christ radically changed my life.  There is another pressure washing leadership motivation video which you might enjoy about FIRING CUSTOMERS.  If you are looking to try some new cleaning solutions for your pressure washing business, check out this post!

 

 

 

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Portable Pressure Washer Setup

Portable Pressure Washer Setup

When starting a pressure washing business, many people chose to begin with a portable unit.  So in this portable pressure washer setup post, we offer a video and detailed, expert advice.  Many ask if a 2-3 Gallon Per Minute machine good enough to start with?  You can certainly start with any unit you choose, but our recommendation is always the Mad Max belt drive 4 Gallon Per Minute portable pressure washer.  So to help those of you just starting out, here’s what we can offer.  We walk through an unboxing and set up for this great starter machine.

MAD MAX PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

This unit is a 3500 psi machine and is ideal for a limited budget.  So let this be the minimum machine you would start out with.  While you can get some cheaper machines at a home improvement store, this unit will last much longer.  Keep in mind that home improvement store options are not designed for everyday, commercial use.  They are designed to be used by one homeowner very rarely.  But the Mad Max is an industrial grade, professional model designed with those in this business in mind.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER HOSE REEL MOUNT

One great option that we recommend is to include the hose reel mount.  Because it has wheels, it easily rolls in and out of a truck or van and moves around easily on a job site.  I got my start on this exact type of machine 37 years ago that hauled and roll in and out of with a pick up truck.  As your business grows requiring upgrade to a second machine, this will still come in handy as a spare or as a second unit on the job on to do a second job at the same time.

ACCESSORY KIT

This unit comes with great accessories such as a gun, a chrome plated wand, and connectors.  Of course, you also get the hose and tips.  We recommend using sealant and thread tape on all your connections, but this will be a separate purchase.  If you intend to downstream with this unit, you would want to purchase the JROD nozzle kit.  Don’t miss any part of the video because we provide detailed set up instructions too extensive to go into on this post.  If you are new to the pressure washing industry, you can learn a little bit more about who we are here.

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Pressure Wash Trailer Help

PRESSURE WASH TRAILER HELP

Recently, we had the opportunity to provide pressure wash trailer help to one of our loyal YouTube channel viewers.  Right here in Humble, Texas where I live, this enclosed trailer came to us for a few modifications and additional equipment.  It was already built out, and even had a very cool track system for the pressure washer to slide out.  But he wanted us t0 add the Kingslinger soft wash system, hose reels, the schertz box remote control for down streaming, and a bleach tank.

TRAILER HELP EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION

The Kingslinger soft wash system was added along with the drainage plumbing kit.  This kit allows moisture from the barrels to escape through the bottom of the trailer.  The 80 gallon vertical tank with bands  and plumbing is also a great addition to this enclosed trailer.  In addition, you will notice in the video we install three titan electric hose reels on slide tracks for easy access and maneuverability.  This idea comes from the owner of the trailer and is a great feature that we can now offer to all of our customers in the future.  It utilizes space efficiently and allows for greater organization of tools and accessories.  This pressure wash trailer help opportunity will greatly benefit others desiring the same features.

WINCH MAKES IT A SINCH

Prior to our pressure wash trailer help modifications, a winch controls the pressure washer movement in and out.  We can also build a winch for future installations on trucks and trailers.  Not only does this feature help on the job site, but it’s also very handy for performance maintenance on the machine.  Of course, you will want to watch the entire video to get the full effect.  However, the winch video demo is right at the 7:00 minute mark.  If you are interested, here is another trailer build video.

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PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

One of the questions many new pressure washing professionals have is how much pressure washer hose length do I need?  Typically, new pressure washing professionals start out with a portable pressure washer.  And one of loyal YouTube channel viewers is inquiring about this very thing.  We always recommend starting out with a BELT DRIVE pressure washer because it is far more reliable for commercial use.  In addition, you can connect to a buffer tank to draw water.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

When using a portable pressure washer, there is no need for any more than 100 feet of hose.  With proper set up of the portable machine, you can easily get 200 feet of coverage because you are using two different hoses collectively.  You could easily add an additional 50 foot spare hose for larger projects.  But we recommend 100 foot of initial pressure wash hose for portable units.  In addition, our experience is that a one wire hose is much easier to manage because they are lighter in weight.  The two wire hose is heavier, doesn’t last any longer, and costs more.

HOOK UP MECHANICS

Another consideration with portable pressure washer hose length is how you will hook it up.  There are couple different options to choose from.  First, you could use quick connects to connect hoses as needed.  A second option is a 3/8 inch coupler.  This is the best option if you are storing the hose on any type of hose reel.  The quick connects take up more straight space than the coupler which makes the circular hose reel wrapping much more challenging.  So you would need to decide if you’re rolling the 100 foot hose up together with the 50 foot hose for storage.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER WITH HOSE REEL

One great option we offer at Doug Rucker Store is a portable pressure washer with hose reel.  We also remove all the bend restrictors from every hose because they are a huge nuisance to work with.  The bend restrictors trap water which causes rust.  Finally, check out some of the FAQs about the various training opportunities we provide in the Houston area.

