Commercial Power Washing: Keep Exterior Areas of Your Building Safe & Clean

Posted on June 2nd 2018 07:15 AM

powerwashWhen most people hear “power washing,” they think about restoring residential decks or siding to their original appearance.

But those are just a couple of uses for power washing (sometimes called pressure washing). There are several commercial uses for power washing, making it one of the most effective ways to clean and protect areas around your facility.

Power washing takes water and puts it under from 2,000 to 4,000 pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI) – essentially turning a normal flow of water into a mega-powerful tool capable of erasing even the most stubborn dirt and stains.

So, beyond decks and siding, what can be cleaned or removed using power washing? We’ve listed some of the “tough ‘n’ ugly” substances that can be removed from areas around your building to improve appearance and ensure safety:

Grease. Grease left by cars in your parking lot can be a safety issue if someone slips on it, and also tends to dirty your interior because people walk on the grease and carry it into the building on their shoes. Another area that’s prone to grease buildup is the perimeter around your trash receptacles. Spilled food and liquids collect and can trigger a costly slip-and-fall accident; that same collection of dirt is undoubtedly being brought into your building on the soles of shoes, too.

Weather stains and airborne pollution. Take a look at your building walls, outdoor seating areas, permanent trash containers and signage. All of these can become stained by the chemicals in rain and the dirt in the air. Buildings with rough exterior surfaces are especially prone to collection of dirt that darkens the surface over time.

Gum. Did you ever take a good hard look at the sidewalk on any major street? If you have, you’ve seen thousands of round black spots. That’s gum. When people drop gum, it quickly picks up dirt and grime and becomes a nasty black spot that only a power washer can remove. Besides being unsanitary, gum makes your entryway or sidewalk outside your building look shabby and unprofessional.

Mineral deposits. Chalky white mineral deposits sometimes leach out of brick and masonry. If your building is brick, check to see if this natural process is resulting in ugly stains – power washing takes it off in seconds. Mineral deposits aren’t necessarily harmful to the surface, but they don’t make a very positive impression!

Mold and Mildew. In many cases, power washing can also obliterate mold and mildew stains on buildings (though they sometimes need additional chemical treatment), typically found in spots that stay damp, like near shrubbery, air conditioning units, and where shade is prominent. Mold can erode certain surfaces, so the sooner you have it removed, the better.

Graffiti. Nothing gives a negative impression of your establishment than graffiti on sidewalks and walls. Depending on the surface on which it was put and the type of paint used, graffiti can be removed simply by power washing.

Think you might have some of these issues around your building? Crestviews teams have quite a bit of valuable experience using power washing to return your building to almost-new condition – give us a call! We’d be happy to come out and take a look and provide an estimate for making your building and its surroundings spotless.

 

 

Topics: Commercial CleaningFacility MaintenanceBuilding MaintenancePressure Washing

 

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THE DANGERS OF POWER WASHING YOUR OWN HOME OR BUILDING

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Power washing a home or office building is a great way to remove stuck-on dirt and debris from the home or building exterior to make it more sanitary and increase its curb appeal. However, it is important to leave power washing to the professionals. If you are thinking of renting your own power washer and embarking on a DIY power-washing experiment, realize that the use of power washers by unskilled professionals can be very dangerous.
In fact, in the year 2017 alone, over 6,000 people were admitted into emergency rooms due to injuries they suffered while using power washers. While many only needed emergency medical treatment, almost 15 percent of the injuries suffered were so severe that hospitalization was required.
Read on to learn the dangers of power washing and how to avoid them.

Skin Injuries 

Of course, you likely know that a power washer projects water with extreme force. After all, this force is what allows the water to break up the dirt and debris on the exterior of a home or building and rinse them away so quickly and easily.
However, you may not realize that this stream of water is projected with so much force that it can injure skin on contact. A force of just 100 psi, or pounds per square inch, is required to break human skin. Water from a power washer meant for home use can project at a force of 1,500 to 4,000 psi.
This means that if the stream of a power washer accidentally hits your skin or the skin someone standing nearby, it can cause immediate skin damage in the form of a laceration that requires immediate medical treatment.

