Choosing a Pressure Washing Contractor

Not All Pressure Washing Companies Are The Same

This same cliche expression has been said regarding just about every industry under the sun, but it needs saying again. Especially in the case of pressure washing contractors, because they’re “not all the same”. Some specialize in commercial work, some in residential, some do both. Many run of the mill companies are started by people with little experience, training, or industry knowledge. Some companies are merely the average “handyman” with a homeowner grade machine from the local home store.

Unfortunately, anyone can buy a pressure washer and start up a business calling themselves a (ahem) “pressure washing company“. Most of these start ups fail within the first year or two due to pricing that is unrealistic, and/or the inability to provide the kind of service customers really need. Many are using the wrong kinds of cleaners and methods that cause damage, often unseen, to the properties they are cleaning. The only benefit to the customer is that they get a cheap price, and they have a shot in the dark at getting what they wanted clean.

What Constitutes A Professional Company

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A professional company you can count on for guaranteed premium results and unmatched service.

As stated above, just about anyone can buy a machine, form a business or DBA (doing business as) and become a “pressure washing company”. That doesn’t mean that everyone should! In Florida, pressure washing companies are a dime a dozen. There are literally hundreds to choose from, with more popping up every day. In my own neighborhood, two neighbors have put shoddy homeowner grade equipment on a trailer, and tried to start a business in just the last year.

Many people think that experience isn’t needed just to blast stuff with water, and if you’re not careful, that’s exactly what you’ll get. When it comes to pressure washing companies in the Jacksonville, Florida area, there are no licensing requirements. All one needs is a legal business registered with the state, proof of paid local business tax, and insurance. Unfortunately, many of the $99 house wash $75 driveway start up guys don’t even have this. To top it off, most of them don’t have any real experience cleaning, but hey, they’re cheap and they can spray water!

A professional pressure washing contractor is going to have all of these things. In the case of Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC, we are a properly documented Limited Liability Company, we pay our local business tax, and we have great insurance. Not only do we have a $1 MILLION (per occurrence) general liability insurance policy, we also have exactly the right kind of coverage needed.

Our policy has blanket coverage for our customers, as well as having a very important “care and custody” clause. This clause ensures that not only is our company properly covered, but the actual property that we’re working on is covered as well. Most general liability policies don’t have this coverage, so be careful who you deal with. If something goes wrong, often the thing that the contractor is actually working on (your home or commercial building) is not covered by the policy! This means that if something does happen to your property, you could be left out in the cold. The last thing you want is to struggle to squeeze blood from a turnip, trying to repair your damaged home chasing a fly by night “contractor” for the money.

Professional Industry Knowledge

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Having the right equipment ensures a good professional cleaning, with consistent results customers can rely on.

On top of having all of the right things to legally operate a business, you want to make sure whoever you hire has the equipment and expertise to quickly and efficiently clean your property. You should expect that they can get the right kind of results, and a knowledgeable pressure washing contractor should be able to explain their processes as well as what to expect for an end result.

Not every kind of stain can be removed, and not every kind of surface can be cleaned. Many tough stains can be removed with the proper detergents and specialty cleaners. For instance, Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC offers premium rust removal services using a high quality, specially designed, contractor grade product. Many rust stains can be removed using cheaper products, but they are often dangerous to use, and can cause unwanted damage when used improperly.

One of the things that sets our company apart from others is the fact that we are networked with hundreds of other industry leading professionals, suppliers, manufacturers, and companies. We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the latest cleaners, detergents, processes, and knowledge as our industry evolves.

Safe, Effective Processes

Hiring a professional power washing contractor means you should be able to expect safe, effective cleaning, with guaranteed results. Anyone calling themselves a professional should be using low pressure washing methods almost exclusively. Only a few types of cleaning require high pressure anymore. Knowing when to judiciously use pressure to clean surfaces, as well as what surfaces can tolerate it, and which ones can’t comes with time and experience.

Long gone are the days of high pressure blasting away at dirt and grime. With our advanced methods, cutting edge cleaners, knowledge of surfaces and their proper maintenance, we are able to offer low pressure cleaning on almost anything. In some cases pressure is necessary to achieve the best results, but on exterior surfaces of most homes, high pressure is the last thing you want.

High pressure cleaning forces water into places it should never be like attic insulation, under siding, etc. It can blow out window seals, tear screens, damage paint, blow chunks of stucco right off of your walls, and more. With a company like Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC, our processes are refined from years of experience, training, and education.

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Cleaning two story houses from the ground, using low pressure and advanced cleaners.

