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VEHICLE WASHING PRICING GUIDE


This pricing guideline presents a general view of pricing procedures for both Environmental and Non-environmental vehicle washing. It is not hard and fast, but provides a starting point. It should be adjusted according to your market.












































































































































































































































































































































ITEM WASHED



STANDARD WASHBAY PRICE



ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH



NON-ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH AVG


Tractor, 1-axle w/o sleeper

$30.00



$6.00



$25.00



$8.00



$20.00



$12.00


Tractor, 2-axle w/sleeper

$36.00



$10.00



$25.00



$10.00



$25.00



$20.00


Van Trailers, Reefers

$30.00



$10.00



$25.00



$8.00



$25.00



$12.00


Pups, 24ft. Trailers

$20.00



$8.00



$20.00



$8.00



$20.00



$15.00


Gasoline Tankers

$32.00



$15.00



$25.00



$8.00



$20.00



$17.00


Flat-bed Trailers

$25.00



$8.00



$25.00



$6.00



$20.00



$8.00


Gravel Trailers

$33.00



$25.00



$50.00



$12.00



$45.00



$22.00


Grain Trailers

$30.00



$20.00



$30.00



$8.00



$25.00



$16.00


Auto Carriers

$35.00



$20.00



$70.00



$20.00



$65.00



$35.00


Grain Pups w/hopper

$20.00



$8.00



$20.00



$6.00



$15.00



$10.00


Cattle Trailer

$45.00



$20.00



$60.00



$15.00



$45.00



$30.00


Garbage Truck

$45.00



$20.00



$40.00



$6.00



$35.00



$12.00


School Buses

$1.00/ft.



$10.00



$25.00



$8.00



$20.00



$12.00


Cement Trucks

$45.00



$30.00



$80.00



$25.00



$75.00



$40.00


Pickups and Cars

$10.00



$3.00



$10.00



$2.00



$10.00



$5.00


Vans (Telephone, FedEx, etc)

$10.00



$3.00



$15.00



$2.00



$10.00



$5.00


Bob Tails

$30.00



$8.00



$25.00



$8.00



$20.00



$14.00


Furniture Vans

$30.00



$10.00



$30.00



$10.00



$35.00



$18.00


Step Vans (UPS)

$21.00



$5.00



$20.00



$4.00



$10.00



$6.00


Jeeps (Post Office)

$10.00



$3.00



$15.00



$2.00



$10.00



$5.00


Dump Trucks

$32.00



$25.00



$50.00



$15.00



$35.00



$30.00


Motor Homes (RVs)

$1.00/ft.



$25.00



$50.00



$10.00



$25.00



$20.00


Passenger Bus

$30.00



$25.00



$45.00



$10.00



$30.00



$25.00


Inside Wash - Vans/Trailers

$29.00



$10.00



$30.00



$5.00



$20.00



$13.00


Inside Van/Trailer Steam Out

$25.00



$15.00



$25.00



$10.00



$25.00



$15.00


Road Tractor Engine Steam

$25.00



$15.00



$40.00



$5.00



$25.00



$15.00



ITEM WASHED


STANDARD WASHBAY PRICE

ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH



NON-ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH AVG


Tractors - ready to paint

$150.00



$60.00



$250.00



$45.00



$200.00



$130.00


5th Wheel Wash

$25.00



$5.00



$30.00



$2.00



$15.00



$25.00


Tractor – Rear Frame

$25.00



$5.00



$65.00



$2.00



$50.00



$10.00


Aluminum Brightening Vans/Trailers (extra charge)

$25.00



$25.00



$45.00



$15.00



$40.00



$25.00


Aluminum Brightening
Gravel Trailers (extra charge)

$30.00



$15.00



$40.00



$10.00



$35.00



$20.00


Tractor Fuel Tanks - Brighten

$15.00



$3.00



$6.00



$1.50



$6.00



$4.00


Tractor Wheels - Brighten

$15.00



$3.00



$6.00



$1.50



$6.00



$4.00


Headache Rack - Brighten

$5.00



$3.00



$6.00



$1.50



$6.00



$5.00


Bumper - Brighten

$2.00



$1.00



$4.00



$1.00



$3.00



$2.00


Add on Pressure Washing Service

Add On and Clean Up with Pressure Power Washing


SUMMARY: This article presents a general overview of how adding pressure washing as an additional service can increase business and improve your bottom line. Lists of equipment needed to get started in this profitable industry are also included.

Why add pressure washing?


If you are in the commercial, industrial, or residential cleaning industry – janitorial, carpet, window, or general cleaning and maintenance – adding pressure washing as an additional service can have tremendous benefits. With pressure power washing as part of your regular service, you will increase what you can offer existing customers, expand your client base, and greatly increase your profit margin. The ROI for including pressure washing can be realized in your next quarter's revenue, and long-term growth potential is tremendous.

Companies that have added power washing to their range of services have reported significant growth. These businesses are finding that pressure washing can bring in as much money in one month as some of their annual contracts provide from their core services.

Diversify and grow your business


Expansion into the power washing business is an easy transition, with your primary accounts providing a built in clientele. Experience has shown that once clients realize that pressure washing is available, they are inclined to request that service as well. Whether it is cleaning gutters or parking lots, graffiti removal, vent and duct cleaning, or a wide range of other operations, almost all industrial, institutional, commercial, and residential customers can benefit from power pressure washing services.

Getting Started


In order to expand your services to include power washing, you need expert guidance. The power washing professionals at Powerwash.com can help you decide on the options that are best suited for inclusion with your regular line of business. From there, you will receive expert advice regarding selecting the right equipment, materials, and training. Powerwash.com will even help you develop a business plan to help in this expansion.

As the country's leading manufacturer and distributor of mobile power pressure washers, Powerwash.com is prepared to help you in every way when it comes to adding power washing services and increasing your profits.

Below is a series of charts that outlines some of the basic equipment you will need to add mobile pressure washing services to your current business.

If you decide to expand, the first piece of equipment you will need is the pressure washer unit. These come in hot or cold water units, and with different psi and gpm. The best way to determine what type of unit you will need is to consider:

  • The surface you will be cleaning

  • Where you will be using the equipment

  • How frequently you will be using it


Once these factors have been determined, the next step is to contact a vendor to discuss all the different options. The pressure washing professionals at Powerwash.com can guide you through the multitude of available equipment, and help you find what suits your needs and budget.

Hot Water High Pressure Washer Specifications and Average Cost


A good, workhorse, hot water high pressure washing system will have the following specifications:

  • 16 to 20 hp

  • 4 to 6 gpm

  • 3,000 to 3,500 psi

  • Water heating capability of 200ºF

  • Price Range: $4,000 to $8,000


Cold Water High Pressure Washer Specifications


A cold water high pressure washer will have the following specifications:

  • 13 hp

  • 4 gpm

  • 3,000 to 3500 psi

  • Price Range: $2,000 to $3,000


A viable alternative to purchasing the equipment is leasing. Powerwash Store has a number of programs available at exceptional rates. Contact us for details at 1-800-433-2113.

Whether you buy or lease a pressure washing unit, wands, nozzles, and other fundamental equipment are included. One important thing to remember: A cold water pressure washer can only be used for cold water applications; it does not have the capability to use hot water unless specifically designed for hot water. Hot water pressure washers can function in either capacity by turning the heater (burner) on or off.

For more information, contact Powerwash.com.

Related Articles

How to Choose Pressure Washing Equipment
Starting a Pressure Washing Business – A Guide to Start-up Costs
Mobile Power Pressure Washing: Tips, Techniques, and Chemical Usage Guide

 

Basic Equipment Charts


Please refer to our catalogue or contact our customer service representatives at 1-800-433-2113 for up-to-date pricing and details.

