Power Washing Tips for Cleaning Cinder block walls

Hey guys, Donald Ramirez here with TLRC.

Today I want to show you guys proper ways to pressure wash, and the pressure washers we use. The pressure washers we use have several different purposes. Take a look for example at the following example. This person below wants to do a mural on that wall. He wants a steel draw finished, meaning as smooth as possible, and then draw some pretty designs on there.

mural work on the wallNow, the retaining wall is made out of cinder block, and cinder block is around seventy years old. There’s a lot of ways to clean these walls, for example, you can come in with a water hose and a wire brush and spend half a day to do it. You can have some electric pressure washers and spend another quarter of a day. Or you can use a high power gas pressure washer like the on we have here with a turbo tip. That pressure washer will clean it the fastest.

What we have here is efflorescence everywhere, and we have moss growing all over the cinder block. There’s so much moss, dirt, and grime that the camera is not going to pick it up. I want this finish to adhere to this retaining wall permanently. Thirty years from now I don’t want to get a call from this person and say, “Hey, ____ some of that plaster you placed on the wall wore off.” The only way that the plaster will stick is if we clean this properly.

We’re going to share with you a couple of machines that will take care of this wall properly. There are about ten or twenty electric machines. Some of them range from 800 psi to 15-18, and they’re okay and work well for a lot of uses. These machines work well for cleaning cars and things like that.

I have a gas powered pressure washer, and that one would do three-thousand psi. And the tip I have on that particular nozzle is a turbo tip. That turbo tip creates a lot of extra force, and what we want to do is etch that wall. Let’s say, for example, the wall was painted. I have a lot of people that have houses that are painted, and they ask me if they should sand blast it our whatever. What I use is a 3,000 psi power washer.

If, for example, the wall is painted, and you’re trying to get, the paint of the power washer will etch it. Then you apply a bonding agent, and that’s good enough when the plaster or the skin coat will adhere.

pressure washing the bricksI’ll show you a little bit of what this machine does. It goes in a circular motion, and all we’re going to do is continue to go here. I’ll start from the top and work my way down where it has efflorescence. I’ll do the best I can, but you’ll notice how it takes off the moss when you do it. By the way people, when you hit the brick you hit it like a fan far away. If you hit it too close, it’ll score the brick, and we don’t want that.

That’s the proper way to do this my friends, or for anyone that contacts me. If you have all this paint all over bricks, rocks, and hard surfaces, and you ask me, “Can you pressure wash this off?” You can, but unless we know there’s lead in that we don’t pressure wash it. Therefore, I suggest you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and rent a pressure washer that has at least 3,000 psi.

You especially want a pressure washer with that amount of psi because you want to etch the surface of the structures. When you etch that surface, it allows for your next coat to adhere strongly.

  • Now that you can pressure wash those walls well I’m going to give you a couple of tips that will help you.
  • A gas powered pressure washer has way more psi than an electric pressure washer bar none that I know of.
  • Another tip is to use a left and right motion when hitting the blocks while pressure washing them.
  • Last thing, wear gloves and goggles when you’re pressure washing because stuff can get into your eyes
  • Most importantly, don’t touch the tip. Years back my daughter, Maddy, was washing with the pressure washer, and I told her to not touch the tip. She came back to me real serious asking for the band-aids, and that’s how I knew she touched the tip. People, please understand when you pressure wash with this psi it will take the meat off your fingers all the way to the BONE. So, don’t touch the tip!

Thank you for reading this post, if you found it useful for anyone wanting to remove tough stains from their walls be sure to share this.

Also, Leave a comment below letting me know how you plan on using this info. :-)

Professional Power Washing Services: Why you Need Pressure Washing

The modern life is very demanding. We cannot run our businesses, take care of our families and at the same time maintain cleanliness. It is for this reason that every home and business requires the help of a professional power washing services.

What is Power Washing?

A pressure washer, also commonly known as power washer, is a high-pressure mechanical sprayer that releases water like a jet from its tip. It’s used to remove loose mold, paint, mud, dust, grime and dust from objects and surfaces like vehicles, buildings, concrete surfaces, patios, etc. Pressure washers are loved by most people because they do not use a lot of water. They also make cleaning surfaces easier and are very powerful as compared to the garden horse, about 20 to 50 times more powerful. Every home and business needs thorough, professional pressure washing to maintain a clean and welcoming environment to the visitors and people staying around.

Why do you Need Pressure Washing?

