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  1. Welcome aboard Clayton Sent from my iPhone using Doug Ruckers School
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  3. Here's a question on equipment recommendations I received: Q: We are looking for a soft wash program mainly roof washing and house cleaning, the normal. Our business is leaned towards more high end communities. Like I've stated, we've been doing power washing for over five years. We use primarily Landa power washers and our main rig has 2 with 2, 500 gallon tanks. We use a combination of different solutions and have found a syst that works for power washing. We are normally booked passed a month. My main reason for looking into soft wash is the efficiency of it. What type of set up would we need to get into it? Do you offer a set up we can purchase, mount on a trunk and ready to go? I'm just looking for options to be optimal for our season. I appreciate your help. My Answer: I have an online training school,, over 200 videos, that covers soft washing and a whole bunch of other things....here is a link that will have all the videos listed. You can check it out and see if it would be a good fit for you. https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/join/ For a soft wash system the only one I sell is the Kingslinger....I like it because of the small foot print, we have it on our truck skid, and we use it for cleaning roofs mainly. Cleaning houses we use the downstream method, but you can certainly use this, and then have someone following doing the rinsing, or if one man operation, then he apply's with it then picks up pressure hose and rinses. The kingslinger comes ready to go, all you have to do is attach the pump/mixing station to the compressor, video in the link on how, it's very easy. Then all you have to do is plumb it to your tanks. The mixing station allows you to adjust your mix ratios on the fly, as opposed to batch mixing where you have to add more water or bleach, to guess, and adjust your ratio. https://www.dougruckerstore.com/products/kingslinger-soft-wash-system-air-diaphragm/
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    Welcome aboard. Great to have you Sent from my iPhone using Doug Ruckers School
  5. Just bumping this thread as a reminder....about the app for this forum
  6. Welcome Brian from B-Clean to the forum....
  7. Here is an awesome surface cleaner we have on sale through January 16th 2020 for 235$ plus shipping. Great surface cleaner for 235$. I was impressed with how well this cleaned using my 5GPM 3500 PSI machine...even if it only last a year or so, you will have gotten your moneys wort...but I'm pretty confident you'll get longer than that. Surface Cleaner 18" Poly Floater HPC #RS6196 The 18” poly version comes as a floater we do offer an optional caster / bracket kit for it (#RS6199 @ $19.57 per set of 4) The handle on the poly model is powder coated steel Rated up to 8 GPM @ 4000 PSI / 212º F Two nozzle spray arm w 2#25025 nozzles
  8. Heres a link you can use to figure up mix %..scroll down to the bottom and you ca enter the % you want and then the gallons you want to make and it will tell you many ounces to add. Great to use for mixing in sprayers and pump ups.... https://calculate-this.com/percent-solution-calculator-gallons
  9. Our next difference maker school is set for February 8,9 here in Houston....go to this link for more info and to register....https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/event/2020-february-difference-maker-school/
  10. Here is a great used truck mount skid system for cleaning houses, buildings, and concrete. I have been using this skid for a couple years now. The engine was recently replaced because we ran it out of oil. The oil checker that was supposed to check the oil didn't, and so he has moved on to bigger and better things. Here are the specs on it.: 5GPM/3000 PSI, 50 Gallon Buffer Tank, 2 electric hannay hose reels, 16 Gallon Bleach Tank for Downstreaming, 1o Gallon Fuel Tank, 24 Inch Whisper Wash Lil Big Guy Surface Cleaner, Storage Rack for 2 five gallon buckets, All aluminum Skid 6'5" long 4' wide. $7500.00 Call or Text at 2818833630 or email pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com if interested
  11. I also have my original online video school here. It has over 180 videos on it, and you also have the option to tests afterwards if you'd like. The test are only $28.95, and a certificate of completion can be printed out once you are done. There are four separate tests, one each for Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Concrete Cleaning, and Property Protection. When you going this one, it's a lifetime membership, and you can view the videos anytime you want. You also have access to any future videos I post. You can check it our here https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/join/.
  12. One of the things I have always wanted to do was to have my wife speak at one of my training schools. It just so happened that her busy schedule allowed her to do this and I am so thankful she did.
  13. This past weekend we had our Difference Maker school here in Houston Texas. Met some really awesome folks eager to learn about starting a business or improving there existing pressure washing business. Our next school like this is scheduled for December 7 & 8. For more information or to register you can go here https://www.pressurecleaningschool.com/event/december-doug-rucker-difference-maker-school-2/ Thank you to everyone that attended, and if I can help you in any way just let me know.