Click on one of the titles to be taken directly to that chart.



House Washing
Exterior Wood Care {Decks & Fences}
Fleet Truck Washing
Flat Work
Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning
Awning Cleaning
Safety Equipment

 

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QTY ITEM POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Hot High Pressure Washer (for oil and grease removal on driveways) RK-40C, RK-42, or
RK-43C
2 High Pressure Hose reels HR-46, HR-65, or HR-200
2 Heavy Duty Hose Reel Hook-up Kit HRH-HP or HRH-GH
1 Pressure hose – 150 ft. R-1-150-BL
1 Heavy-duty garden hose – 100 ft. CRV-120
2 Spray Wands W-15-79"and W-15-48"
1 Telescoping Wand EW-18' or EW-24'
Spray Tips (Assortment) QCF-2508, QCF-2510, QCF-6540
1 Zero Degree Rotating Nozzle ROTOMAX-3
1 Long Range Chemical Injection Nozzle X-Jet-M5
Brushes WBR-DLX
1 Telescoping Brush Handles AEH-12 or AEH-18
1 Electric Chemical Pump DECKS 12 or DECKS 115
Spray Wax W-200-05
Detergent R-109-100, V-505-50, and DNB-1430-50
Chemicals OA-50
Clear Plastic Sheeting (2 mil) POLY2MIL
Training Material DVD-301, DVD-505, #1,100 Training pkg.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS


Ladders
Wire Brush
Claw Hammer
Screw Drivers
Pliers
Pipe Wrenches
Flexible Wand
PTFE Tape TF-TAPE
Masking Tape (1" and 2")
Duct Tape
Caulking Gun
Caulking (variety of types)
Putty Knife and other Scrapers

Exterior Wood Care {Decks & Fences}





































































































































QTY ITEM POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer 4040HG, 4035HG
2 Hose Reels HR-65 or HR-200
2 Hose Reel Hook-up Kits HRH-HP and HRH-GH
1 Non-Marking Pressure Hose – 150ft. R-1-150-BL
1 Heavy-Duty Garden Hose – 110ft. CRV-120
1 Electrical Chemical Pump DECKS 12 or DECKS 115
1 Dual Lance Wand ST-54-49
2 Extension Wands W-15-79 and W-15-48
Spray Tip Assortment QCF-2508 and QCF-2510
Deck and Siding Restorer DSR-49-08
Deck and Siding Restorer and Stripper DSR-50-05
Oxalic Acid OA-50
Detergent R-109-0100
Clear Plastic Sheeting (2mil) POlY2MIl

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS


Claw Hammer
Crow or Pry Bar
Screw Drivers
Orbital Sander (rental)
Extension Cords
Drop Cloths
Masking Tape (1" and 2")
Paint Brush
Airless Paint Sprayer
Ladders

Fleet Truck Washing


























































































QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Trailer Mounted Hot High Pressure Washer w/water tank. RK-43C-2A
Brushes WBR-14 and WBR-10
Brush Handles WBH-5 and WBH-8
Stack Brushes SBR-9000
Spray Tips Assortment QCF-2508,QCF-4008,QCF-2510 & QCF-4010
Portable Vinyl Wash Pits and
Ground Covers
TFTP-2075
Portable Dams and Drain Covers PD-620, PD-610, and DC-4.6
1 Recycle System Recycle-16
1 Wash Pit Sump Pump wpsp-8
1 Vacu-boom VB-20
Oil absorbent Booms, Pillows, and Pads D-6002, D-6003, and D-6008
Degreasers R-109-0100, DNB-1430-50
Truck Wash Detergent V-505-50
Spray Wax W-200-05
Foam Booster R-1420
Training Material DVD-504, DVD-301

Flat Work






































































QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Trailer Mounted Hot High Pressure Washer w/water tank. RK-43C-2A
Surface Cleaner CC8324D
1 Turbo Nozzle ST-457-55
1 Electrical Chemical Pump CP-2000
1 Pump-up Sprayer CIDS-2235
Portable Dams and Drain Blockers PD-620, PD-610 and DC-4.6
1 Vacu-boom VB-20
1 Vacuum Sludge Filter System VSF-55
1 Sump Pump WPSP-8
Concrete Stain Remover OA-50
Degreaser R-109-0100, DNB-1430-50
Training Material DVD-301, DVD-105

Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning


















































































































































QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Enclosed Trailer Mounted High Pressure Washer RK-43C-2A-ET
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer w/180ºF Hot Water capability D-2015E
Zero Degree Rotating Nozzles ROTOMAX-3
Low Pressure Spray tips VJ-6520
Rotary Duct Spinners RDS-21-6F
Spring Clamps SPC-SET
Clear Poly Sheeting (2mil) POLY2MIL
Scrub Pads and Holders LSPK-136
1 Wet/Dry Vacuum with Sump Pump VSF-55
1 Chemical Pump CIDS-2235
Portable Dams PD-610
1 Foot Valve FV-3008
Oriental Detergent OD-100-05
Degreaser V-501-50 or V-502-50
Foamer AF-20 or MEAN-5
Foam Booster R-1420
Duct Access Doors (as needed)
Appropriate Safety Equipment

Training Materials - Ackland/Powerwash.com 5-day Kitchen Grease Exhaust Cleaning School



ADDITIONAL MATERIALS


Scrapers
Squeegee
1 Mop and Bucket
1 35 gal. plastic trash can
1 2" bulkhead fitting for plastic trash can
Step Ladder
Drop Cloths
1 3' x 5' x 3/4" plywood



Awning Cleaning

































































QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODUCT LISTING
1 Cold Water Pressure Washer 4040HG
1 Large Spray Tip QCF-6540
1 10" Deluxe Wash Brush WBR-DLX
1 Aluminum Extension Brush Handle AEH-618
1 Electrical Chemical Pump DECKS-12
Portable Dams and Drain Blockers PD-610, PD-620, and DC-4.6
1 Sump Pump WPSP-8
Fabric Awning Cleaner AC-12-01
Vinyl Awning Cleaner RP-1020-01
Training Materials DVD-509
Step Ladder

Safety Equipment













































QTY ITEM NEEDED POWERWASH.COM PRODCUCT LISTING
1 Double coated PVC/Nylon Suit PRS-[SIZE]
1 pr 17" Rubber Pull-on Over-the shoe-boots BOOT-[SIZE]
1 Hard Hat HH-11
1 Hard Hat Visor HH-11-VIS-ASY
1 pr Soft Frame Goggles 4T526
1 pr Gauntlet style Rubber Gloves GAUNLET
1 Black Rubber/Cotton Apron APR-10

Starting a Window Cleaning Business

By: Bobby Wells. 

This manual will provide you with helpful information on the following:

SCHEDULING SERVICES
SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
CHEMICALS
TOOLS
A CLEANING SYSTEM THAT WORKS
ESTIMATES FOR FEES AND SERVICES
PRICING GUIDELINES
SALES AND MARKETING


Starting a window cleaning business can be highly profitable. With low overhead and a seemingly unlimited potential client base, you can turn a minimal investment – as much as a bucket, squeegee, sponge, towels, and cleaner cost, and turn it into a business with open-ended earning potential. IF IT HAS WINDOWS OR GLASS, IT IS A POTENTIAL CUSTOMER.

With regards to licensing of a business enterprise or any other legal, accounting or tax matters, the publisher and author strongly suggest that the reader seek, when necessary, the services of appropriate licensed professionals and comply with the local licensing requirements of the community in which the reader resides, or conducts business.

SCHEDULING SERVICES


The following scheduling times will help you track customers, and keep a cleaning schedule that produces return business, which creates your customer base.