Compartment Syndrome

While some injuries that occur due to contact with the stream of a power washer are isolated to the skin alone, if the water from the power washer projects more deeply into the tissue under the skin, it can lead to a serious medical emergency called compartment syndrome.
Compartment syndrome occurs when water, air, and/or debris get lodged into tissues after they are projected under the skin by the extreme force of a power washer. This can lead to severe infection of muscles and other tissues. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to the need for amputation of an affected limb or even death.

Electrocution

Many people have died of electrocution when using electric power washers. It may sound surprising, but mixing water and electricity is always hazardous. While many electric power washers are equipped with GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters, to prevent electrocution, many people plug power washers into extension cords which limits the effectiveness of the GFCIs. Cords can also become damaged during use of a power washer, which further increases the electrocution hazard.
This electrocution can occur when damaged power cords come into contact with the same wet grass you are standing in while power washing.

Injury from Accidentally Projected Objects

Even if you take great care to ensure the stream of water a power washer projects does not come into contact with any people, you may accidentally project the stream at a relatively lightweight object in the yard. This can cause the object to soar across the yard and hit a person or animal with extreme force that can cause severe injury.
Also, if you try to clean items in your yard with the power washer, such as patio furniture, you may end up projecting the items across the yard instead of cleaning them, depending on the psi of your power washer and the weight of the object you are attempting to clean.
While power washing can remove tough, stuck-on dirt and debris from the exterior of your home or office, it is best to leave the job to professionals who are well-trained in power washer safety. Contact Crestview Property Maintenance  for all of your power washing needs.

 The Importance Of Regular Power Washing: A Little Goes A Long Way

Dirt, grime, and mildew sneak up with you. What starts as a little bit of a buildup can turn into an ugly and damaging mess very fast.  This not only ruins the appearance of your building, it can also lead to costly damages down the road. By scheduling regular commercial power washing, you make a small investment that will help your building’s bottom line in a number of ways.

A Better First Impression With Commercial Pressure Washing

Your building only gets one chance to make a first impression. If the walls, sidewalks, and windows are covered in dirt, how do you think that will influence potential tenants? Chances are, you’re going to lose business as people will be so unimpressed with the messy exterior, nothing inside the building will change their minds.  A commercial power wash from time to time will change that.

A dirty exterior also creates problems with your current tenants. No one likes coming home to a messy building and your lack of cleaning will leave many wondering why they signed a lease in the first place. Tenants will also start questioning how you’re using their HOA fees. By regularly cleaning your building, you’ll create an atmosphere that is pleasing to new and old tenants alike.

Commercial Power Washing Services Are A Money Saver

If you don’t regularly clean the exterior of your building, the dirt buildup can cost you in more than a few ways. Some of the problems you could run into include:

  • Cracks developing on your walls and sidewalks from mildew and mold.
  • The need to replace windows that are too dirty to see out of and clean.
  • Damaged gutters that are clogged with too much dirt.
  • Lawsuits from people that slip and fall on algae buildups on the floors.

All these problems are much more expensive than the costs of a commercial power washing service. Regular building upkeep definitely pays off in the end.

Commercial Regular Pressure Washing Is Easy Pressure Washing

The longer you let dirt buildup, the harder it is to remove. If you keep putting off your pressure washing, the job is going to be a lot more difficult and expensive.

Sidewalk commercial power washing by universal site servicesYour cleaners are going to need to spend more time to clean up your building and will need to use more costly equipment and supplies. In addition, there is a greater chance that some parts may be too dirty to clean and will need to be replaced. When you schedule regular cleanings, each job will be quick and simple.

Don’t get discouraged though if you haven’t scheduled a cleaning in a while. With commercial pressure washing, it’s better late than never. The right cleaning service will be able to make your dirty exterior looking good as new. From there, you can get back on track to a regular cleaning schedule. It’s better to pay for one slightly more expensive cleaning today instead of procrastinating to costly damages and replacements tomorrow.

Keeping the exterior of your building clean is as easy or complicated as you make it. Kicking the cleaning can down the road will lead to bigger bills and bigger headaches. With commercial pressure washing, truly a little goes a long way.