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Hotsy Undercarriage Cleaner

When caring for your car, truck, or fleet, if your washing method is to wash only from the wheels up, you’re missing the most important area when it comes to preventative maintenance.

July 20th, 2012

Industrial Equipment Maintenance Jobs Available

Sometimes, when we come across come extra cash, it’s easy to think of the first thing that could bring you pleasure in exchange of those few bucks. Maybe, if it’s not such a small amount of money, bigger temptations come around -the the new biggest flat screen, or the loudest car stereo. The alternative to this, is to get a hold of an aid to get to the next level; that tool that will get you better gigs and ultimately, get a return with profits from your investment.

Being in the industrial equipment industry for many years. I can tell you that investing your money in a power washing trailer system will be one of the best decisions you can make.

This recommendation has a basis. Occupations involved in the general maintenance, installation, and repair can be very successful, and families who dedicate to them can live a stable economic situation.

According to federalgovernmentjobs.us, there are  ten contracts of Air Conditioning Equipment and Mechanic Jobs Available, Six in Industrial Equipment Mechanic Jobs, and four in Powered Support Systems  and Mechanic Jobs. In addition to government projects, the industry is a broad field, where contracts with fortune 500 companies are not unheard of.

We recently updated our website to make it easier for you to make a good decision. We invite you to browse around AZCleanEquip.com and configure the trailer system that’s right for you.

Select the features that you think you’ll need. If your unsure don’t hesitate to contact our representatives in Glendale Arizona.

May 14th, 2012

Tips for Power Washing

We have shared other posts with general knowledge on power washing, but thought that this recent article we found is a good quick read. If you have more questions on a specific power washing application, our staff is here to help. Call or stop by our 6,000 square foot facility located at:

2625 E. University Drive, Suite B, Phoenix, 85034.
Phone: 602 304-9988

If you are starting to spend more time outside or you are preparing to sell your home, you may start to notice the layer of grime on your home or decking. To save time and energy, power washing might be a good option. Matt McMillan of Greenfield, MA has worked in contracting and construction for over 25 years and offers up some helpful tips. McMillan suggested renting a power washer instead of buying. “You don’t usually use a power washer that many times a year,” he said. Most towns and cites have hardware stores that rent power washers.

Safety
McMillan emphasized the importance of safety when operating a power washer. “It may sound foolish, but wearing safety glasses is important,” he said. He also suggested wearing gloves and never using a power washer on a ladder of any size. McMillan told the story of a friend who recently got a hose caught in the ladder he was on while power washing his home. His friend fell from the ladder and is now a paraplegic. In 1995, a San-Francisco-area painting contractor impaled himself on his pressure washer wand when he fell off a ladder. “Wash everything from the ground. If you can’t do the job from the ground, hire a professional,” said McMillan.

What can and can’t you wash with a power washer?
McMillan said that most people just want to get the layer of grime off of their home or clean off mold and mildew. “You can also use a power washer to get off loose paint or clean out cobwebs that are stuck in places you can’t really brush out,” he said.

McMillan added that a power washer can be used to clean any exterior that is wood, vinyl, concrete, or asphalt. “But no windows or shrubbery,” he said. McMillan said that it’s important to understand how powerful a power washer is, and to be especially careful with wood. “With a fine-point nozzle (on a power washer), you can basically write your name in the wood with it,” he said.

Using a power washer
McMillan said that there are usually four different sizes of nozzles for power washers. He recommends that you experiment and “work your way up” to see which size nozzle would be best for the cleaning job you are doing. “For example, if you use too strong a water stream, you can really damage vinyl,” he said.

There are a number of detergents that can be added to the water for an easier cleaning job. McMillan said that in most cases a weak solution of bleach works just fine.

Types of power washers
There are two different ways to power a power washer. One type is fueled by natural gas, propane, kerosene, etc. The advantage to fuel-powered equipment is more mobility. The downside is that they are noisier and create fumes, so you need to take care to have enough ventilation where you are using the power washer.

The second type is an electric power washer. The pluses are less noise and no fumes. However, you need an outlet and you have less mobility.

Hot vs. cold water power washers
Cold water washers are good for simple dirt-cleaning projects on decks, porches, driveways, siding, etc.

Hot water washers are better if you are trying to clean off oils or any greasy/sticky material. Keep in mind, the water in a hot water power washer can heat up to 200 degrees.

General terms relating to power washers
GPM means gallons per minute, or how much water will flow over a period of time. The greater the flow rate, the faster the cleaning time.

PSI means pounds per square inch, or the amount of pressure created per square inch. Greater PSI means greater efficiency.

Do you have tips for power washing? Share them in the comments please!

Original Post in Nexworx.com

May 9th, 2012

Preparing Your Pressure Washer for Long-Term Storage

If you won’t be using your pressure washer again for at least a month, take a few steps to protect the pump and engine.

Protect the fuel system.

To prevent deposits from forming in the fuel system, add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank and run the engine for 2 minutes to circulate the stabilizer through the carburetor. If you don’t add a stabilizer, drain any remaining fuel into an approved container and then run the engine until it stops.

Protect from freezing.

Prevention is the best solution, never store your pressure washer in an area where the machine, wand or hoses can freeze. Freezing can cause permanent damage to your pressure washer. If you can’t store your pressure washer indoors in a dry, frost-free place and follow the instruction in the owner’s manual for protecting the pump from freeze damage.

