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Pressure Washing School FAQ’s

Pressure Washing School FAQ’s

For the last 10 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 2021 Schedule is as follows:  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, and December 6-7.

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 8:30am, 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 8:30am 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 260 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  Membership to this online school also get’s you access to me for further mentoring or coaching anytime you need me at no additional charge. 

The online school is not available to the local Houston Texas area.

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 to 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 some of the Difference Maker schools, 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.  Agendas and format for Difference Makers SChool can change depending on Guest Instructors that may be joining me.

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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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Stucco Cleaning Houston

Cleaning Stucco Houston

Our crews are often out Cleaning Stucco Houston style using our low pressure soft washing method.  This method is something we spend a lot of time on here at the school when you attend.  When starting a pressure washing business, it is important that you learn how to clean stucco correctly so that you do not damage the surface. Stucco comes in a wide variety of types. EIFS and Dryvit are two of the most commonly known types.  When cleaning stucco it’s important to know the differences and whats required in cleaning them.

Traditional stucco is a basically a concrete block wall with stucco concrete mix troweled on, often times in different and elaborate designs.  Traditional stucco is also known as a hard coat stucco and dryvit is known as soft coat.  You can tell the difference by knocking on them as you would someones door.  Hard Coat Stucco will be solid and have a thud or hard sound to it. EIFS, or Dryvit, will sound hollow.  This is because behind the stucco finish in EIFS is a styrofoam sheet for insulation.  EIFS stand for exterior insulating finish system.

Pressure Washing School Houston Texas

Always treat EIFS and Dryvit very delicately and do not use high pressure on it.  I always suggest soft washing it either using a dedicated pump or by down streaming using your pressure washer.  Follow that up with a nice cold water rinse.

Cleaning Stucco Houston

The picture in this article is from a recent Cleaning Stucco Houston that our Houston Pressure Washing Company, Clean and Green Solutions, did for a customer.  The customer had actually thought he may have to replace the stucco, but was so delighted that our cleaning proved he did not need too.

If you are looking to start a pressure washing and or roof cleaning company, please consider attending one of our Pressure Washing Schools here in Houston Tx or we also have an Online Pressure Washing School you can attend, complete with test’s after each section.

You can also check out our Pressure Washing School You Tube page.

 

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Houston Pressure Washing Classes

Houston Pressure Washing Classes

Just prior to the October 2018 National Convention in Houston Texas, I will be hosting 2 training events.  On October 20th starting at 2:00 pm, I will be conducting a hands on training class.  This will be the first part of a two session class that will focus on teaching you how to clean a roof, house, and driveway.  This will be actual hands on training at a home near the convention site.  In the Houston Pressure Washing Classes, I will be teaching how to asses a residential property for safely cleaning and pricing it.  I will also teach on identifying surfaces, stains, and the different application methods and equipment used.  Spraying Techniques, dilution ratios, property protection, and driveway and pool deck cleaning will also be addressed.  Besides that, we will cover accessing a property, how to set up for maximum efficiency, and much more.

Second Session

Houston Pressure Washing Classes

Houston Pressure Washing Classes

The second session will be held on the morning of October 21st at the Convention Hotel, South Shore harbor Resort in League City Tx. This session will start promptly at 8:00 am and will involve class room instruction.  I have several power point presentations I will go through on House Washing, Roof Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Property Protection, and more.  In addition, I will discuss different surfaces, like Stucco, EIFS, Hardie Plank, Vinyl Siding, Wood surfaces, and more.  In more detail, we will discuss dilution ratios, applying mixes, identifying stains, and add on services to help you grow you business.

Most importantly, this training is the same training that I host once a month here in Houston that normally costs $750.00 for out of town contractors.  Likewise, the cost is $1500.00 for local Houston Contractors.  This is a one time UAMCC Convention special and anyone can attend for $550.00 per person.  For registration please go to our Pressure Washing Training Events Page.

Pressure Washing Sales Training

On October 21st at 1:00pm I will be hosting a Pressure Washing Sales Training Class along with Ron Musgraves.  Learn practical and helpful sales techniques for both residential and commercial cleaning. In this class we will be teach Marketing, Measuring, Bidding, and Selling.  Plus we will cover Relationship Building, Techniques to Speed up the Buying Process, and much more.  We will also have a question and answer segment, along with opportunities to register in our private sales membership groups.  Price for this session is $129.00 and you can register by visiting the Pressure Washing Sales Event.

Address for the hotel is South Shore Harbour Resort, 2500 S. Shore Blvd. League City, TX 77573

 

 

 

 

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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

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Houston Texas Pressure Washing School

Houston Texas Pressure Washing School

Clean and Green Solutions is a local Houston Texas Pressure Washing company. We started a pressure washing school back in March of 2011.  This school was developed to help other start up companies become successful. Since this time, we have helped over 70 companies learn how to safely clean residential and commercial.  Doug Rucker owns the Houston Texas Pressure Washing School.  He has been in the Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning business for over 25 years. This experience, along with his passion for teaching, and desire to see to others succeed, is what has made this school so successful.

Houston Texas Pressure Washing School

Houston Texas Pressure Washing School

Students that attend the Houton Texas based school, receive 2 days of hands on training and classroom instruction.  The advantage of hands on training is that participants can actually view proper cleaning and spraying techniques.

Our Soft Wash Roof Cleaning training teaches everything a potential business owner needs to know.  This includes how to properly clean a roof without using damaging high pressure from a pressure washer.  We teach everything from proper spraying techniques to protecting the property from damage.  The carelessness or ignorance of inexperienced contractors can cause this damage.

Houston Texas Pressure Washing Company

Customers of Clean and Green Solutions love knowing that their favorite Houston Texas Pressure Washing Company has trained many of our local contractors. While the popular opinion is to never train or share secrets with your competition, we feel exactly the opposite.  We feel that in training local Houston Texas Pressure Washing companies is a good thing.  This is because we are improving the professionalism and education of our industry.  This only increases the awareness of proper cleaning procedures as well as safe guidelines to prevent injury or damage to an owners property.  In fact, we have trained so many local Pressure Washing Companies, if your property is being cleaned by someone other than Clean and Green Solutions, there’s a pretty good chance our Houston Texas Pressure Washing School has trained or helped in educating the company you have used.

If you would like more information about Clean and Green Solutions, and our pressure washing, roof cleaning, or many other exterior cleaning services, Call or Text Doug Rucker at 2818833630.