Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Paint Clean Up & Removal - The Trifecta for Stripping Paint from Hard Surfaces

Paint Removal Using Boom Lifts by ACME POWERWASH
Removing paint from concrete, pavers and other hard surfaces can be a daunting task. While the old adage is true (and a little disturbing) that there is "more than one way to skin a cat", we have found that the following method has proven successful time and time again for paint removal. There are three elements required to achieve the best results: PRESSURE, HEAT, and CHEMICALS.

1. PRESSURE. Anyone that has ever used a paint scraper to scrape old paint off a concrete floor knows the amount of "pressure" required to remove old paint. A pressure washer with the right tip can make the job much easier and requires much less elbow grease. A pressure washer in the 3,000 - 4,000 psi range should do the trick. Avoid 0° nozzles and opt for a "fan" tip which will spread the pressure out over a greater area. These tips will help lift off the paint without pitting out the concrete surface or causing the "snail trails" caused by 0° tips.

2. HEAT. Pressure washing with hot water is essential for paint removal. Industrial pressure washers are capable of generating hot water and steam up to 330°F. Cleaning just about anything is easier with heat, and paint is no exception. As old, dried paint starts to heat up, it physically changes as the chemical bonds holding it together begin to breakdown. Heat makes paint expand and loosen up, which makes it easier to remove with PRESSURE.

3. CHEMICALS. For many paint removal projects, high-pressure steam and hot water may not be enough to adequately remove all paint. Chemical strippers can be employed to help break down the chemical elements of paints. Paint strippers and graffiti removers are available at local hardware shops and industrial supply stores. They are available in both liquid and gel formulations for application to horizontal and vertical surfaces. There are even soy-based, eco-friendly strippers available for "green" projects. One of the biggest drawbacks to using chemicals is that they can be expensive. However, they can save valuable time and energy when used properly making it even easier to remove paint with PRESSURE and HEAT!

It may be possible to remove paint without each item in this trifecta, but where you lack in one element you will need to increase another. For instance, many homeowners don't have the luxury of a hot-water pressure washer so they will need to use more (expensive) chemicals to achieve better results. Increasing the pressure too much may lead to costly damage and should be avoided. If in doubt, consider hiring a local, professional power washing service to complete your paint removal project. Just verify that they are using PRESSURE, HEAT, and CHEMICALS!

ACME Powerwash is a mobile pressure washing company serving residents and businesses in the Phoenix Metro area and all of Central Arizona. Visit them online at for more information about power washing services.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Parking Lot Cleaning - 4 Reasons Why Cleaning Your Parking Area is a Good Idea

We are in the business of parking lot cleaning, so you may already be skeptical about the information you are about to read in this blog. The fact is our company would not be in the business of parking lot cleaning if the following facts weren't true. While they might not all apply to your personal situation, something may strike a chord. When it does, don't hesitate to call us for a hassle-free, no-cost, no obligation quote to clean your parking lot.

1. Image is Everything. People prefer a business with a clean image. Like it or not, the exterior of your property creates a first impression before a customer even sets foot through the front door. The accumulated dirt and trash in your parking lot could adversely affect the image a potential customer has of your products and services. I visited a local restaurant once (once being the operative word) that had a scum-covered front entry. The soles of my shoes stuck to the layer of grime on the concrete. Gross. I will not be back. What message is your parking lot sending about your business?

2. Dirt = Damage. Dirt, sand, pebbles, and other small debris are abrasive. These materials can result in costly damage to your parking lot as they slowly break down the asphalt surface. Customer traffic and weather, among other activities play a role in the constant grinding down of your parking lot. As it begins to deteriorate, it creates even more damaging materials including small pebbles and loose aggregate. Repairing and resurfacing a parking lot is much more expensive than a recurring sweeping service. Would cleaning your parking lot now be worth the time and money saved in the long run?

3. Cleanliness Begets Cleanliness. Cleaning your parking lot can work the same as removing graffiti from your walls to prevent further graffiti. People are more likely to treat a clean environment with more respect than a dirty one. If there isn't a scrap of trash to be seen, a litterer may think twice. Whereas if there are tens of thousands of cigarette butts in your parking lot, what is one more, right?

