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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 Business Start Up

Pressure Washing Business Start Up

Doing a little playing around with iMovie the past couple weeks. Hope you enjoy. It was a quick put together, not perfect but I kind of like it.  Developing one of these can be as challenging as a Pressure Washing Business Start Up

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.

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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.

Contact Us Call or Text 2818833630

If you would like more information, please visit my web site at https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com, or contact me by email, pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com, or call or text 2818833630…. Be sure to check out our February 2020 Difference Makers School at https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/event/2020-february-difference-maker-school/

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Pressure Washing SOP

Pressure Washing SOPs

Starting a Pressure Washing Business can be an extremely daunting
task.  To begin with, you have to address so many details before you even start
cleaning. First you have to navigate legal matters and accounting, and then you
need to determine internal policies and procedures. And that is a challenge!
I must admit, establishing a set of  Pressure Washing SOPs takes time and
effort and demands knowledge and consideration of a wide variety of topics.

But fortunately, I have found an incredible resource that can help save you
time and money. Pressure Washing SOP’s out of Florida is making a
ready-to-use Pressure Washing Standard Operating Procedures
available to our students and anyone else who is starting an exterior
cleaning business or already owns one. In order to simplify the process, I
have them available to purchase right here through our web site.

So what do you get? In short, you get an all-inclusive set of policies and
procedures for your business. Check out the attachments of screenshots
below for the complete list of policies separated by category. Certainly,
these will get you squared away with almost everything you will need to
implement a set of SOPs in your business. And this can be customized
with your logo, company name, and watermarked image. What’s more,
you can edit any of these files as you see fit, as your company grows, or
you can create your own policies using the templates.

Save Time and Money with Pressure Washing SOP’s

So why do you need these documents with policies and procedures
in place?

1)  To begin with, it gives your employees clear expectations. If you don’t
give clear-cut and precisely defined expectations, you have nothing
to which you can hold them accountable.
2) Also, it provides for disciplinary action and related documentation.
You will have clearly defined stages with explanations and forms for
documentation promoting performance improvement. In addition, it
will also help protect you from paying unemployment or being stuck
with a problem employee.
3) Additionally, it includes protective policies for issues such as sexual
harassment, equal opportunity, and workplace violence.
4) Plus, you get forms such as applications for employment, interview,
damage to property, lost or damaged equipment, incident reporting, and
much more….The list goes on and on…

Order NOW and Save Money

Placing an order is pretty simple:
1) First of all, click the link below to order your own set of Pressure Washing
Standard 
Operating Procedures.
2) Then, Pressure Washing SOP’s will send you a Non-Disclosure
Agreement. You will need to review this, sign it, and send it back.
3) Once you have done that, you will need to send a high quality
version of your logo (Vector format often works best, or PDF, or PNG).

 

ORDER HERE

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us by using
the contact form on our site located at the bottom of our home page.

Once we have everything from you, it will only take about 7-10 days for
turnaround. The completed package will be sent via shared drop box file,
as well as a thumb drive sent in the mail.

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Pressure Wash Standard Operating Procedures

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BE sure to check out our You Tube Channel at by clicking HERE

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Pressure Washing School FAQ’s

Pressure Washing School FAQ’s

For the last 9 years, we have been holding our monthly school in Houston, Texas. Here are some Pressure Washing School FAQ’s that will help you with questions you may have. Please feel free to text me at 2818833630 or email at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com if you have questions that aren’t answered here. 

When are the schools held?

This monthly school in Houston is held once a month and usually on the second Monday and Tuesday of every month. The 2020 Schedule is as follows:  January 13-14, February 8-9, March 9-10, May 11-1, June 8-9, July 13-14, August 10-11, September 14-15, October 12-13, November 9-10, and December 7-8.

What is the cost to attend the monthly schools?

If you are doing business outside of the Houston TX area, the cost is $750.00. Any additional attendees, the cost is $375.00 per additional attendee.  

If you will be doing business in the Houston TX area, then the cost is $1500.00. If you are bringing an additional attendee, then the cost for the additional attendee is $750.00 per additional attendee.  

Why does it cost double the price just because I am from Houston

Couple of reasons: first, I am training my own local competition, and second, it is not fair to the attendees that travel to Houston and have travel, lodging, and meal expenses.  It levels the playing field as far as a true cost for both local and out-of-area attendees.

What type of training happens at the monthly school?

I teach Residential Exterior Cleaning only. This includes House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Driveway Cleaning, I do not teach commercial, fleet wash, kitchen hood cleaning, wood restoration or any other type of pressure washing service. It is purely residential cleaning only.

What type of training will I receive?

