Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dangerous Dust: Health Risks of Haboobs

Haboob Dust Storm by Hines Photography
Haboob Dust Storm a photo by Hines Photography on Flickr.

Are you aware of the dangers and health risks associated with Arizona's summer haboobs?

These massive dust storms carry Valley Fever spores, mold, fungus, bacteria, chemicals, and more! The dangers arise because the particles are so fine. They are so tiny that our body's natural defenses in the nose and throat can't stop them and they get inhaled and trapped in the lungs. This increases risks of both short term and long term illnesses to the respiratory system including Valley Fever, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, allergies, etc.

Haboob by Todd_Moy, on Flickr
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Here are some precautions you can take to deal with dangerous dust from haboobs:
  1. Stay Indoors. Avoid exposure to big dust storms. Stay inside until the storm has passed and the dust settles. Children and pets are at risk too -- keep them inside!
  2. Duck & Cover. If you do get caught outside during the storm, cover your nose and mouth. Use a mask, article of clothing, or anything available to reduce the inhalation of harmful dust particles. Seek shelter as quickly as possible.
  3. Clean It Up. Wash off your driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, patios, and outdoor furniture to avoid tracking dangerous material into your home or business.
The risks are real. But don't take our word for it. Check out these additional resources regarding haboob health risks:

Haboobs' Health Dangers at Banner Health Services
Exceptional Dust Storm at the AZ Dept. of Health Services Director's Blog
Haboob may lead to lasting health problems at News 4 Tucson (
Researcher studying health risks of haboobs at Arizona Daily Star

ACME Powerwash is a mobile pressure washing company serving all of Maricopa County and the entire Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan area. Want to clean off the exterior walls and concrete of your house or business but don't have the time? Call us for a free estimate - 602-373-1515.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School: Concrete & Paver Sealing in Tempe, AZ

Concrete & Paver Sealing in Tempe, AZ by ACME POWERWASH
As students and teachers are heading back to school, ACME Powerwash is staying busy cleaning up around campuses, apartments, and houses city wide. This photo is from a recent project we completed in Tempe at a new student housing facility near ASU. Technicians steam-cleaned and power washed several different kinds of pavers and thousands of square feet of colored concrete.

To learn about how ACME Powerwash can help clean up around your home or school, please visit us online at or call 602-373-1515 today for a free estimate!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Featured Project: 3,000 Sq Ft Paver Clean & Seal in Scottsdale, AZ

July has been a busy month for paver cleaning and sealing jobs. Today's featured project is a paver driveway, walkway, and courtyard at this beautiful home in North Scottsdale.

There are approximately 3,000 sq ft of pavers that were steam-cleaned and pressure washed to remove a variety of stains, dirt and debris. Powerwash technicians used rotating surface cleaners that are hooked up to our industrial, hot water pressure washers (up to 300°F at 3,500 psi). The spinning nozzles on the surface cleaners provide a deep clean of the pavers and prevents the streaking or "zebra striping" you may get with standard wands. The steam and high-pressure prepares the surface for sealer application by removing all dirt, grease, and grime that could prevent a proper bond between the sealer and the pavers.

The surface is allowed to dry after the cleaning process (which doesn't take long in the summer heat). The following day we returned to the home and applied a commercial-grade sealer with a gloss finish that leaves the pavers with a "wet look", enhancing the paver's natural colors. In addition to an improved appearance, the pavers are now protected against spills/stains and are much easier to maintain.  Oil spills on the driveway can be wiped up with a rag and maybe a gentle detergent like Simple Green.

ACME Powerwash offers free estimates for paver cleaning and sealing in the Phoenix Metro area. Call us today at 602-373-1515 or visit our websites for more information at and/or

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pressure Washing Prices

For pressure washing prices, call today -- 602-373-1515.
Searching for prices for mobile pressure washing services?  You might have a difficult time finding advertised pricing that will specifically match your project.  Here are seven key points to consider when looking for pressure washing prices online. 

