Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pressure Washing Buildings

Pressure washing buildings you may need to work out of a lift. There are a few different type of lifts. But the two main ones you may use are the scissor lift and a boom lift. Boom lifts go much higher than the scissor lifts. I have even seen boom lifts with pressure washers integrated into the lift themselves. With using a lift it gets you up and close to the surface you are pressure washing.
A lot of buildings may be built of brick. Pressure washing brick requires you to be close to the surface you are cleaning. Especially if you are restoring the surface, not just "cleaning" it. Restoring brick, stone, sandstone or cement surfaces you will be using a acid based restoration cleaner. With this type of cleaning, usually the chemical is applied thru a pump sprayer (Tip: use all plastic pump sprayers. metal parts erode quickly). When the chemical you are using has set and worked you will need pressure to remove the layer of dirt and grime that have accumulated over the life of the building, which could be 10 to 100 years, all depending the age of the building.
There are a lot of variables into pressure washing a building. It is not for the inexperienced. A lot of costly damage can occur if the right procedures are not followed. Also if you are afraid of heights, you may not look into building washing or restoration. As you can see in the picture being up 120 feet, 8 stories, is not for the faint hearted.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


The purpose of an unloader, when you shut your gun off, the water needs a place to circulate or the pump will build up pressure until something blows. It also helps to regulate the output pressure.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Pressure Washing Madman

Well I washed over 100 tractor and trailers today. Long day at it to. Let me tell you , the most important thing is that your machine is running right!! All these tips that I give you about Pressure Washing , believe me, its alll from experience. So the tip of the day is have a good machine and maintane it!! If not your life will be hell.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Cool Pressure Washing Video

I was checking out utube and found this interesting video for those of you who would like to see the basics of the pressure washing machine. Its only a cold water pressure washer but give you a good idea of the basics. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pressure Washing Services

Pressure Washing Services You Can Offer
There are a lot different of services you can offer through your pressure washing business. Below are just a few of the more common pressure washing service that are out there:
Residential Surface Cleaning & Pressure Washing Services
Houses {wood,vinyl, aluminum}
Driveways & Sidewalk Cleaning
Poolside and Patio
Patio Furniture
Wooden and plastic fences
Mobile Home
Lawn Equipment
Commercial Surface Cleaning & Pressure Washing
Bank Drive Thru's
Fast Food Drive Thru's
Gas Stations & Convenience Stores
Parking Lots
Storefronts Sidewalks

Pressure Washing Equipment

Electric vs. Gas Powered, I'll make this very simple. They make electric pressure washers, but having access to electricity is most of the time not the case. Electric pressure washers are OK for some things, but are not very good in the commercial pressure washing business. Go for gas powered!
Hot Water vs Cold Water, If your budget can swing it, consider a hot water pressure washing unit, but if it cannot, cold water machines can work just as well. There's plenty of jobs that simply do not require hot water. There's many thriving businesses running just cold water units, but hot water does have it's advantages. Pressure washing isn't much different than any other washing - hot water is generally better, but cold water will work. Cold water will do OK for most residential jobs, but if you are considering commercial surfaces, construction equipment or anything else particularly greasy you will need hot water pressure washer.
PSI = Pounds per Square Inch. The higher the PSI the harder is shoots the water. 3,000 - 4,000 PSI is a respectable and plenty useful PSI.
GPM = Gallons Per Minute. How much water can the pump puts out per minute. The more water you can dispense per minute, the more ground (or surface) you can cover in that same minute. I like at least 4- 5 GPM for better rinsing capabilities. Commercial pressure washers are usually 5 GPM or more.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Pressure washing Intro

What Is Pressure Washing?Pressure washing, is mechanicaly pressurizing water into a high pressure water spray. Pressurized by specially designed pumps, this spray is a hundred times more powerful than the typical garden hose. Pressure washing sidewalks or anything concrete, it is used to remove unsightly mold, bubble gum, and other dirt stains from its surface. Wooden decks are returned to the look of new wood, void of graying and fatigued finishes. And on houses, pressure washing wood, vinyl or aluminum, the appearance of the siding , is greatly improved by removing pollution, mildew,oxidation and other signs of neglect. There are quite a few different techniques that may be used depending on the type of surface and its condition. Chemicals also plays a big role on cleaning any surface. Knowing what type and the strength is very important. A lot of damage can be done with the wrong or to strong of chemical. I will be posting more information and pressure washing techniques.