4. Pride and Professionalism. Take pride in property ownership. Don't own? That's okay, then take pride in your place of business. It will show your community of customers and other business owners that you take your business seriously and value it enough to keep it well maintained. A clean parking lot is inviting and welcoming to a customer. Trashy parking areas make people wonder if they should just keep on driving. Which one is your parking lot?

Learn more about our parking lot cleaning services by visiting us on the Internet at or calling us at 602-373-1515. We offer sweeping services using versatile and powerful Tymco vacuum street sweepers. To get your parking lot really clean and free from fine dust and larger aggregate we use our large fleet of industrial, skid-mounted power washers and 500-gallon water trailers.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pressure Washing Houses in Phoenix, Arizona

Back east, pressure washing is typically associated with cleaning wooden decks or siding (mold/algae). Here in the desert we don't see a whole lot of mold or wooden decks.

As an Arizona resident, consider an all-inclusive, whole house cleaning. Powerwash services include the use of a 3500 psi and hot water to clean off exterior walls, eaves, columns, stairs, fountains, courtyards, sidewalks, patios, driveways, etc. Our expert powerwash technicians are the best at cleaning off spider webs, bird droppings, and months (or years) of built up dirt & grime from summer dust storms.

Hard to reach places? No problem! We have extension wands to get to all the high nooks & crannies. Our industrial pressure washers are great for cleaning up ALL areas around your home.

We pressure wash all surfaces including concrete, pavers, travertine, flagstone, stucco, asphalt, exposed aggregate, stone, brick, block, etc.

We are available 24/7/365 and serve the entire Phoenix Metro area and most of Central Arizona. Call 602-373-1515 to schedule a cleaning or get a free estimate!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pressure Washing Restaurants

Pressure Washing Restaurant Entry by ACME POWERWASH
Some of our most valued customers are local restaurants in the Phoenix area. Pressure washing is great service for valley restaurants because it helps portray a clean, professional image as their patrons approach the store.

I walked into a neighborhood mexican food restaurant once and the entry was disgusting - grime so thick that the concrete was black and the soles of my shoes stuck to it. Regardless of the quality of food or service in the restaurant I found myself wondering the entire time if the kitchen was any cleaner. Needless to say, I have never been back. I will now drive by that restaurant to eat at a competitor's establishment.

Don't let your concrete get that bad. Hire a professional pressure washing company to clean up around your restaurant. The pros use industrial units that use steam and hot water which is much more effective than cold water machines. They may even have chemicals and degreasers to help clean the concrete if necessary.

At this particular restaurant, we cleaned the concrete all the way around the building including two entries, sidewalks, and the garbage area behind the restaurant. The technician pressure washed normal dirt and grime, but also removed melted crayons, gum, and extensive grease deposit by the trash area.

What is on your concrete that is causing your guests to get squeamish before they have even ordered?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pressure Washing Phoenix Hotels

Cleaning Hotel Sidewalks by ACME POWERWASH
An ACME Powerwash technician uses an industrial, skid-mounted pressure washer to steam-clean and power wash concrete around a Peoria, Arizona resort earlier this week. The technician also used a rotating surface cleaner to ensure the deepest, most uniformly clean surface possible. Pressure washing the concrete is a great way to remove dust, dirt, grime, gum, spills, bird droppings, and many other stains/debris. Cleaning concrete throughout the hotel helps create a clean, inviting atmosphere for guests staying at the property.

Visit ACME Powerwash to learn more about the commercial pressure washing services that we offer to Phoenix area resorts and hotels.

Call today for a free estimate - 602-373-1515!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Driveway Cleaning Phoenix

Paradise Valley Paver Cleaning by ACME POWERWASH
Driveway Cleaning Phoenix

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “Do you clean driveways?” The answer is "Yes! We clean driveways of all types and sizes!" Pressure washing driveways is one of our most common jobs. Our pressure washing company has cleaned over 5,000 driveways in the Phoenix Metro area in the last 5 years!

Each power washer on our trucks blasts out steam and hot water at 3500 psi to clean up tire marks, spills, dirt, debris, etc. Each truck is also stocked with a variety of chemicals and detergents we use to remove especially tough stains from your driveway including paint, oil, grease, and rust. In addition to cleaning concrete we can also clean pavers, exposed aggregate, and stained concrete with our pressure washers.

Call 602-373-1515 for a free estimate or visit our main webpage at for more information about our mobile pressure washing services.