Excerpt from: managemylife.com
http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/articles/authored/maintaining-and-troubleshooting-a-pressure-washer?sid=MMLxexpertxmerch

January 23rd, 2012

Safety and Operation Video

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December 21st, 2011

Tips to Choose Pressure Washers for Mobile Car Wash Applications

Almost all successful companies in the mobile car wash business invest wisely on pressure washers. These are one of the most powerful and most effective cleaning machines available on the market today for auto detailing. Normally, when someone buys a pressure washing machine, the focus is mainly on the cleaning efficiency and output power of the machine. The higher the output power, the better the machine is.

However, the same philosophy does not work for mobile car wash companies. Focusing on output power alone can cause many problems during the actual use of these machines. For a start, a high output power is not at all necessary for auto detailing. On the contrary, the output pressure level of pressure washing equipment should not exceed 1500 psi. A higher-pressure level can cause many problems, including damage to the exterior parts of the vehicle and peeling-off the body paint. These are very costly mistakes.

The following are some tips to choose pressure washers for mobile car wash tasks. These tips focus mainly on the mobility of the machine, flow rate, and output pressure level.

Mobility

Pressure washers are not often lightweight cleaning machines that you can pick up and move easily. That means you must choose specially made portable machines if you want to transport these machines relatively easily. There are two kinds of mobile pressure washers: wheel attached machines and truck-mountable machines. These machines are exactly what their names imply. Machines belonging to the first group have specially made wheels that enable the users to push these machines along on flat surfaces. Machines in the second group have special provisions that allow the users to mount them onto trucks or trailers.

Which of these machines are ideal for a mobile car wash business? There are no hard and fast answers for this question. It solely depends on the operator and the type of business being run. Mobile pressure washers from reputable suppliers often have machines capable of both. By removing the wheels, the machine can be mounted onto a truck or trailer.

Flow Rate

Flow rate is important for a mobile car detailing business when drainage or water consumption is an issue. A car pressure washer that uses excessive amounts of water can flood an area and create fines. This is certainly unacceptable for mobile auto detailers who travel to their clients’ homes and workplaces. For this reason, reputable suppliers offer pressure cleaners with low flow rates of 0.5 GPM.

The ideal machine for auto detailing should be equipped with low flow technology. Such machines have the capability of controlling the quantity of output without affecting its cleaning efficiency.

Output Power

As already mentioned, an ideal car pressure washer should have an output pressure level no higher than 1500 psi. Machines with higher-pressure levels could cause damage to the soft surfaces of automobiles. Machines with high-pressure levels may look attractive and the distributors may give irresistible offers, but the bottom line is that such machines are not suitable for a mobile car wash business.

Output power also reflects the maximum temperature of the machine. Pressure washers for car detailing should offer wet steam output to melt away grease, grime, dirt, bug residues, bird splatters, tree sap, and more. Top machines offer high steam temperatures up to 250°F, moderate pressure levels at or below 1500 psi for safe cleaning, and relatively low flow rates for maximum cleaning power without the messy cleanup.

Article Directory: ArticleSlash.net Lauren Zwiebel

Posted: March 22, 2011

April 11th, 2011

Ready for the holidays?

Relatives visiting for the holidays? An effective way to enhance the look of your house is a good power wash around it. From the driveway, to the back porch your house can look pristine in less than half a day.

And then lets deck the halls!

Click here to learn a few holiday decoration Tips for the outside of your house from Southern Living.

December 13th, 2010

An easy way to clean your blinds

Simplify your life power wash your blinds.

We sell and rent Pressure washers and more.

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Phone: 602 304-9988
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December 1st, 2010

Coil Cleaning Can Improve Your AC Unit’s Energy Efficiency by 30%

The best way to waste money this summer was letting the coil in our AC units in our homes, businesses, and cars get clogged with dust, pollen and pollution.

Many people don’t realize the importance of  keeping a clean unit. This results in unnecessarily high energy bills as well as discomfort. Why not have our appliances -specially one as important as our cooling systems-  work a their peak performance?  Needless to say, here in Az our AC units are a necessity.

Is important to remeber that Clean filters and coils are the most cost effective way to save energy. “Dirty coils can actually reduce the energy efficiency of a cooling system by 30 percent,” says the owner of RichAir.com an AC maintenance company in business since 1994.

One of the benefits of owning or renting a pressure washer is the amount of improvement jobs you can do for your property, coil cleaning is among these.

dirty-coil

Coil Cleaning, the important ingredients are: a Hotsy industrial degreaser and a Hotsy hot water pressure washer. You can then use almost any size or power of a HOT water pressure washer with a nozzle of 15 or 45 degrees.

The fact is that you probably only need about 1500 to 2000 psi with hot water and degreaser to remove the dust, pollen and pollution from the coil. Though a hose and a brush may do the job, a power washer will greatly reduce the time and effort.

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Make sure to disconnect your appliance before you begin working. Carefully open the unit and clean the debris around and inside the unit.

Carefully, and in the direction of the coils, spray from the inside out, and from top to bottom; Allowing for water to flow out as you go, to avoid flooding the inside of the unit.

The next step is to carefully apply the industrial degreaser, let sit, and spray again to remove the rest of the soil.

Note: Always read the safety precautions that come with you appliance. Turn off your units before cleaning or maintenance.

September 15th, 2010

A way to care for your Boat.

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You should use your pressure washer weekly and/or after each time you use the boat in order to counteract the harmful effects of oxidation, salt, bird droppings, and other pollutants that accumulate on the surface and in the water.

July 25th, 2010

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