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PRESSURE WASHING CHEMICAL MIX

PRESSURE WASHING CHEMICAL MIX

One of the questions I often receive relates to PRESSURE WASHING CHEMICAL MIX ratios from a downstream injector.  To be straight and honest with you right up front, I have never really measured the final ratio using a downstream injector.  We use 5 and 8 gallon per minute machines, but mostly 8 gallon per minute machines.  We use a 3-5 gallon per minute injector with a check valve. This PRESSURE WASHING CHEMICAL MIX video will delve into many of the details around this important question.  Pressure washing business startups might want to watch and listen carefully to increase efficiency, preserve solutions, and maximize profits.

COLOR CHANGE

I am not too concerned with the precise pressure washing chemical mix ratio.  What I do look for is color change.  The main thing I look for when down streaming is will the mix change the color of organic stains.  If I do not see a change in color, this means my mix is not strong enough.  At this point, I will need to use a dedicated pump such as my KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  This will certainly provide a higher, stronger mix than a downstream injector.  This is a 27:00 video so make sure you view the entire video to absorb all the details.  I also provide job site before and after pictures for demonstration purposes.  Always prewet the surfaces and saturate the grass or landscaping in the area with water.  This is fairly quick and easy to do with an open ball valve.

MUSTARD MOLD

This pressure washing chemical mix video includes a brick cleaning project with gold mold or “mustard” mold.  This particular organic stain will not undergo much of a color change.  This mustard mold stain is very popular in California, especially on various roofing materials.  It is extremely difficult to remove.  It’s very important to set customers expectations when you see this particular organic stain.  You might also be interested in checking out my full line of pressure wash cleaning solutions.  I hope this information helps!  My passion is training pressure washing startups to succeed, improve their skills, and expand their pressure washing business services.

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PRESSURE CLEANING SCHOOL REVIEW

PRESSURE CLEANING SCHOOL REVIEW

One of my students joined me on a commercial cleaning job in Katy, Texas to learn and expand his skill set to grow his business.  He also spoke about his experience, giving this PRESSURE CLEANING SCHOOL REVIEW video.  This job was for St John XXIII College Preparatory High School with an extremely impressive campus.

MONTHLY SCHOOL

He attended my monthly school in June 2021 and is actually from the Katy, Texas area.  Jacques Nash spoke openly about how “green” he was to our industry.  He said “It was very informative and I learned a lot from the hands on training.”  The first day of training is on a job site and gives the opportunity to use a wide range of equipment.  In addition, he was able to use our KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  He also makes it clear that one HUGE advantage is being able to ask questions and “pick my brain” in the moment on the job site.  Make sure you listen to his entire pressure cleaning school review video for all the details.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Once someone attends my school, I remain a lifelong mentor to help them succeed in the pressure washing business.  Any of my students are free to contact with me anytime with any questions or concerns that I might be able to help with.  We use an app called “VOXER” and it is a great way to keep in touch.  In addition, there are many great resources available to my students online through the forum and private access area.

DOUG RUCKER STORE

Jacques was in my store purchasing supplies and simply asked what I had planned for the weekend.  That’s when he learned about the project I had planned for the school in the town where he lives, in Katy, Texas.  So Jacques joined me for this project and was able to get even more on the job hands on training at no extra cost.  He was able to use all the equipment on my commercial trailer rig.  He cleaned concrete, brick and stone surfaces on this large school campus.  For more information, please don’t hesitate to check out our FAQ page.

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PRESSURE WASHING VS SOFT WASHING

PRESSURE WASHING VS SOFT WASHING

This PRESSURE WASHING VS SOFT WASHING post and video examines the difference between these two cleaning strategies.  This is from my perspective as I got started in the business over 40 years ago.  But it also addresses changes in the industry over the years.  My very first pressure washing job was in 1979 as a junior in high school.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

When I began there was no pressure washing vs soft washing debate.  However, we did soft wash, but without using that specific terminology.  Basically, we would apply the mix gently.  In other words, when using gentle pressure we would downstream.  We would use the black, green and yellow tips, applying the stream or mist from a distance back away from the surface.  So to me personally, down streaming is the original soft wash method.  Pressure Washing vs Soft Washing did become more relevant about 10 years later.  A franchise power washing company began using, promoting and marketing soft washing as a service alternative.   ‘

SOFT WASHING DEFINITION

I define soft washing the following way.  Soft washing means applying mix to any surface softly with a dedicated pump.  It also always includes a light rinse.  This approach allows applying a stronger mix than what down streaming can deliver.  In the video, I explain that the original dedicated pump is a pump up sprayer.  Be sure and watch the entire video as I provide an answer to the question many people ask me about this.  That question is “How do I know what my mix ratio is when down streaming or using a downstream injector?”

NEW PUMP OPTIONS

Pressure Washing vs Soft Washing gains quite a bit of traction once new electric pumps take the place of a pump up sprayer.  12 volt pumps were first, which were wired and hooked into systems and tanks.  In addition to new pump options, tank sizes grew well beyond the pump up sprayer size.  This allows a new approach we call “batch mixing.” This means creating a cleaning solution with bleach, soap, and water.  Then air diaphragm pumps such as the FLOWJET pump came along.  This is what we have on our KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  Booster pumps and gas operated systems also became more and more prevalent over time.  We sell all of these systems and options through the Doug Rucker Store.  The full video is 23:00 so I encourage you to take the time to view the entire video.