Weekly: Windows are cleaned every seven days. The accounts you need to target for these types of cleanings should be:

  • Retail Stores

  • Restaurants

  • Fitness Centers

  • Video Stores

  • Businesses in a downtown area

  • Any business with significant customer traffic


Bi-monthly: This term is a misnomer, serving more as a sales tool, as these windows are cleaned every other week rather than twice a month. In most months, windows receive two cleanings, but occasionally there will be months where windows will have three cleanings. This is a good cycle for all the above businesses, especially those looking to save money.

Monthly: Windows are cleaned once a month. Client for these are: hotels, motels, small office buildings, and houses.

Quarterly: Every three months (four times a year)

Bi-annually: Twice-a-year. Three story buildings, apartment complexes, county courthouses, and such can be cleaned on a quarterly or bi-annual basis.

Annually: Once a year.

Quarterly, Bi-annual, and Annual accounts form the core of residential work. Houses should be cleaned a least bi-annually, but three times a year is best. The more time that elapses between cleanings, the greater the dirt and crud buildup is and more work has to be done.

If possible, avoid taking on an annual cleaning account. As stated before, windows get quite dirty in a year, and you may not be able to price a job that is profitable and still attractive to the client. When speaking with a potential client point out why more frequent cleaning is better and less expensive in the end.

Try to develop a schedule that incorporates as many of the cleaning routines as possible. In addition to creating a full and balanced schedule, you reduce boredom by rotating through different clients. Also allow a day every week to ten days to make sales calls.

SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT


CHEMICALS


This is probably one of the most important areas in this manual. Choose your chemicals carefully, and be precise with your measurements.

CAUTION: Read the mixing directions carefully. If choose chemicals and do not understand how they work and how they are supposed to be mixed, you will probably get unfavorable results.

Some cleaning chemicals are known to cause bleed back or create a film if not used properly. Since glass is porous, simply using the squeegee may not be enough. Understand all instructions from the manufacturer.

Stick to environmentally safe chemicals whenever possible. Besides being safe to use, it is an excellent selling point. In addition, applications requiring the use of acids and other harsh chemicals, can cause physical damage of the proper precautions are not followed, and may require additional equipment.

One of the best and least expensive cleaning products is ordinary kitchen soap, especially a product that says it prevents spotting. Always put the water in the bucket first, and then add the soap. If you add water to soap, you get a bunch of wasted suds.

Soap helps the water adhere to the glass, increasing its crud dissolving capabilities and helping the work go faster.

Late Spring, Summer, and early Fall - In a five-gallon bucket of water, add three big squirts of the soap.

Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring – At this time of year, you may need something to keep the water from freezing, depending on where you live. Windshield washer fluids that contain methyl alcohol work quite well, and will keep your liquid from freezing in temperatures down to forty below, depending on the ratio.

TOOLS


To get started in the window cleaning business, you will need the following:

  • Scrubbers - assorted sizes 18" for beginners

  • Squeegees - assorted sizes 6", 10", 18"

  • Buckets - your pref. Something with a lid

  • Poles - 6' wooden 12' telescopic 24' telescopic

  • Ladders - assorted heights 12' , 24' , 32'

  • Huck towels - these are lint free towels ( BUY used )

  • Scrub pads - white only. Use caution. They are excellent for tough to remove stains, but can also scratch glass..

  • Razor blade scrapers


You will also need belts, squeegee holders, bucket on a belt, and other items that you will discover as your business expands.

A good utility belt is indispensible. It will hold all your squeegee, towels, scrubbers bucket on a belt, and scraper.

There are many window cleaning supply companies throughout the country offering good prices and service. Check your Yellow Pages, or go on-line to find them.

A CLEANING SYSTEM THAT WORKS


This window cleaning system is the most important thing you need to learn from this manual. You need to take your time to learn this technique. Practice prefect makes performance perfect. You will be slow at this for a short time but as you practice, your speed will increase.

First you need to find a good window to learn on. Find a business with windows that are about 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. Approach the business owner or managerand tell them you are starting a window cleaning company. Ask the owner if you can practice on their windows, adding that their windows will be cleaned free of charge. A good business practice is to always clean the windows of you training site for free as long as you are in business. It is good karma.

The only tools you will need are a scrubber, squeegee, bucket, towels, soap, and water.

STEP-BY-STEP

The steps to this system are for right-handed workers. Lefties need to reverse the procedures. As you progress in the business, learn to use both hands – it will speed things up, and prevent fatigue.

STEP 1: Face the glass, dip the scrubber into the cleaning solution, place it on the glass, and cover entire surface with the solution.

STEP 2: Pick up the squeegee and hold it out in front of you so that it forms the letter 'T' in your hand. Take the right side of the blade and put it in the top left corner of window, rotating your wrist counter-clockwise to achieve this position. You need to rotate your wrist counter clockwise to achieve this.

STEP 3: Push the squeegee into corner and, rotating your wrist clockwise, drag the squeegee across the top edge of window, keeping the right side of blade ahead of the left side of blade.

STEP 4: Keep rotating your wrist and run the squeegee into right corner of window.

STEP 5: Pull down on the squeegee and rotate into the "T" position.

If you look at the glass there will be a dry area and a wet area.

STEP 6: You now need to change direction of your squeegee. Keep the left side of squeegee about an inch or two above the wet line, and rotate the squeegee so the right side is now on the bottom with this pass.

STEP 7: Run the left side of squeegee into the bottom left corner of window, rotating your wrist so the squeegee is at a 90-degree angle with bottom window frame. Drag it across to the right corner of window. Watch your knuckles as frame edges can really hurt!

STEP 8: Use a huck towel around the edges (remember it is lint-free). Place one finger in it and wipe, making sure a dry part of the towel is the only thing that touches the glass. Do Not wipe the glass with big motions - you will smear the glass and have to start over.

This cleaning technique is for all glass that you can reach by hand.

Pole Work

This is an area where you can make good money because so many window cleaners will not take the time to learn to how to do pole work effectively. As you become more skilled, you can do pole work as high as 40 feet and not have to leave the ground. You can buy a wooden pole at your local hardware store. Make sure your squeegee handle fits properly and snugly on the pole and does not spin on it.

Again, find a window to clean. This time make sure it is a 6x6 sheet of glass. Scrub with solution, making sure not to hit the top frame of the window with the solution, it will drip down glass after you are finished.

Stroke one: Put the squeegee on a pole. Using the "T" position, place the squeegee in the top left corner of window and pull straight down. NOTE: set the angle of the left side of the squeegee blade to be lower than the right. This will cause the solution to defy gravity and run back towards the wet area.

Stroke two: Wet Edge - Repeat same stroke, letting the left side of the blade extend into the dry area a couple of inches. This will keep the solution from streaking the glass.

Repeat the strokes to finish the glass.

Always work from the sheet of glass that is farthest left and work towards the right-hand sheet. This way moves quickly and helps build up speed. Lefthanders need to reverse the process.

Precautions

Cleaning windows in direct sunlight is extremely difficult, particularly since chemicals will burn onto the glass. This does not damage the glass; it just makes the job harder than it has to be. When in doubt, dilute your solution more than normal. This usually helps.

Clean up your job site. Let people know you were there because of the quality of your work, not the mess you left behind.

No matter what size of glass you are cleaning, these two styles will work. Make it a habit to clean the same window the same way every time.

ESTIMATES FOR FEES AND SERVICES


The following section is a general pricing. When setting your pricing policies, take into account the area where you live. Ask around to find out what others charge. When you give an estimate or price, keep the following in mind.

Free estimates: Always give free estimates. It may seem like a waste at the time, but you will get more contracts with free estimates than by charging for them. In fact, if you charge for an estimate, you may not get the opportunity to submit one.

