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Power Washing
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Power washing is a preferred cleaning method among many commercial and residential property owners. Power washing can be used to clean buildings, sidewalks, boulders, and most all brick, flagstone and concrete. It is used to remove calcium, paint, rust, grease, oil stains, tire marks, and most other debris from surfaces. Power washing can save the appearance and value of your home.

The amount of time it takes to perform a power wash depends on the size of the job. It also depends on who is performing the service. Power washing requires a certain level of experience and skill. Also, more specific jobs will require that special chemicals and solvents be used. It is important that the person operating the power wash system be familiar with these techniques. Hiring a professional will ensure that the job get done effectively and in a timely fashion.

For special circumstances and specific jobs, there are alternative blasting methods. Listed below are a few of these blasting methods, and descriptions of what they do and when they are to be used.

• Soda Blasting: Environmentally friendly, non-corrosive, non-hazardous, appropriate near food settings. Mild abrasive used for cleaning multi-layered surfaces to any level desired.

• Dry Ice Blasting: Non-toxic, appropriate near food settings, dries on impact, and uses no solvents. Offers a faster and more thorough cleaning compared to other methods. Dry Ice blasting also eliminates surface damages by being non-abrasive.

• Sand Blasting: Required for jobs that needs stripping and abrasion. Removes containments and conditions surfaces for subsequent finishing. Process can generate a number of wastes.

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