A professional contractor will use contractor grade detergents and cleaners designed specifically for the task. They won’t be using dish soap and cleaners from the dollar store that are meant for your kitchen or bathroom. A big part of professional cleaning is using the right product for the job. The right cleaners will allow the use of lower pressure, and do a better job of leaving your home looking nice. The wrong cleaners can dull paint, etch glass, and cause other issues you don’t want.

We’ve already been there with the high pressure blasting. We know the wrong way to do things, because we did them years ago when that’s just the way things were done. We don’t need to practice on your home or business, and leave you hoping you’ll get it done right without damaging things in the process.

Honesty, Integrity, Guaranteed Pricing

How many other companies can say they know the right way, because they’ve had experience doing things wrong? There are many so-called contractors who are simply going about things the wrong way still today. Most of them are simply just uneducated and uninformed, even if they are experienced.

Recently someone unrelated to the industry boasted to me about “paying attention to every detail” so that they “never get anything wrong”, and how I would do the same if I wanted to be the best contractor. I thought long and hard about that statement, then I realized something.

This isn’t a perfect world, and nobody is perfect regardless how hard they try. As a contractor, I strive to pay close attention to even the most minor things. Often times I find myself spending extra time cleaning small details that most people probably wouldn’t notice, just so I never have a customer come behind me and say, “why did they miss ______”, whatever it may be.

When I sat and thought about it, I realized it is not the “perfect” person who thinks they can do no wrong that anyone should hire. Personally, I wouldn’t hire that type of person either. Their ego may cloud their judgement on what they’re really producing. Instead, what one should look for in a contractor is someone who knows that mistakes and errors can happen, and has the integrity to be there to correct it when it does.

As a consummate professional, I don’t need someone to hold my feet to the fire to get things right.  I treat every customer’s home or business as if it were my own, and I have a vested personal stake in the outcome of every job. I charge fair prices that are enough to ensure I have the time to provide my customers the best service they can get. This guarantees that we don’t cut corners and rush through jobs.

Think about it for yourself. Do you want the person who imagines everything will be perfect (in their mind) or the contractor who you can count on to do whatever it takes to make things right? Most reasonable people will always choose the latter, and choosing that doesn’t mean getting the lowest price.

Knowing Which Contractor is The Right One

  • Properly trained, uniformed staff.
  • Professional grade equipment and cleaners, as well as the knowledge to use them properly.
  • Understand your needs, and be quick to respond to your requests.
  • Proper licensing and insurance that actually protects your assets.
  • The ability to deliver on their promises, as well as knowing the limits of cleaning technology.
  • Readily available customer references.
  • Honesty, integrity and the resources to guarantee and stand behind their work.

When dealing with a pressure cleaning service business like Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC, you can rest assured you will get all of this and more. So don’t wait, head over to our contact form and get a free estimate for your job today!

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Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a great exterior cladding material. It has a nice uniform appearance, wears well over time, and is generally easier to maintain than many other types of siding. Unfortunately, just like every other kind of siding, mold and mildew build up over time, requiring frequent cleaning to keep vinyl looking it’s best.

When it comes time to clean your vinyl siding, there are some important things you should know. First things first, vinyl is durable to a point, but not bulletproof. The last thing you want to do is blast away at it with high pressure from a pressure washer. You especially don’t want to pay money to have someone else tear away at your siding using a pressure washer either. You also need to be careful which types of cleaners you use to clean your vinyl siding.

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Proper low pressure cleaning of vinyl siding can provide amazing results.

There are recommendations set forth by the Vinyl Siding Institute for proper cleaning of vinyl siding. If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to follow their recommendations here. You can find all types of different cleaners for pressure washing vinyl siding, so be sure you use the right ones. If you’re hiring a pressure washing company to clean vinyl siding, make sure they know and follow these recommendations.

A competent pressure washing company should know the right cleaners to use on your vinyl siding, and should never use high pressure. High pressure washing of vinyl siding forces water underneath the siding, which can cause very expensive unseen damage to your home. High pressure can also cause permanent scarring on the surface of your vinyl siding.

Over time, vinyl siding builds up an oxidized layer on it’s surface. Using high pressure to clean it will remove some of the oxidized layer, and leave permanent marks that can be extremely expensive to remove. In some cases, they may only be able to be blended with the rest of the surface, because complete removal is not always possible.

Understand that many of the cleaners recommended for cleaning vinyl siding can be dangerous to handle, and could cause damage if used improperly. Make sure to test a small area before applying any cleaning solutions to your vinyl, as some could cause serious discoloration or other damage to the surface. Also make sure you are using the proper dilution ratios for any vinyl siding cleaners you might attempt to use.

