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03-30-2020 03:24 PM
TucsonPressureWash No, he shouldn't have killed all your plants. The guy is a hack.
12-19-2019 11:43 AM
CareForStone Sorry to hear about your negative experience with the cleaning of your surfaces. I cannot answer your question about whether bleach is a standard product. However, I can tell you that there are products designed for cleaning surfaces like:
  • Concrete
  • Cement
  • Pavers
  • Patios
  • Flagstone
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Limestone
  • And More

that are biodegradable. Additionally, sealing the surface after cleaning it can make the cleaning easier and reduce the effort needed to get the surface clean the next time.
09-28-2019 08:34 AM
LRiosDenver That bleach mixture is called softwash.. Which should be completely harmless but it sounds like your guy was an amateur and didn't dilute the solution enough..
09-27-2019 05:54 PM
Spray Wash Unfortunately bleach is the most overused and mis-used agent in the industry. While a great many companies use bleach, they also understand the proper way to use it. It certainly can be very hazardous to landscaping if not used properly. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to vet and check out your cleaning company you choose. These homeowners who hire dirt cheap “Chuck in a truck guys” Sometimes get amazed at how much a cheap job can wind up costing. And yes our particular company uses “bleach” every single day. It’s not necessarily what is being used, but much important WHO is using it!
07-30-2019 05:03 AM
johndisuzabiz
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My landlady just hired a pressure washer to clean the outside of her buildings and the sidewalks. The man used a strong chlorine bleach solution and killed almost ALL of my flowering plants. Is this NORMAL in your business? Do you routinely use bleach?? I find it quite disturbing, and will be quite expensive (money I dont have) to replace all the plants this company killed. I( know I will get straight answers here. Thank you!

It was really sad!!
05-14-2019 02:28 PM
SofiaPallertown Thanks! please let me know of replies
05-14-2019 02:28 PM
SofiaPallertown Also, please try to keep them on the cheap side, I don't want to spent too much money
05-14-2019 02:27 PM
SofiaPallertown I'm loooking for some pressure washers, but I don't know where to look
05-14-2019 02:27 PM
SofiaPallertown Hello, what are some of the best products you guys recommend?
08-15-2018 10:04 AM
Bradfish
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My landlady just hired a pressure washer to clean the outside of her buildings and the sidewalks. The man used a strong chlorine bleach solution and killed almost ALL of my flowering plants. Is this NORMAL in your business? Do you routinely use bleach?? I find it quite disturbing, and will be quite expensive (money I dont have) to replace all the plants this company killed. I( know I will get straight answers here. Thank you!
Did you ever get this solved?

I woulda had filed a complaint with the company and at least got your plants paid for.
08-14-2018 02:29 AM
Cleanupcrew Buy the best gear you can afford to separate yourself from the handyman.
Read softwash and pressure cleaning forums. Don't believe half of it. lol
Start little but put your hand up for larger commercial jobs if you have backup.
Introducing the correct chemicals (downstream)at the handpiece saves so much time and gives a better result.
Hope that helps.
Pete
08-13-2018 09:16 PM
Peter123 I'm also interested in starting a pressure washing company. Any advice for how to get started?
06-20-2018 05:42 PM
missannienow That is why my being an RN of many years helps me do my work. These are things the average non-medical person does not know or think about.

I used to poo-poo people who used those hand wipes and cart wipes in grocery stores. Well, now I use them religiously. Why? Because two years ago, I came down with a mild case of "community acquired" pneumonia. "Walking pneumonia" is what many call it. I was not terribly sick but I did feel weak, tired and was coughing too much. An Xray showed I had a small pneumonia and antibiotics cured it fairly quickly. Now, I always use those hand/cart wipes.

We all learn new things. If we open our minds, anyway.
06-20-2018 08:02 AM
ColemanA
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Originally Posted by missannienow View Post
I should have been more clear. ALL of us cleaning people, whatever your specialty is, should work safely and carefully. Few of us can afford the kind of insurance to pay huge medical bills if we get hurt on the job!