You can use power washing for several different reasons. If your home, business, store or offices is home to pets, the basic cleaning may not be very helpful in totally eliminating the dirt and objects that the rodents have their homes. You need special and proper cleaning of the deck, walkways, driveway, and other outdoor spaces to maintain a truly clean environment. Dirt and debris can make your sidewalk and deck appear worn out, and this may tempt you to want to do a replacement. Pressure cleaning totally removes filth, grime, and stains, leaving your surfaces as clean as new.

Pressure Washer Professional Considerations

Whether considering to do a residential or commercial cleaning, pressure washing puts into consideration all important factors to protect the surfaces being cleaned. The experts have the experience and know the exact machine and pressure to apply on every surface, giving best results without any damages.

Pressure washer experts’ understands the fundamentals and good practices in pressure washing:

Horse Power (HP): The HP measures the gasoline engine power, the higher the HP, the higher the power the machine has. The Amperage (Amps) measures the electric motor power. Pressure washer, therefore, knows what amperage and what machine to apply on which surface.

Pounds per Square Inch (PSI): psi shows the amount of water pressure yielded. Gallon per Square (GPM) measure the volume of water or water flow rate. Together, PSI and GPM shows the cleaning power of the machine. The higher the numbers, the more powerful the machine. A household can do fine with a PSI of between 1500 and 2000.

Professional residential or commercial cleaner has the right tools, accessories, resources and the capacity to handle all the jobs. Some of the considerations a professional pressure washer will consider include: the adjustable wands to get wide (low pressure), or narrow (high pressure) spray pattern. There are interchangeable wands, nozzle tips, rotating nozzles, and pumps.

The Benefits of Professional Power Washing Services

It is always a good practice and a wise decision to let the experts do their thing on your behalf. This way, you get the peace of mind, get the best and above standard results. Pressure washing will keep your buildings clean, give them their original look, texture, and feel while you attend to other important issues.

1. Clean Environment

Commercial pressure washing will keep your office and residential rooms clean and create an inviting and beautiful look. Companies interested in attracting high-end customers love to associate themselves with clean and well-maintained environments. And besides, a clean home and business premises tells it all. The cars, the compound, walkways and the pavements communicate to the visitors what they can expect from the business. Pressure washing company brings all the difference.

2. Detergents

Detergents are ideal in speeding up removal of the stains; they help in giving even better and faster results. Your company needs pressure washing experts who know what detergents to use, preserving and protecting your environment.

Pressure cleaning is completely safe; it does not make use of harmful chemicals to you, your family and other visitors. The cleaning technique uses mild cleaning agent and water only.

3. Cheaper In the Long-run

You find pressure cleaning more cheaper. Imagine replacing entire ceiling board because dirt, mold, and another debris has overcome it. Doing regular cleaning and maintenance will save you from having to do a major home replacement due to mold and dew.

4. Proper Insulation

The mold and dirt layers accumulated over the years interfere with home insulation. When you do a professional cleaning, you will note the difference in terms of fresh air, lighted rooms and good looking surfaces. By doing pressure washing, you prevent having to spend more in doing full home insulation.

5. The Kind of Work Intended for the Pump

A professional pressure washer knows and understands the best tool for the right job. To prevent damage to the surfaces, use the right pressure for the surface. To keep the beauty and durability, pressure washer expert uses the right machine and detergents for Home/Residential, Commercial, and Professional cleaning.

Home surfaces require PSI ranging from 1300 to 1900. Home use includes cleaning the grills, outdoor furniture, washing the car, cleaning patios, small decks and plastic play sets. Pressure washers for home use should be light in weight, compact, have longer codes to reach hidden areas, and flexible high-pressure washer. The washer should also consider the on-board detergent tank, mounted storage for spray gun, power cord, hose, nozzles, steel spray wand etc.

Shop/home surfaces require higher pressure of 2000 to 3100 gas engine would be ideal. Used for cleaning fences, boats, vehicles, siding, patios, etc. this will give about 2 to 3 gallons per minute. Since there is high pressure to handle it is wise to consider heavy duty frame, overhead-valve engine, steel braided high-pressure hose, steel spray wand, etc.

Professional cleaning requires gas engine with 3200 to 4200 power psi, with the capacity to yield 2.9 to 5 gallons per minute. Ideal for graffiti removal, surface preparation, stripping paint, fleet maintenance, construction site jobs, etc. go for commercial duty triplex pumps.

Professional power washing makes your work easier, does faster cleaning and do it perfectly. If you feel like you need a change, then you should not hesitate to get the help of reputable and reliable power washing company.

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