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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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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”, 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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South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

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

Exciting Dates

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

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

South Carolina Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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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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Soft Washing School

Soft Washing School

There are different methods to cleaning exterior surfaces like brick, limestone,vinyl siding,hardie plank siding, and wood siding. And many other surfaces will be found on homes and buildings where you operate. There never has been nor ever will be one certain chemical to use. Nor one certain piece of equipment that will allow you to clean everything.  At my Soft Washing School I will teach you the different ways of Soft Washing surfaces. You will encounter many in your new Soft Washing business.

Instead of having to rely on one certain piece of equipment that can hinder you on certain jobs, I’ll show you the different pieces of equipment you need to have so that you can effectively clean a wider variety of surfaces and stains.  This will make your business more profitable and make you MORE money.

Hands On Soft Wash Training

You will also be able to actively participate in Hands On training.  This allows you to actually feel how the equipment operates. It will help you make better decisions when it comes to purchasing the equipment you need.  This will help you operate your Soft Washing business more efficiently, leading to greater profitability. Our goal at the Soft Washing School is to provide you with the education you need.  Not just to start up your business, but to also continue to operate it successfully long term.

 

Choosing the Right Soft Washing Equipment

Soft Washing School

Soft Washing School

Having been in the Pressure Washing and Soft Washing business for over 25 years, I have used a lot of the equipment that is out there.  As you can see in the picture in this article, we have different pieces so that we are prepared for most any job, large or small that comes our way.  I will help you choose the proper equipment needed, and then direct you to a few different suppliers for you to shop and get prices from.  Who you decide to purchase from is up to you.  I do not make any income from your equipment purchase. You can choose to purchase from the ones I recommend, or you can choose to purchase your Soft Washing and Pressure Washing equipment from your own sources.

If you have any questions about our Soft Washing School or the training I provide, please feel free to call me or text me at 281.883.3630

 

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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.