Many people who work in the industrial and commercial sectors, particularly those in the maintenance department, are familiar with the pressure washer.  This is because the pressure washer helps them to clean and maintain important parts of their facilities effectively and in hardly less time.  This makes the pressure washer very indispensable cleaning equipment for them as it helps them to accomplish their cleaning job more efficiently.  Among the many uses of pressure washers in the industrial and commercial sectors are barrel crate cleaning and awnings cleaning.

Barrel Crate Cleaning

Pressure washers are perfect for cleaning barrel crates.  Many people do not know that there is actually a special cleaning attachment for cleaning barrel crates which further improves the cleaning process.  The truth is pressure washers alone are good enough in cleaning barrel crates, but with this attachment, it makes the job of barrel cleaning much easier and more thorough.

Thanks to the many accessories that can be used for cleaning barrel crates and bin cleaning tasks, pressure washers have significantly become more effective and take even far less time.  This enables workers to proceed with other tasks they need to do for the rest of the day.  Consuming less time with barrel cleaning is supposed to be what pressure washers have to offer.  However, there are times the cleaning power of the pressure washer is not enough to accomplish the task.

Pressure washers are basically designed to expel water at high speeds.  This in turn gives it its cleaning power.  This cleaning power helps operators to clean more effectively while using less time.  However, if the operator were to encounter particularly problematic barrels that needs to be cleaned, and the cleaning power of the pressure washer does not seem to suffice, then the operator should resort to using detergents.  The use of detergents not only helps to clean problematic dirty barrel crates, but it also cuts down the time cleaning it.  With minimum investments in accessories, a pressure washer operator will be able to go through a lot of barrel crates in hardly any time.

Using a specialized dispenser nozzle, the chemical injector, it will allow you to dispense detergent evenly inside the barrel crate.  Upon finishing applying the detergent, leave the detergent to penetrate the dirt that needs to be cleaned, maybe for around 5 to 10 minutes.  After that, it is important to rinse the barrel properly to ensure that no traces of detergent remain inside the barrel.

Awnings Cleaning

Awnings can be a beautiful addition to any commercial space, buildings, walkways, and even patios.  They are placed in order to keep the sun away from windows and rain off entrances.  However, if the awnings are filthy dirty, it may also inadvertently represent that the business or commercial space may also be untidy.  This makes what was supposed to beautify a space better off without them.

The reason for awnings becoming dirty is mostly due to natural causes.  Dust, soot, leaves, twigs, and bird droppings are the most common causes in awnings becoming dirty.  Often times, the deterioration of these material leave some soil-like material that not only makes the awning look old, but also filthy.  Awnings are made from metal, plastic, or vinyl and many of them are used in commercial spaces.  Awnings are made to last for many years and with cleaning and maintenance, they will also keep looking brand new.  Cleaning awnings can be quite tedious as you need to clean both the topside and the underneath part.  However, thanks to the pressure washer, this dismal task has become less dull.

When cleaning awnings, particularly when the material is made of vinyl, it is important that you do it gently using low pressure with a wide fan spray.  An industrial strength pressure washer is not needed for this kind of cleaning task.  In fact, a 500 to 1000 PSI is even more recommended.

A lot of people are fond of using awnings as they help beautify spaces as well as create comfort.  This particular fondness can also be found with insects and birds as they either nest or drop bird droppings on them.  If you will be cleaning some awnings, be sure to check the inside corners for any insects and birds that have decided to make the awning their home.  This may prevent you from getting stung accidentally.

The most recommended attachment you can use in cleaning awnings is the telescoping wand which has the capacity to extend by up to 24 feet.  This will help to keep your feet firmly planted on the floor without the need to use ladders or scaffolds which can cause accident should you lose your balance when you are atop.

Should there be weird angles that need to be cleaned, some intricate support brackets, or some hardware system on the awnings, using a spray flex wand or a gutter cleaner will help in cleaning the awnings as it redirects the water to where you want it to.  The spray flex wand allows you to bend it by up to 90 degrees and stay in that angle until you try to re-angle the nozzle.  This flexibility enables you to reach hard to reach spaces or corners while your feet are firmly planted on the floor.

The pressurized water from the pressure washer unit is enough to clean most awning dirt.  Be sure to use the 40-degree nozzle first to make sure that you do not damage the material.  When cleaning, perform a back and forth sweep and make sure to keep an eye on damage that can be caused by the pressurized water.  Should there be any stains that need to be removed, you can use a cleaning solution that will not harm the material of your awning.  This makes it necessary to properly identify the type of material the awning is made of.  Detergent is often enough to remove such stains.  If you plan on using a power brush, make sure to carefully consider the material of the awning.

Like any other cleaning task, it is important that you carefully consider the power of your pressure washer unit before attempting to clean weak materials, particularly cloth or vinyl awnings.  In addition, when performing your cleaning duties, make sure to wear safety equipments and that you don’t knowing or unknowingly point the pressurized stream at anyone or any other living being.