  14. Welcome aboard Phil, thanks for joining. Let me know if I can help.
  15. Here is a video of me using the Kingslinger Soft Wash System at my house showing the kind of reach you can get.
  16. The new Kingslinger Soft Wash System is a great system with a small foot print. Great for putting on a Truck Rig or Trailer where space is limited. Perfect soft wash pump system for house washing, building washing, roof cleaning. We also other soft wash equipment you can check out at our Pressure Washer Store
  17. If you are a member here you can get this forum in an APP on Apple or Google.....just search Doug Rucker's School in the IOS App Store or Google Play... This is a great way to have the educational information you need while on the go or on a job.
  18. Command higher prices for your battery stain and rust jobs. Here is a typical sales track we use: Battery stain sales track Selling Battery Stain Removal jobs: "Battery stains are unlike any other stain a homeowner could have. Battery stains are 31-50% sulfuric acid in concentration and even though concrete is alkaline, it does not have the power to neutralize those stains. So, the acid remains active for many years. Every time it gets wet, the water reactivates the acid, which dives it deep into the concrete and spreads on the surface. This is why you see the orange battery burn run down the concrete. EPA, stormwater compliance and regulatory officials consider these stains hazardous, corrosive, toxic and carcinogenic. Even when dry, the particles can be kicked up in to the air, leading to respiratory issues. It can also be tracked in the house, carpet, etc. (this is where I ask the homeowners if they have walked through it and then walked into their house... if they have, I will recommend to have their tiles and carpets cleaned). So, the active battery stains can eat through an entire 6" slab of concrete, promoting premature deterioration of the concrete slab, ultimate leading to a tear out and replace situation. Maximum fines for homeowners who have hazardous stains going into the storm drains can be up to $37,500 PER DAY.” We can fully neutralize the battery stains, turning the sulfuric acid into sodium sulfate, which is basically as non toxic and benign as table salt. (You do this by putting down F9 Double Eagle Degreaser at 8:1, sometimes stronger). The stain will be put in check and never reactivate again or cause damage to your concrete unless you get more acid on it. White stains from the concentrated battery acid will remain, and you can normally get 85-95% of the remaining orange acid burn (realistically you'll get 99%). The concrete will be clean, bright and much newer looking. So: 1. Battery stains are hazardous, toxic, corrosive and carcinogenic. Battery acid is 31-50% sulfuric acid and extremely dangerous. 2. The battery acid stain must be neutralized immediately into a non-hazardous state (use F9 Double Eagle, 5:1 to 8:1). F9 DE turns Sulfuric Acid into Sodium Sulfate. 3. Water will reactivate the battery stain. You can burn your feet if you walk through it and you don’t want animals or kids playing in that area. If the battery stains are white and dry, the flakes can turn into dust and become airborne. This can be deadly for your health and cause lung damage. 4. If not neutralized these stains will continue to grow and expand, reaching deep into the slab and the orange may eventually drain into storm drains. This will compromise the strength of the concrete and could result in steep fines to the homeowner. ~ A simple PH test can help confirm the acidity, alkalinity or neutral PH of the concrete. You normally want to test the “white” part of the stain as this will be the most concentrated acidic area. Selling regular rust removal and fertilizer rust stain removal jobs 1. Rust will damage and oxidize the surface it is formed on. 2. Rust will continue to harden over time and become more difficult to remove. 3. Other rust removers will etch the concrete, permanently removing the cream and leaving a “scar.” 4. The only other options to remove the rust (on concrete/hard surfaces) is to grind, sandblast, bead-blast, scarify, coat, or tear out and replace. 5. All these options result in damage or are more costly than hiring YOU.
  19. From Craig Harrison What’s the difference between F9 Double Eagle and F9 Groundskeeper? Groundskeeper is a product to use if you don't have thick built up grease and oil, but you DO have oil stains just beneath the surface, dirt, tiremarks, shopping cart marks, light rust stains, coffee stains etc. this is a MAINTENANCE cleaner, which means accounts like Walmart, Costco, Drive Thru’s etc and anything with Industrial Strength Concrete- Stadiums, etc. this is not for residential concrete. F9 GK will get the concrete super clean, and that clean will last longer than if you used high pH cleaners. If you have thick oil, food grease and oils on top of the concrete surface, F9 Double Eagle is our "Double Purpose" Cleaner/Degreaser and Neutralizer. This is an excellent product to remove the thick and for concrete maintenance with an alkaline, high pH product. DE is also used to neutralize low pH products, like our F9 Efflorescence and Calcium Remover (F9 Efflo). For maintenance accounts where want to make the concrete "Pop" and keep them looking cleaner longer, use our low pH cleaner F9 Groundskeeper. For those types of accounts you could pretreat the thick stuff with Double Eagle, clean the oils down to the surface of the concrete, rinse off the oils, then use your F9 Groundskeeper over everything and surface clean. Dwell time is only a couple minutes and it doesn't matter if you use hot or cold water. Most guys try both products and see what works best for them. Groundskeeper pulls out caustics in the surface and subsurface levels and brings the surface pH back down closer to neutral. The chemical reaction of GK makes the concrete more white and has more of a hydrophobic action when stained. If it does become stained the stains release easier than when they are repeatedly cleaned with high pH cleaners. The problem with high pH cleaners is that they build up in/on the concrete and pull more dirt/dust/sand and grime into the surface. Even after cleaning, the concrete can have a dingy look to it but using high ph cleaners is definitely necessary for topical oily buildup. So basically, treat thick oils with DE first and clean them off. Rinse and while wet put down 10:1 GK or recommended dilution. Dwell 5 min and surface clean. OR, For maintenance cleaning sidewalks like Chic-Fil-A’s, wet with water and go 10:1 with F9 GK. Dwell 5 min and surface clean.