Do not bargain. Either get the price you are asking or do not take the job. By bidding too low, you may drive down the market in your area, hurting both your fellow window washers and yourself. This does not mean you cannot offer rates that reflect long-term commitments or larger jobs, but do not let pricing be your means of getting work – let the quality of your work and your professionalism generate business.

PRICING GUIDELINES


Commercial accounts: Storefronts - 1 to 2 dollars per sheet of glass

New construction - 3 to 5 dollars per sheet

Residential: Ranch houses, approx. 15 double-hung windows, $25.00 to $30.00

Bi-levels - $ 50.00 to $55.00
Small two story - $65.00
Large two story - $75.00 to $95.00


Three-story buildings: Retirement centers, courthouses, etc. Your prices can have a wide swing on these projects. The best guideline is to consider the lowest price you would accept to do the job and double it for your bid.

Four-stories and taller: At this point, pricing will depend on how much equipment you have and what you will have to acquire. It may be best to get the contract and sub-contract them to someone who specializes..

These guidelines are for exterior work. If you are bidding on the interior as well, double your price.

Consider your customers. You do not have to ask top dollar from some clients, such as senior citizens. Offer them a spring special or senior citizens’ discount, and they spread the word about your business.

EXAMPLE

You are submitting an estimate to clean the windows of the local shoe store on a weekly basis. The storefront consists of five 4x4 sheets, a door, and 3 8x8 sheets of glass, all at ground level. Since there window display has lots of shoes, you will only want to clean the exterior (climbing over and around stuff costs you time). They have eight sheets of glass that need cleaning on one side, and a door that needs cleaning on both sides. Submit your estimate at $7.00 per sheet. If they think price is too high, offer to clean interior side of door free. Inform them that when they change their display you will clean the interior side of the sheets for the same rate. If they are willing to commit to a six-month or annual contract, you can offer a ten percent discount for that.

SALES AND MARKETING


When you can, look through the sales and marketing advice on this website. There is a lot of good advice to help you develop an effective, inexpensive sales and marketing plan that will help keep your business growing. In addition, the Powerwash.com sales professionals will work with you to help you develop a program tailored to your specific needs. There are a few things universal to all sales methods.

Qualify your customers: Make sure they are timely with their payments and pay the full amount billed. Keep record of every job, and have both parties sign a receipt every time. If you end up in the People’s Court, the first thing the judge will want to see is signed receipts.

Do not quit when you hear NO: Come back another day. There are a number of reasons why they may say no the first couple of times, and none of them may have anything to do with you or having their windows cleaned.

Be fair with people and they will be fair with you. Most people are willing to pay an honest wage for an honest day’s work. If they believe that both parties are benefitting from the business relationship, they will work with you regularly.

Keep appointments and Be on time: This is a service business. All things being equal, those who get customers are those who meet their obligations and do good work. Keep to you agreed upon schedule -your customers will expect you. If you have to make a change, be sure to notify your customer in advance.

Advertising

Your best advertising will be your work and the word of mouth that it will generate. Keep business cards handy to give out to people who ask about your business, and to distribute to surrounding businesses and homes before and after you finish a job.

Advertising in newspapers

The important thing about advertising is it is a good tool for getting your name out. Studies show that an ad has to run three times in order for people to actually see it. Do not expect people to call about your ads, use them as a name awareness tool.

Sample ads:









SPRING FLING
10% OFF
ALL WINDOW CLEANING
EXTERIOR SERVICES ONLY
CALL: 555-4645
OFFER expires XX/XX/XXXX

The Window Cleaning Company is accepting reservations for Springtime Window Cleaning
Free Estimates
Call: 555-4645



WINDOW CLEANING
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
FREE SCREEN CLEANING w/every COMPLETE HOUSE CLEANING
CALL: 555-4645
FREE ESTIMATES



Studies show that an ad needs to run at least three times before it generates a response. Small ads like this are relatively inexpensive, and their consistent appearance in a newspaper generates business. If you live in larger metropolitan areas, neighborhood newspapers are excellent advertising resources, and are much less expensive than the larger urban newspapers.

Other means of inexpensive advertising

Among the less expensive, but effective means of advertisement are restaurant placemats and menus, calendars, flyers, bulletin boards, signs, and newsletters. Do not forget business cards. Use the least expensive you can find and leave them everywhere. Another excellent advertising method is to invest in a magnetic sign for your vehicle. Besides the tax breaks that may be available, it generates a tremendous amount of business.

There are countless places to advertise. The best advice is to be selective with how you spend your money, and be patient – give it a chance to work. Most important - Get out and clean glass! This is where you are most visible, and people can see the quality of work you offer. Moreover, because you are visible, always LOOK, ACT, AND BE PROFESSIONAL. This alone is a key to success.

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Mobile Power Wash Pricing Survey - Rates for Pressure Washing


Heard on the Street Rates for Pressure Washing Services

Pricing is more of an art than it is a science. Salesmanship plays a major role in the amount you can get for a particular job. Some Contract Cleaners can get 10% to 100% more for the same job than their competitors. Pricing becomes even more confusing because people are entering the business with consumer quality pressure washers without insurance, workmen's compensation, office, or overhead expenses because they are operating from their homes on a part time basis. They do not have normal business expenses. But the customer liability is greater because a lack of insurance and workmen's compensation. And often poorer quality work.

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This price guide should be used as a reference point. It is not a recipe that will guarantee that you will get every bid. It will have to be modified to fit the economic conditions of competition in your area. You will have to decide if you are going to bid on quality or price, or somewhere in between. The economic realities are that you cannot deliver a Cadillac for a Volkswagen Price. Companies that do end up in bankruptcy.

Every time you lose a bid ask the customer who they went with, what was the price, and why they did not buy from you. This will give you the information to start modifying this price guide to fit your market area. Often the customer will not give you this information but most people will give you some information. This is the start of your market survey so that you can adjust this price guide for you in your market area. If you are getting 100% of your bids you are too low. You need to be rejected about 20% of the time to assure that you are getting for most for your time and effort (what your market will bare).

After a competitor has completed a job go by and see what kind of work he did and if possible the price he charged for it. Try to determine if your competitor has insurance, or workmen's compensation. You should include insurance and workmen's compensation certificates with your bids and explain the liability that people have if they choose a contractor that does not have this coverage.

When a prospect calls you need to determine how he got your phone number. Was it from: an internet ad, your website, a referral, telephone yellow pages, saw your truck working, newspaper advertising, recommendation from a present customer, etc. Yellow pages leads tend to be price shoppers and they call every one in the yellow pages. This needs to be taken into consideration when you bid. The best lead is a recommendation from a present customer. You may not have any competition with these bids. Track where business is coming from and direct future advertising based on this information.

Pricing can also vary widely from a metropolitan area to a rural area.  In a large city companies usually become more focused on specific power washing markets and achieve economies of scale (proficiency thru repeating the same task and becoming very efficient) whereas in rural market they must offer a wider range of service to stay busy.  This means more equipment and supplies to offer the broader range of services and a broader range of potential clients to market.

