Having trouble with pesky stains? Most homes seem to have a litter with stains on their walls, in their garages, around their pipes, whether they’re rust, oil, grease or something even worse. Chemical stains like these can be hard to avoid and even harder to get rid of, especially on porous surfaces like concrete pavement. Stains like these can be major eyesores that only get worse with time. Fortunately, from the help of Andrew Thompson, VTMobilePressureWash in Houston has recored how he’s sprucing up homes in his local vicinity.
While superficial messes can be cleaned up with heavy duty brushes or steel wool, chemical spills that seep into household surfaces can’t just be scrubbed away. Even more frustrating, regular household cleaners often do not do the trick, including all-purpose cleaners and detergents with bleach components. When the usual scrubbing and cleaners aren’t quite cutting it, many homeowners turn to power washing as their last resort. Power washing can be great, using high-pressure water or cleaner to eradicate deep set chemicals, and stains can be incredibly useful and effective, but there are downsides.
Homeowners often turn to the wrong type of cleaners and detergents. Sometimes these detergents do not include the proper chemical ingredients to break down the hard to remove stains. Other cleaners leave behind their stains, white marks, and residue that can leave stains and surfaces looking even worse than before. Still other cleaners are horrible for the environment and can find their way into your pipes, into your lawn, and other undesirable places.
With all this in mind, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the thought of power washing stains off home surfaces. Luckily, there is an answer and by making a few smart choices, power washing can become easier than you ever thought. By the way if you live in Humble, Texas VTMobile Pressure Wash can help you – check them out.
When thinking about power washing anything in or around your home, you should always make sure that you have the proper equipment. Power washing uses high-pressure techniques combined with powerful cleaning agents to blast away tough stains and messes. Always make sure that you are using the proper equipment and have a strong knowledge of how to use it before you attempt to power wash.
Aside from having the proper equipment that offers solid, consistent high-pressure release, the choice of detergent or cleaner is the most important.
When removing oil or grease-based stains, power washing with an alkaline degreasing cleaner is always best. This can be a liquid or powder. Alkaline degreasers help to loosen or lift grease from surfaces and out of porous materials, like concrete. Solve-Rite is a great chemical cleaner that can be used as a general cleaner. As a high foaming concentrated cleaning agent, Solve-Rite can be used in some different ways. Though it is often used in high-pressure machines to break down tough stains, it can also be used as a hand scrubbing cleaner, a steam cleaning agent, or as a floor scrubber. Its versatility makes it useful to always have around the house, but its toughness makes it a good match for any grease based stain. Solve-Rite is also versatile enough to be used on a variety of different surfaces including concrete and all types of metal.
Rust is another type of stain that gets in deep and is difficult to remove. To remove and break up chemical stains like these, homeowners should typically turn to an oxalic acid cleaner of some type. Often, homeowners will power wash with some form of crystallized oxalic acid, which is powerful and highly concentrated. One affordable but still a powerful option is Dalys Oxalic Acid Crystals, which also acts as a bleaching powder. When used with a power cleaning machine, oxalic acid is almost unbeatable and used on a large variety of surfaces such as concrete, metals, and even wood. Recently, oxalic acid has become one of the main components of the growing trend to acid wash wooden decks in order to get a deep clean and remove tough stains.
While all of the above cleaners, solvents, and detergents are not harmful to the environment when used properly, there is a small chance the residue and trace amounts can get into surfaces and areas you didn’t anticipate, including onto your pipes and lawn. If you’re concerned about getting any of these chemical substances on your lawn or you are simply environmentally conscious, there are a number of different green options available.
One of the best options of green or sustainable cleaners is the Krud Kutters line. Krud Kutters products come in several different varieties, including household spray bottles and deep cleaning power washing detergents and liquid cleaners. While Krud Kutters offers specialty cleaners, their multi-purpose pressure washing cleaner is very versatile and compatible with most surfaces, including brick, concrete, wood, fiberglass, stucco, vinyl, and metal. If you are looking for an environmentally friendly cleaner that can tackle multiple different types of stains or messes, the multi-purpose pressure washing cleaner cannot be beaten. Krud Kutters products are biodegradable and water based. Although they may not have some of the deeper cleaning chemical agents, Krud Kutters are far better for the environment.
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Home owners should always be sure to check the labels on whatever power washing detergent, cleaner, or solvent you choose to buy. Although there are many great options on the market, you should always be careful not to bring home something too strong or dangerously concentrated. Be wary of industrial cleaners that can be harmful to your home, your environment, and yourself. Industrial cleaners often require special equipment and are typically handled by trained professionals. Finally, cleaners of all types contain strong and potential harmful chemicals. You should always be sure to keep these chemicals in areas that are not accessible to small children or pets.
Dealing with stains around the house that are hard to remove can be frustrating for any home owner. Finding the perfect power washing detergent, cleaner, or solvent can be difficult, especially if you are a novice to it. However, once you know the type of chemicals to look for and the brands of cleaners to seek out, it can be a painless, easy process.