Pressure Washer Hose Length

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Pressure Wash Cleaning Solutions

PRESSURE WASH CLEANING SOLUTIONS

With over twenty five years of experience in this industry, we have been able to perfect pressure washing cleaning solutions.  This is because we test and work closely with each solution for years on the job before releasing it for sale.  We do receive tons of questions basically asking what do we use to clean a specific surface.  So in response to many of those questions, we provide in depth explanations for all of the cleaning solutions we use.

SPECIALTY CLEANING ITEMS

There are a few specialty items we have with us for any job we have.  Of all these pressure wash cleaning solutions, the first one is diamond magic.  This is very effective for removing water spots on windows left behind from irrigation or rain.  Eliminator is another specialty product for homes with lakes and where spider webs are very prevalent.  It has a smell that repels spiders and will keep them at bay for a longer period of time.  We use high performance lubricants oil for all of our machines and vehicles.  While it is a little more costly, you have money over the long haul because the oil will need changing less frequently.  It also provides a longer life for the engine itself.

SURFACTANT PRESSURE WASHING SOLUTIONS

We have King’s Kling for roof and house cleaning that has a fresh fragrance.  The Dougie Fresh costs more because it is more concentrated and it is the best surfactant I have ever used.  It’s great on windows and leaves them spotless and streak free.  Doug Out is a great degreaser that removes oil and grease stains, rubber stains from curves and more.  All of these solutions have clear mixing and application instructions on the labels.

There is also a roof and wood cleaner that we use most often on wood decks and fences as well as cedar shake roofing.  I have also used this on mold and mildew stains where bleach could not be used for whatever reason.  My number one all time favorite all around all pressure wash cleaning solution is … RAP!  This solution is super concentrated and must be mixed with water.  It works great on oxidation, gutter brightening and very safe to use.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the other great products we use!  We invite you to join us in Houston for one of our monthly events for hands on, on the job training.

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PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

If you are new to the pressure washing business, you will need to decide how to set up your equipment.  There are either open or enclosed trucks, trailers, and vans.  I have a 2013 Ford F150 long bed, which is an 8 foot bed.  My pressure washing truck set up is a skid system.  Obviously, the larger the truck, the more room you will have to store and haul equipment.

EQUIPMENT DETAILS

First, we have the 10 GPM KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  Next, there is a 5 GPM 3500 PSI pressure washer as well as an 8 GPM 3500 PSI pressure washer.  It’s very helpful to have both systems in the event that one of them fails for some reason and you are unable to complete the work.  However, over the years, I found this to rarely ever be the case.  If I had it to do over again, I would most likely eliminate the 5 GPM pressure washer.  This would provide more usable space on the shelves which provide extremely easy access.

OTHER ACCESSORIES

Check out the video for all the pressure washing truck setup details.  But  you’ll notice a 50 foot hose that provides air to the Kingslinger.  This is also very helpful for other uses such as inflating automobile tires.  You will notice 4 electric titan hose reels.  I cover each hose specification and how they are connected in the video at about 5:30.  On the back of the truck is our ladder rack.  In some cases, I have notice that you need a step ladder to get to the ladder.  These racks are easy to reach and we have both a 16 foot and a 24 foot ladder.  There are three 80 gallon tanks which are vented, plumbed and connected as explained in the video.  Venting is very important when it comes to protecting the investment you have in equipment.  If you are new to the industry and considering my online video school, check out these reviews.

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Commercial Building Wash

Commercial Building Wash

Does your pressure washing business offer COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH as a service?  If not, you should definitely consider adding it.  And if you do, you’ll want to consider including window washing as well.  Here are some important tips to remember if you ever end up pressure washing commercial properties.  With over 25 years of experience, I have learned a thing or two and enjoy passing these lessons along to others.  My hope is that what I share will greatly reduce your learning curve.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first thing that we clean when providing a commercial building wash is the sidewalks and the entry way area.  This way after the building wash, rinsing both the sidewalks and the building at the same time saves time.  Also, cooler concrete cleans up better.  So the earlier the concrete is cleaned, the better!  In addition, pushing a surface cleaner in the hottest part of the day is least desirable.  Streamlining your work to cut down on steps saves time, makes you more profitable and conserves your effort and energy.  The doors for the entry way into this building were exposed by missing some of the gasket and insulation material.  So we taped the door way to seal it off so water does not intrude into the building.  Always remember to pressure wash in the direction of away from the doors and the building.  In case of wood flooring, you have to be extra cautious to prevent water intrusion.  And don’t use high pressure directly on the doors.  We hand detail doors and windows, which is a high level of superior customer service than what most companies do.

EXTRA MILE

Even in cases where we are not cleaning the parking lot, there is a little some extra special we do.  We always cleaning the handicap parking spots.  This makes the area just a little big safer and a little less slippery as people are getting in and out of their cars.  For this particular job, we also cleaned the dumpster area and mailbox at no extra cost and which was not part of the original written proposal.  Be sure and watch the entire video for even more COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH tips!  Here is the link to my online video school if you are interested in learning more.

 

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