WINTER PRESSURE WASHING TIPS
If your pressure washing business is slowing down for the winter, you need to start looking for new sources of income. Fleet washing, kitchen exhaust cleaning, deck staining, window washing and flat work continue all year long. Pressure washing during the winter can present some special challenges. Here is our list of our top Winter pressure washing tips to help you avoid some rookie mistakes.
- In calm air hot water washing can be done to 15 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. In blowing wind hot water washing can be done to about 34 degrees Fahrenheit. If possible wash in direct sunlight to take advantage of thermal heating.
- When you are trying to decide if it is safe to wash, you should consider the following:
- Is it safe to drive on the roads?
- Can you arrive at the job site safely and without the equipment freezing up?
- Will you have a safe surface to walk on? Will you be on a roof? Sidewalk? Ice or Snow? Scaffolding?
- Can your employees drive to work OK?
- Will the freezing of the waste wash water be a problem?
- Can the washing be done safely?
- What will other traffic be like and how skilled are other drivers? What are the chances of a traffic accident?
- On days you cannot wash do sales calls and equipment maintenance. Call Powerwash.com at 800-433-2113 and order spare parts. Plan ahead and save time.
- Chemicals work slower in cold weather. Plan on using more chemicals and extra dwell time for the chemicals to work.
- Do not let your chemicals freeze. Store in a dry, warm place. Liquid chemicals will usually separate upon freezing.
- Avoid washing in the shade. Direct sunlight heats up surface temperatures and makes them easier to clean.
- Start your washing activities later in the day after the sun has had time to warm items up.
- Use indoor fittings with garden hose hook up for the sinks when outside faucets are frozen.
- If at all possible never travel with your water tank half full. The surging of the water can push you out into an intersection or make you lose control under slippery conditions. Always check the brakes at the beginning of each day!
- Hair Dryers and Heat Guns are safer than torches when thawing things out.
- Consider supplementing your income with seasonal add on services.
- New construction cleanup
- Snow removal
- Chimney cleaning
- Carpet cleaning
- Yard work and maintenance cleanup
- Indoor painting
WINTER PRESSURE WASHING TIPS FOR FLATWORK
- If your wash water runs across sidewalks or driveways and freezes, salt or sand these areas down for safety. Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride are also use for melting ice. However, these products leave an oily residue and present a "slip" hazard. Choose your de-icing chemical carefully. Dyes in some ice melting chemicals can stain shoes, side walks, door frames, or carpets.
- Keep your water supply hoses flowing with water. If your water hoses run across the cold ground, they will freeze in a few minutes in sub-zero temperatures.