You will receive “hands on” field training as well as classroom training. One day of training is held either outside at my home, or on an actual job site, as we teach you how we clean a roof, a house, and a driveway. During this training, we will go over Spraying Techniques, Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, Different Chemical Application methods for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, how we set up on a job site, planning and visualizing the job, Chemical Mix Ratios, what I look for when I am bidding a job as well as what I look for protecting the property, plants, pets and more. This is training is done at my home or on a job site when available.

Day Two

The second day of training is classroom training and is held at our office. The classroom portion consists of PowerPoint presentations that cover House Washing and Roof Cleaning, equipment needed, mixing ratios, different application methods, bidding residential jobs, preparing the job site, identifying surfaces, stains and best application methods, and more. We also have PowerPoint presentations that will cover roof cleaning, concrete cleaning, and plant and property protection.

Each day starts at about 9:00am, at my house, unless advised a different start time, and we usually finish by 1:00-2:00 each day. Please do not arrive earlier than 9:00am or the designated start time given to you.

Travel and Lodging Recommendations

I recommend that you fly into the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as it is only 10-15 from my house. The hotel that I recommend is the Country Inn and Suites located at 20611 Highway 59 N, Humble Tx 77338, (281) 446-4977.  Room Rates are $70.00 per night, using the code DougRuckerSchool. This hotel is just 10 minutes from my office, and has plenty of eating, shopping and even a movie theatre nearby. They have a shuttle available to pick you up from the airport, as well as take you anywhere within 5 miles of the Hotel during your stay. There are many other choices for lodging near me; you would just want to stay in the Kingwood/Humble area, as close to the 59/Northpark exit as possible. I advise that you plan to arrive sometime Sunday afternoon and plan to leave, if flying, no earlier than 3-4pm on Tuesday after the class.

Transportation

The Country Inn and Suites offers a shuttle to and from the airport. You can also choose to take a cab or Uber to the your hotel.  A rental car is also an option to consider, if you plan to tour the Houston area during your free time.  Once you’ve arrived, we can pick you up each day for the school and drop you back off at the hotel, if you are staying at the Country Inn and Suites.  On Tuesday, once the school has concluded, you will need to make arrangements for transportation back to the airport.

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Online Video Pressure Washing School’s

Is there any additional training after the school and, if so, what is the cost?

The only additional training that you can purchase is my online video school. In fact you may want to consider purchasing it first. The online school has all the classroom classes I teach here in Houston, and over 250 additional training videos. It is a lifetime, one-time membership of $449.00 (price subject to change), and you get access to all current videos and future videos. There are also optional certification tests you can take after each module. The certification tests are $28.95 each, and there is one each for Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Concrete Cleaning, and Plant and Property Protection. If you decide to take the tests, and you pass, you can post a listing on our directory located here: https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/directory/. We would need you to email us your logo in Digital Format to pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com

Length of Video Classes

The Roof Cleaning class portions are about 1 and 1/2 hours spread over 4 videos. House Washing Class is about 2 and 1/2 hours spread over 5 videos. Concrete is about 30 minutes spread over 2 videos. Plant Protection is about 1 hours with 2 videos.  There are also many other training videos under these classes, but those are the main ones that you take to prepare you for the tests.  After taking and passing the tests, a printable certificate can be printed out for your use.

Attending my school here in Houston, or any other of my schools, DOES NOT give you free access to the online video school. It is a separate purchase. Please don’t assume that just because you pay to attend the school here that the online video school comes with that purchase. IT DOES NOT . This is why I say you may want consider the online video school first.

Another Online Video School Choice

For those that may not be able to afford the life-time membership course,  you can choose to pay for the individual classes separately.  The prices vary ranging from $49.00 to $89.00 and you have access to only the classes needed to take the tests.  It is not a lifetime membership, and access to the classes and videos lasts 2 weeks to complete the courses from the time you register.  Once the 2 weeks expire, you no longer have access to the videos or classes.  You can check out this online power wash school at Cleaner’s University.

Even More Additional Training

Any student that attends my school will have access to me anytime they need additional help at no extra charge. This means you can text me, email me, or call me anytime you have questions, whether it be about equipment selection, bidding a job, how to clean something, etc. I also offer video conferencing when needed as well. Whatever you need, I am here to help you succeed. If I don’t know the answer, I will help you get it. I am here to help your new business be successful and to teach you how to clean using the proper process and procedures.  Remember that just because the school ends, the education does not.

Is there a Certification?

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Exterior Cleaning. You will also, after passing the tests, have a listing on our Web Site directory. This is not required. It is only an option if you’d like to have your business listed as a Certified Graduate. 

Our school is also accepted by the UAMCC for certification through them once you qualify for testing. For more information on UAMCC certification, go to www.uamcc.org.