Fleet Washing Prices


This pricing guideline presents a general view of pricing procedures for both Environmental and Non-environmental vehicle washing. It is not hard and fast, but provides a starting point. It should be adjusted according to your market.














































































































































































































































































































































ITEM WASHED


STANDARD WASHBAY PRICE ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH
NON-ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH AVG
Tractor, 1-axle w/o sleeper $30.00 $6.00 $25.00 $8.00 $20.00 $12.00
Tractor, 2-axle w/sleeper $36.00 $10.00 $25.00 $10.00 $25.00 $20.00
Van Trailers, Reefers $30.00 $10.00 $25.00 $8.00 $25.00 $12.00
Pups, 24ft. Trailers $20.00 $8.00 $20.00 $8.00 $20.00 $15.00
Gasoline Tankers $32.00 $15.00 $25.00 $8.00 $20.00 $17.00
Flat-bed Trailers $25.00 $8.00 $25.00 $6.00 $20.00 $8.00
Gravel Trailers $33.00 $25.00 $50.00 $12.00 $45.00 $22.00
Grain Trailers $30.00 $20.00 $30.00 $8.00 $25.00 $16.00
Auto Carriers $35.00 $20.00 $70.00 $20.00 $65.00 $35.00
Grain Pups w/hopper $20.00 $8.00 $20.00 $6.00 $15.00 $10.00
Cattle Trailer $45.00 $20.00 $60.00 $15.00 $45.00 $30.00
Garbage Truck $45.00 $20.00 $40.00 $6.00 $35.00 $12.00
School Buses $1.00/ft. $10.00 $25.00 $8.00 $20.00 $12.00
Cement Trucks $45.00 $30.00 $80.00 $25.00 $75.00 $40.00
Pickups and Cars $10.00 $3.00 $10.00 $2.00 $10.00 $5.00
Vans (Telephone, FedEx, etc) $10.00 $3.00 $15.00 $2.00 $10.00 $5.00
Bob Tails $30.00 $8.00 $25.00 $8.00 $20.00 $14.00
Furniture Vans $30.00 $10.00 $30.00 $10.00 $35.00 $18.00
Step Vans (UPS) $21.00 $5.00 $20.00 $4.00 $10.00 $6.00
Jeeps (Post Office) $10.00 $3.00 $15.00 $2.00 $10.00 $5.00
Dump Trucks $32.00 $25.00 $50.00 $15.00 $35.00 $30.00
Motor Homes (RVs) $1.00/ft. $25.00 $50.00 $10.00 $25.00 $20.00
Passenger Bus $30.00 $25.00 $45.00 $10.00 $30.00 $25.00
Inside Wash - Vans/Trailers $29.00 $10.00 $30.00 $5.00 $20.00 $13.00
Inside Van/Trailer Steam Out $25.00 $15.00 $25.00 $10.00 $25.00 $15.00
Road Tractor Engine Steam $25.00 $15.00 $40.00 $5.00 $25.00 $15.00
ITEM WASHED STANDARD WASHBAY PRICE ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH
NON-ENVIRONMENTAL POWER WASH
LOW HIGH AVG
Tractors - ready to paint $150.00 $60.00 $250.00 $45.00 $200.00 $130.00
5th Wheel Wash $25.00 $5.00 $30.00 $2.00 $15.00 $25.00
Tractor – Rear Frame $25.00 $5.00 $65.00 $2.00 $50.00 $10.00
Aluminum Brightening Vans/Trailers (extra charge) $25.00 $25.00 $45.00 $15.00 $40.00 $25.00
Aluminum Brightening
Gravel Trailers (extra charge)
$30.00 $15.00 $40.00 $10.00 $35.00 $20.00
Tractor Fuel Tanks - Brighten $15.00 $3.00 $6.00 $1.50 $6.00 $4.00
Tractor Wheels - Brighten $15.00 $3.00 $6.00 $1.50 $6.00 $4.00
Headache Rack - Brighten $5.00 $3.00 $6.00 $1.50 $6.00 $5.00
Bumper - Brighten $2.00 $1.00 $4.00 $1.00 $3.00 $2.00

 

Road Tractor detailing



  • $25.00 per unit to clean them out and prep them for a new driver;

  • Time spent - 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Armor All everything, scrub the floor, and remove trash.


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Flat Work pricing



  • 8 to 20 cents/ft².

  • If you really want the job, 6 cents/ft².

  • If the job is not being bid out, 12 cents/ft².

  • 25 to 35 cents/ft² for grease and dumpster pads requiring hot water.

  • 15 to 30 cents/ft² for drive through restaurants, especially at the menu and pick up window depending on the severity and the quantity of the chewing gum.

  • 10 to 20 cents/ft² for grocery stores, depending quantity of the chewing gum and the distance between spots.

  • A first time cleaning is usually double what a regular monthly cleaning will be. 25 to 60 cents per running foot for concrete curbs and gutters. Generally, it is necessary to clean 3 to 4 feet into the lot in order to look complete.


Cleaning and Sealing Concrete Driveways:



  • 40 cents to $1.25/ft²

  • New concrete construction clean-up (cold water rinse using wands with concentrations on saw cuts and hot water clean-up of oil spots):

  • 2 cents/ft²;

  • 5cents/ft² if a sweeper truck is required.


Bank Drive-thrus



  • $8.00 to $30.00/lane on a monthly or quarterly basis

  • Parking Lots and Garage Floors

  • 4 cents/ft² to 30 cents/ft².

  • Average for 10,000/ft² and larger - 5 to 6 cents/ft²


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Buildings



  • $ 1.00 per running foot for single-story buildings

  • $2.00 per running foot for two-story buildings

  • When bidding building washing by the job, it is best to wash a 10' x 10' or larger test section to determine the procedure, chemicals, and time required to do the job. This will establish what the bid should be and how clean the building will be when the job is completed.

  • (Note: each side of a building may take separate cleaning methods)


Washing Single Story Buildings



  • 5 cents/ft² to 30 cents/ft²

  • Outside -Store Front & Restaurants - Monthly cleaning:

  • This includes the drive-thrus, dumpster area, and  20 ft. each side of entrances

  • Pricing: Pretend you are parking full size cars over the area being washed.

  • Charge $10.00 to $30.00 per space, or 5 cents/ft² to 15 cents/ft².

  • If you are asked to clean an entire parking lot for a fast food facility, suggest the above instead of a onetime cleaning. This may get you a regular monthly customer.


Parking Spaces



  • $10.00 to $20.00 per space.

  • Grease spots only $5.00 to $10.00 each


Drive Ways and Side Walks



  • 5 cents to 20 cents/ft² - 6 to 10 cents average

  • Double or triple the above prices for a onetime cleaning.


Roof Cleaning


Cedar Shake Roofs

  • 60 to 95 cents/ft² or $400.00 to $800.00 per roof


Composition Roofs

  • Average Pitch: 10 to 30 cents/ft²

  • Steep Pitch: 20 to 35 cents/ft²

  • Minimum Charge: $100.00 to $150.00.

  • Note: Lighter shingles usually require a stronger concentration of chemicals

  • On average, a 2,000/ft² roof takes two hours.

  • Minimum Charge $150.00


Manufactured Housing (Mobile Home) Roofs

  • Single Wide: $75.00 to $150.00

  • Double Wide: $150.00 to $250.00


Add on Roof coating:

  • Note: Try to get customers to use "Kool Seal" (an elastomeric roof coating) for longevity, as aluminum roof coatings will crack and peel after eight months or so.


Option 1




  • Cost of the roof coating plus $15.00 per 5 gallons for the material, and $40.00 per 5 gallons to apply.


Option 2




  • Add the width plus length plus $60.00 for working off the ground plus the cost of materials. For example: On a 12' x 65' trailer, figure $12.00+$65.00+$60.00=$137.00 plus materials.


Gutters, Single Story Residential Homes

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  •  Average: $95.00

  • Note: Gutters can be cleaned with a zero degree rotating nozzle and an extension wand. Removing ice from gutters: one or two times your hourly rate


Option #1




  • 50 cents to $125/linear foot


Option #2




  • Charge by the house: $55.00 to $160.00.


Option #3




  • Freebie to create good will with your customers when roof cleaning


Option #4




  • Install "Elko Gutter Guards" for $4.00 per linear foot, including labor and materials


Trash Dumpsters



  • $85.00 to $250.00


Trash Can Stalls



  • 5 cents to 20 cents/ft²  Average: 12 cents/ft²


Paint Stripping



  • Paint Stripper will cover either 100ft²/gallon when brushed on, or 200ft²/gallon when sprayed on

  • Use a Tampico Brush for brushing;

  • an airless paint sprayer with stainless steel pickup parts and PTFE packing for spraying.

