Guide to House Washing By Sun Brite Supply
House washing may seem difficult but it's actually quite easy if you have the proper equipment. If you don't have the proper tools and experience it could take far more than you intended.
Some of the most common mistakes to avoid made by homeowners and contractors are:
Trying to remove the powdery coating called oxidation on aluminum siding when washing a house. Removing this coating can cause discoloration and in some cases cause the siding to look like a completely different color.
Using too much pressure when performing cleaning can also force water up behind the siding where it will cause mildew behind the siding or in some cases, blow the siding off the house!
Washing houses from the top down or letting chemicals dry on the house, which may leave streaks on the siding.
Using a ladder when cleaning to clean the upper areas can result in serious injuries and death from slipping off the ladder.
These are the types of mishaps that many people have when performing house washing of their home. If you decide to use a power washer on your home, here are some general guidelines to use.
Make sure the machine your using puts out a minimum of 4 gallons of water per minute and less than 1000 PSI.
Most homeowners will buy a machine from a hardware store that puts out 1,000 PSI but only uses 2 gallons per minute of water. While this machine may work, it will triple the amount of time to do the job properly.
Be careful if your making your own chemicals. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia can create a poisonous gas.
We suggest using cleaning chemicals that were designed to properly clean the siding. Some contractors buy a house wash that's available in most hardware stores and are unable to achieve the results they were expecting. Most of the house washing agents contractors use are designed to clean more effectivly and give better results.
The best way to perform house washing is by using an X-Jet this tool can cut your cleaning time by 50% or more! if you don't have one then use a power washer that has a chemical injector built into the machine.
Using a chemical injector for cleaning will allow you to pull the soap from the container, mixing it in the machine with water and spray it onto the house using low pressure starting from the bottom up. Make sure when using a power washer that you don't shoot water or chemicals up under the siding, this can cause significant mold problems behind your siding.
Allow the chemical to dwell on the siding, then using low pressure, rinse the product from the siding. Make sure when your rinsing the product off the siding that you start at one end of the siding all the way to the end. Do not stop or vary your distance from the siding, or it will cause the surface to be cleaned un-evenly. Here are the basic time saving tools used by most house washing companies
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we have found on the market today. Black Knight pressure washers are sold exclusively through Sun Brite Supply, and can be serviced anywhere in the country. Karcher power washers are sold and serviced country-wide.
You can trust these brands to be the the best equipment value, because we have walked in your wet boots and know what you are looking for.
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These extension wands will enable you to reach high work with out using ladders or lifts.
Use one for pin-point accuracy any time you need to apply chemicals to high peaks or other areas when applying chemicals, without over spray or high pressure causing chemical drifts!
Work from the ground and avoid dangerous ladders and fall injuries while you cut labor costs and increase your profibility!
Flat surface cleaners
will clean concrete and other flatwork much faster than using a conventional wand and tip. It can outperform even rotary nozzles on jobs as small as residential driveways (which means you make more money per hour using them). It is much easier to hit every square inch of the work when you use a tool like this, too.
Whenever you consider adding any tool to your arsenal, always look for the payback time. If you charge by the job and average $100 an hour, this tool can cut the time it takes to clean over a regular wand and tip by as much as 66% and cut the time over using a rotary nozzle by about 25%.
This fact filled pressure washing seminar covers the full range of information needed to be a successful contractor in this exciting field. Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced contractor interested in expanding your business, this course will help you become more profitalbe. Our nationally recognized classes are deliberately small, so there is excellent one-on-one interaction between student and teacher.
When you leave Sun Brite after completing the course, you will have hands-on experience in the basic techniques you will use every day and you will have a deep background knowledge of the chemistry and theory of cleaning. The class manual is a perfect reference that will come in handy over the years, too.
X jets spray
up to 40’ to clean hard-to-reach areas without a ladder!
This x jet nozzle can inject and proportion strong cleaners at high or low pressure without having them go through your pump, hose, gun, or lance. It propels up to 40’ and holds its pattern for easy cleaning and rinsing. Wash and remove mold, dirt, and mildew from houses, buildings, water tanks, silos, rooftops, and other high structures without using ladders, scaffolding, or a telescoping wand. Also useful for sterilization of housing areas for poultry, hogs, cattle, and for dispensing proportioned insecticides, such as orchard and garden spraying. Price includes close-range nozzle.
We offer a line of house washing products that are formulated to clean siding with the best results. Our products will save you time and money on every job and provide you the ease of use that you have been dreaming of. Why settle for highly caustic house washing agents when you can use products that are designed exclusively for house washing? Check out our house washing products listed below or read the information below to learn how to power wash siding.
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