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Old 11-05-2008, 10:05 AM
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What is the best multi purpose cleaner

I am looking for a multi-purpose cleaner or mix for siding, brick, concrete and wood. What do you guys suggest? I would like something that is strong enough to clean second floor residential home without climbing.
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Old 11-06-2008, 01:57 AM
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call bob at pressure tek and tell him DJ sent ya

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Old 11-17-2008, 09:16 AM
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Pressure washer specific detergents are good, but IMO just cost too much. For years I've been using a mix that is cheap, very effective and won't harm plants, your machine, etc. I mix 1 pint of Simple Green, 1 pint of Clorox Outdoor Bleach and 3/4 gallon of water. The Simple Green leaves a nice smell behind and allows the mixture to cling to the surface. The bleach does most of the cleaning and gets rid of mold and mildew. I run fresh water through my pump after each use and have never had any issues with this mix. Later!
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Old 11-17-2008, 11:15 AM
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Pressure washer specific detergents are good, but IMO just cost too much. For years I've been using a mix that is cheap, very effective and won't harm plants, your machine, etc. I mix 1 pint of Simple Green, 1 pint of Clorox Outdoor Bleach and 3/4 gallon of water. The Simple Green leaves a nice smell behind and allows the mixture to cling to the surface. The bleach does most of the cleaning and gets rid of mold and mildew. I run fresh water through my pump after each use and have never had any issues with this mix. Later!

My mix costs only about $2.30/gallon. Only use 4-5 gallons per typical house wash. Outdoor Clorox is much more expensive than that.

How long does it take you to wash a house with that mix? How much pressure are you using?
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:08 PM
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The Simple Green is around $9 per gallon and the Clorox Outdoor formula is maybe $3 per gallon and a half. The way I mix it I can do our entire home (2,400 sq. ft.) front porch, walkway and back deck with the $12 spent on those 2 chemicals. I've tried other pressure washer specific cleaners that are ready mixed (at Lowe's and HD) and found they didn't work as good or nearly as fast as the mix I use. Have no idea how long it takes. I foam it on, let it sit 5 or so minutes and power off.

My average pressure/flow is 2700-3000psi/3gpm for the most part with 25-40 degree nozzles.
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:28 PM
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Lowes and Home Depot stuff doesn't work well.

Vinyl siding is best (safest) cleaned with low pressure (less than 100 psi) and good detergents.

We use 12% sodium hypochlorite and Simple cherry (has water softners to aide in rinse and less spotting of windows)

Typical 2 story homes cleaned in 45minutes to 1 hour and half. No ladders or extension poles.

Your soaps are right just in low stregnth forms and retail prices. Also method is not safe for vinyl. Where the weakness in chems is not working well, the high pressure is making up for. Not an issue on sturdier surfaces, just bad on vinyl where you don't want water intrusion.
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:32 PM
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I am going to try Chlorox,Jomax, soap and water.....I was told by a very good source that this works the best.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:18 PM
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I was told the wal-mart special $99 lawn mower and the electric weed eater was the best way to mow my yard. I'll keep doing it that way
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:46 PM
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I was told the wal-mart special $99 lawn mower and the electric weed eater was the best way to mow my yard. I'll keep doing it that way
Let 'em keep doing it the hard way. They obviously know how to pressure wash. Heck, I mean, they bought the best pressure washer that Lowe's had.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:18 AM
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Ya i mean who is this Mike cat? Like he knows anything about power washing . . .

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