Power Washer’s Guidebook

Building Your Business

Power Washer's Guidebook - 4th Revision - Cover image

Author: Various
Publisher: Advantage Publishing Company
Book: 6″ x 9″
Pages: 240
Price: $27.99

Written and reviewed by power washing professionals from across the nation*, The Power Washer’s Guidebook, acknowledges both the ‘science’ and ‘art’ of pressure washing. Covering over twenty five (25) different applications, it is a very comprehensive, as well as practical look at the more technical aspects of the profession. Each application is covered by a core of fundamental topics, including equipment needs, cleaning procedures, marketing techniques, and environmental concerns, naming a few. Together, this publication contains a wealth of information invaluable to the power washing professional.

“Power Washing entails much more than simply renting or purchasing a machine then finding something to clean. Power Washing is a science, incorporating physics, hydraulics and chemistry. It requires ample training to clean correctly and efficiently…one goal of the Power Washer’s Guidebook is to educate end users on proper cleaning methods as well as areas that require extra caution.”
–Allison L. McGraw -Editor

* Each chapter of this book was written by or with the help or pressure washing manufactures, distributors, and contract cleaners from around the nation. Many chapters were then reviewed and revised by other industry professionals in order to help give a well-rounded view of the market.

Table of Contents

The Pressure Washer Industry, An Introduction
Introduction to Detergents, Environmental Concerns, A Powerwasher’s Safety Checklist, Estimating ABCs
The Business of Being in Business
Small Business Basics, Liability Insurance for Contractors, The Internet
Abrasive Waterjetting
Understanding the Market, Finding Customers, Choosing the Abrasive, Water Soluble Abrasives, Blasting Techniques, Using Rust Inhibitors, Environmental Concerns
Agricultural Applications
Choosing Equipment, Chemical or Specialty Items, Finding Customers, Understanding the Market, General Cleaning Techniques, Environmental Issues
Airport Applications
Choosing Your Equipment, Applications, Marketing Your Services, General Cleaning Techniques, Environmental Concerns
Auto Detailing
Understanding the Market, Marketing Your Services, Direct Mail and Flyers, Your Choices, Equipment & Setup, Chemicals, How to Detail, Extra Services, Summary
Awning Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Marketing Your Services, Choosing Your Equipment, Cleaning Procedures, Environmental Concerns
Blind Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Cleaning Procedures, Pressure Washing vs. Ultrasonics, Environmental Concerns
Brick Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Equipment & Setup
Exhaust Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Finding Customers, Equipment & Setup, General Cleaning Procedures, Environmental Concerns
Flat Surface Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Some General Specifications, General Cleaning Techniques, More Basic Techniques, Environmental Concerns
Graffiti Removal
Understanding Your Market, Removing Graffiti, Graffiti Abatement
Grain Elevators
Understanding Your Market, Getting Started, Cleaning Techniques, Environmental Concerns
High Rise Rigging
Understanding High Rise Access, High Rise Building Applications, Choosing the Right Staging
Historic Restoration
To Clean or Not to Clean?, What is Being Cleaned?, Choosing Cleaning Products, Pressure and Test Patches, Cleaning Techniques, Publications and Sources, Statewide Historic Preservation Organizations
House Washing
Marketing Your Services, Answering the Homeowner’s Questions, Job Estimating, Understanding the Painted Surface, Washing Procedures, Some Common Problems and Solutions, Environmental Concerns
Understanding the Problem, The Hydrodemolition Solution, The Hydrodemolition System
Manufacturing Facilities
Understanding the Market, Getting Started, General Applications, Safety, Environmental Concerns
Marine Trade Industry Applications
Understanding Your Market, Military Applications, Civilian Craft, Selecting Equipment, Marketing Your Services, Peripheral Industries, Environmental Concerns, Summary
Paint and Coatings Removal
Understanding the Market, Getting Started, Setting Up the Job, Choosing the Right Removal Method
Sewer Jetting
Understanding Your Market, Marketing Your Services, Equipment, Cleaning Procedures, Pricing the Jobs, Cleaning Techniques, Cleaning Septic Tanks
Shopping Malls
Understanding Your Market, Quality vs. Price, Selecting Equipment, Some General Techniques, Environmental Concerns
Tank Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Cleaning Methods, Fixed Tank Cleaning, Automated Tank Cleaning Systems, Tank Cleaning System Categories, Applying Automated Tank Cleaning Systems, Appendix A
Truck Washing
Understanding Your Market, Equipment and Setup, Cleaning Techniques, Some General Procedures, Environmental Concerns
Window Cleaning
Understanding Your Market, Route Work, Marketing Your Services, Squeegee Tips, Cleaning Procedures, Hard to Reach Windows, Safety Concerns
Wooden Decks and Roofs
Understanding Your Market, Wood vs. the Elements, Marketing Your Services, Selecting Your Equipment, Wood Discoloration Factors, Cleaning Procedures, Tips for Working on Siding, Pricing the Job, Environmental Concerns
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