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New to power washing

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Loyds Lawn Service, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Loyds Lawn Service

    Loyds Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Hello all.

    I have a question. I cut at a service station every week, now they have asked me to power wash the drive way. I have no idea what to charge, how often to wash and what chemicals to use to clean with. I have a Troy Built 3000psi and 2.7 gpm washer, is this good enough to start the job and later up grade ?
  2. hess

    hess LawnSite Member
    Posts: 208

    I did my frist house washing and drive way cleaning a few day's ago and the owner was very happy and wounder why i don't do this more offten well didn't know if it would take off any way i used a Craftsman 6.75 with 2,500 PSI AND 2.2 gpm it worked great i charged him .15 square foot. This is my frist but i think it should of been more but just learning this biz.
  3. deapee

    deapee LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Posts: 25

    For commercial, you should think about bidding from $.08 to $.15 per square foot depending how big the area is...the bigger, the more the discount. Also, think about how long it's been since it's been cleaned. And if you're getting a contract to clean every 4 months or so, think more like $.08...if it's a one-time thing, think towards the higher end of the scale.
  4. ajnnadeau

    ajnnadeau LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Good advice. On one-time deals you want to charge more. It you think it is going to be repeat business stay competitive and come in a little lower to retain that business.
  5. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    The machine is under sized to do commercial work and it lacks hot water capability.Cold water machines are fine for residential work,but on grease and oil hot water is a must.
    EPA compliance is important on commercial properties as well.No wash water down the storm drain.Which translates to reclaim or transferring water to an area to pind and evaporate or pumping it to a grassy area for bioremediation.
  6. Sierra Landscaping

    Sierra Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Hey Scott,

    Good seeing you over here giving solid advice. I just joined under our Sierra Landscaping biz.....good seeing ya!!!
  7. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88


    Good to see you here buddy.

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    Another Water sprayer.... Welcome Carlos to another forum... Our Favorites files are filled with these sites.
  9. Sierra Landscaping

    Sierra Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14


    Good seeing you man. I stumbled on this site completely by accident. I like what I see here....good information all the way around!!

    Hope things are well for you and again good seeing ya!

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