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Old 06-27-2018, 09:50 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Weve been doing a number of exteriors lately, and Im realizing that I really enjoy pressure washing. I was wondering if any of you advertise pressure washing as a separate aspect of your business or do you only pressure wash to prep for a paint job?

Side note, my price for pressure washing is normally about 10% of Painting it. Does that sound way off? (So if the job costs 2K to paint I would charge around 200 bucks to pressure wash).

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Old 06-28-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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Hi all,
We’ve been doing a number of exteriors lately, and I’m realizing that I really enjoy pressure washing. I was wondering if any of you advertise pressure washing as a separate aspect of your business or do you only pressure wash to prep for a paint job?

Side note, my price for pressure washing is normally about 10% of Painting it. Does that sound way off? (So if the job costs 2K to paint I would charge around 200 bucks to pressure wash).

Look forward to your responses
No, I don't promote pressure washing as a stand-alone service. I'm not set up to do it professionally. I'd probably want one of those soft wash setups with a trailer/tank.

I usually just rinse off the houses with a pressure washer. I rarely, if ever, use soap via down-streaming. I've done it before using the black tip and you can still see the dirt residue on the siding after a soap + rinse.

When there is very dirty aluminum siding or vinyl I apply the soap and then scrub, and then rinse off with a pressure washer.

I usually charge $50-60/hr plus gasoline for pressure washing. Most houses I charge a minimum of 4 hours. The actual time it takes is less than 4 hours. 10% of the job seems high to me. Most exteriors are 3K plus.
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I don't advertise it either because I really don't want jobs of doing pressure washing as a stand alone job. Not that I wouldn't want the work, but, I don't have a very big rig and my pw is just powerful enough to clean the worst of the dirt off of an exterior. It's not a good enough cleaner to do a proper stand alone pressure washing job.

Remarkably, I recall the days when cleaning before painting was not the norm. You just wiped down the siding with a rag to remove dirt, etc. The oil-based paint just mixed in with the dirt and no one really cared too much.
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Funny you should ask this question.

I do not promote PW, and my exterior painting has become
a very small part of the work I have decided to concentrate on
which is interiors. The PW gets very limited use anymore.

BUTTT....
for some reason, I have been getting A LOT of calls this season asking about
pressure washing. So many in fact that I started asking why they
are calling me since I do not advertise the service. Unanimously , all
have stated something to the effect, "I thought painters also did powerwashing ?"

I wouldnt even know where to start in pricing a cleaning.
On the occasional exterior paint job, I figure it into the overall price, and to be very
honest, it isnt much more than a good rinse.

Been spending some time over at Pressure Washing Institute researching.

Something I may consider doing after I retire from my FT job.
But for now, I am enjoying just painting interiors.

Sorry SweetLu, none of what I said helped you in any way.
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Funny you should ask this question.

I do not promote PW, and my exterior painting has become
a very small part of the work I have decided to concentrate on
which is interiors. The PW gets very limited use anymore.

BUTTT....
for some reason, I have been getting A LOT of calls this season asking about
pressure washing. So many in fact that I started asking why they
are calling me since I do not advertise the service. Unanimously , all
have stated something to the effect, "I thought painters also did powerwashing ?"

I wouldnt even know where to start in pricing a cleaning.
On the occasional exterior paint job, I figure it into the overall price, and to be very
honest, it isnt much more than a good rinse.

Been spending some time over at Pressure Washing Institute researching.

Something I may consider doing after I retire from my FT job.
But for now, I am enjoying just painting interiors.

Sorry SweetLu, none of what I said helped you in any way.
I used to read those pressure washing threads in here a few years ago. The soft wash process seemed to be lucrative the way they talked about it.

Personally, I don't want to work with bleach water 8 hours a day. They must get bleach blown back in their faces several times a day 5 days a week. Pass
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I'm thinking about it. I've done a couple of pressure wash only jobs this year and came out good on them. I googled sf prices and used that info as a guideline. Easy money really......
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I dont advertise it, but I often notice my clients drive way has tons of mildew and green crap all over it, so I throw out driveway cleans as an upsell once in a while.

My insurance company isnt okay with me pressure washing as a service unless its a pre-paint wash for some reason. How about you guys? They specifically asked me about pressure washing, so I told them I do it prepaint.
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Never. You enjoy it? I hate it. Especially with all these guys that advertise $150 or less to PW your house. I'd ask $200 + materials minimum to make it worthwhile to me and would need two of those in a day.


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I dont advertise it, but I often notice my clients drive way has tons of mildew and green crap all over it, so I throw out driveway cleans as an upsell once in a while.

My insurance company isnt okay with me pressure washing as a service unless its a pre-paint wash for some reason. How about you guys? They specifically asked me about pressure washing, so I told them I do it prepaint.
Agree...Using all those bleaching agents would worry me. This is one reason why I won't do full strips on decks using BM 'REMOVE'. It's a pain to contain that stuff and any overspill will bleach things almost immediately. {I have the T-shirt to prove it} And that's only a foot off the ground. Imagine spraying hypochlorite or bleach water 30' up or on a roof.
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I dont use bleach for that reason.. I use vinegar out of a pump sprayer for mildew, but for pre-paint I usually just waterblast the dirt.
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I never have and never will use bleach or some other chemical with my pressure washing. A few customers have asked if I do, and I tell them it’s not necessary, the pressure will take off what needs to be removed.
Side note, one of my good friends fathers owns a very lucrative pressure washing business (another reason I’ve been thinking of getting in on the action), and all he uses is hot water. There are washers that heat it as it shoots out, and he says it cleans and removes everything better than any chemical. And he does greasy semi trucks on the regular.
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I never have and never will use bleach or some other chemical with my pressure washing. A few customers have asked if I do, and I tell them it’s not necessary, the pressure will take off what needs to be removed.
Side note, one of my good friends fathers owns a very lucrative pressure washing business (another reason I’ve been thinking of getting in on the action), and all he uses is hot water. There are washers that heat it as it shoots out, and he says it cleans and removes everything better than any chemical. And he does greasy semi trucks on the regular.
Not many of the guys in the pressure washing forum use hot water. Most use a low-pressure soft wash system + sodium hypochlorite.

When I wash my van with hot water and don't use soap I get a dirt residue that looks ugly. I can't imagine using just hot water on vinyl or aluminum siding works that well. That said, I could certainly be wrong on that count. I'm guessing you'd need an investment of $10K+ for a pro setup including a trailer.
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I don't push pressure washing, but it's because I don't have the rig needed to crank out the pressure washing at a rate I think necessary to make a real nice profit. Adequate GPM's, downstream/buffer tank, etc.

There is definitely money to be made with the right equipment, but I'm only set up for pre-paints and some driveway cleanings at the moment. With the right equipment, I can see it being more profitable and easier than painting.
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I did some decks for a customer a few years back and her vinyl siding was bad with mildew so we pressure washed the whole house using Jomax, mixed to specs. i was in the neighborhood recently and the siding still looks good, so I guess it works pretty well.
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