I think we can agree on this: oil stains are an eyesore on your driveway, garage floor or patio, no doubt. (Maybe not the one above with the pretty rainbow colors, but you get the idea.) Getting rid of them isn’t always easy, so let me explain what I learned from experience and found on the Concrete Network, which seems to live and breathe everything to do with concrete.
Remember when your backyard deck was first installed several years ago? It looked so bright and inviting. Now, though, it looks dingy from our hot Florida sun combined with heavy rains of the past few years. There are a few bugs stuck to it, and you can even see some faint stains where palms fronds sat for a while after that last tropical storm, not to mention the barbecue grease near the grill. It’s time to renew it by putting a new coat of stain or maybe a nice coat of paint on and sealing the surface.
Your fence is one of the first things that visitors notice about your property. When it becomes dull and dingy or full of algae and other organisms, giving it a thorough cleaning is an essential step to a better looking property. Pressure washing is a quick way to clean an old fence and is ideal for both vinyl- and wooden fences. When it comes to staining a wood fence, pressure washing is the first step in preparing the wood.
What a downpour the other night, huh? It was certainly needed for our vegetation. But the thunder and lightning at second intervals sure felt like the world was coming to an end! Luckily it didn’t but your roof and gutters must have felt it.
Which got me thinking: There is this other topic that doesn’t make the Top 10 list of fun things to do: Gutter cleaning!
In Florida and other subtropical regions, algae, dirt, pine needles or other organic matter build up on your pool screen all year round. Different from the northern states most of our tree leaves fall in spring and pollen is everywhere. Dead leaves, twigs, stuck pine needles and yellow smudge is covering pool cages, making your pool area a gunky, unattractive sight
Some of our customers asked us about the disinfectant solution that we use, to get outdoor spaces like patios, pool screens and walls germ-free and if those disinfectants pose a hazard to plants around their home.
As a professional painter, our customer, Mark in Largo, knows the importance of preparing a surface for a new coat of paint.
A guide to your DIY project: How-to Videos on Pressure Washing Basics - Using a Power Washer Correctly
I have collected a variety of videos and keep doing so to support you with any power washing DYI projects you might have.
Power washing is one of the best ways to keep a variety of surfaces on your property clean and free of organic material and other contaminants.
If you find yourself frequently using a pressure washer to clean various elements around your Clearwater area home or business, the question has probably arisen if you should buy your unit. Pressure washing is a great way to clean surfaces such as driveways, garage floors, sidewalks, sidings, patios, roofs and other outdoor areas, even garden furniture! The force exerted by a power washer will make quick work of your cleaning job, so you'll spend much less time doing maintenance, thus freeing you to do other things.
If you're planning to undertake a large painting project, proper preparation is key to a successful job. That preparation often involves stripping old paint from the surface that needs new coats. Removing old paint, however, is a time-consuming and tedious proposition if you do it by hand. Fortunately, pressure washing is a viable alternative to doing the job manually.
Since many homeowners in Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area take care of their pools themselves, we thought we have Matt from Swim University, who is a self-proclaimed "algae hater" ;-) tell you in his video how to get rid of that nasty green algae himself.
For many parts of the country, termites, aka wood destroying organisms (WDOs), are a significant problem that cause millions in property damage annually and create unsafe living conditions.
Do you need a quick and simple way to remove those pesky weeds growing out of every nook and cranny outside of your home?
Here is a short video about using a pressure washer to clean and remove weeds from cracks between your pavers.
Spring and early summer is the season for Pool Screen Cleaning. It's when we get the most inquiries and are the busiest. Many times, we have to clean the top of the enclosure first and that has to be done with a pool brush or a broom. This task can be tricky: The screen is delicate and pushing or pulling makes it pop out of the frame easily or the meshed material breaks.
If you attempt to do this job yourself, here are some tips on how to go about it.
I found this DIY website which recommends 9 different plants that will help to keep the bug growth in your yard and home in check.
Not only does this look good but it also surrounds you with the lovely smells of lavender, lemongrass or mint, to name just a few.
Check it out and give it a try.
9 Pest Fighting Plants That'll Save You This Summer
Hello! Today I am going to answer a question about water usage / consumption when pressure washing. This is something, that often comes up when I talk to a potential customer. The question is usually, "How much water does the pressure washer use?" or "How much water will you need to wash my roof/house/patio, etc.?".
