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.