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Pressure Cleaning QnA

PRESSURE CLEANING QnA

Thank you for checking out this PRESSURE CLEANING QnA video post.  We receive many questions from various platforms and know that providing answers to these questions can be helpful to many others.  So the first question comes to us through our YouTube channel in the comments section.  Ron asks about a particular SH mix ratio for house washing while down streaming using a modified x jet.  He is using a 5 gallon per minute pressure washer.

EXACT PERCENTAGES

While there are ways to calculate exact mix ratios and percentages, this is something that I have never done.  There really isn’t any reason for me to know the exact percentage.  Thus my main concern is this.  Is the mix I’m using strong enough to change the color of the organic stains on the surface that I am cleaning?  I cover various surfaces, various stains and the degree of staining and what color those stains are.  These are determining factors in determining whether the bleach mix ratio is strong enough.  In this Pressure Cleaning QnA, I also provide pictures that demonstrate what I’m speaking about. Experience does play a key role in helping to determine a general mix ratio of 30%, or 40% or 50% or stronger.  This is what we might call “the eye test.”  Here is the X Jet product I mention in the video on the Doug Rucker Store website.

ROOF CLEANING QnA

The second question I address is from Jamie and is specifically about roof cleaning and house washing.  Will my mixture consist of solely bleach or would I be adding surfactant?  This is a great question!  One factor in answering this question relates to the grade and quality of the bleach you are using.  Testing and experience is crucial here as I explain at the 7:30 time stamp.  This Pressure Cleaning QnA video ends with one final question about surface cleaner maintenance.  If this information has been helpful for you in your pressure washing business, check out my online video school.

 

 

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PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS VIDEO

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS VIDEO

What is the number one thing you need when STARTING A PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS? For over ten years, I’ve been helping entrepreneurs with starting a pressure washing business.  I do this through my online video school and monthly 2 day training school events in Houston.  This video post is a little bit different from most of my videos because I just wanted to speak straight from my heart on this.  There is one thing you need before you do anything else if you are going to start this business.  Before you purchase a pressure washer, a trailer or truck, or any other equipment, THIS is what you need to work on!  Even before you get the training, you need to work on your VISION for starting a pressure washing business.

VISION FOR PRESSURE WASHING

You first need to work on cultivating a VISION for what your business is going to look like.  Are you able to visualize yourself outside cleaning houses, driveways, and roofs?  Vision is defined as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.  Jonathan Swift says vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.  Vision without action is merely and dream, and having a vision for your business is a critical first step toward success.   Are you able to visualize yourself communicating with customers?  Can you visualize your truck or trailer?  Can you visualize your office set up?

 

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS VISION BOARD

I encourage you to set up a vision board as a first step when starting a pressure washing business.  Perhaps you would have a picture of a truck or trailer that you dream of having some day.  Or maybe you’ll have other pieces of equipment you will need in future such as a surface cleaner, the Kingslinger soft wash system, or a hot water machine on that vision board.  These are basically visual goals that give you something to strive for as you grow and develop your business.  At time stamp 4:15, I talk about some of the strong impressions early in my life all the way back to childhood which helped form my vision.  Ultimately, my own personal vision statement became “I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!”

PERSONAL EXAMPLES

There are a few personal examples of vision outside of our business that I mention.  One of them is the vision of my childhood pastor to start a Christian high school in Clearwater, Florida.  I also talk about a student that started in this industry with my school in 2012 and today, he has a large franchise operation.  So make sure you have a vision before starting a pressure washing business.  Over time, you will grow, develop, and refine that vision.

 

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COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT

COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT

The unique challenge for this COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT VIDEO is pine needles.  On this particular commercial building, there is a covered parking structure with pine trees overhead.  There was a large accumulation of pine needles both on top of the parking structure as well as three covered entry ways.  We were able to include the cost for removing and disposing these pine needles in the power washing proposal.  Normally, a landscaping or their lawn service would handle this.  However, some of these services are now also adding pressure washing to their service list.  So whenever possible, it’s best to provide the services they request so that you don’t lose the opportunity to another company.