  • Pricing range: 70 cents to $2.50/ft²

  • Trailer Houses (Mobile Homes)

  • Trailers on a lot by themselves: $65.00 to $125.00 each

  • Hazard: Most retired people want you to spend an hour talking and eating milk and cookies.


Option 1




  • $1.00 to $2.50 per linear foot


Option 2




  • (for trailers in a trailer park) $55 to $65.00 for a single wide, $85.00 to $100.00 for a double wide


House Washing



  • Any two story house - $250.00 is a base price and can go up to $1000 for more detailed and quality cleanings like brushing, cleaning widow sills, fascia (brightening), extra attention given to the soffit.  Price calculations below is generally for the base cleaning.

  • The access areas around a  story house have to be taken into consideration.  If there are unusual restrictions, or special equipment needed, this cost is added to the bid.


Option 1




  • $135.00 to $350.00 or 10 cents/ft² for a single story and 20 cents/ft² for a two-story house

  • (Note: Home with vinyl siding go for as little as $89.95)


Option 2




  • 50 cents to $2.00 per linear foot for single story homes (averaging about $1.00) $2.00 per linear foot for two-story homes

  • (Note: Pricing by the linear foot is a more accurate way of pricing than by the square foot)


Option 3




  • $70.00 for a single story and $100.00 for a two-story house


Option 4




  • Single Story 1,500 to 2,000/ft² - $150.00 2,000 to 2,500/ft² - $200.00


Dryvit Houses

  • $0.40/ft² Be careful. You can force water under Dryvit and pop it off the house. Use low pressure or a brush. You can find information on Dryvit cleaning procedures at http://www.dryvit.ca/fileshare/doc/us/description/ds152.htm. In more expensive neighborhoods, add 10% to 30% to the above prices.


Manufactured Housing, New

  • Single Wide: $85.00

  • Double Wide: $125.00

  • Triple Wide: $145 .00

  • Manufactured Housing, Used


Option 1




  • Single Wide: $150.00, Double Wide: $185.00, Triple Wide: $225.00


Option 2




  • $1.25 per linear foot to both wash and wax


Cleaning Mildew off Stucco

  • 15 to 25 cents/ft²


New Construction, removing mortar tags

  • 15 to 35 cents/ft² for a single story


Masonry Restoration Cleaning Single Story

  • 15 to 40 cents/ft²

  • Test patches are required to determine which restoration cleaner to use. If the work is being done for an architect, a 10' x 10' test area will be required.

  • Caution: Although only one 10’ x 10’ test area is required, many buildings will require a different cleaner and technique for each side of the building.


Vent-a-Hood



  • $10.00 to $30.00 per hood linear foot plus $40.00 to $65.00 per fan

  • Minimum charge: $100.00 to $250.00

  • Double the above prices for Asian restaurants

  • Access panels: $60.00 to $85.00 each

  • Give a discount for scheduling during the day or during off-hours as most work is done at night between 10:00 p.m. and 4 a.m. Charge extra for the first time cleaning. Charge extra if they are being forced to clean (citation from the Health Department) as it is probably in very bad shape.


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Grocery Cart Washing


Option 1




  • Free to $2.00 per cart, with $1.25 per cart being the average


Option 2




  • 75 cents per cart for more 250 carts, $3.50 per cart up to 250 carts


Hint: 15-degree tips or turbo nozzles work well for this application

Car Lots-Washing Cars



  • 50 cents to $2.00/car;

  • $1.25/car average

  • One vehicle every 60 seconds


Aircraft Washing



  • Single-engine- $40.00 to $75.00

  • Light Twin-engine- $45.00 to $100.00

  • Turbo-prop and light twin jets- $75.00 to $250.00

  • Helicopters, 2 place-$65.00 to $105.00

  • Helicopters, 4 to 6 place-$75.00 to $175.00


Boat Detailing



  • Hull- $6.00 to $10.00/foot

  • Deck- $7.00 to $10.00/foot


Awning Cleaning, Quarterly Prices


(Example: Blockbuster, Dominoes, Subway)

  • $2.50 per linear foot for 1 Story, or 35 to 55 cents/ft² $3.50 per linear foot for 2 Story, or 45 to 65 cents/ft²


(Example: Chili's, TGI Friday, Boston Market)

  • $1.75/linear foot – one story $2.95/linear foot – two story If power washing is done:

  • Monthly....................Less 10%

  • Bi-Annually...............Add 10%

  • Annually....................Add 20%

  • For a one time cleaning, add 25%


Deck cleaning and sealing



  • Sealers will generally cover 100 to 250ft²/gallon.

  • Older surfaces may require two applications.


Options 1




  • 85 cents to $2.00/ft²; $1.25-$1.75/ft² for the average home

  • Add $65.00 for stairways (or $10.00 per step) and a second story

  • The square footage is for the floor only, most contractors do not figure the railing separately


Option 2




  • $1.60/ft² for the first story, $1.85/ft² for a second story.

  • Clean only - 95 cents/ft²

  • Seal only – 95 cents/ft² For decks over 400/ft² discount the price 20%; over 1,000/ft² discount it 30%; over 2,000/ft² discount it 40%

  • * Lattice - 85 to 95 cents/ft²

  • * Handrails - $2.50 to $3.50 per linear foot

  • * Undersides - $1.50/ft²; be sure to include all the square footage, including joists and supports.


Deck Restoration (Stripping and Sealing)



  • $1.50 to $2.00/ft²

  • 6' Privacy Fences - Clean and Seal


Option 1




  • $3.00 to $6.00/linear foot, per side for the first 60 feet. For fencing over 60 feet, discount the price 20 %; over 160 feet discount it 30%


Option 2




  • 90 cents to $1.35/ft². For areas over 400ft² discount the price 20%; over 1,000ft² discount  it 30%; over 2,000ft² discount it 40%


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Sewer Jetting



  • $75.00 per hour with a 1-hour minimum.


Paint Prep--Concrete Block or Stucco--Rotating Nozzle



  • $85.00 per hour with a 1-hour minimum.


Heavy Equipment Auction Make Ready


These prices are for washing heavy equipment just before being sold at auction. Depending on the condition of the paint, they may be painted and decaled before the auction. This means these prices may also be "make ready" for painting. For regular washing of this equipment, the prices will range from 25% to 50% of these prices.















































































Loader Backhoe $75.00 to $170.00
Rock Drill $75.00 to $170.00
Crawler Loaders $100.00 to $245.00
Crawler Tractors $100.00 to $245.00
Crawler Pipe Layers $150.00 to $245.00
Ditchers $50.00 to $120.00
Trenchers $50.00 to $120.00
Hydraulic Excavators $200.00 to $370.00
Integrated Tool Carriers $100.00 to $270
Fork lift $50.00 to $120.00
Man lift $50.00 to $120
Motor grader $150.00 to $270.00
Motor Scraper $150.00 to $320.00
Rollers $75.00 to $170.00
Compactors $75.00 to $220.00
Skid Steers $50.00 to $145.00
Off Road Trucks $150.00 to $320.00
Water Wagons $150.00 to $270.00
Wheel Loaders $100.00 to $270.00


  • Hourly - $65.00 to $95.00 for a one-man crew, or $75.00 to $145.00 for a two-man crew.

