Power Washing Boat Hulls at a Dry Dock

By Top Dawg Power Washing

Not long ago, I was contacted by a National Magazine to give them tips on cleaning the undercarriage of a car after the winter to power wash off the road salt. It was a spring cleaning tip, and I suppose it is that time of the year. Nevertheless, that’s not the only underbelly that needs power washing once per year. The same need applies to boats, Yachts, and marine vessels.

A couple of months ago, I was indeed discussing this same issue with a young couple interested in setting up a boat washing company. Below is some of the advice I gave them, and perhaps this will also be relevant to you if you are going to be cleaning boat hulls;

If you don’t end up operating from a portable system such as a trailer or vehicle with a steam cleaner (hot water pressure washer on it) then, may you might actually have a secured shed or building perhaps you can get a permit to use the nearest fire-hydrant and hook up a 2 inch fire hose. It will surely come in handy for those bigger restoration jobs.

It is amazing how much power and cleaning units you can muster in this way, it’s excellent for knocking down the algae, debris, old flaky paint, and busting barnacles. The pre-washing speeds the process prior to getting in there with a hot-water pressure washer using a 0, 15, or 20-degree tip at full power.

For a really industrial grade hot water pressure washer you can expect to pay $6,000 to $10,000 new or between $1,500 to $5,500 for used. Be careful about buying used equipment of this type, especially if you are near salt-water and the equipment has been used in that environment. Likewise, may I suggest schedule 80 coils and stainless steel if possible, the reason being an iron oxide (rust) and scaling build-up. The cost to remove and replace is significant, in fact, it is the most expensive part of such equipment.

If the cost is prohibitive you might find a leasing company available which has partnered with the pressure washing sales company. Usually, they will have such financing in place to help move their equipment out the door. Pressure washer hot-water cleaners can be a godsend, but having the force of a 2-inch fire hose to knock off the big stuff first will save you time and energy.

Indeed, I hope you will please consider all this and think on it. If you have additional comments, questions, concerns, or information, shoot me an email some time.

Heavy Equipment Power Washing Considered – Try Ag Equipment, Good Market

If you are a company that specializes in power washing and pressure washing then you might wish to consider doing more work on heavy equipment, specifically agricultural farming equipment. There’s actually quite a bit of money to be made in this sector, and it is pretty steady work based on seasonality depending on the region. If you are in an area that grows a certain crop such as wheat or corn there are times when the farmers are flush with cash, and they have to clean their equipment, put on coatings, and practically detail it out prior to putting it away until the next season.

You might think that because in the summer of 2012 there was a big drought in the Midwest that farmers would be broke, and they wouldn’t wish to have their equipment cleaned. Just because there is a drought does not mean that farmers aren’t making money. Often the price goes up substantially on whatever commodity or crop they are producing and selling on the market. This means they can actually make more money for growing fewer quantities. Also, farmers change the type of crops they grow based on what they believe the availability will be next season.

Indeed, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on September 12, 2012, titled “Drought Won’t Kill Farm Equipment – Implement Makers Predict High Corn Prices Will Enable Farmers to Keep Buying Combines, Tractors,” by Owen Fletcher.

When farmers buy brand-new equipment, they wish to take care of it because it is so expensive, and while it is brand-new, they wish to keep it that way as long as humanly possible. It also means that they might be selling their used equipment at the auction, or might be shipping it to a dealer in another state. The old equipment has to be completely steam cleaned, repaired, and that means there will be spot welding, a change out of implements, work on the hydraulics, and engine work. You can’t work on a dirty tractor, someone has to clean it.

If you own a power washing company, it should be you. Farmers are really easy to deal with, and most of your business can be done on a handshake. As long as you run a good business, have a solid reputation, and do what you say you’re going to do, you will have unlimited work and a constant flow of fruitful referrals. It is amazing how busy corporate farms and independent small farmers can keep you, and how much work they have for you to do. You should look into this. Indeed I hope you will please consider all it.

Methods for Saving Time When Doing Concrete Power Washing and Flat Work

There are many great service businesses that you can start, and several that you can run without any employees. If you like working outdoors and with your hands, but you are not necessarily a handyman, or have experience in the construction trades, may I suggest starting a concrete power wash business. Now then, if you run this business and operation efficiently you can actually do quite well for yourself. But you must remember the money is in the time not in the job. Let me explain.

