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post #1 of Old 06-22-2016, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Detergent or No Detergent

We have many customers here in the Northwest that are very ecologically sensitive. As a result, most of our pressure washing of siding is done with water only. Has anybody found a cleaning solution that is totally eco friendly, actually does better than water alone, and has been able to convince consumers that it is good to use?

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post #2 of Old 06-23-2016, 10:17 AM
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Typically you want to use a product with a detergent only on hard surfaces. Detergent in porous surfaces can build up and attract dirt if it's not lifted. In this situation you're washing a hard surface so you're fine. Are you using regular pressurized water? If so you might try a deionizing system so you're using pure water, I've found that this is very effective on windows and is eco friendly!

To directly answer your question about how to eco friendly wash siding I actually came across this article recently that you might find insightful (of course I can't post a link to anything because I need to have 20 posts to do so...). I don't have any experience in power washing siding, just in commercial window care.

The article suggested looking into simple green 18202, maybe someone else has used this before?
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Down here in Florida, I have little old ladies asking me if I am using bleach! They want me to. If you don't use beach and a surfactant, you are basically spreading around mold and algae. It starts to grow back the second you are done. I'd probably quit the business if I wan't allowed to use soap.

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post #4 of Old 01-30-2017, 09:24 PM
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Always go for no detergent wash to make the atmosphere more friendly. Eco carpet pro always uses eco-friendly services.
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Yes i would have to agree. We recommend not using detergents. We also use very safe deck stain for our customers. There are so many harmful chemicals in detergent and deck stain.
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Gain dish soap is pretty eco friendly. Havenít had any issues yet. Used it thousands of times.

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Down here in Florida, I have little old ladies asking me if I am using bleach! They want me to. If you don't use beach and a surfactant, you are basically spreading around mold and algae. It starts to grow back the second you are done. I'd probably quit the business if I wan't allowed to use soap.
LOL! I, too am in Florida (I do basic house cleaning only-). Many of my Little Old Ladies prefer me to wash their floors using bleach. I will not do this, and if they insist, we part ways. It is not safe or healthy for anyone, much less a LOL to breathe in bleach fumes. Plus it can hurt many floor finishes. I explain to them that an H2O2 cleaner will do the same job but do it safely. If they dont believe me, well, it is then good bye.
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You can use a chemical rated mask when cleaning with bleach or SH. We pick ours up at Loweís.

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