To pressure wash, or to power wash? That is the question. These two terms-pressure washing and power washing–are often used interchangeably, but are actually not quite the same. While they are similar, there are some slight differences that have huge implications. Power washing often uses heated water and is meant more as a surface treatment. It is also often marketed for commercial use only, rather than both commercial and residential use. Pressure washing, on the other hand, utilizes both heated water, pressure and patented cleaning solution to provide a clean that is much more effective and efficient. In this post, read more about commercial pressure washing and why it’s a smart choice for cleaning your commercial property.
What Is Commercial Pressure Washing?
Commercial pressure washing, as opposed to everyday power washing, uses a special mixture of water and detergent that is then expelled under high pressure to clean buildings and sidewalks. The high pressure forces the cleaning solution deep into concrete and brick, without damaging the aesthetics of the building.
Commercial pressure washing also provides a more effective cleaning solution than power washing, and eliminates many of the causes of long term cosmetic issues, many of which could cause major damage if left untreated. For this reason, pressure washing is an important tool in building maintenance, and often recommended as a monthly or bi-monthly service. Regular pressure washing keeps up your building’s appearance and helps prevent major problems down the road.
Benefits Of Commercial Pressure Washing
Commercial pressure washing, in addition to providing more scrubbing power than traditional power washing, has an abundance of benefits. Not only does it same you time (and money) through less time spent cleaning, but boasts a wide spectrum of additional benefits such as:
Improving Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is not just for when you are selling the building. Curb appeal benefits the businesses inside the building; if the building consistently looks clean and new, customers are more likely to go there.
Older buildings accumulate dirt and grime, and in humid areas mildew grows along the outside. All put together, these things cause buildings to look old and filthy. Black mildew covers the walls and the rest of them are visibly unclean. Regular pressure washing keeps the facade of the building fresh and clean by removing dirt and grime. Even old buildings will look new if they are regularly pressure washed. It scrubs off the mildew and any stains from the mildew as well.
Mold, algae, dirt, and bird droppings are not just visually unappealing. They can actually cause rot and wear a building down. Bird droppings, for example, are very acidic. If they are allowed to build up they can actually weaken the structure. Mold can cause health problems, and mold and algae can eat away at the structure of the building. Cleaning them off regularly will prevent serious maintenance problems in the future.
Pressure washing might seem like an unnecessary cost at first, but it will surely save you money in the long run. Regular washing will prevent a variety of costly repair measures later. Buildings are just like everything else: keeping them clean will prolong their life.
Cleaning Your Sidewalks
Cleaning the sidewalks is usually part of the pressure washing service. Public sidewalks become filthy over time. Old gum accumulates, garbage stains appear, and they are covered in dirt.
Commercial pressure washing the sidewalks in front of your building will remove even the deepest stains and leave the sidewalk looking brand-new. This only adds to the appeal of your building and the businesses within it. If your building is spotless, but the sidewalk is filthy, customers will still avoid your building, Cleaning the sidewalks invites customers in.
Improving Your Buildings’ Safety & Hygiene
Mold, mildew, algae, and dirt accumulate in your building all the time. These substances can affect the air quality throughout the building, and become a major health hazard.
In addition to allergies that can affect the workers, these substances can lead to serious medical conditions like asthma. Regular pressure washing promotes good air quality and hygiene for the people who work in your building. Mold, mildew or algae can build up on a sidewalk, too. When they do, they create a dangerously smooth surface. People can easily slip, fall, and injure themselves on a dirty sidewalk. Pressure washing removes this danger.
In addition to removing dirt and mildew, pressure washing is one of the most effective ways to remove graffiti. Most other cleaning methods simply are not powerful enough to remove graffiti, but pressure washers can handle it with ease.
Graffiti devalues your building, and the buildings around it. If you do not use a pressure washing service to remove it, you will not find another way to do so.
Guaranteeing A Speedy Inspection
Did you know? Dirt, grime, and mold can hide structural and maintenance problems until they become large enough to cause you to notice. Cleaning your building regularly is a good way to be sure that you catch any cosmetic issues before they become more serious (potentially leading to costly maintenance problems or worse, a failed inspection). Better to clean early than to clean late, and better to schedule regular maintenance than wait until you absolutely need it.
Regular maintenance through schedule pressure washing can not only ensure that your building’s appearance is immaculate, but save you money and time by streamlining your monthly inspections. A clean building, after all, is far easier to inspect than a dirty one.
Find Out More About Commercial Pressure Washing Today!
Ready to get started? If you would like to find out more about commercial pressure washing, or would like to schedule a pressure wash, contact us at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration. Our commercial pressure washing technicians are experienced in maintaining all sorts of buildings, and provide excellent, and timely, pressure washing services.