1.      Structure. How does a power washing company charge for their services?  By the hour?  By the square foot?  Or one "lump-sum" fee for the entire job?  Ask three different companies and you might get three different answers.  A company may even use one pricing structure for one type of project and another method for a different project.  Consider requesting a "not to exceed" (NTE) amount to ensure your project stays on budget.
2.      Size matters. You have probably heard the claim "No job too big or too small!".  While that may be true, professional pressure washing companies have overhead and expenses and will likely have a minimum charge to help cover those costs.  On the other hand, larger projects may qualify for a reduced hourly rate. 
3.      Materials. Are there any special materials required to complete the job properly? And if so, are they included in the price or is there an additional charge?  Chemicals, detergents, and special tools may be necessary to complete each individual powerwash job. Some industrial cleaning solutions like rust removers can cost upwards of $50/gallon.
4.      Frequency.  A one-time driveway cleaning service will probably cost you full price.  Many companies may offer discounts for annual, quarterly, monthly, or weekly service contracts because the maintained areas are less dirty and therefore easier to clean on an ongoing basis.  
5.      Complexity.  Just exactly how dirty is the project? Is the area easily accessible with access to a convenient water supply? Spraying a little dust off a patio is far less complicated than cleaning 12 inches of bird droppings from a commercial rooftop.  Gum removal is stubborn and time consuming. Some jobs have certain risks or an unpleasantness associated with them that require special skills, tools, or insurance that could result in higher pricing.
6.      Payment Terms. Larger power washing companies may offer discounts for invoices paid within a certain timeframe from job completion. For example, some commercial customers may be able to negotiate payment terms of "2% 10 net 30" qualifying the customer for a 2% discount on invoices paid within 10 days of completion.
7.      Timeframe. When does your project need to be completed? Prices for same-day or next-day emergency power washing services will likely carry a premium.  Best pricing is generally available if completion times are flexible and a company can schedule your job with other jobs nearby.
Power washing prices vary greatly depending on each of these factors.  Many companies find it easier to offer free estimates than trying to develop a pricing structure that encompasses all possible scenarios. Whether researching prices online or getting estimates, be sure to communicate your budget requirements before work begins and make sure you understand what to expect from the final bill.  
ACME Powerwash offers free estimates to our customers in the Greater Phoenix Metro area and most of Central Arizona in lieu of publishing a list of pressure washing prices on our website.  This allows our estimators to accurately determine the best price for each project, giving your project the individual attention it deserves.  Call today for your FREE ESTIMATE -- 602.373.1515.
Copyright 2012 ACME Powerwash

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Featured Project | Steam-Cleaning a Custom Driveway in Phoenix, AZ

Technicians used a spinning surface cleaner connected to a hot-water pressure washer to steam-clean and powerwash this custom driveway in Phoenix, AZ.  This driveway includes intersecting lines of pavers between large concrete pads.  The cleaning process we employ uses high-pressure hot water and biodegradable chemicals to eliminate stains including grease, grime, tar, tire marks, bird droppings, dirt and oil spots.

Our equipment on projects like this includes stainless steel surface cleaners with multiple nozzles rotating  up to 2,500RPM. Envision a lawn mower that cleans concrete instead of cutting grass - without ever touching the surface with an abrasive pad.  This creates a uniformly clean surface that is difficult to match with a standard power washing wand/tip.  Wands with angled tips are used at the final step to rinse down the driveway and clean all corners, stairs and other areas that cannot be reached with the surface cleaner due to its size.

ACME Powerwash is a high-pressure cleaning service with 7 mobile pressure washers ready to serve both residential and commercial customers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and all other surrounding cities/towns.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

AZ Pressure Washing Company

Need a good Arizona pressure washing company? Look no further! Our company uses commercial-grade pressure washers and experienced technicians to ensure that your home or business property looks its absolute cleanest!

Every pressure washer we use is capable of blasting out steam and hot water up to 300°F and 3,500 psi! That kind of heat and power can blast away all types of stains, dirt, and debris including (but not limited to) gum, grease, grime, oil, bird droppings, food spills, etc. We turn filthy & grimy into clean & shiny!

We offer our high-pressure cleaning services to the following residential, commercial, industrial, and construction industries:

• Residential Homes (Exterior Walls, Driveways, Garages, Pool Areas, Courtyards, Etc.)
Commercial Properties & Office Complexes
• New Construction & Remodels
• Apartments, Condos, HOA's
Parking Lots & Parking Structures
Hotels & Resorts
Restaurants, Bars, Etc.
• Retail Storefronts
• Malls & Strip Malls
• Schools & Colleges
• Churches
• Hospitals & Medical Centers
• Airports
• And Many More!

We also offer free estimates. Call 602.373.1515 to speak to a project manager or visit our pressure washing website to learn more about our company.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pressure Washing in Paradise Valley, Arizona

ACME Powerwash recently cleaned a variety of surfaces around this beautiful home in Paradise Valley, AZ. Technicians used 3 skid-mounted, industrial pressure washers to clean up dust, dirt, and other construction debris from a large remodel project.

One technician cleaned the exterior of the home including the pillars and stone entry as you can see here.  The technician rinsed off all dust, dirt, bird droppings, and spider webs.

Two other technicians used hot water and steam up to 300°F and 3500 psi for a deep clean of all the flatwork surfaces including concrete driveways, patios, & walkways, exposed aggregate sidewalks, travertine pavers around the pool area, and a sandstone courtyard. Our pressure washing services are powerful and versatile.  With multiple trucks that have multilpe machines, we can clean a large property like this in a matter of hours. 

Please visit for more information about our services or to get a FREE ESTIMATE!

