Don't Make This Pressure Washing Mistake


The Costly Pressure Washing Mistake You Can Easily Avoid

Hey everyone, Justin here from Forever Self-Employed. Today, I want to talk about a critical pressure washing mistake that could cost you dearly. This mistake can damage a homeowner’s property, harm your reputation, and lead to expensive fixes. The good news? It's entirely preventable with the right knowledge and training.

The Risk of Oxidized Siding

Recently, an Inner Circle member shared a horror story with our group. While passing by a house, he noticed severe damage to the siding—lines where pressure washing had stripped the paint due to oxidation. This is a common issue, especially with older homes or those with significant sun exposure. The siding dries out, and pressure washing without proper technique can wash off the paint, leaving unsightly marks.

Identifying Oxidized Siding

Before you start any pressure washing job, it’s crucial to check for oxidized siding. A simple test is to run your fingers along the siding. If it feels chalky and paint comes off, it's oxidized. Using high pressure on such surfaces is a recipe for disaster.

Proper Washing Techniques

To avoid this mistake, always use a chemical application and a low-pressure rinse—this method is known as soft washing. Here’s a quick rundown of the right approach:

  1. Check for Oxidation: Always test the siding before starting the job.
  2. Use Soft Washing: Apply the right chemicals and use low pressure to clean the surface without damaging it.
  3. Stay Grounded: Use tools that allow you to clean from the ground, saving time and energy compared to using a ladder.

Learning from Mistakes

We’ve made this mistake in the past, but we’ve learned and moved forward. Now, we know the importance of proper training and techniques. If you’re new to the business or looking to improve your skills, investing in training is crucial.

Recommended Training: SESW Softwash 101 & Pressure Washing In-Person Training Class

To ensure you avoid costly mistakes and perform high-quality work, I highly recommend the SESW Softwash 101 & Pressure Washing In-Person Training Class. This course will teach you everything you need to know about soft washing, including:

  • Correct chemical usage and mixing.
  • Step-by-step job walkthroughs.
  • Equipment breakdowns.
  • Techniques to fix common mistakes and charge appropriately for corrective services.

Take Action and Improve Your Skills

If you want to avoid these costly mistakes and learn the correct way to wash residential surfaces, check out the SESW Softwash 101 & Pressure Washing In-Person Training Class. You’ll gain valuable skills that will save you time, money, and protect your reputation.

Final Thoughts

Never pressure wash a house without proper training. Always check for oxidation, use the correct methods, and educate yourself continuously. If you've experienced issues with oxidation or have tips on how to handle it, share your stories in the comments. Let’s learn from each other and elevate our craft together.

Until next time, hustle hard and get that money, baby!

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