TOOLS TO USE

The basic tools to use for this COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT video is a rake, a blower, and trash bags.  However, for the parking structure, a pool brush really can really save quite a bit of time.  Using a blower for this portion of the project would require more time and effort.  We were able to simply push all of the pine needles off of the parking structure to the ground below.  Then we went straight down line to rake and bag up all the pine needles by hand.  I was able to dispose of these pine needles at my house by burning them.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the details!

ADD WINDOW CLEANING SERVICE

Another important part of this COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT video is window cleaning.  Most commercial buildings have windows and they desire window cleaning service along with power washing.  On this job, we use the REACH IT waterfed pole cleaning system.  Many window cleaning service companies are expanding their services to include power washing.  This is because most commercial property owners and managers want to complete the entire project with one contractor rather than two.

ANOTHER TIP

One more important component of this COMMERCIAL POWER WASHING EQUIPMENT video post is our KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  We can easily clean up to three stories with this soft wash system.  There was a lot of green and black organic staining.  But the Kingslinger gives us the ability to deliver a much stronger mix.  At time stamp 7:50 in this video, I also explain the various nozzles we use.

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Pressure Washing Business Truck

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS TRUCK

I recently converted my PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS TRUCK from a standard bed to a utility bed.  Even though the transition is not complete, I got the video together as soon as I could.  This is because there were so many requests from my YouTube channel community members to see it.  I greatly appreciate all the support my viewers have provided through the years with likes and shares as well as questions and comments.  The results are fantastic and I am so glad I made the invest of time and effort to this truck conversion project.

EQUIPMENT ON DRIVER SIDE

We begin highlighting the 10 GPM KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM with the GF valves.  I note in the video that I will add the drain kit to the compressor in coming days.  Then we have an 8 GPM cold water skid pressure washer with a Honda GX 690.  We use this machine for residential and light commercial projects.  On the previous truck set up we also had a 5 GPM machine which was never really used, so this machine was not included in the transition.  I like the result of more space with a cleaner look, as well as less weight.  In this PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS TRUCK video, I show the old ski set up at the 4:30 time stamp.

EQUIPMENT ON PASSENGER SIDE

I call the other side of this PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS TRUCK the residential service side.  This side always faces the house so that all the hoses unwind in that direction.  In the cabinets on this side, I keep most of my tools.  Wrenches, plyers, water keys, fittings, downstream injectors and more are all organized for fast and easy access.  I also keep two pump up sprayers containing my RAP and Dougie Fresh cleaners.  Our Dougie Fresh is great for windows and other places around the property needing soap.  We use the RAP mainly for gutters as well as light grease and oil stains.  There is also a separate storage compartment for property protection items that help us detail certain areas such as entry ways, porches and the like.  Of course, rounding out the top of the residential service side is three hose reels.  We have a pressure hose, a garden hose, and a soft wash hose. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the YouTube comments section if you have any questions about this PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS TRUCK bed conversion.

 

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PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS EQUIPMENT

PRESSURE WASHING BUSINESS EQUIPMENT

Do you know what pressure washing business equipment is needed to start a pressure washing business?  If you enjoy the outdoors and working with your hands, this is a great way to earn income.  It could be as a side hustle, but then could very well grow into your full time job.  In this video post, I provide five tools that would comprise the basic requirements for your pressure washing business equipment needs.  My passion is helping pressure washing startups and I’m excited to share this insight with you.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM

You will need some type of soft wash system.  We always recommend THE KINGSLINGER because we believe it is the best system available.  We have continually tested and improved the system over time, and allows you to get a higher mix ratio.  Bleach, water and surfactant easily combine or blend into one solution.  There is even a third option for another cleaning agent when necessary.  We know that the Kingslinger soft wash system is the top priority when considering pressure washing business equipment.  If your business is not ready for the cost of a soft wash system, a pump up sprayer will work until you can afford it.  If you expand services into roof cleaning, you will definitely need a soft wash system.

PRESSURE WASH GUN ASSEMBLY

Next on the pressure washing business equipment list is the gun.  This pressure wash gun assembly comes with the gun, hose connector fitting, and a mosmatic swivel. Then there is the JRODNOZZLE KIT that is number three on the list.  Be sure and watch the full video for all the details and demonstrations of how this all works together so well, saving time and effort on the job.