We also clean driveways after dust storms!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pressure Washing Phoenix

Concrete Cleaning Phoenix by ACME POWERWASH
Pressure washing in Phoenix, Arizona has been our primary trade here at ACME Powerwash since 1996. Now with over 15+ years experience in the pressure washing industry, we clean various surfaces around the Phoenix Metro area on a daily basis. We currently have as many as 7 industrial pressure washers working around the clock to clean up concrete, pavers, and buildings for both residential and commercial customers.

Our residential pressure washing services are generally completed during normal business hours and consist of a variety of projects. The most popular pressure washing jobs are cleaning concrete and paver driveways, garages, courtyards, back patios, and pool areas. We also pressure wash dirt and debris off the exterior of homes to clean up from dust storms or to prepare the surface for painting. Our pressure washers use high-power steam upto 300°F and 3500 psi to blast off all types of stains including oil, gum, grease, grime, bird droppings, etc. We have pressure washed over 5,000 homes in the last 5 years, yours could be next!

Clients use our commercial pressure washing services to keep their properties looking clean. We work closely with property managers and building owners around the Phoenix area to make sure all their pressure washing needs are being met. We clean up office complexes, parking lots and parking garages, warehouses, restaurants, hotels and resorts, apartment complexes, churches, retail centers, and much more. We are available by appointment 24/7/365 and emergency services may be available in your area. Our pressure washing company is available for one-time cleanings and we offer discounts for quarterly, monthly or weekly services.

Call 602-373-1515 today for a free estimate!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Strip Old Sealer Off Pavers

Cleaning & Sealing Pavers by ACME POWERWASH
ACME Powerwash has over 15 years experience cleaning concrete, pavers and other surfaces. We have been using industrial pressure washers since 1996 to clean oil, tire marks, grime, food spills and many other stains from residential and commercial driveways, patios, courtyards, pool areas, etc.

One of the most frequent jobs we are hired for is to strip defective, old sealer from paver surfaces. Our years of experience have enabled us to develop a system for adequately stripping off old sealer. First, our technicians chemically treat the pavers with a commercial-grade stripper. Then we use large, industrial surface cleaners with nozzles spinning at 2500 rpms and blasting out steam and hot water up to 300°F and 3500 psi. Another technician follows behind with a pressure washing wand to cut in corners and rinse everything down. The surface is allowed to dry and the process is repeated as necessary until all remaining stripper is gone.

The final step for any paver restoration process is to apply a fresh coat of industrial-grade sealer. The sealer serves multiple purposes including protecting the pavers from spills/stains and bringing new life to pavers by enhancing their color and giving them a "Wet" appearance. This photo is from a recent residential strip & seal project completed at this beautiful home in Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona. It shows a technician applying a high-solids, wet-look sealer to the cleaned paver surface. This photo demonstrates the dramatic impact that sealing pavers can make to any property.

Visit our paver cleaning and sealing website at to learn more about cleaning and sealing your pavers and to see some more photos of recently cleaned projects.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Phoenix Dust Storm Clean-up

Estimates are that last week's "haboob" was over a mile high and 100 miles long! That's a lot of dust and just about everybody we speak with has been impacted by that dust storm in one way or another.

Our power washing technicians have been busy working day and night, 7 days a week, to help our residential and commercial customers clean up the aftermath. We are using an arsenal of industrial pressure washers and 500 gallon water trailers to clean off layers upon layers of dust from homes, commercial buildings, parking lots, driveways, courtyards, patios, etc.

Contact us today to see how we can help you clean up your property!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pressure Washing Exterior of a Commercial Building

Pressure Washing Exterior of Building by ACME POWERWASH
ACME Powerwash technicians recently pressure washed the entire exterior of this 3 story building in Central Phoenix. They used 4 industrial pressure washers on two trucks to clean bird droppings and other dirt/debris from the sides of the building, window ledges, stairwells, and surrounding sidewalks.

Birds had been roosting in the nearby palm trees and migrated onto the rooftop and into the stairwells. Pressure washing from the roof and using extension wands from the ground, they cleaned the entire building from top to bottom. The stairwells and concrete walkways around the building were chemically treated and steam-cleaned to help kill any bacteria, fungus, mold, or parasites that may have been living in the accumulated bird droppings.

Bird droppings can be hazardous to your health, seek professional advice on how to properly clean up the mess.