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DROP TUBE FITTINGS

DROP TUBE FITTINGS

This DROP TUBE FITTINGS post and video comes as a result of a YouTube channel viewer request.  There are a couple different ways you can install them.  You can get all the parts at your local stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, but you can also get them from the Doug Rucker Store website.  In this video, I use the lid of a 5 Gallon Bucket for demonstration purpose to more easily show how to install drop tube fittings.

NO FILTER NEEDED

Some people like to use sand filters when installing drop tube fittings.  I choose not to use filtration because it restricts the flow.  The way we plumb our tanks with ventilation means we never open the lid.  Thus, there is seldom any trash or debris found in the tanks.  Be sure and view the entire video because there are a lot of variables that I discuss.  There are many different parts and many different strategies to make drop tube fittings.

BLUE COLLAR ENTREPRENEUR

Check out the YouTube channel called “Blue Collar Entrepreneur.”  I actually got the idea for using uniseals from this channel.  It’s a pretty good channel!  Cutting holes for the uniseal is a little bit different than for the bulkhead fittings so pay close attention to the cutting process.  In this case, the seal is “built in” so to speak.  It’s important to prepare the drop tube fittings so that air does not penetrate the system.

If you have any questions at all, please use the comments section in the YouTube video.  Also, don’t forget that if you need a website for your new pressure washing business, we can help! Or if you are unhappy with the way your website looks and feels presently, we can also help with that as well!  Just click that same link!

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STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING

STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING

STONE COATED ROOF CLEANING is important to understand if you own a pressure washing business.  Decra is one of the most popular brands of stone coated roofing materials.  They are actually metal roofing with a grit type coating applied to the surface.  To the average eye, they look identical to a regular shingle or tile roof.  This is still a relatively new product line and we do not run across many of these in our business in Houston.  But have provided roof cleaning service for several customers in the last few years.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

In this video, I am able to show you precisely what the underside of it looks like.  When you are providing stone coated roof cleaning service, it’s important to remember a few things.  First, you can the difference because you do not see the kind of layers noticeable on traditional roofing materials.  Second, it important to know that it is more expensive to install stone coated roofing.  However, the cost is offset as they last much longer.  In some cases, they will last two to three times longer than the others.

CLEANING PROCESS

When it comes to stone coated roof cleaning, we have always used our standard bleach mixture.  This means typically a 30-40 mixture of bleach to water.  And sometimes we also use a light soap.  Here is a link to one of the cleaning solutions we use as needed.  Rinsing will usually depend on landscaping underneath, gutters and things of that nature.  Manufacturers do provide a list cleaning agents they recommend, but we have found they do not work as well.  In fact, we have been called upon to clean in some cases after recommended agents were tried and failed.  This is when educating the customer becomes a very important strategy for stone coated roof cleaning.

WALKING ON THE ROOF

For stone coated roof cleaning, some argue that you should never walk on the roof.  But we have been able to walk on them without any damage occurring.  Here are a few key tips to keep in mind.  First, it helps to be a light weight person.  We use regular soft soled tennis shoes and not cougar paws because they are heavier and add weight.  It’s important to watch the video for details on how to walk strategically when providing stone coated roof cleaning service.  Installers walk all over them when installing, but you do need to know how to walk in such a way as to prevent damage.  Of course, you’ll need a soft wash system and we always recommend the KINGSLINGER.

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X-JET PRESSURE WASHER

X-JET PRESSURE WASHER

The X-JET PRESSURE WASHER chemical injection nozzle comes in variety of options that you will need to choose from.  You will choose an orifice size which matches the gallon per minute machine you will use with it.  Complete product specifications can be found at the Doug Rucker Store website.  This video unboxing is the number 13 corresponding to a 4-4.5 gallon per minute machine.  The product includes a small bag with color proportioners and a 15 foot hose with screen filter.  The hose also has a two way shut off valve.  Of course, it also includes the X-JET PRESSURE WASHER nozzle.  The instruction guide has a large amount of very helpful information.

X-JET PRESSURE WASHER BUCKET

In this video, I also demonstrate using an X-JET five gallon bucket.  This bucket is a no spill container and is connected to the X-JET hose.  You’ll want to make sure you keep the bucket well ventilated with the vent hole on the side or back of the bucket.  DON’T LOSE THE VENT CAP!  Click here for more information on the X-JET bucket.  Another option is to make your own bucket, which I provide instructions for in this video as well.

GUN MODIFICATION

You can also use the X-JET nozzle with a pressure washing gun by hooking it up at the end of the lance.  My recommendation is not to use the X-Jet for roof cleaning.  I have seen too much roof damage caused from higher pressure volumes X-Jetting with a gun.  They are great for house washing but not for roof cleaning.  This method of cleaning saves money on wear and tear because it reduces the amount of equipment the bleach touches.  In general though, I prefer downstreaming over X-Jetting.  But they are handy to have because they are more effective for some particular jobs.

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