One thing to think about is this: Not all damage to your body SHOWS on the outside or FEELS on the inside - until perhaps it is too late. Using many chemicals without proper safety precautions can hurt you, and it could happen suddenly, or over a long time. Not much different from smoking cigarettes or cigars, or drinking too much, I guess. Getting many chemicals on your skin can burn you or damage your skin. Breathing in many chemicals can sort of "burn" your lungs, much as smoke does. Not wearing gloves consistently is a big factor. Now, I admit I HATE wearing gloves!!! Why? Because my hands sweat more when I wear them, and all that salty water ends up causing cracks in my finger skins around the nails. But I DO wear gloves, because the alternative is dangerous. We cleaning people deal with bacteria and viruses on all surfaces daily! I keep hand lotion made for problem skin in my car and on breaks I use it, after drying my sweaty hands.
Thanks for the info. I don't know why but I never thought of it that way, all the viruses and such.
06-19-2018 03:59 PM
missannienow I should have been more clear. ALL of us cleaning people, whatever your specialty is, should work safely and carefully. Few of us can afford the kind of insurance to pay huge medical bills if we get hurt on the job!

One thing to think about is this: Not all damage to your body SHOWS on the outside or FEELS on the inside - until perhaps it is too late. Using many chemicals without proper safety precautions can hurt you, and it could happen suddenly, or over a long time. Not much different from smoking cigarettes or cigars, or drinking too much, I guess. Getting many chemicals on your skin can burn you or damage your skin. Breathing in many chemicals can sort of "burn" your lungs, much as smoke does. Not wearing gloves consistently is a big factor. Now, I admit I HATE wearing gloves!!! Why? Because my hands sweat more when I wear them, and all that salty water ends up causing cracks in my finger skins around the nails. But I DO wear gloves, because the alternative is dangerous. We cleaning people deal with bacteria and viruses on all surfaces daily! I keep hand lotion made for problem skin in my car and on breaks I use it, after drying my sweaty hands.
06-19-2018 08:01 AM
ColemanA
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Originally Posted by missannienow View Post
My landlady refused to give me the name of the gy who did this. Nor did she offer to reimburse me. Its a done problem anyway - after a lot of rinsing and watering, pretty much everything survived. I had to replace maybe 3 plants.

I think it is just a learning lesson for all pressure washing people. Try not to hurt things on the property! Do not use too strong a bleach mix. Be CAREFUL how you do things! And - work safely. Breathing in bleach fumes is not good for your lungs, your heart or any other part of you.
Good advice. One thing everyone needs to do is practice safety.
06-18-2018 04:36 PM
missannienow My landlady refused to give me the name of the gy who did this. Nor did she offer to reimburse me. Its a done problem anyway - after a lot of rinsing and watering, pretty much everything survived. I had to replace maybe 3 plants.

I think it is just a learning lesson for all pressure washing people. Try not to hurt things on the property! Do not use too strong a bleach mix. Be CAREFUL how you do things! And - work safely. Breathing in bleach fumes is not good for your lungs, your heart or any other part of you.
06-18-2018 08:19 AM
ColemanA Howdy, I would get the contact information of the company that killed your plants and ask them to pay for the damage. As a pressure washer, I have killed plants before and have always replaced them.
05-17-2018 05:02 PM
missannienow I am not a pressure washer. I am a customer of one who did a whole lot of damage to my beautiful garden, using way too much bleach.
05-17-2018 04:47 PM
Cleanupcrew
soft wash

It's a different setup at lower pressure that you can mix it chemicals at higher rates. Different pumps and tanks than pressure washing. It's great of softer things and does a good job but you have to remember that the chems are stronger.
You can also 'downstream' that will introduce chems into your pressure lines but it is hard to get a setup that introduces high concentrations. This uses a venturi and has to run at lower nozzle pressure than standard pressure washing. Hope that helps.
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