House Mix, Concrete Mix - What is popular with you all?

JRHernandez88

New member
Hey guys like I said in the introductions I am fairly new to the industry and am just getting to know about the different products out here. I was looking to see what are the mixes that work best for you all? I am going to change my chemicals on the next batch.

I am down streaming with a 3.5gpm 4000psi small hot-water pressure washer. All my jobs are residential at this point and require a lot of scrubbing. I was looking for something to clean the house better and with less brushing. I understand I'm still going to have to brush, I just wouldn't mind cutting down on it and letting the chemical do more of the work.

I've been using the house wash and concrete cleaner from northern tool and I must say there is really no difference and I would like to get into something stronger.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_351434_351434
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_612116_612116

So what do you recommend? As far as the houses do you use one mix and use it on siding, brick, stone, etc or do you use different mixes based on the application?

The concrete I'm sure you stick to one mix. What about the REALLY heavy oil spots. I have a driveway that has had oil on it for YEARS and YEARS and am looking to see what you would use to get it off. If anything the driveway cleaning just made the oil spots stand out! Thanks for looking.
 

pdmcali

New member
Most use Sodium Hydrochloride 12.5%(bleach) in their house wash. The monster wash you get from Northern Tools is mostly soap so just try adding some bleach to it and you get better results. In the future find a supplier like Southside Equip, The Power Wash Store, Pressure Tek, Sunbrite Supply, PowerWash.com or any of the many others and order you soaps from them and they will tell you what to add and how to use it. Also look in the forums at the many post and after you shift thru the BS you will have a better idea. Hope this helps.
 

offdutyfireman

Active member
Most use Sodium Hydrochloride 12.5%(bleach) in their house wash. The monster wash you get from Northern Tools is mostly soap so just try adding some bleach to it and you get better results. In the future find a supplier like Southside Equip, The Power Wash Store, Pressure Tek, Sunbrite Supply, PowerWash.com or any of the many others and order you soaps from them and they will tell you what to add and how to use it. Also look in the forums at the many post and after you shift thru the BS you will have a better idea. Hope this helps.


Not Hydrochloride.
 

palm beach

New member
Hydro:) oil spot for years. .good luck cant do much about neglect. Strong butyl/metasilicate type cleaner scrub it crank up heat...cut flow oat ball valve..let the dry steam come out then open the ball valve up and hit the spot. Good luck someone posted a video on here about soaking it in gasoline and burning it...lol. when the shadows still there sell them a solid color concrete stain and make some good money.
 

JRHernandez88

New member
From researching i've come up with down-streaming these mixes

house wash

2-3 gallons of bleach 12.5% (is this regular bleach you can find at local stores)
2-3 gallons of water (depending on how strong)
quart of detergent (what kind is best?)

Will this work for any application? Brick, Stone, Siding, Painted Wood?
Will it damage anything? (besides landscaping)

Concrete Mix
50% degreaser (what kind works best?)
50% water

Is it better to apply the mixes with hot water?

I will be rinsing with a 40 or 25 degree tip and hot water

I saw this from Cooper on another thread just seeing what you guys think.

Sorry if im asking so many questions but im just trying to learn as much as I can from you guys who have BEEN doing this for a living so that I can do it the right way. Thanks in advance.
 

Cooper

New member
The 12% will come from a commercial chemical supplier or lot of times, your local pool supply store will sell it by the gallon as pool shock
 

Cooper

New member
As far as damaging stuff, look at what you are cleaning. If the paint is very oxidized, some is for sure gonna come off. Make sure the customer is aware of things like this. Common sense will go a LONG way! Think and look things over good before you start and make customer aware of damage that is already there! And RINSE RINSE RINSE!

Extra rinsing will help keep windows from streaking, make sure soap residue doesn't damage anything, and will dilute you chemicals in the landscaping.
 

pdmcali

New member
JR you really should look into Doug Rucker Pressure Washing class. He will teach you all about Pwing and Roof Cleaning. It will shorten your learning curve greatly.
 

JRHernandez88

New member
The 12% will come from a commercial chemical supplier or lot of times, your local pool supply store will sell it by the gallon as pool shock
Appreciate all the info you have gaven me cooper thanks a bunch!
BT200 will help on stains.
will look into...
JR you really should look into Doug Rucker Pressure Washing class. He will teach you all about Pwing and Roof Cleaning. It will shorten your learning curve greatly.
Sounds interesting, any info?
 

JRHernandez88

New member
So is the pool shock or 12% we are talking about just a stronger form of bleach only sold at the pool stores? Just making Sure. I am going in a few minutes to look for it.
 

Pat Norman

New member
Where do you live? May be easier and cheaper to buy from a chemical supplier. Do a search for Brentag, or Univar in your area.

Pat Norman 663-316-7685
 

JRHernandez88

New member
PM Doug he is here on PWI.

Spoke with him today, he's a cool dude.

Newbie question... Do you need a pool cleaner license to buy this at pool supply places?

No, Just got some today.

Where do you live? May be easier and cheaper to buy from a chemical supplier. Do a search for Brentag, or Univar in your area.

Pat Norman 663-316-7685

San Antonio, TX. I tried Univar today and they said it was $2.50 a gallon for a 15 gallon barrel of 12.5%. They then said I would have to pick it up from Houston or pay a fuel surcharge of like $75.

I found 10% for 3.75 a gallon at my local pool supply store. It was the best i found around town so I guess this will do for now. I'm going to mix up a batch and do my cousins house tomorrow. I'm going to try this mix tomorrow

2 gallons - 10%
2 gallon - water
soap

if it's too weak i'll just add another gallon of bleach.

can i also use this on decks and fences?
 

Doug Rucker

Roundtable Host 2009
JR. Call Pool Sure in your area. They will set you up and deliver to you. If you need help or a contact name let me know.
 
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