MODIFIED X-JET

This looks very similar to the gun we mention above.  But the modification allows you to connect a hose coming directly from the X-Jet or five gallon bucket.  The JROD nozzle kit can also connect to the modified X-Jet gun.  The final piece of pressure washing business equipment is a check valve for the downstream injector.  You might appreciate more information concerning a Downstream Injector Check Valve by checking out this post.

 

 

 

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SLUDGE SUCKER

SLUDGE SUCKER

There are some occasions on pressure washing projects where having the SLUDGE SUCKER is very handy.  It’s usually a commercial property parking lot, but can also apply for some residential driveway cleaning jobs.  In low lying areas usually water is gathers, puddles up, and isn’t able to adequately drain off with the rest of the property.  It will generally be filled with mud and dirt because the water sits there and has nowhere to go.

HOW TO MOVE IT

The usual attack for standing water is to just use a pressure washer to spray it away.  This can be frustrating, time consuming, and sometimes makes the property look worse than when you started.  So sometimes its best to break out THE SLUDGE SUCKER.  Also known as the sludge pump, this is an easy way to turn your pressure washer into a water pump.  With it, it becomes very easy to move, displace, or relocate large amounts of standing water.  There is no filter so dirt, leaves, debris and such is sucked up into the large hose and relocated quickly and easily.

HOW OFTEN

The sludge sucker is not something we use often.  It does tie up some space on your truck or trailer, and we do not keep it with us for every job.  It’s a tool that I know I have and as I do estimates for commercial properties, I can see if it would be important to have.  But the last thing you want to do is leave a big puddle behind on a commercial parking lot.  This is a poor reflection on your business so you’ll want to have a strategy in place to remove low lying standing puddles of water.

ONLINE VIDEO SCHOOL

If it interests you, take a look at my online video school with over 250 videos.  You can drastically cut your learning curve and get set up for success right out of the gate as you start your pressure washing business.

 

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Commercial Pressure Washing

COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING

There are several unique challenges that arise with COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING projects.  These challenges are generally set apart from an average residential home.  However, some of the challenges can be found on larger mansions and larger residential properties.  These COMMERCIAL PRESSURE WASHING tips and tricks will help better prepare you for cleaning commercial properties.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

Any time you clean close to grass, plants, or landscaping, it is very important to PRE WET the surface and the ground below.  So as you pre wet the surface with 100% water, you also pre wet the grass, plants and landscaping.  After pre wetting, you apply your cleaning solution, which is usually about a 40%-50% mix.  Do not flood coat with this solution, but rather provide a nice medium coat of mix.  When we rinse the building, that water will also help dilute the mix and protect the plants.  You will then spend even more time watering the grass to ensure that solution does not damage any plant life.  The area will most likely be pretty soggy when you walk across it.  Special attention should be paid to any shrubbery or trees that are close to the building.  Previous amounts of rain water will also affect the amount of water needed for pre wetting to prevent damage to plant life.  If sprinkler systems are present, this would also be an important factor for commercial pressure washingGet even more property protection tips here.

PREVIOUS CLEANING SERVICE

Are there any signs of previous exterior cleaning?  In this particular case, we notice the use of a wand.  While sections closer to the ground are clean, how high they were able to reach was limited.  It’s important to document this in the event that damage was caused previously that you are not responsible for.  Commercial Pressure Washing surface damage is fairly common so be on the look out for this.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SOFT WASH METHOD

Our cleaning starts with the KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  We apply a 50% mix after pre wetting in a cross way pattern.  It’s important to apply a nice even coat to avoid dry spots on the surface.  Depending on the severity of the stains, it may take two or three coats to reach maximum clean.  Using a soft wash strategy is the best approach for commercial pressure washing jobs.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SURFACE IMPERFECTIONS

When evaluating commercial pressure washing projects, consider whether the property has been well maintained.  If that is not the case, there may be damage to the surface which exists under some stains.  In fact, some organic and biological growth may have penetrated the paint, exposing the surface.  So it’s important to document and communicate this to the customer.  This way, you are not held responsible for preexisting damage which might show after cleaning.  Again, this is why the soft wash method is critical for cases like this.

Commercial Pressure Washing

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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.

Downstream-Injector-Check-valve

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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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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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.”  So 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

If you are new to the pressure washing industry, check out my FAQ page for more information about all the training options we provide!