What is Pressure Washing?
Pressure washing, or power washing, is the use of a focused high-pressure water spray, produced by powerful commercial-grade engines, to loosen, dislodge, clean, or remove paint, mold, mud, chemicals, dirt, grease, and small debris from buildings, fences, concrete surfaces, and heavy equipment.
Pressure washers can be used with or without cleaning solutions, and they come in a wide range of models for varying applications. Your White Cap rep can help you select the best models for your specific needs.
Pressure washing a completed construction site makes cleanup safe, quick, and creates a lasting impression of your company’s professionalism. Construction cleanup is usually done in three stages:
Essential Post-Construction Tool
- Rough roundup of leftover materials and trash. Remove stickers from windows and doors. Sweep away loose dirt.
- The nitty-gritty cleaning. Clean floors, walls, windows, doors, fixtures, cabinets and all inner surfaces. Vacuum furniture and cabinets if needed. You want to leave this site “move in” ready.
- Use your pressure washer with a cleaning solution and a 25-degree nozzle on a low pressure setting to clean exterior concrete, brick, stone, stucco, and wood surfaces.
- Final checklist cleaning. After your thorough nitty-gritty cleaning, come back for a final inspection.
Grime and dirt wreak havoc on heavy equipment, especially in the construction, mining, gas, and oil industries. Pressure washing should be a part of regular maintenance as well as after each job. Removing grease, oil, mud, paint, even small stones, keeps equipment running smoothly, performing better, prevents buildup of dangerous mold, extends equipment service life, promotes a professional appearance, and can dramatically decrease operating costs while increasing productivity.
How Pressure Washing Increases Profits
More money-saving pressure washing benefits:
- Clean machines run cooler than mud-caked and grease-coated equipment. Overheated equipment has a shorter life, and they may even quit in the middle of a big job, creating a domino effect with other machines and workers, delaying deadlines.
- Reduce downtime. Pressure wash foreign objects, dirt, branches, and weight added from heavy, caked-on sludge on buckets and booms.
- When washing, inspect equipment for fatigue cracks, corrosion, and worn fittings. Repair problems before they create downtime, decrease productivity, and create the need for new equipment.
- Prevent dirt from slowing down hydraulic cylinders.
- Wash away dirt on air-cooled shovels to prevent clogs and collapse.
- Pressure wash unwanted, added weight; dirt can add 1,000 lbs. to an earthmover.
- Clean machines are safe machines. Buildup around hydraulic and electrical systems can create serious blow-outs of high-pressure oil or dangerous voltage.
- Avoid expensive diesel tractor engine failure with a regular washing.
- A clean fleet creates a favorable lasting impression with customers and the business community and serves as proof of your quality work and professionalism.
- Clean, well-maintained equipment and facilities inspire pride and a sense of ownership in everyone from company mechanics and maintenance team to supervisors and owners.