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Even the dirtiest, moldy vinyl siding can be restored to like new using our Ultrasoft Pressure Washing methods.

Cleaning the exterior of your home can be a time consuming task. Especially if you don’t have professional equipment, processes, and knowledge to get the job done quickly. Some homeowners take on the task of pressure washing their vinyl siding, only to find they’ve wasted an entire weekend and haven’t completed the job! If you decide to do it yourself, be sure to plan ahead. Make sure you know your equipment and what it’s capable of.

Our recommendation for pressure washing vinyl siding is to use ultra low pressure cleaning methods, with the right detergents to safely clean your vinyl siding. Hiring a professional who understands the ins and outs of proper vinyl siding cleaning will save you a lot of headaches. Choosing the wrong one could cause you many more. High pressure and improper methods can dislodge loose vinyl siding, scar the surface, force water into the wrong places, and cause very costly damage to your home. NOT ALL “professional” pressure washing companies are the same.

Using our Ultrasoft, ultra safe cleaning methods, we are able to safely clean vinyl siding for Jacksonville, Florida residents. Our processes use the right cleaners as recommended by vinyl siding manufacturers, with safe low pressure cleaning. With our professional equipment, we can quickly and efficiently clean your vinyl siding. We restore your curb appeal while you enjoy your free time. For a free vinyl siding pressure washing quote, contact us today.

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Proper Concrete Cleaning

A lot of people seem to think that it’s all the same. Hire this pressure washing company, or any other one, and you’ll get the same results. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case. When it comes to concrete pressure washing, there can be just as much difference as there is with pressure washing houses. It seems many people have become accustomed to cheap concrete cleaning services, and along with it, poor results.

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This is an example of improper driveway cleaning with the wrong equipment. Call Ultrasoft Pressure Washing for professional results.

Not every concrete cleaning company is the same, nor are their methods and results. The truth is, when hiring cleaning companies, construction contractors, or anyone for that matter you only have two choices. You can choose to hire someone who is cheap, or someone who is good. The two are not mutually exclusive, but they very rarely go hand in hand. This is the cold hard truth without any sugar coating.

Properly cleaning concrete requires the right mix of chemicals, professional equipment, experience, knowledge and attention to detail. These things don’t come easy, and aren’t something you’re going to get at discount rates. If you want something done properly, many times people think it means doing it yourself. In the case of concrete pressure cleaning and house washing, this hardly ever rings true.

Proper driveway pressure washing requires the right use of cleaners, equipment, and experience. Even some so called professionals do a poor job at driveway cleaning. Using too much pressure can cause permanent scars in your driveway’s surface. Same with sidewalk pressure washing. Too much pressure, the wrong cleaners, and people with little experience often do more harm than good.

Homeowner grade equipment is just simply inadequate when it comes to cleaning concrete properly. Many people find this out the hard way, by attempting to clean concrete on their own. This is often done using low grade “pressure washers” from their local home improvement store. When inadequate equipment is used improperly people get poor results. Many times, they cause permanent damage to the concrete by doing so.

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Check references, insurance, and ask to see photos of previous work before hiring a “professional” to do sub par driveway cleaning for you.

This can actually turn out exactly the same by hiring the contractor. Many untrained, unqualified practitioners buy expensive equipment, and try their hand at concrete cleaning, pressure washing, and other things they view as something anyone can do. The “handyman” types purchase the same low grade equipment as homeowners can get at the home store, then try their hand at it as well. Someone hires these guys, and terrible results ensue.

If you want your sidewalk and driveways pressure washed, hire someone who has experience, professional equipment, is up to date on the latest industry methods, and can provide real results. The simple solution is to called Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC for your concrete sidewalk and driveway cleaning today, and let us show you the difference a professional makes. See our photo gallery for concrete pressure washing to see for yourself what kind of results we guarantee.

 

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Take the PRESSURE Out of Pressure Washing

We’ve all seen or heard horror stories of “pressure washing”. Someone we know, or it might even be us, had their home “pressure washed” and something was damaged by high pressure. In some cases, you end up with streaks and marks all over your siding from the high pressure wand. Sometimes it might be vinyl that is blown off the side of the house, water forced into the attic through soffit vents, or even gouges in things as tough as your concrete driveway or patio.

