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Power Washing Equipment and Supplies

One of the most important aspects of running a successful power washing business is using the right equipment and supplies. Below is a list of some of the equipment and supplies we recommend.


Equipment

11 or 13 HP Pressure Washer - A good size power washer is a 11 or 13 HP cold water machine with a PSI rating of 3,000 to 3,500.  We like Honda motors and either Cat or General Pumps (we prefer gear or belt drive pumps). Important features includes a pump flow of between 4-5 gallons per minute, an easy flow unloader (something like a K-7), and either an powder coated or stainless steel frame.

Variable pressure wand - Although some manufactures supply a variable wand with their power washers most do not.  We think it is a very important accessory.  The advantage is that it allows you to raise and lower the pressure right from the gun.  This helps a lot when you are working on a deck where you may want to use several different pressure levels.

High pressure hose reel - This is probably obvious but you need a good high pressure hose reel for your high pressure hose.  The bigger the better.  The reel should be able to hold at least 200' ft of 3/8 hose.

Quick Couplers on everything - Quick couplers make disconnecting everything much more easy.  They also will let things swivel to some degree.



Cleaning Products

WOODWASHTM
by BIOWASH
  • Great cleaner for all types of wood.  When used in conjunction with a power washer the deck cleans up beautifully.
  • Restores natural beauty to any wood surface.
  • Removes graying, water stains, mildew and mold.
  • Rejuvenates wood by removing deteriorated fibers.
  • Quickly removes gray fibers off  weathered wood, mold, mildew, water and tannin stains..

STRIPEXTM
by BIOWASH

When you have to strip old sealers and stains, this works great.  For really tough jobsSTRIPEX-L will take off paints, varnishes, and latex stains.

  • Removes oil-based stains, pigments, water sealers, Gary fibers, mold, mildew, water, & tannin stains.
  • Restores natural beauty of wood surface
  • Ideal for all wood types

MILL GLAZE AWAYTM
by BIOWASH

New decks are difficult to seal because the sealer doesn't absorb evenly and ends up looking spotty.  MILL GLAZE AWAY removes the mill glaze that causes this problem.

  • Very quick and easy to use.
  • Paints and stains absorb fully and evenly.
  • Contains NO tri-sodium phosphate.
  • 100% biodegradable and safe for plants.
  • Allows immediate coating of new wood.
  • Stabilizes the pH in wood and opens the pores.



Sealing Products

DECKSCAPESTM
SEMI TRANSPARENT
CEDAR TONE
WATERBORNE
by SHERWIN WILLIAMS

  • Excellent sealer that sprays evenly through garden sprayer.
  • It imparts a rich cedar or redwood semitransparent finish.
  • Seals out water to prevent cracking and splitting.
  • UV Blockers resist graying.
  • Can be sprayed through garden or airless sprayer.
  • Use it on pressure-treated wood, redwood, and cedar.
  • Leaves a protective coating that resists mildew discoloration.
  • Oil-based protection with ease of soap and water cleanup.
  • Low odor, VOC Compliant.

DECKSCAPESTM
CLEAR DECK SEAL
WATERBORNE

by SHERWIN WILLIAMS
  • Totally clear sealer for customers who want no tint.
  • Can be used immediately on all woods.
  • Seals out water to prevent cracking and splitting.
  • Allows wood to gray and weather naturally.
  • Can be sprayed through garden or airless sprayer.
  • Leaves a protective coating that resists mildew discoloration.
  • Oil-based protection with ease of soap and water cleanup.
  • Low Odor, VOC Compliant.

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