  20. From Craig Harrison! This is why u don’t experiment with chemicals! Hydrochloric Acid Acid Q&A: Hydrochloric Acid Let me tell you a little story. There’s been some talk lately about some guys using regular cheap, inexpensive Hydrochloric Acid for calcium or efflorescence removal. HCL is also known as Muriatic or “pool acid”. This is a common ingredient in many cleaners, but just because a professional cleaner (like F9 Efflo) has HCL, doesn’t mean it’s the same HCL that is in Hydrochloric. F9 Efflo has buffers, inhibitors, wetting agents and surfactants. Thinking you can just dilute HCL down and make your own cleaner can KILL YOU. One whiff of pool acid can land you, your contractors or your customers in the hospital. Ask me, I know! I used to use this stuff 20 years ago and have seen just how destructive it can be. We have had customers get sick from walking 100’ away from where we were working. In the early 2000’s I also personally caught a solid whiff of a very common industrial brick cleaner that had HCL… and here’s what happened. Again, this is from ONE WHIFF. My throat felt itchy and my lungs felt dry. I was dry-heaving at night, experiencing extreme pain in my lungs, abdomen and throat. Couldn’t sleep, toss and turned all night. After on and off Dry-Heaving for 6 hours I had severe diarrhea and I started to have difficulty breathing. My body began to ache really bad so I laid down. I couldn’t get out of bed for the next 5 days. My body was hurting so bad I couldn’t move. One touch to my skin and I would scream in pain. It was EXTREME. I couldn’t move my neck and shoulders more than 1/4 “. I lost my voice for 3 days. It took about a week while the pain travelled down to my legs then back up to my neck and shoulders. After 2-3 weeks the final bit of pain went from my throat (after it went from my throat, to my lungs, to my feet and worked its way back up to my throat) to the back of my tongue. Then every day the pain would travel closer to the tip of my tongue, but I still couldn’t taste food. This must have been the last of the toxins finally making their way out of my body. The last few days of this experience (took about 30 days to recover) that the pain finally reached the tip of my tongue my eyeballs actually peeled a small thin layer of skin. Yes, actually peeled. I was blinking out some kind of thin eyeball skin. During this month of joy I lost 18 lbs. I couldn’t eat solid food for the entire month and it all-together took close to 6 months to fully recover. And this isn’t even the whole story.. just most of it. I would never ever want ANYONE to have to experience this. And I am not the only one to have experienced this. I have see other people with other companies experience the same things. Or worse. This is one of the main reasons I created safer products. It was either get out of the business or make something that my employees and I could work around. If you’re going to use HCL products for cleaning, especially Industrial Pool Acid, make SURE to wear a hazmat suit, proper PPE, glasses, gloves, boots, respirators, tape off and put up caution signs around the areas you are working. Also, leave using regular pool acid, aka “muriatic” off this page. I sure wouldn’t want you or someone working for you to get hurt . Use it if you like but know what your dealing with.
  21. When setting up your soft wash dedicated pump or downstream injector you may want to install bulk head fittings at the top and then a drop tube down into the tank. this allows you to draw from the top of the tank and not have bulk head footings at the bottom. The only bulk head fittings you want at the bottom are for water feeding the pressure washer.
  22. Whenever you have to install bulk head fittings in a tank, you always have to drill a hole using a hole saw. The plastic shavings will drop into the tank and if you don't vacuum them out them you could get them into your pump causing damage. Here's a little tip and trick for Keeping Plastic Shavings Out of Your tank.
  23. Here is a great resource for hard surface restoration cleaning. This is an awesome book to keep in your truck. Great reference for when you are cleaning rust stains, calcium, efflorescence and other inorganic stains requiring restoration work.
  24. Just wanted to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the site...please feel free to ask any questions in the appropriate forum and I'll help you as best I can. New members in the last couple weeks that joined us here... Southern Solution Extremely Clean Blue Palm Pressure XstreamProWash Grime Washers
  25. Welcome Ashley Jackson of Freeman Pressure Washing to the forum.
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