We offer free estimates for pressure washing Phoenix. Call today -- 602.373.1515!

You can learn more about ACME Powerwash or see more photos like these on our website at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pressure Washers Cleaning Concrete in Downtown Phoenix

Concrete Cleaning Phoenix by ACME POWERWASH

A crew of 5 ACME Powerwash technicians used 4 industrial, skid-mounted pressure washers to steam-clean and powerwash the concrete and exposed aggregate at the Arizona Science Center and Heritage Square last week. Technicians used a commercial-grade detergent prior to cleaning the concrete to help remove dirt, debris, grease, grime, tire marks, etc.

The following day technicians cleaned the concrete pad at a bus unloading zone to remove all gum, grime, dirt and debris.

Visit to learn more about hiring our pressure wash technicians for concrete cleaning in Phoenix or call today for a free estimate -- 602-373-1515.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Are You on Facebook?

Paradise Valley Paver Cleaning by ACME POWERWASH

We are! That's right, if you haven't already "Liked" our page, ACME Powerwash is on Facebook! So if you are one of over 500 million Facebook users, check us out:

Our Facebook page is a place where we share status updates and photos of recent projects like this one of our technicians pressure washing 20,000 square feet of pavers at a beautiful Paradise Valley home last month. And if you are on Twitter too, you can check us out here:

P.S. Our pressure washing and street sweeping services are still available 24/7/365! Call us any time to schedule a cleaning or get a free estimate!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Paradise Valley Paver Cleaning

Paradise Valley Paver Cleaning by ACME POWERWASH
Technicians recently used 4 industrial power washers to steam-clean 20,000 square feet of pavers at a home in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Power washing is a great way to clean paver driveways, courtyards, pool areas, patios, etc. The machines these technicians used blast out steam and hot water up to 6 gallons per minute, 300°F, and 3500psi.

ACME Powerwash serves all of the Phoenix Metro Valley and Central Arizona. Call today for a free estimate - 602-373-1515!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Triple Digit Heat: Time to Powerwash Those Pool Areas!


The heat is on! That's right, 100° temps are rapidly approaching. Time to dust off those patios, pool areas, and backyard barbecues.

If you are like us, you may be spending a lot of time outdoors over the next 60 days. Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day are later this week, then it's Memorial Day, Father's Day, and July 4th! Let ACME's team of mobile pressure washers help clean up your home or business for these holidays or any other special occasions on your calendar.

Our experienced technicians use large industrial pressure washers to steam-clean and powerwash a variety of surfaces to clean up months (or years) of built up grime, stains, dirt and debris. ACME specializes in the high-pressure steam-cleaning of concrete, pavers, buildings, and other structures. See what a difference we can make to your driveways, patios, and pool areas.

We are available 24/7/365! Visit us online at or call us today at 602-373-1515 to schedule a cleaning or get a free estimate!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Paver Clean & Seal Projects in Scottsdale, AZ

Paver Clean & Seal Project in Scottsdale, AZ by ACME POWERWASH
Technicians have been busy cleaning and sealing pavers in Scottsdale, Arizona. We have successfully power washed over 10,000 square feet of pavers in the last 10 days. The clean pavers get a coat of commercial grade sealer that enhances the paver surface. The sealer really makes the colors pop and also protects the pavers from stains, spills, and even harmful UV rays that can bleach out paver colors. Sealed pavers are also easier to keep clean, increasing maintenance efforts around your home or business.

We maintain pavers for several customers in Scottsdale and Phoenix, power washing them on a quarterly or semi-annual basis using our industrial power washers.

For more information about power washing your pavers or to get a free estimate for paver sealing services, call (6o2) 373-1515 or visit our paver sealing website.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

ACME Powerwash & Baseball

ACME Powerwash Baseball Team by ACME POWERWASH
Check out the latest youth sports team sponsored by ACME Powerwash! We support local kids sports programs in the area. You can learn more about the history of ACME Powerwash and the services that we offer at

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cleaning Dirty Pavers

Paver Cleaning by ACME POWERWASH

A technician uses an industrial surface cleaner to prepare the paver driveway for sealer application at this home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The surface cleaner is connected to a large skid-mounted pressure washer that pushes out hot water and 300°F steam at 6 gallons per minute and 3500 psi. Steam-cleaning and pressure washing the pavers removes all stains, dirt, and debris and ensures the cleanest surface possible prior to applying sealer.