Let’s say you are cleaning all the concrete and sidewalks at a large strip center shopping mall. If you bid the cleaning of all of this concrete at $350 every other week, then that’s pretty good, but if you don’t operate your hot water pressure washer efficiently you will find that job taking you far too long, and therefore you won’t be making very much money per hour. Plus, you’ll have to work in the middle of the night, or after hours when no one is using the shopping center.

Here is what I recommend that you do. First, find the water source and make sure you have a key to open up the box where the water spigot is located. Leave the door open, and if you have a water tank start in an area that will have you run out of the water about the time that you reach it. Then put the garden hose into the tank to fill it up while you continue working forward. Once the water tank is filled up continue working forward until you get to the next water spigot.

If there are lots of “stuck on gum” on the sidewalk, then use a 15-degree tip and get the gum off first because this won’t take up very much water. Then start your washing process. I also recommend that you purchase a hydro-twister which looks like a lawnmower because you can clean a more even swath, without putting zebra stripes in the concrete as you wave the wand back and forth. Yes, you can do it that way, only using a wand, but eventually, your back will hurt, and you will see even marks.

You won’t be happy with the results, and although perhaps the property manager won’t complain, you will notice the difference. Plus it will take you three times as long. Therefore it’s worth investing $400 or $500 for a really decent hydro-twister. And you should operate the hydro-twister at maximum velocity, and cleaning units – in other words, maximum pressure and water volume. This will speed you up and save you time when doing concrete power washing and flatwork. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Pressure Washing – Why Does Your Commercial Property Need It?

Pressure Washing – Why Does Your Commercial Property Need It?

Many commercial property owners still don’t understand the importance of a well-maintained exterior when it comes to attracting more customers. It doesn’t matter if you own a strip mall, an apartment community, or a business building because people almost always shun away from a dirty and messy parking area and building.

Pressure washing your commercial property can eliminate grime and dirt from buildings, parking lots, awnings, and sidewalks. Improved customer safety and clean appearance are some of the top reasons why you should pressure wash your commercial property sooner than later.

Buildings

You probably assume that rain is enough to avoid pressure washing. Sadly, rain doesn’t wash your buildings. In fact, rain will leave streaks of grime and dirt on all kinds of surfaces. Pressure washers have special settings for stone, wood, brick, stucco, and other surfaces. This can clean off all the caked and streaked dirt and other layers like chewing gum.

Pressure washing can also remove mold and algae growing on your building exterior after heavy rains. With the right equipment, you can be sure that pressure washing wouldn’t affect varnish and paint. The washing may even help bring out the surface’s original colors.

Stone, brick, and wood fences can also benefit from pressure washing through getting rid of stains and streaks together with algae and mold.

Most buildings feature awnings where dirt can accumulate together with bird debris and rainwater. Careful and professional soft pressure washing can remove stains from these hard surface awnings.

Parking Lots, Driveways, and Patios

Many restaurants give their customers a chance to dine outside under a shaded area. The deck or pavement should be kept as clean and tidy as the floor inside the restaurant. Proper pressure washing can maintain the cleanliness of patio areas and remove spill stains.

Making sure that your parking lot is clean at all times is extremely important to ensure safety. There is always the risk of people falling and slipping on oily surfaces or tripping and sticking in pavement areas with spilled food and drinks. Food and sweet drinks left discarded on the floor can attract rodents and insects. Buildings that offer take-out food and drive-through restaurants should make sure that their parking area is thoroughly cleaned with the help of a professional pressure washing service.

Pressure washing your commercial property can include building entrances, paved driveways, and public sidewalks together with parking lots surrounding the buildings. The driveways to commercial buildings such as apartment communities usually have oil, debris, and dirt from tires. Pavement of parking garages with multi-levels also requires removal of oil and dirt for the safety of the drivers and pedestrians alike.

Steps and walkways that lead into buildings must be kept clean as well for both appearances and safety purposes. It is usually necessary following a rainstorm that could have left behind debris and mud puddles.

Expert pressure washing services can help commercial property owners ensure that everything will be spic and span to attract more customers and earn their trust and confidence.