Power Washing and Roof Cleaning Forum

Welcome to the National Soft Wash Alliance, America's Number One Networking and Training Forum. Join Today, Donations to keep the forum going are accepted, Bottom of the Home Page
Members Login
Post Info TOPIC: Advice on getting started softwashing


Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Advice on getting started softwashing
Permalink  
 


Hi guys, I've a cleaning business in Ireland since 2010, looking to getting into soft-washing now. I'm going to buy an M5-xjet. I have two 14 lpm petrol washers and i also have 2 12 volt reach and wash systems for window cleaning, so im thinking 1 of the reach and wash systems will do for where the x-jet will be too messy. I'm also thinking of trading in one of my 14 lmp washers for a 21 lpm and buy a surface cleaner with it for washing tarmac and concrete etc, or will the softwashing with a 14 lpm be adequate for all aspects of exterior cleaning?



__________________
Darragh Spooner


Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 5259
Date:
Permalink  
 

Welcome


__________________

            clean rite logo (3).jpg

                          Suffolk County Long Island New York

                     Power Washing and Roof Cleaning Long Island

                                          Clean Rite Blog

 

 

 

                  

                    

              

 



Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 3094
Date:
Permalink  
 

Welcome Darragh. I have to do some conversions to see what you have since all of our stuff is gpm. Defiantly get a surface cleaner.



__________________

 

 

Brett Thompson

Blue Ridge Exterior Cleaning

BlueRidgeExteriorCleaning.com

434-466-1324    540-949-6277

brett@BlueRidgeExteriorCleaning.com



Veteran Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 64
Date:
Permalink  
 

Hi Darragh , you can learn a lot from reading old threads on hear. You kind of stumped me for a minute with all those European terms. To help you out with conversion so people on hear know what you have.
14 lpm -- 3.69 gpm
21 lpm -- 5.54 gpm
I have never used an x jet I am sure some on hear could advise you on that. The SH will probably ruin your reach and wash system. If you have the option I would set up another 12 v system for SH or down stream. If it was me I would rather have a 21 lpm patrol washer vs 14, More Lpm, faster cleaning. Just be careful on tarmac, you can cause damage. Surface cleaner is a must. Hope this help, Best advise tho is READ READ READ.



-- Edited by PowerShine Property Services on Sunday 5th of March 2017 11:35:42 PM

__________________

Steve Reed

PowerShine Property Services

Naples, Bonita Springs FL

 

239-826-3344

Visit us on Facebook



Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 3094
Date:
Permalink  
 

Here is some stuff that might help you figure it out. A 5.5 gpm machine is about as small as you want to go. If you can afford it get hot water. You will need it sooner than you think. I'm not crazy about X-jet. I prefer this when down streaming. Twist nozzle

https://youtu.be/y8EWa0-9_g0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAbGHKnshbg



__________________

 

 

Brett Thompson

Blue Ridge Exterior Cleaning

BlueRidgeExteriorCleaning.com

434-466-1324    540-949-6277

brett@BlueRidgeExteriorCleaning.com



Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Permalink  
 

Hi Steve,

Thank you for the advice, I appreciate it! I'll definitely go for a 5.5 g p m/21 l p m machine and surface cleaner when I think i can afford it. I could imagine what a 21 l pm could do to tarmac, a 14 l p m with a turbo nozzle can do a job on it also on old tarmac...



__________________
Darragh Spooner


Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Permalink  
 

Hey Brett, thanks a million for the advice, your the second guy to swear by the surface cleaner and I'll have to get the 5.5 g p m machine, they must save on man labour costs quite a bit! Would you believe I ordered the M5 xjet before I seen your reply. Anyway how can you get say a 3:1 sh dilution rate with a non xjet chemical injector, i thought they could only get up to 10:1!



__________________
Darragh Spooner


Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Permalink  
 

Sorry Brett, you answered my question about chemical injection with the 2nd you tube video...blankstare thanks again



__________________
Darragh Spooner


Veteran Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 64
Date:
Permalink  
 

What are you using it for? Meaning houses, roofs, etcetera...



-- Edited by PowerShine Property Services on Tuesday 7th of March 2017 08:54:14 PM

__________________

Steve Reed

PowerShine Property Services

Naples, Bonita Springs FL

 

239-826-3344

Visit us on Facebook



Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Permalink  
 

Hey Steve, the m5-xjet? To softwash houses, roofs, high buildings.. I don't see where to get a hi-draw chemical injector around ireland or england and its hard to get stuff from the us..



__________________
Darragh Spooner


Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 882
Date:
Permalink  
 

I don't think you'll be able to xjet a roof. Maybe a metal roof. For roof cleaning you need a dedicated pump where you can mix stronger chemical. 35-40% SH...and you won't be able to get that concentration with the X-jet. I know a lot of guys who use them for house washing though.

__________________
ss-logo2.png

Bryan Parris
Shine System
ShineSystem.net
Facebook.com/ShineSystemTN
Knoxville, TN
(865) 643-4227



Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 6
Date:
Permalink  
 

hey Bryan, thats good to know, ill sell one of my non chem resistant 3.5 gpm washers to buy a chem res washer when I can afford it, although the guy selling me the x jet said I can put on a 4 per cent pure sh mix twice on roof and tgat should work with the x jet.. the chemical res washer sounds good, do they really withstand SH for a long time..

__________________
Darragh Spooner


PWS Vender

Status: Offline
Posts: 1817
Date:
Permalink  
 

Buy a 8 gl not much more money.

__________________

Eric Seitz

Liberty SoftWash

(717) 324-4208

Roof Cleaner near York PA

Pressure Washer PA

Power Washing Equipment



Approved Exterior Cleaner

Status: Offline
Posts: 882
Date:
Permalink  
 

Spooner Cleaning Services Ltd wrote:

hey Bryan, thats good to know, ill sell one of my non chem resistant 3.5 gpm washers to buy a chem res washer when I can afford it, although the guy selling me the x jet said I can put on a 4 per cent pure sh mix twice on roof and tgat should work with the x jet.. the chemical res washer sounds good, do they really withstand SH for a long time..


 I didn't know an x-jet could mix 40%, but I've never used one. You don't want a pressure washer for roofs (chemical resistant or not).  You need a dedicated pump separate from your pressure washer. Mine are 12 volt and I use the pressure washer for downstream chemical injection when I need to...but only for houses, not for roofs. I've almost decided to add an electric booster pump so that will mean I'll use the pressure washer even less.



__________________
ss-logo2.png

Bryan Parris
Shine System
ShineSystem.net
Facebook.com/ShineSystemTN
Knoxville, TN
(865) 643-4227

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.

Tweet this page Post to Digg Post to Del.icio.us
Chatbox
Please log in to join the chat!