Once the surface is clean and dry, technicians apply a commercial grade, high-solids sealer to achieve a Wet-Look Finish that really makes the paver colors "pop". If Wet-Look isn't your style, there are other options available including a custom blended Satin Finish or a Natural Finish for those wanting the protection without the dramatic change in appearance.

In addition to enhancing the look of the pavers, the sealer is also UV-rated so it won't yellow and it helps protect the paver surface from fading in the harsh Arizona sunlight. A sealed surface is also protected against spills such as food, wine, grease, oil, etc. and such substances are much easier to clean up!
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We are cleaning the Phoenix area one home at a time. We have crews in Scottsdale over the next two days from Pinnacle Peak to DC Ranch to McDowell Mountain Ranch. Depending on total area, prices are typically less than $1.00 per square foot, but call anytime as estimates are always free!

Visit our Phoenix Paver Sealing website for more information and to see additional photos like these. Or call 602-373-1515 for a free estimate and tell us you heard about us on our blog!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Paver Clean and Seal in Downtown Phoenix

Paver Clean & Seal by ACME POWERWASH
ACME Powerwash technicians have spent the last few weeks cleaning and sealing the pavers at Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix. Sealing paver surfaces not only protects the pavers from stains and spills, but can enhance the colors as well. You can see more photos of our technicians cleaning pavers on our floor coatings page or visit Phoenix Paver Sealing to learn more about the process and see more photos of recent projects we have completed.

Our powerwash technicians are always in the downtown area if you have a project that requires some high-pressure steam cleaning or power washing. We are available 24/7/365 and you can get your free esimate by calling 602-373-1515!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Busy Weekend?

Did you host a SuperBowl Party this past weekend? Left with a big mess? Let us help you clean up around the house after the game. Our pressure washers use high-pressure steam up to 300°F at 3500 psi to blast away spills, grease, grime, dirt and debris. We can quickly clean off your patios, courtyards, driveways, and even the exterior of your home!

Even if you haven't hosted a party recently we can pressure wash your home to help clean up after the recent wind storms last week or maybe that mess that has been bugging you for a long time now.

Call anytime for a free estimate - 602-373-1515.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2/4/2011 Pressure Washing Deals

ACME Powerwash will have pressure washing crews in the following communities tomorrow, Friday, 2/4/2011:

Marley Park - Surprise, AZ
Cave Creek - Cave Creek, AZ
Encanterra - Queen Creek, AZ

If you could use a power wash service and are near one of these communities, we can offer great deals with techs already in the area.

As always, residential and commercial service estimates are FREE! 602-373-1515

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Are You Ready for the Big Game?

Pressure Wash Pavers
Originally uploaded by ACME POWERWASH
Are you hosting a SuperBowl Party this weekend? Let us help you clean up around the house in preparation for the big game. Our power washers use high-pressure steam up to 300°F at 3500 psi to wash away months (or years) worth of spills, grease, grime, dirt and debris. We can quickly clean off your patios, courtyards, driveways, and even the exterior of your home!

If you or someone you know has pavers like these, check out the difference our paver sealing services can make to the appearance to your home.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Happy Birthday!
Join us in celebrating not only the New Year, but our 15th Birthday! That's right, ACME Powerwash is celebrating it's 15th year in business.

A Little History...
We began this journey in 1996 with one pressure washer cleaning a small fleet of heavy equipment. We have steadily grown and built a company that continues to operate under the ACME Powerwash name that has become associated with a commitment to quality service and customer satisfaction. The team at ACME now comprises an experienced staff of 12 employees and boasts an impressive fleet of 7 top-of-the-line industrial pressure washing machines and 4 industrial street sweepers!

In addition to our industry-leading powerwash services, we now offer a wide array of exterior maintenance services including commercial property maintenance, construction clean-up, parking lot sweeping, epoxy, stain, and sealing for concrete, pavers, and stone.

Thank You!
We wouldn't be here without the support of our customers and vendors. We genuinely appreciate your business or interest in our services over the past 15 years. If you are not an active customer, we invite you to check out our websites below to learn more about us and as always, we offer free estimates! Just call 602-373-1515 or email us at

From our families to yours, we wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!


The Team at ACME Powerwash