By some, I’m considered an expert in rust stain removal. What did it take for me to become such?
It started in August 2000. When I was trying to get rust stains off canvas awnings in Omaha, Nebraska. My awning cleaner didn’t touch those ugly rust stains.
What to do? I knew I could be a hero if only I could clean those off.
I started asking questions of other contract cleaners. Finally, a carpet cleaner told me how he removed rust stains from carpets. I immediately went to a carpet cleaner supplier and bought 16 oz of their rust stain remover. They charged me $20 for those 16 oz.
I went to those rust stained awnings and applied a few drops of this precious fluid. I followed the instructions on the bottle and within 10 minutes I knew I could fix rust stained awnings!
We’ve all heard it. Maybe we’ve all said it. Sadly many of us may have had it said directly to us. And of course ‘it’ is, ‘it’s not personal, it’s just business’. Well I say BS. It’s a lie.
I say everyone should stop saying it. I say everyone should quit using it as an excuse. Because the fact is, it is personal. Maybe the ‘business’ or specific ‘leader’ doesn’t see it that way, and if they don’t, then they are part of the problem as well.
Bleach is used in the roof washing process to kill moss, algae, and lichen with low pressure. When the bleach used to kill organic matter on the roof runs off onto the landscaping, it can also kill the plants and trees. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to protect plants and shrubs when soft washing.
To get a feel for the roof cleaning market in your area, just take a drive around your community. In most parts of the country, you will notice ugly black streaks on residential and commercial building roofs. Those are your potential customers! Homeowners, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, property owners, HOAs – all are great potential markets.
Marketed correctly, roof cleaning can be a particularly profitable service. That’s because those ugly black streaks are not only unattractive, they are downright destructive and need to be removed for the health of the roof.
John Suggs of Clean Stripe in Howe, Texas, holds many titles, but one he never expected to have is that of disabled veteran. However, sometimes life takes unplanned twists and turns. John’s happened to lead him to pressure washing and a dream of eventually helping other veterans get back on their feet. And PowerWashU’s Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Boot Camp is playing an important role in John’s journey.
To simplify things for those of us that do not have a chemistry background and just want to get our chemicals and go clean, I suggest starting with a reputable supplier that you have or can develop a good relationship with. A good supplier should be able to provide you the input, suggestions, and right chemicals for the job. Not only that, but be able to walk you through how to most effectively use the chemical once you receive it. It is very important before you quote a job that has stains you are unfamiliar with, to have a resource to discuss options and know how to get the best results for your potential customer.
On top of that you will want to know how much you will have to spend on getting a product that will work and get those results. That is very important information so you can charge that customer an appropriate amount. For example, you go to a customer’s house and tell them you will clean the house and driveway. However, there are rust stains all along the driveway. It is important for your customer to know that removing those rust stains will cost extra to remove. And to remove those stains you will need a special chemical to get them off. Rust can be very easy to remove with the right product, but be very frustrating if you do not attack it properly.
That is just one example, you have probably experienced or will experience hundreds of other situations that require something special to get it clean. Is the stain organic, inorganic, is it grease, or even tannin from the leave or acorns? Do you know how to recognize these things? If not take some pictures both up close and far off. Share those with your chemical supplier and let them help. Is it on wood, painted surface, vinyl siding, concrete, or something else? Do tests spots, depending on what type of surface the stain is on can make a difference too. These are also very aspects to look at. My point is there is not a one bullet approach to stains. A do it all cleaner is not typically going to do it all.
I would never want to insult anyone’s intelligence and I know some reading have much more experience than others. I recognize there are tricks and workarounds that have worked for some of us for years. You can study chemistry and learn different types of stains, and I absolutely encourage you to do that to better hone your craft. But for many, no matter the level of experience the right chemical supplier, the knowledge and service you receive is invaluable. When you are out making money and washing, in my opinion my time is valuable so using the quality resources available makes more sense, even if it cost money.
If we at Powerwash.com can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out, we work very hard for our clients. You will find we have a wide selection of chemicals, detergents and soaps for just about anything you are cleaning. But, we want to help make sure you get the proper choice for your job.