Before Hiring a Pressure Washing Company, Research Their Methods
By Tony Creighton
Do us a favor – the next time you are outside, take a look at your home’s exterior. Does it have a visible layer of dirt from recent storms? Is your driveway covered in black spots and oil? What about algae; are you seeing spots of green or black algae on your brick or siding?
If so, your home needs some TLC in the form of an exterior pressure wash, and ensuring that you pick a reputable, licensed pressure washing company is key to a safe, non-damaging and cost effective clean.
Once you’ve made the decision to use a pressure washing company, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of companies listed on Google searches, through the Yellow Pages, Facebook or friend and neighbor recommendations. Choosing one may seem like a huge hassle, and can be discouraging for some homeowners. However, if you keep in mind a few things, the choice can be an easy one.
First, it’s important to remember that the terms “power washing” or “pressure washing” are a bit of a misnomer. In fact, a licensed pressure washing company such as AllClean Pressure Washing uses a technique called SoftWashing, which uses essentially the same pressure you would get from a common garden hose.
This technique uses commercial grade detergents to do most of the work and ensure no damage to your home’s siding, stucco or brick surfaces. At AllClean, we use this technique in conjunction with specially formulated soaps that help treat and remove things like mildew, algae and other organic growth while also lifting dirt and debris from your home.
At AllClean, we encourage customers to do their research, and make an informed decision. We enjoy speaking with and educating homeowners on the processes used to clean their home, as well as answering any and all questions they may have for us. When speaking with a prospective company, we encourage you to find out how long the company has been in business and if they’re insured. This weeds out the good from the bad. Especially if you’re getting several estimates from companies in the area, it may seem like you’re getting a better deal until that fly-by-night company ruins your siding, brick, paint or other home surfaces and leaves.
Ask what chemicals they’ll be using to clean your home. If they say only bleach, and never mention detergents or SoftWashing techniques, they’re the wrong company, and may potentially cause serious damage to your home, or not give you the most effective, long-lasting clean.
Lastly, you should know an approximate length of time your specific cleaning should last. A typical wash for a 2,000 square foot home should take on average one to two hours to clean. Not all homes are the same, and some jobs are dependent on weather, so there is some deviation to this.
In the end, AllClean Pressure Washing encourages homeowners to do their research, ask questions, and choose a reputable company with knowledge and experience to assist them with their home’s exterior cleaning needs. Your home is your biggest investment, and trusting it to fly-by-night, unlicensed and uninsured companies can lead to damage and more money spent on hiring a professional pressure washing company to come in and complete a poorly done job.