Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Construction Cleaning: Hot-Water Pressure Washing Is a Necessity
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.