Difference Maker School

From time to time, I will host a Difference Maker School with a guest instructor(s).  This school is held at a local hotel where we can host more people than at my normal monthly schools.  This allows more students to attend, but at a lower cost.  The Difference Maker school is designed for those that are thinking about or just starting a pressure washing business. It is also ideal for those that have been in business for 3 years or less.  The Difference Maker school has more classroom training than hands-on training. My monthly school we are on an actual job site, cleaning a roof, house, and driveway.

difference maker school

At the Difference Maker school, we provide equipment demonstration training, using the equipment I use on a daily basis. This  demonstration training is mainly designed to get you familiar with the equipment needed for your new business. Application Techniques and Equipment demonstrations allow you to get a feel for what you need to make you a success.

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Pressure Cleaning School Schedule 2019

Pressure Cleaning School Schedule 2019

The Doug Rucker School is pleased to announce that our 2019 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 9th 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, 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 2019 dates.

January 14,15, February 11,12, March 11,12, April 8,9, May 6,7, June 10,11, July 8,9, August 12,13,

September 9,10, October 14,15, November 11,12, December 9,10

LOGISTICS

 Pressure Cleaning School Schedule 2019When attending the 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 Courtyard Marriott Kingwood, located at 130 Northpark Plaza Dr Kingwood, Tx 77339, 2819731790.  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 hands on training portion is usually held on the first day, Monday, and starts at 9:00am. 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.  Once you have registered and paid, we will contact you with the location of the training or arrange for pick up at the Courtyard Marriott.  Registration for any of our training classes can be made by clicking HERE.

MORE QUESTIONS

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.

 

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Pressure Washing Sales School

Pressure Washing Sales School

Doug Rucker’s School will be hosting a Pressure Washing Sales School in May in Houston and Dallas Texas.  We will also be holding other Sales Schools in the near future in other areas of the U.S.

These Sales schools will cover training for both commercial and residential sales.  The teachers for the Pressure Washing Sales School will be Doug Rucker and Ron Musgraves.  Ron will be teaching commercial sales and Doug will be teaching residential sales.

Our next school will be held May 10 and 11 in the Houston Texas area.  The following week on May 15 and 16 in Dallas we will be hosting another Pressure Washing Sales School.

Pressure Washing Sales School

Pressure Washing Sales School

Come learn to sell both commercial and residential exterior cleaning in a jam-packed 2 day event with Doug Rucker and Ron Musgraves!
Learn Marketing, Measuring, Bidding, Selling and more

Save $130.00 by Pre Registering Today for your Location

Early Pre Registration price for this two day training is $599.00, but you must sign up quickly before the price goes up to $729.00.  You can pre register now and reserve your spot, AND save $130.00. REGISTER HERE NOW!!!!! If you have any questions please call or text me at 2818833630.

Two Sessions covering both Residential and Commercial Pressure Washing Sales taught by Doug Rucker and Ron Musgraves.  Learn Marketing, Measuring, Bidding, Selling,  Relationship Building, Techniques to Speed up the Buying Process, and much more.

 

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Pressure Washing Truck Rig

Pressure Washing Truck Rig

I’m excited to showcase my new Pressure Washing Truck Rig that I designed. We are using this for both Soft Washing of buildings and Pressure Washing concrete or other hard surfaces.. This rig has a 18 Horse Power engine and 5 gallon per minute pump. It also comes with two Hannay Electric reels.  However, you can opt for manual reels to keep the price lower if you choose. It is capable of down streaming your house or building wash mix.  With the flip of a dial, you can rinse the surface as well as rinse out your injector.  This without having to remove the injectors. It’s all plumbed right to the mix tank for ease of use.

I designed this unit and had a local Houston Pressure Washing supplier company, RamTeq build it. RamTeq is a great company to work with, and has the ability to fabricate pretty much anything you want. The “sled”, or base, is made of aluminum and is very light weight which means less stress on your truck when hauling. We can have this built for you and shipped to your location or you can pick up here in Houston. If it’s shipped you just need to have someone with a fork lift so they can slide into your truck bed. the sled is 6 foot long a 4 foot wide and can be made longer for 8 foot beds if requested.

Pressure Washing with no trailer

We love being able to go out to our Houston Pressure Washing jobs and clean pretty much anything, with the exception of a roof, with this rig, and not have to haul a trailer.
It’s also nice for maneuvering around certain jobs that don’t have a lot of space, like cul-desacs in neighborhoods where driveways are close together.

Everything is designed and built for ease of use. Gas tank on same side as gas fill for truck. Hose Reels and machine on passenger side so it’s easy to roll out and back up when at a residential or commercial property.

If you are interested in one of these, please call or text me at 2818833630 and I’ll be glad to help you.

