3 Ways DIY Power Washing Can Hurt Your Building

There’s no one-size-fits-all setting for power washing a building. Every surface and circumstance needs a slightly different solution. Properties up against a lake need softer scouring that won’t penetrate their protective paint or powder coating. But properties up against an interstate need tough water pressure and cleaners to cut through the road grime.

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Even individual parts of the same building need different treatments. So don’t risk property damage with all of the contradicting tips you’ll find online. Hire professional power washers who have plenty of experience with different surfaces, especially:

1. Cobblestone sidewalks.

If your building has decorative cobblestone sidewalks around the property, then keeping them clean is essential to customer enjoyment. But getting them clean is tricky. Stones have a hard surface, but their grout or dirt joints might not be able to handle the pressure. The landscaping right along the sides of the paths certainly won’t be able to, and the grass won’t respond to harsh cleaners, either. Find a service who can use just the right cleaners and equipment for the situation.

2. Soft siding.

If you have a brick or concrete building, the walls can handle quite a lot of pressure to leave them clean and gleaming. But softer materials need a gentler approach. Wood or poly siding have to be carefully handled, and shingles may need a different approach altogether. Don’t risk tearing up the siding, especially if it’s an intricate design.

3. Hard concrete.

Even concrete can require special handling. Too much pressure near a crack can increase the damage. On the other hand, too little pressure and too soft of cleaning chemicals won’t get out the rust stains and accumulated exhaust.

214 Pressure Washing has the experience to safely clean any type of commercial building surface. Whether you have an industrial concrete building or a themed restaurant with a perfectly decorated exterior, our trained teams can get it done. Contact us here to schedule an appointment.

Pressure Washing Abandoned Commercial Buildings

When you’re in the market for a commercial real estate investment, sometimes you need to buy some fixer upper properties. If it’s in just the right spot, even an abandoned building can turn you a profit.  Commercial Building Washing Can Wash Away These Three Signs of Abandonment:

Pressure Washing Abandoned Commercial Buildings

But making a good deal on the property is just the beginning of the hard work to get the building up to snuff. The entire interior might need to be refurbished, and, if you’re converting it into an office building, the electricity and cabling need to be redone. The exterior also needs to be cleaned up to make it look like new. Hire an all-in-one power washing service so they can wash away these three signs of abandonment:

1. Get rid of graffiti.

General power- and pressure-washing won’t be able to completely get rid of graffiti. The paint has seeped into the brick, and you need high-powered equipment to get it out. Hire a trained team who has the horsepower, the chemicals, and the experience to get the graffiti off the side of your building. Even the echo of removed graffiti can make tenants think twice about your building, but professional cleaners can make it look like it was never there.

2. Remove old rust stains.

If your building is in an older commercial or industrial part of town, the concrete surfaces have collected quite a few rust stains. Easily available cleaning agents won’t be able to get rid of the rust. Some cleaners just push the stain around, while other etch the damage deeper into the concrete. Rust stains don’t carry the same negative connotation as graffiti often can, but it makes your building look old and poorly maintained.

3. Make the concrete surfaces clean.

Dirt will always age your building. Once the parking lot is covered in old stains and the sidewalk is gray with years of dirt, even the most welcoming entrance isn’t welcoming enough. Clean parking lots make your building stand out and look better to drive on. Power washed sidewalks are even more important even tenants can see them up close.

Go to 214 Pressure Washing to get your commercial building ready for business.

Pressure Washing & Commercial Building Maintenance

Whether you own or lease a commercial building for your business, you probably put a lot of time and money into maintenance (and if you don’t – you should!). You want your building, and the area surrounding it, to make a strong first impression on your customers. You’ve carefully considered your landscaping, adding attractive plants to your parking lot and entryway. And your signage is well-designed and clear. You pick up trash every day, of course, because you know your customers would be turned off by seeing a mess when they enter your building.  But are you forgetting to schedule pressure washing? Pressure Washing: An Important Part of Commercial Building Maintenance

Pressure Washing & Commercial Building Maintenance

It can be tempting to cut corners and skip certain maintenance tasks. After all, your business has plenty of expenses, and are customers really going to notice whether or not you’ve pressure washed your building?

The truth is, even if they don’t consciously notice it, customers will pick up on the clean look of a properly washed building exterior. If your building is dingy and has mildew or climbing weeds, your customers might be passing you by no matter how great your signage and landscaping are. A sparkling clean building is the background for all of your other enticing details, and without it, you might really be losing out.

Regular pressure washing has benefits beyond aesthetics, too. Cleaning off algae, mildew, and other organic growths can prevent more costly cleaning and repairs down the line. Washing off climbing weeds before they really take hold can prevent them from damaging your walls. And a pressure washing crew can take care of your parking lot and entryway surface, too. You’d be amazing how good a parking lot can look when the gum, oil drops, and dirt are washed away.

The bottom line is this – make room in your budget to regularly pressure wash your commercial building. It won’t break the bank, and it will definitely increase traffic to your business. Contact 214 Pressure Washing today to learn more about our pressure washing services.

Your Customers Will Notice: Commercial Pressure Washing

First impressions are everything. Whether you are a business owner or currently have your business on the market, you need it to look it’s best. You want that potential customer or buyer to pull up to that commercial building and have a first impression that is inviting and welcoming at first glance.

Your Customers Will Notice: Commercial Pressure Washing

Getting Grimy?

A building is not much different from an old winter coat. Maybe you see it year after year and you don’t even realize that everyday dirt, grime and pollution in the air over time has taken a toll on its appearance. You might not even realize how shabby it looks on the outside. Suddenly you wash it or dry clean that old jacket and now your friends are saying; “did you get a new coat?”, “it’s really nice”.

There is nothing that improves the appearance of your commercial structure the way a good power wash cleaning can. We specialize in making your business look good, it’s all we do. A grimy looking building is not appreciated in any community and a shabby business leaves a bad impression.

Start A Trend

If you take pride in your commercial structure there is a good chance your neighboring businesses will follow suit. Consider starting a trend and breathe new life into your commercial block. Those in higher traffic areas usually show more dirt over time to their structures, signs, and parking lots.

We Love Our Job

We love cleaning commercial buildings and apartment complexes. The outer appearance of an apartment building is the potential renter’s first indication of your level of commitment to maintaining their home. A well cared for structure outside will compel your customer to come in and check out the inside.

Whether you want a one time scrub or you want us to keep you looking good year-round, give us a call. We never charge for an estimate.