Today high pressure cleaning is not necessary. Sure, there are applications for high pressure water blasting, but not when it comes to cleaning home exteriors. Many of the surfaces on the exterior of your home are simply not tough enough to take high pressure water shot directly at it. Even things like concrete block, brick, and stucco are not meant to be cleaned with high pressure. In the case of brick, the sand face of the bricks can be removed, leaving permanent damage. With stucco, whole chunks can be blown off the wall, or water forced into cracks. In the case of the latter, water forced deep into the substrate can cause major failure of stucco later.

This is the scariest thing about “pressure washing”. Much of the damage caused by high pressure cleaning won’t show it’s ugly head right away. It can takes months or years before the problems start showing up. Some other damage may be more readily apparent, such as blown window seals causing foggy windows, or torn window screens.

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This coquina home was gently renewed and saved from needing a costly repaint by our low pressure washing services.

The good news is that low pressure cleaning services like those offered by Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC completely avoid all of these issues. Using our “advanced cleaning with a gentle touch”, we are able to clean almost anything without using high pressure. With today’s technology, professional equipment, and professional grade cleaning solutions high pressure is no longer needed. In fact, anyone still using high pressure methods to clean today, is far behind the times, and probably not someone you want to hire to work on your home or business.

Ultrasoft Pressure Washing Jacksonville, FL uses high quality detergents and cleaning solutions that allow us to gently wash away even years of mold, mildew, algae, and grime. We can safely clean even the most delicate surfaces like coquina, limestone, and more without damage. Our detergents contain advanced surfactants that help bind dirt and grime so it can be gently rinsed away. The solutions we use also contain things like water softeners, that allow us to rinse contaminants away cleanly, without leaving residue behind.

Instead of just hammering away at things, which is the old method of “pressure washing”, call Ultrasoft Pressure Washing Jacksonville to gently wash your home or business. You can be confident when using a service like ours that, not only will we get it clean, we will do it in the safest, most advanced method possible. Call Ultrasoft today to see why we’re the best choice for all of your Jacksonville pressure washing needs.

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Why Clean Your Roof

For a company that cleans roofs left and right, it’s surprising how many consumers we run into that have never heard of having their roof cleaned. Most people know it’s a good idea to pressure clean your home on a regular basis, but the whole idea of cleaning your roof is new to many people.

It makes sense to pressure wash mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants from your home’s exterior to keep your paint looking fresh, and prolong the life of the structure. What some people don’t realize is that the same contaminants that build up on the sides of your home, also build up on the roof. Things like mold, algae, moss, lichens, environmental contaminants, etc. are constantly landing on, and attacking your roof’s integrity.

Today’s asphalt shingles are made with limestone, which is a great food for algae. In fact, the black streaks you see on many roofs are not a sign that the roof has failed. They are an infestation of an algae called gleocapsa magma. This algae builds up in layers, and they feed directly on the limestone content in asphalt shingles. The good news is, if your roof isn’t leaking it is likely a good candidate for our no pressure roof cleaning experts to renew.

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Many times your roof won’t appear to have black streaks. Instead it will look like it has light spots below vents because the rest of it is covered with algae.

Even other roofing materials are subject to mold, mildew, algae, and all the other contaminants. Regular cleaning can keep metal roofs clean, efficient, and looking good. In fact, we can clean everything from metal to asphalt and even EPDM rubber roofs to restore their look and efficiency. Allowing things to continue growing on your roof can end up costing a ton of money, but they can be safely removed with no pressure cleaning processes like those used by Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC.

Our technicians can give you an on site analysis and possibly save you thousands of dollars over complete roof replacement. In fact, if you were to call a roofing company because your roof looks aged and dinghy, they will do what most roofers do, i.e. suggest replacement. Before you have your roof replaced, call us and we will inspect your roof for you. One of the major reasons for replacing a roof is granule loss. Those colorful little granules are a major part of your roof. Granules on asphalt shingles are responsible for a lot of it’s strength, reflectivity, and durability.

Our trained roof cleaning technicians can take a closer look and tell you if you have issues like severe granule loss, curled or damaged shingles, missing shingles, and other problems that will require a licensed roofer to fix. In most cases, our non pressure roof cleaning process can save you thousands of dollars over replacement. For just a few hundred dollars, you can have your roof looking great, and restore it’s integrity.

Not only does our roof cleaning Jacksonville service restore the look of your roof, but it also kills and removes the infestation of algae that is slowly eroding it. To top it off, cleaning algae from your Jacksonville, Florida roof can reduce cooling costs, since your roof won’t trap and hold as much heat. Our expert roof cleaning technicians will restore your curb appeal, save you money on cooling, and even increase the value of your home all at the same time.

 

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