In this modern world, the first impression means a lot, especially when it comes to your home. You want it to have that meticulous look that attracts everyone who passes by? There are hundreds of ways to improve your curb appeal and much can even be done on a small budget.
Here I would like to introduce 10 affordable and mostly DIY-steps to add curb appeal to your home:
Why is your roof under attack? What does sun and rain, algae, moss, lichens, mold or fungal growth on roof shingles do and how to cure or prevent this from happening.
For over 5 years now we provide helpful HOW TO videos for our pressure washing customers In Clearwater and the greater Tampa Bay Area. In these 5 years we had over 2400 visitors on our HOW-TO-VIDEOS page.
It´s been 3 years ago, when I have been doing some research for videos which explain, how a pressure washer works, and I found this. It´s not too technical but interesting and graphic enough, to give you an idea on how this simple wand-like device can deliver such powerful pressure.
An interesting fact is, that the force of the punch of a heavyweight boxer compares to the high-pressure water jet coming out of a pressure washer? Pretty wild, huh?
Watch this short 2:19 min. video here on my website and hear it from a professional, why the pressure from the tip of this wand can be so powerful, that it blasts away layers of dirt, grime, oil or mud with seemingly no effort at all.
This machine is a really tough guy who is doing the dirtiest outdoor clean-ups with the tip of its wand. Also great to prep a surface for painting, sealing or staining. It´s a good tool to have but you need to know how to operate it properly.
Call me, if you feel you cannot “tame this wild horse” yourself and want my expert help to get the job done.
Call us at (813) 991-7243 for a FREE QUOTE and to discuss your needs.
The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building's foundation by channeling water away from its base. We get torrential rainfalls in Tampa Bay and our gutters take a beating. Water collected by a rain gutter is fed, usually via a downspout or "downpipe", from the roof edge to the base of the building where it is either discharged into the ground or collected.
Full gutters lead to an overflow. But going up the ladder to fix this, isn't everyone's thing ;-)
Green algae and mold everywhere! Not a pleasant sight to see. It´s part of the normal "life cycle" of an average pool cage in Florida. The algae happily grows on the aluminum frame and only lays dormant during the winter months. Come spring and they continue to spread and grow.
If you want to clean this up yourself, you can check out the help-videos and articles on our website.
If you don´t want to get on a ladder and clean this up yourself, you can call us for help, like the homeowner of this house in Trinity, Fl. You can see our work in progress here:
At this point of the process, the aluminum frame and screen is clean. Now the disc rotater is being employed to get the patio around the pool mold-, dirt- and algae-free.
More photos ...
What to expect when you call us?
Today, I'd like to call attention to regular mold removal from your outdoor surfaces. Rather then just a cosmetic issue, mold is a fungus that will eat away at the surface and - over time - deteriorate any item.
Mold grows both inside and outside your home. The fungus thrives in damp, dark and humid locations and can grow on a variety of surfaces. Outdoor mold can stain, discolor and damage your siding, decks, concrete and other structures. When you spot mold on the outside of your house, you should remove it as soon as possible.
How-to safely remove black and green mold yourself
Traditional and green ways to clean surfaces from mold
I have read a number of articles and watched videos to find useful and comprehensible information that will help you to understand this aggressor and how to deal with it.
Naturally, I can handle this unwelcome task and give you back your sparkling clean porch, roof, siding or whatever it may be. Call me today, when you need my help!
Looking forward to hear from you :-)
Cell: (727) 565-8722
Here is a good, short educational video about How-to use a pressure washer and it's additional benefit to remove weeds from cracks and walkways. No more getting on your knees with a knife or using harmful chemicals to kill them either. Click on the above image to view or use the link below.
Video: How-to use a pressure washer ...and using it, to pull out weed on walkways!
This video is from Home Depot and has over 68,000 views. I don't promote the company or it's products, but I find this video very useful for any DIYer as it explains the different parts and usage of a pressure washer for the laymen.
If doing the pressure washing yourself is not your thing, give me a call. I can do it quickly and safely for your home and the environment. Read more.
Ella May + Luna Marie + Amelie Rose Munoz:
We like to help our Dad to promote his pressure washing and window cleaning business in Clearwater and Tampa Bay. Hope you enjoy this blog ;-).
Charlotta Munoz + kids