  • Wash Procedures: For additional information on pressure power washing procedures, go to the Powerwash Chemical Selection page


Window Washing



  • Hourly - $35.00 to $55.00/hour

  • Per Pane: 50 cents to $2.00/pane per side for commercial accounts, $2.50 to $3.50 for residential In general, you should not be making less than $35.00 per hour

  • For detailed information go to a Window Washing Manual


Coal Mines



  • Daily - $800 to $1,000/day for a two-man crew

  • Hourly - $85.00 to $145.00/hour, including travel, for a two-man crew


Parking Lot Striping (Painting)



  • Minimum Charge - $125.00 for re-striping, $275.00 for striping a new parking lot 8 to 12 cents/foot for a 4-inch stripe (350' to 400' per gallon) 14 to 20 cents/foot for a 6-inch

  • Fire Lane (275' to 300' per gallon) $9.00 to $45.00 for handicap stencils

  • Bank Drive-Thru Lanes - $15.00 per lane 8 to 20 cents/ linear foot for restriping


Post Construction Clean-up - Houses



  • Interior - 12 to 25 cents/ft², which includes cleaning windows, cabinets, tubs, showers, removing paint overspray, drywall mud, and sweeping the floor.

  • Exterior areas are as priced above.


Auto Detailing



  • Full Detail - $103.00 to $145.00

  • Express Interior - $35.00 to $55.00

  • Hand Wax - $29.00 to $49.00


Graffiti Removal



  • Pricing is area specific. In Los Angles, graffiti contractors are in abundance and pricing is highly competitive. This pricing is for areas where graffiti is not a major problem.


Option 1




  • Minimum charge: $200.00 to $400.00; Less than 100/ft² - $4.00/ft²


Option 2




  • $50.00 per stop plus $1.95/ft² Option 3 - 3' x 4' tag - $50.00


Air Duct Cleaning



  • $10.00 per outlet plus $49.00 per trunk line.

Winter Storage of Pressure Washers


Winter Storage of Pressure Washers


SUMMARY: If you store your pressure washer during the winter months, make sure you properly prepare it. Here are some simple steps to take before closing down for the off-season that will ensure your equipment is ready to go once the temperatures warm up.

Antifreeze your pressure washer as described in the Freeze Prevention Tips section, using automotive antifreeze for storage of your pressure washer. I have personally seen units stored over five years with automotive antifreeze with no problems except to pop the pump inlet valves.

Get a fuel stabilizer from an auto parts store and add it to the fuel tank to keep your fuel from turning into varnish and to prevent the gaskets in the carburetor from going bad. An even better practice is to drain the tank and run the unit until it is out of gas.

Remove the spark plug wires and spray WD-40 into the carburetor while turning over the engine to coat everything with oil.

Remove the spark plugs and spray WD-40 into the cylinders or put in some "Marvel Mystery" brand oil. Turn the engine over a few times to coat the cylinder walls.

Change the engine oil, oil filter, and fuel filter. If you do not change the engine oil, the sludge will collect on the bottom of the oil pan and solidify. If there is any water in the fuel filter, it may freeze and break.

Top off the fuel tank to keep moisture from condensing inside the fuel tank. This will prevent steel fuel tanks from rusting and keep water out of the fuel.
Disconnect the battery to avoid a trickle discharge.

Preventing your Bay Doors from Freezing

  • If the doors have steel rollers, change them to magnesium-type rollers

  • Install proper weather stripping around the doors

  • Make sure the doors are well lubricated and serviced

  • Insulate doors with Styrofoam panels

  • Install a heater at the threshold of the door.

  • Keep only one door open at a time to avoid a creating a wind tunnel


In the spring, put in fresh fuel, replace the spark plugs, and start your pressure washer. If it is hard to start, spray WD-40 into the carburetor intake the same way you would starting fluid. This makes ignition easier than using fluid. When reconnecting the battery, clean and apply an ample supply of grease to the connections to prevent corrosion.

In the spring, de-lime the coils with Scale Away Deliming Acid and add Red Devil Soot Remover to the diesel or kerosene used for your burner. Put a trickle charge on your battery for a couple of hours to assure a full charge before starting, and use WD-40 when starting to help establish fuel flow.

What is Cleaning Units - PSI - GPM - Nozzle Size and More


Understanding Cleaning Units






Cleaning Units: What it Means
Summary: The Power Washing industry expresses cleaning power as either “Cleaning Units”, measured by the equation  PSI x GPM, or as “Cleaning Units/hr”: PSI x GPM x hrs. You will find these numbers in the product literature of a pressure washer and it will give you a good idea of the effective cleaning power of a pressure washer.

While this information can provide a starting point, three important items are left out: heat, nozzle type, and chemicals. Depending on how they combine, they can multiply cleaning effectiveness several times over. Because there is not a standard that considers all five factors, only the professionals at an experienced power wash dealer, like Powerwash.com, can show you the full range of the cleaning capability of a system. This article contains brief explanations of the following topics.

Water Pressure - PSI
Gallons per Minute - GPM
Heat
Wands and Nozzles
Nozzle spray-angle applications
Water: the Universal Solvent
Chemicals


Water Pressure - PSI

Water pressure from the pressure washer is measured in pounds per square inch or PSI. This pressure is the amount of force delivered to the surface being cleaned, and is the critical factor in breaking debris from the surface being cleaned. PSI is determined by orifice size of the nozzle tip and the flow rate (gallons per minute). For labeling purposes, the standard nozzle size for measurement is a #4 orifice. This size delivers 0.4/gpm at 40psi and 4.0/gpm at 4,000psi. As nozzle sizes increase or decrease, PSI fluctuates accordingly.  A nozzle chart is necessary in order to determine PSI with different flow rates and nozzles sizes. Nozzle selection depends on the work being done and the amount of pressure the surface can withstand before it is damaged.While PSI is a constant at the tip of the nozzle, the pressure decreases as the distance from the targeted surface increases. Experienced power wash contractors understand how to manipulate these distances for maximum cleaning power and use of time.

3,000 to 3,500 PSI power wash systems are the standard equipment in the contract power washing industry. A big reason for this is that while there is not much of a price difference between 2,000 PSI and 3,000 PSI washers, there is a tremendous difference in cleaning power.


Gallons per Minute - GPM

Gallons per Minute (GPM or g/m) refers to the rate at which water flows from a pressure washer to the surface being cleaned (known as flow rate). Higher GPM improves cleaning ability. Most commercial contractors use a flow rate of 4gpm or greater, because rates below this do not provide a sufficient flow to be able to clean efficiently. Commercial pressure washers typically deliver 4 to 6gpm.  While flow rates less than may do a good job, it is ultimately more expensive as it takes longer, which in turn increases labor costs.
Heat

Heat increases the cleaning abilities of water, detergent, chemicals, and solvents. In cleaning applications where grease, oil, and gum are involved heat, manifesting itself as hot water, breaks down these substances quickly, allowing the other products to work at peak efficiency.
Wands and Nozzles

Wands attach to the pressure hose with a gun, the trigger of which starts and stops the flow of water. There are variable pressure wands, dual-lance wands, standard wands, or straight-through wands available.  The one to select depends on the job. Refer to our catalog for complete descriptions of all of our wands. When you call Powerwash.com, we will help you select the right product for your business. Your satisfaction is what matters most.The working end of the wand is fitted with different sized tips or nozzles that provide different spray patterns. Spray patterns range from zero to 65 degrees.  All power washing nozzles have a four or five-digit code stamped on them identifying the spray angle and orifice size. The first two digits refer to the spray (dispersal) angle in degrees:  15 is 15 degrees, 25 is 25 degrees, and so on. The remaining digits refer to the orifice size, and are standardized in the industry. A three-digit number indicates half sizes.


