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softwashing aluminum siding

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by clay duncan, May 18, 2014.

  1. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
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    any advice on a bleach mixture to softwash a white aluminum house? .......I normally mix 5 gallons 12.5% bleach in a 55 gallon tank with great results but I am not sure about the aluminum.....Clay
     
  2. Lyon

    Lyon LawnSite Member
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    I've had great results using Jomax and bleach read the container and don't start in the front .....TC
     
  3. StraitShot

    StraitShot LawnSite Member
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    2-3 gal 12.5 in a 5er. I use roof snot for a sufficient and cherry bomb to mask the smell. Be very careful of oxidation. I dont think I can post pictures yet but my website and fb page have a few pictures of aluminum homes I have done with heavy algae.
     
  4. StraitShot

    StraitShot LawnSite Member
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    Surfactant not sufficient*
     
  5. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    You're talking about down streaming it. He said softwash

    I hate aluminum siding. We use normal mix or a little lighter
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  6. StraitShot

    StraitShot LawnSite Member
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    opps, for some reason I was just thinking washing aluminum siding in general not soft washing. Regardless, check for oxidation, then start with a mix that is a little weaker than normal.
     
  7. StraitShot

    StraitShot LawnSite Member
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    I would say about 1 in 4 houses we do are aluminum, I hate it too!
     
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Should probably point out how to check lol

    Is siding is chalky or when you rub your fingers on it and you get dust it can be a real pita
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  9. socalkol

    socalkol LawnSite Member
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    Soft wash is a vague term... Is he using softwash systems equipment? Is he using a 12v pump? Is he using a PW with tips that lower the PSI so that people generally refer to it as softwashing? I would have given the same response as Wade with the vagueness of the question.
     
  10. clay duncan

    clay duncan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    I did not realize softwash is a vague term.....im using a 12v twin pump SOFTWASH system!......wondering what would be a somewhat safe mix to clean a white aluminum sided house. I normally mix 5 gallons 12.5% bleach and one quart greenwash in a 55 gallon tank. im thinking I need to use less bleach and am hoping someone has an idea of a mix that will work out for me.......Clay
     

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