Cleaning stone exterior

Power washing exposed aggregate

Powerwash Rig & Technician

Pressure washing patio & house

Power washing backyard

Pressure washing pool area & courtyard

Power washing pool area

Power washing pool house

AFTER: Travertine tile cleaned at pool

AFTER: Driveway & entry cleaned

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Project of the Week: Power Washing Scottsdale House

This project of the week takes us to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona where our technicians recently used industrial, skid-mounted power washers to steam-clean and powerwash this beautiful home.

Pressure washers were used to clean off the exterior walls of the house, the garage floor, the back patio, front entry, and all walkways around the house. Technicians also sealed the slate tile patio and entry.

See more photos from projects like these on the ACME Powerwash website.

Two ACME Powerwash Crews

Power Washing House Exterior Walls





Thursday, March 1, 2012

Paver Driveway Clean & Seal

Check out these photos from a recent project in the Phoenix area where we cleaned and sealed a custom 3-car paver driveway, walkways, and patio/BBQ area. These pavers were sealed with an industrial high-solids sealer after being cleaned and prepped with industrial, skid-mounted pressure washers (300°F steam/water @ 300 psi).

You can learn more about our paver cleaning and sealing services on our floor coatings page.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Project of the Week: Construction Cleaning in Phoenix, AZ

Construction Cleaning by ACME POWERWASH
Construction Cleaning a photo by ACME POWERWASH on Flickr.
A team of ACME Powerwash technicians use industrial pressure washers to steam-clean a 6,000 sq ft concrete slab at this new construction project in Phoenix, Arizona. Each machines forces out steam and hot-water up to 300°F and 3500 psi. The concrete was covered in dirt, debris and other construction stains and ACME Powerwash cleaned the surface in preparation for sealer application. Learn more about construction cleaning at Pressure Washing Phoenix.

Copyright 2012 ACME Powerwash

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Construction Cleaning: Hot-Water Pressure Washing Is a Necessity

Power Washing Pavers by ACME POWERWASH
Construction and remodeling can be a messy business, and that is why having a hot-water pressure washer is a necessity. Paint overspray, drips, and spills are a common occurrence at construction job sites. You also may find oil stains from vehicles and equipment, caulk, liquid nails, drywall mud and dust, chalk lines, tire marks from tractors or other vehicles, and a whole lot of plain old dirt. Here are four great reasons why you should be pressure washing your project with hot water.

1. Pressure washing is non-abrasive. Using floor scrubbers or scrapers may scratch and damage the surface you are trying to clean. Scratches and gouges in your concrete or pavers is less attractive than the stain you were trying to clean -- and more permanent!

2. Cold water pressure washers can cause damage too! Avoid pressure washing with cold water and 0° tips, as they can cause irreparable damage in the form of pitted out concrete and "snail trails". Hot-water pressure washing uses steam and intense heat to help breakdown the chemical composition of paint, oil and other stains without affecting hard flatwork surfaces. Less pressure is then required to lift off the stain. Use a "fan" tip or other tip designed to spread out the force of the water over a wider area. This not only speeds up the job, but reduces the risk of etching lines into concrete and other hard surfaces.

3. Multitask with a pressure washer. A pressure washer is a versatile tool that can be used for many purposes around the jobsite. Pressure washing can be used to dust off the exterior of a building to ensure a dirt-free surface for painting. A hot-water machine can be used on concrete to remove grime and help open up concrete pores in preparation for the application of epoxy, stains, and sealers. A hot-water pressure washer is also ideal for cleaning accumulated grease and debris from tools, trucks, heavy equipment and other construction vehicles. In the event of an unexpected paint spill or oil leak emergency, a hot water pressure washer will be a welcome addition in your arsenal of tools.

4. Clean to impress! A clean jobsite at any stage of the construction process is vital to impressing your customer, and a necessity at the end as the project nears completion. Pressure washing with hot water is an easy way to add value to any construction project by increasing customer satisfaction. The first impression a customer has is the exterior of their project as they approach. A filthy mess outside would instantly detract from all the hard work put into the entire project. Alternatively, a clean appearance is inviting and makes a strong statement about the quality of service they can expect from the overall project.

If you are going to tackle hot-water pressure washing by yourself, be sure to become familiar with the tools and techniques necessary to perform the task properly. Follow good safety practices to avoid common pressure washing injuries. Consider hiring a professional pressure washing company that uses top-of-the-line equipment and has many years of experience in the construction cleaning industry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year! (& Happy Birthday!)

Biltmore Powerwash by ACME POWERWASH
Join us in celebrating not only the New Year, but our 16th Birthday! That's right, ACME Powerwash is celebrating its 16th year in business! We are anticipating a busy year, so we have celebrated by hiring 2 new employees and making improvements to our already top-of-the-line pressure washers. Here's hoping 2012 is a great year for everybody!

We wouldn't be here without the support of our customers. We genuinely appreciate your business or interest in our power washing services over the past 16 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