Nozzle spray-angle applications

Zero-degree nozzle – (code stamp 00) provides a concentrated stream for blasting or gouging away stains. It is excellent for:

  • Cleaning overhead areas and kitchen vents

  • Removing dried and caked material from equipment and vehicles

  • Removing heavy stains and buildup from concrete

  • Removing rust and other types of oxidation


Caution:  Using this nozzle improperly will cause injury and serious damage. It can put a hole in your foot unless the proper footwear is worn.  Also, a zero- degree nozzle will leave chicken tracks (tracers) on the surface being cleaned. Prevent this phenomenon by using a zero- degree turbo) rotating nozzle. A turbo nozzle when moved at the proper rate will leave a clean surface without chicken tracks. If the turbo nozzle is moved too fast, it leaves swirls that look like a stretched out Slinky. Turbo nozzles are available in fixed- degree as well as variable degree nozzles in fixed sizes.

15-degree nozzle – This provides a little wider spray and acts like a scraper. It is well-suited for:

  • Heavy duty scraping of water vehicles and equipment

  • Heavy mildew stain removal

  • Removing rust and other types of oxidation

  • Scraping grease and dirt from different surfaces and paint wood, masonry, and metal


25-degree nozzle – This is an excellent tool for sweeping away dirt and debris. Among its applications are:

  • General cleaning

  • Light mildew stain removal

  • Preparation surfaces for painting

  • Removing bacterial and algae build-up in pools

  • Roof, gutter, and downspout cleaning


40-degree nozzle – This nozzle washes large surface areas quickly. Its best uses are for

  • Light cleaning, washing, and rinsing

  • Washing and rinsing cars, pickups, boats, and other watercraft

  • Cleaning flat surfaces such as roofs, windows, patios, and driveways


65-degree nozzle – This nozzle is a wide spray pattern used mostly in spray bars (a long pipe with several nozzles in it to cover a wide area), to cover a wide area without much power. Its best uses are for:

  • Spray Bars

  • Lightly washing a wide area

  • Chemical Application

  • Water Brooms


Please contact our professional customer service department. We can help you find the right wands and nozzles for your power washing needs. In addition, our catalog provides detailed descriptions of all of our wands and nozzles, as well as describing their most efficient applications.

Knowing what equipment to use for different applications is the first step. A qualified vendor like Powerwash.com, will listen to your needs and show you what options best meet those needs. We will also provide training and on-going customer support.


Water: the Universal Solvent

A few words need to be said about water. Water is the “Universal Solvent”, so called because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid, including acids and bases. Pressure washing enhances the cleaning ability of water by adding:

  • Solvents and Chemicals

  • Heat

  • Abrasion (a combination of pressure, spray angle, rotating nozzles and brushing)

  • Dwell time (the length of time a detergent or solvent sits on the area(s) being cleaned)


The proper combination these enhancers with water, and their correct application, will successfully clean almost anything.


Chemicals

The chemicals, solvents, and detergents used all depend on the surface being cleaned and the dirt being removed. Their proper application increases productivity and decreases labor costs. Using them indiscriminately is a danger to the contractor, the crew, and the environment. Careful reading and following of directions is crucial.When cleaning chemicals are properly combined with flow rate, pressure, nozzle configuration, and heat, cleaning is fast and highly efficient. Manipulating any of these five has an impact on cleaning – either positively or negatively – depending on what was adjusted. Misapplication creates dangerous and toxic situations. When you work with Powerwash.com, you will receive expert guidance and training in the proper use, containment, and disposal of chemicals.

How to Remove Shotgun or Artillery Fungus

Combating Artillery Fungus Requires More than a Shotgun Approach






Shooting Down Artillery Fungus

SUMMARY: Artillery Fungus is a problem. These spores of the genus Sphaerobolus will attach themselves to siding, automobiles, or any light colored surface. Though not harmful, it is a nuisance and, if left to set, the spores can cause permanent staining.

Artillery Fungus is not fun

Occasionally we get calls about tiny, black specks appearing on house siding, wooden decks, cars, or other surfaces. These spores from the Artillery fungus pose a stubborn cleaning and removal problem. Despite our most intense efforts, complete elimination seems impossible. At best, light black or brown shadows remain on the cleaned surface.

Artillery or shotgun fungus has become an ever-increasing problem. If allowed to spread or sit for an extended period, it is impossible to completely remove the spores from most surfaces.



What is Artillery Fungus?
Though these specks appear to resemble insect feces, scale crawlers, or air-borne pollutants, they are actually mature spore masses expelled from the fruiting bodies of a fungus known as "artillery" or "shotgun" fungus. (Actually, artillery fungus is what we encounter most of the time, as shotgun fungus grows on horse dung.)Artillery Fungus

Artillery fungus develops in organic mulch and other organic materials, and is usually a greater problem in spring and fall, when conditions are cool and moist conditions and temperatures range from 50 to 70 degrees.

Artillery fungus is a cream or orange-brown cup containing a black round mass of spores that is difficult to see. The mushroom fungus spreads open like a flower, and seeks out a bright, light source (light colored siding, cars, and the like) and shoots its spores toward the source, thus the name “artillery” or “shotgun”. The fungus can detect downspouts, soffits, windows, cars, sun bouncing off windows, and other bright surfaces. The spores can be "shot" as high as the second floor of a building (about 20 feet).

These spores are one to two millimeters in diameter, black, sticky, and globular in appearance. Scraping the top of the black specks off with a fingernail reveals a reddish or cream color. The spores can ruin the appearance of siding or a wooden deck. It is theorized that artillery fungus can complete its life cycle only on wood (as in hardwood mulch), but not on bark, which has a lower carbon to nitrogen ratio.



Removing Artillery Fungus
Removing the black, tar-like spots from surfaces has, for the most part, been an exercise in futility. If the fungus has not been in place for very long, removing it is possible using:

Unfortunately, the longer the fungus is in place, the harder it is to remove, especially from siding. Attacking the spores no later than two to three weeks after they first appear increases the chances they can be cleaned off.

However, the above process will not work on most aluminum siding as the paint will not hold up to the extreme heat and pressure, and extreme care should be used on aluminum siding and car paint to prevent damaging their finish.

On wood siding, if the fungus has set in to the point where cleaning with this process only removes the tops of the spores and leaves tiny black or brown spots, finish the process by carefully rubbing the affected area with a fine grade of steel wool to remove the spore stains. This process is very time consuming though, and should only be considered as a last resort for removing the fungus. DO NOT use this method on aluminum or PVC - coated siding. In addition, PVC-coated siding, may not withstand high water temperatures.

For decks, try to clean them when the spores first appear. Once the deck is cleaned and the spores removed, recoat the surface. We recommend using only non-chlorine based cleaners, in conjunction with a coating containing an EPA registered fungicide.



Preventing artillery fungus bombardment
For locations plagued with this problem, several preventive measures can be taken. Among them are:

  • Change to rot resistant mulches such as cedar, redwood, or cypress – artillery fungus does not grow in these environments.

  • Switch to a non-organic ground cover such as stone, gravel, river rock, or similar product.

  • Add a new layer of fresh mulch that completely covers the old. For added protection, remove the old mulch before the new mulch is put down.

  • Use bark mulch.

  • Avoid using mulch within thirty feet of any surrounding bright surfaces.

  • Avoid mulches made of wood chips or ground up wood pallets.

  • Stir up the mulch regularly to keep it dry and retard the growth of Artillery fungus.

  • Treat the surrounding area with an EPA approved fungicide.

  • Remove any rotting wood and animal droppings, as these present optimum growing conditions for the fungus.

  • Apply a specialty coating to the surface of the siding, designed to inhibit the growth of fungus and mold. Though some spores may still appear, they will be much easier to remove since they will be adhering to the coating, not to the siding.


Sources:
http://msucares.com/newsletters/pests/infobytes/19970407.htm
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3304.html
http://plantclinic.cornell.edu/FactSheets/artfungus/artilleryfungus.htm


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