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California Pressure Washing School

California Pressure Washing School

The beautiful city of Santa Ana California will be home to our California Pressure Washing School on January 25 and 26 2017.  Jracenstein along with Doug Rucker’s School  will be hosting this school that will cover pressure washing, soft washing, roof cleaning, and many other facet’s of the exterior cleaning. So the cost for this two day training event is $250.00.  Registration can be made by going HERE and paying for your spot(s) to assure your reservation.  Register soon because there is a limit to seating.  Look for the California Pressure Washing School event and pre register/pay there. Likewise, the classes are held at the Marriott 3002 South Harbor Blvd Santa Ana California, 92704.  They start at 8:00am each day.

California Pressure Washing School

California Pressure Washing School

The classes will cover theses topics and more:

Starting or Adding Exterior Cleaning to Your Business

Bidding/Estimates Residential Jobs/Customer Service Skills

Concrete, Pool Deck,  and Driveway Cleaning

Roof Cleaning

House Washing

Different Methods and Applications for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing– When,Why and How to use the proper pressure for the surface area you are cleaning.

Cleaning techniques/tools that save you time and money

What mix ratio’s to use for roof cleaning and pressure washing

Cleaning products I use for specialty stain removal

Marketing and Sales

Identifying the Surface, stain, and proper application methods.

We will also have, weather permitting, the opportunity for demonstrations using equipment available to us from JRacenstein.

Therefore, if you have any questions about the classes or need more information, please call or text me at 2818833630.

 

 

 

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Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

The Doug Rucker School of pressure washing and roof cleaning is on the road again.   Ray and Tonya Burke, owners of Spray Wash, and I will be hosting a Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School.  In addition,  we cover Roof Cleaning on July 28,29, and 30th, 2016.   Spray Wash is located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301. We will meet there at 8:00am, on July 28th, before heading out for training on a residential property.

Also, this school will be a special edition.  We will also be doing Commercial Pressure Washing and Soft Wash hands on training on Saturday July 30th.  Spray Wash is very active every weekend doing large commercial pressure washing project’s in and around the Tallahassee Florida area.  You’ll get to experience first hand everything that goes on from setting up on a commercial job, the cleaning, all the way to completion.

Logistics

Here are the particulars for the 3 day school:

Cost of the School: $950.00

Day One July 28th: 8:00am Meet at Spray Wash at 8:00am located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301

Residential Roof Cleaning and House Washing…on the job training as Ray and I teach you how to properly and safely clean a residential roof, house, driveway, patio, etc.  We will teach how we do everything from setting up on the job site, pricing the job, things we look for when protecting the property from damage, spraying techniques and application methods, house and roof wash mixing and much more.  Also plenty of time for questions and answers.

Day Two

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Day Two July 29th: 9:00am Class room time at Spray Wash Headquarters..  I have several power point presentations that I’ll go through that cover everything for Residential Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Protecting the Property, Driveway, Sidewalk and Patio Cleaning, Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, Mix rations for house washing and roof cleaning, Identifying Surfaces and Stains, Pricing Jobs, Quotes, Customer Service, and much more.

Ray Burke will also do an introduction and discussion on the Commercial Cleaning class that will take place on the following day. Oh and how he get’s these monster jobs.  You will not want to miss this part.

 

Day Three July 30th: Commercial Cleaning.  We will head out to a Commercial Cleaning job site that Spray Wash will have scheduled for on the job training.

 

This School is only limited to the first 10 that register and pay. You can do that by CLICKING HERE and reserving your spot.  Once the 10 spot’s are gone, this school will be closed.  All transportation to and from the school and also while in Tallahassee, as well as food, accommodations, etc are your responsibility and are NOT part of the school fee.

 

If you’d like more information please feel free to call me or text me at 2818833630.

 

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South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

Pat Clark of Precision Pro Wash of Duncan, South Carolina has joined the Doug Rucker School.  He is as an authorized trainer.  So Pat will be hosting Pressure Washing and Soft Washing schools throughout the year.  Therefore, he is teaching the same hands on training and class room courses that I teach here in Houston. I am hope this will help to open up opportunities for those trying to get into the Exterior Cleaning business.  For those that reside in or near the Duncan, South Carolina area and are unable to travel to Houston due to time constraints, can now receive the training a little closer to home.  This South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning school will drastically help you cut the learning curve as you start your new business.

Exciting Dates

On February 24th and 25th, 2017, Pat will be hosting a 2 day school featuring on the job and classroom training.  Attendees will travel with Pat and his crews, starting at 8:00am, for on the job training on Friday morning.  Class room training  will take place on Saturday morning at 8:00am,  at Pats Office at 111 High Street Duncan SC, 29334.

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

The class room training will consist of: House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Property Protection, Concrete Cleaning, House and Roof Wash Mix ratio’s, Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, Estimating jobs, and much more. Plus all your questions answered by Pat.

Cost for the two day school is $750.00 per person. We are only accepting the first 12 participants and you must register and pre-pay in order to reserve your spot.

 

For registration and payment please email me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com and I will send you the registration link.

If you need more information, please call or text me at 2818833630 or email at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com