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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.

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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.

Best-Soft-Wash-Gun

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.

 

 

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Pressure Washing Equipment Oil

Pressure Washing Equipment Oil

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.

pressure washing equipment oil

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.

If you have any questions feel free to email me or use the contact form on this site.  You can also text me at 281-883-3630.  Be sure to check out our online pressure washing school if you are starting a pressure washing business.  With over 200 training videos you will drastically cut your learning curve.

 

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February Difference Maker School

FEBRUARY DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL

Invest 2 days at our FEBRUARY DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL with Doug Rucker and Gerald Vess.  You’ll gain practical, useful information and benefit from Doug’s and Gerald’s years of experience as roof cleaning and pressure washing contractors. Total price for both days is $359.00 and you can register and reserve your spot below.

We will meet at the Country Inn and Suites located at 20611 Highway 59 North, Humble, TX 77338.  We have a special room rate of $70.00 per night.  Call (281) 446-4977 to reserve your room.

difference maker school

We want to share with you proven methods that will help be Difference Makers in your new businesses.  Please come prepared to learn about:

  • Residential Cleaning Processes and Procedures
  • Residential Sales Techniques
  • Job Pricing
  • Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing
  • Window Cleaning and Pricing
  • Setting Customer Expectations
  • Identifying Surfaces, Stains, and Application Methods
  • Following Up With Customers
  • Managing Customer Data Base
  • Creating Residential Proposals
  • Property Protection
  • Chemical Mixes and Ratios
  • Saving Time on The Job Site

And much more! This school is designed for those that are wanting to start a pressure washing and roof cleaning business or have been in business for 3 years or less.

Register for The Difference Makers School, being held February 8 and 9, 2020, at the Country Inn And Suites, Humble Tx.

Be sure to register and check out our FREE  community bulletin board 

We also have an online video school available

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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.

pressure washing business start up

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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December Difference Maker School

DECEMBER DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL

Invest 2 days at our DECEMBER DIFFERENCE MAKER SCHOOL with Doug Rucker and Gerald Vess.  You’ll gain practical, useful information and benefit from Doug’s and Gerald’s years of experience as roof cleaning and pressure washing contractors. Total price for both days is $359.00 and you can register and reserve your spot below.

Location is the Country Inn and Suites located at 20611 Highway 59 North, Humble, TX 77338.  We have a special room rate of $70.00 per night.  Call (281) 446-4977 to reserve your room.

difference maker school

We want to share with you some things that have been the Difference Makers in our businesses.  Please come prepared to learn about:

Residential Cleaning Processes and Procedures

Residential Sales Techniques

Job Pricing

Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing

Window Cleaning and Pricing

Setting Customer Expectations

Identifying Surfaces, Stains, and Application Methods

Following Up With Customers

Managing Customer Data Base

Creating Residential Proposals

Property Protection

Chemical Mixes and Ratios

Saving Time on The Job Site

And much more! This school is designed for those that are wanting to start a pressure washing and roof cleaning business or have been in business for 3 years or less.

Register for The Difference Maker School, being held December 7 and 8, 2019, at the Country Inn And Suites, Humble Tx.

Be sure to register and check out our FREE  community bulletin board 

We also have an online video school available

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Pressure Washing Training Houston

Pressure Washing Training Houston

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

Pressure Washing Training Houston Texas

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.

Please check out my You Tube channel and SUBSCRIBE 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.

pressure washing school faq's

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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Houston Pressure Washing Training

Houston Pressure Washing Training

Kingwood Texas is the site of my annual FREE Houston Pressure Washing Training Event.   So join us February 18th and 19th at the Courtyard Marriott, Kingwood Texas.  Thus, this event is FREE to all contractors to attend and will have classes and equipment demonstrations designed to help you take your business to the next level.  We will have educational classes that will benefit your business model, whether commercial or residential focus.

So please go to UAMCC EVENTS to get registered for this two day FREE event.

EVENT SPEAKER SCHEDULE

Houston Pressure Washing Training Event

Houston Pressure Washing Training Event

Our keynote speaker once again will be Mitch Beckman leading it off the first day with another great inspiring and challenging talk about the “YouTudes”.  Thus, you don’t want to miss this.

Our second day will start off with Jeffrey Blackman “Trusting and believing in Dark Times”, if you missed Jeffrey at the UAMCC National Convention, here is your opportunity to hear his inspiring story of going from living under a bridge in New Orleans, to now operating his very successful Houston Tx Pressure Washing and Striping company.

Other speakers and trainers will be Craig Harrison, of F9 Restoration Products, Jerry McMillen, with Sirroco Vacuums and owner of www. pressurewasher.net, Jerry is one of the foremost and sough out leaders on Environmental Compliance for Pressure Washing and other exterior cleaning/interior cleaning companies.  Gerald Vess, owner of Roman Roof Cleaning, Ron Musgraves on Commercial Sales, and more.  Here is the full agenda:

February 18

9:00 AM Mitch Beckman- “You Tudes”
10:15 AM Craig Harrison  – Building the  F9 Team
11:15 AM Paul Ballard  – Unger Water Fed Pole Cleaning
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Gerald Vess – Roof Cleaning Process
2:30 PM Circuit Training – / Soft Wash / Window Cleaning / Sidewalk/ Restoration Event
4:30 PM Circuit Training – / Soft Wash / Window Cleaning / Sidewalk/ Restoration Event

February 19

9:00 AM Jeffery Blackmon- Never give Up

9:45 AM Doug Rucker  – “Don’t Compete on Price”

11:00 AM Jerry McMillen – Wash Water Control Certification Environmental

12:15 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Doug Mineart   – Hard Surface Sealing

2:30 PM Expert Panel – Ask Anything

3:00 PM Ron Musgraves & Kristy White  – Commercial Sales Residual Income