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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.

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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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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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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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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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HOW TO CLEAN UP YOUR START UP

HOW TO CLEAN UP YOUR START UP

There is so much to think about when starting up a new pressure washing business.  Thus, it can all get very messy in your mind. Perhaps you have wondered what to call your new business. Maybe you have wondered precisely what services you should offer that are most needed in your area. So where will you get your equipment? Will you work alone or hire others? Maybe you have asked yourself how you would advertise?  And most importantly, how are you going to afford to do any of this? It sounds like you may need a little help in How to Clean Up Your Start Up first.

Website Launch

At Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School, we are committed to helping you with right from the very beginning. This is why we help pressure cleaning and soft wash companies launch their website with minimal effort and cost. Our staff of professionals can assist you in virtually every area of website development. We connect you with professional website builders, content writers, and provide high quality photos. Our graphic design team can assist with logo development and we even have a business consultant that can help you create the vision, mission, and values of your new company in written form. This will distinguish you from many of your competitors as you reveal to customers from the start precisely what is important to you, what you stand for, and values you believe are most important.

From start to finish, you could have a website up and running in a matter of days. This is a tremendous help to attracting and gaining new customers in your area and is a fantastic marketing tool that you can leverage through email, social media, and any other advertising strategies you take. With over twenty five years in this industry, including five years of training others in cleaning techniques all over the country, we can share great insights into how to get your business started up, running smoothly, and becoming profitable very quickly.

How to Clean Up Your Start Up

How to Clean Up Your Start Up

Starting a business in any industry is not easy and will require focused determination, unyielding commitment, and a work ethic far beyond average.  But with Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School providing guidance and direction as you take each step moving forward, you’re only regret could be not getting into this business sooner than you did!

Take a look at one of our web sites by clicking Clean and Green Solutions.

 

 

 

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Pressure Washing Seminar

Pressure Washing Seminar

As you prepare launching your new pressure washing business, you will find out there is much to learn.  You will be cleaning a very wide variety of surfaces that you encounter in your community.  I host a Pressure Washing Seminar in Houston Texas once a month.  We cover how to clean many different surfaces.

From Soft Washing to Pressure Washing, we have got you covered.  We teach you how to look at each substrate and determine what the best method of cleaning is.  But we will also teach the best and safest cleaning products that should be used.

Trusted Suppliers

One of the things that I love to share with my students are the products that I have found and use for just about any cleaning situation you may run across.  I do not sell any products, but I do direct you to the supplier that you can purchase from.  The suppliers I buy from are suppliers that I trust.  I know that they are not going to try to sell you something you don’t need.

Most of the time when you attend a  Pressure Washing Seminar, they are set up mainly to sell you something.  It’s usually something other than the information at the Seminar itself. Ours is not set up with the goal in mind to sell you products or pressure washing equipment you do not need.  We are strictly here to help you learn how to clean and to assist you as you grow your business. We are glad to point you in the right direction as to where to buy the pressure washing equipment and products you need, but ultimately that choice is up to you.

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Our Pressure Washing Seminar and Soft Washing School is held once a month right here in Houston, Texas. If you are interested in attending, please call or text me at 2818833630

Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School can be reached by calling or text me at 2818833630

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Pressure Washing Training

Pressure Washing Training

The Pressure Cleaning and Roof Cleaning School is announcing big news that starts January 2014!  We will be offering Pressure Washing Training via the internet and web conferencing!  All you need is access to a computer with a camera and a microphone.  You will be able to take the same classes that we offer locally. Our Pressure Washing Training and Roof Cleaning School located in the Houston Texas area is now online!

Since March of 2011, we are glad to host over 35 students from various parts of the United States.  But we also have had many others that could not attend due to scheduling problems and other issues.  Many of you have asked if we could offer something online, and up until now we have not been able to do that.  Starting January 2014 that all changes.

Class Logistics

All web conferencing classes will be limited to no more than 3 students at a time so that I can assure that everyone receives the personal attention they deserve and the best value for their tuition. Classes will be no longer than 1 hour in length and once a week and scheduled as close to the students convenience as possible.

pressure washing training

Pressure Washing Training

 

During these web conferencing classes you will be able to learn subjects such as:

Starting Up Your Business from a Legal Stand Point-Environmental Awareness and Concerns-Equipment Selection

Marketing and Sales-How to Bid and Estimate Jobs-Customer Service Skills

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

Driveway and Concrete Cleaning

Cleaning Techniques That Save you Time and Money

How to Work Smart and Produce more Profits

How to mix and use your cleaning solutions for Roof Cleaning and House Washing

Detergents, Soaps, and Cleaning Products used for Specialty Stain Removal

Developing Relationships with Distributors who will help you get your business started

How to Develop relationships with your competition

Building your Web Site and SEO

Using Industry Forums and BBS to your advantage.

And Much More. We allow each student to learn and progress at his own pace.  You will also have access to me throughout the week or month at no extra charge via the phone or text messaging whether you completed your classes or not.  In other words, once you have become a student of the Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School, you can always call me anytime for any help or advice you may need.

If you are starting your pressure washing and roof cleaning business, consider appropriate training!  Call or text me at 281.883.3630 and I will be happy to discuss a class schedule and subjects that will fit your business.

The Pressure Cleaning School and Roof Cleaning School was started by Clean and Green Solutions, local Houston Texas and Kingwood Texas Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning company.

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Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

The Pressure Cleaning and Roof Cleaning School is proud of the many students that have come to Houston to learn.   Since March of 2011 we have had over 30 students attend and receive actual hands on training and classroom training. We have been fortunate to have students attend from Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Indiana, and Florida.  Plus North and South Carolina, as well as right here in the Houston Texas area.

When you attend our School, you will receive training in how to Soft Wash, as well as learn how to clean driveways, and when available, wood decks, pool decks, and other surfaces associated with a residential cleaning application.

Our training is geared to the individual that is starting out as well as the established company that is interested in adding Pressure Washing and Soft Washing to their existing business. The two day class consists of actual hands on training at a job site as well as 4 hours of class room time. Seeing the equipment in use and how it functions to achieve the cleaning success is another advantage of attending.

Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

 

Student Steve Salley learning the correct “tempo” for cleaning a driveway using a surface scrubber. He is also learning the correct way to clean and manage the hose so that it is not always getting in the way.

 

 

 

 

Roof Cleaning School

Roof Cleaning School

 

Student Alberto Rivera getting classroom training on Day 2 of the Pressure Cleaning School.  This is the part that sort of wraps up the training with a recap of the day before hands on training as we go over mixing ratio’s, bidding roof cleanings, spraying techniques, property management and much more.

 

 

Learn how to start a roof cleaning business

Total cost for the School is $750.00 for those traveling to the Houston area.  Local Houston attendees pay $1500.00 For more information on Doug Rucker’s School please feel free to contact me at 281.883.3630

The Pressure Cleaning School is owned and operated by Doug Rucker, owner of Clean and Green Solutions, a Houston Texas Roof Cleaning company.

If you can’t attend here, be sure to check out our Online Video School and learn in he comfort your own home.