When soap, scrub brush or nasty chemicals just aren’t getting the job done, it’s time to roll out the pressure washer. These powerful hoses, also known as power washers, blast away dirt, mildew, grime and moss with water at about 100-200 times the air pressure around us (that’s 1500-3000 pounds per square inch, or psi). They’re ideal for patios, drives, lawn furniture, barbecue grills and more. And for a little extra work, some have extension or telescoping wands that allow you to reach high places like porches and roofs.
Periodic cleaning of concrete, decks, walkways and building exteriors helps prevent the build-up of mold, mildew, algae and other substances that can deteriorate and damage surfaces. Plus, it enhances curb appeal, which is especially important for a business’s image and can boost a property’s value.
A growing number of homeowners and businesses are turning to this affordable, eco-friendly cleaning method to take care of their properties’ surface areas. As a result, there’s a real opportunity for those who are licensed and insured to offer their services. Before you start marketing your services, you’ll need to set rates. Most cleaners charge by the square foot, while others use a flat hourly rate that varies depending on location and their level of experience and training. It’s always a good idea to do some secret shopping and see what the competition charges for similar service before setting your prices. If you’re going to be using your own equipment, make sure you get enough liability insurance to cover potential damages from the spray of water at high pressure. residential pressure washing