Pressure Washing Chemicals The Pros Use


Welcome back to the Lean and Mean Academy! Today, we're delving deep into the world of professional pressure washing and uncovering the essential chemicals that make all the difference in achieving pristine results. But before we get started, I want to mention that we've developed a comprehensive course, How to Wash, created by industry experts like Coty Arbro, Mike Vian, Justin Rogers, and myself. It's your ultimate guide to mastering pressure washing and building a successful business. Check out the link in the description for more details!

Sodium Hypochlorite: The Powerhouse Cleaner

Let's kick things off with sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach. But don't be fooled by its household name—this industrial-grade bleach packs a punch with double the strength of your standard store-bought bleach. Used at concentrations ranging from 1.5% to 12%, sodium hypochlorite is highly effective in disinfecting, removing stains, and killing organic materials like mold. However, proper dilution and application methods are crucial to ensure safe and effective use.

Surfactants: Enhancing Cleaning Efficiency

Next up, we have surfactants, which play a vital role in prolonging the effectiveness of sodium hypochlorite. By breaking the surface tension of water, surfactants allow detergents to work more efficiently and remain on surfaces for longer periods. Our top recommendations include Southeast Softwash, Southern Draw, or Cherry Southern Slang for a delightful scent and improved adhesion.

Industrial Strength Degreasers: Conquering Tough Stains

When it comes to tackling oil and grease stains, nothing beats industrial-strength degreasers. While standard products may suffice for everyday cleaning, Dynamite Degreaser from Southeast Softwash stands out for its unmatched potency and effectiveness. Say goodbye to grimy foot traffic grease stains and hello to pristine surfaces!

Oxalic Acid: Rust Remover and Wood Brightener

Oxalic acid serves a dual purpose as both a rust remover and a wood brightener. Whether you're dealing with rust stains from fertilizer or seeking to rejuvenate weathered wood surfaces, oxalic acid does the trick. Plus, its wood-brightening properties make it a favorite among professionals for restoring the natural luster of wooden decks, fences, and log homes.

Bleach Neutralizer: Protecting Plants and Equipment

For roof cleaning projects where runoff poses a risk to vegetation, bleach neutralizers come to the rescue. By preventing damage to plants and prolonging the life of pressure washing equipment, these essential chemicals ensure a job well done without compromising on safety or environmental impact.

Gutter Brightening Chemicals: Removing Stubborn Stains

Stubborn black stripes on gutters can be a headache to remove, but with the right chemical solution, the task becomes much more manageable. Gutter Guard from Southeast Softwash is our go-to choice for eliminating chemical reactions and restoring gutters to their former glory.

Wood Cleaning Chemicals: Preserving Beauty Without Damage

Last but not least, sodium metasilicate-based wood cleaners like Wood Wizard offer a gentle yet effective solution for brightening wood surfaces. Unlike traditional bleach, these cleaners preserve the natural color and integrity of wood fibers, leaving behind a beautifully restored finish.


As we wrap up our exploration of essential pressure washing chemicals, remember that this is just the beginning. To learn more about starting and succeeding in the pressure washing business, be sure to check out our resource page and consider enrolling in the How to Wash course. Thanks for tuning in, and don't forget to like, subscribe, and stay tuned for more valuable insights from Lean and Mean Academy!

Read more