cleaning: a niche service that can add value to your existing window
cleaning or pressure cleaning business
cleaning photo from j racenstein's window cleaning supply. www.windowcleaningsupplies.com
it's hard to say
awning cleaning is a "niche market" when the (nrpac), national
register of professional awning cleaners already exists. it's also fair
to say, awning cleaning is in such high demand that you can create a
branch of your existing cleaning service to cater to the needs of commercial
your new cleaning services:
retail stores around the world are adding awnings to their store fronts
and awnings get dirty like any other fabricated surface that is exposed
to the elements. wind, rain, snow, pollution and hard water, make awning
cleaning necessary to a business owner on a regular basis, one he or
she will need on rotation.
this allows you to setup route work for the
cleaning of commercial awnings like you would with any other round in
your pressure cleaning or window cleaning business.
it's an easy sell
because, businesses can't afford dirty awnings; it looks bad to their
customers and the grime, left long enough, can destroy their awning
with this fact in
mind, you can sell, not only the service of awning cleaning but, also
sell an additional service: awning sealing. along with awning cleaning
tools and chemicals manufactured by company's like tucker usa, winsol
laboratories and sky clean, these companies also offer awning sealants
as well. just like glass sealants, awning sealants will help protect
an awning made of vinyl or other fabrics, helping preserve the material
and extending the awning materials life.
are available depending on what look is desired by the business owner.
sealers, waterproofers, uv protectants and revinylizers, can add the
finishing touch to the cleaning process and add value to your business
by allowing you to service your customers awning from dirty to clean
to clean an awning, follow the manufactures recommendations on chemical
use. choosing the right cleaner and dilution depends on the type
of fabric being cleaned. if you are not sure of the chemicals dilution,
start by applying chemical to awning in a tiny "test area"
with a q-tip. start with a weak mix and strengthen the mix as needed.
like washing your car, if you miss a spot, it will become apparent
after the job has been completed, after the rinse has dried. so,
make sure to wash every inch of the awning.
rinse the awning
with clean water. both cleaning and rinsing can be done with a water-fed
pole system designed for cleaning awnings. these pole systems allow
the employee to clean most awnings from ground level by extending the
pole to the desired height.
some poles reach as high as 45'. water-fed
poles usually come with 2 main water hoses within the pole; one is designed
to mix water with a cleaning agent that is fed directly to a nylon type
scrub brush at poles end, and the other, is a clear rinse that supplies
water to a fan tip sprayer. clean with the chemical and brush followed
by a good, long rinse, are the basics of awning cleaning.
different rules apply to awning cleaning than
window cleaning. start at the bottom and work
up, so as to avoid streaks from the concentrated chemicals running down
the awning. this tips was emailed in from patrick analore
of razzle dazzle window and awning cleaning - orlando, fl
accessing awnings underbellies may require the use of a pressure washer.
generally the inside of an awning will rinse clean without having to
scrub thus, making a pressure washer dialed to a "gentle pressure"
with a wide-angle spray tip ideal. again, rinse from top to bottom removing
dirt and dead insects etc... make sure interior awning lighting electrical
is designed for outside use before applying water.
since water and chemicals will be splashing the ground around your work,
you'll want to have the proper attire for the job and you'll want to
protect the general public by barricading the job site with "slippery
when wet" cones or signs and safety tape.
after you've completed
a job, you may want to clean any glass that may have been affected by
the awning cleaning procedure. also, rinse and/ or squeegee sidewalks
and other surfaces the general public will walk on after you've left
the job site.
exteriors may require the use of bucket trucks or man-lifts. hands-on
cleaning may be required for stubborn stains so, make sure to bring
a variety of cleaning agents and application tools to the job site ,i.e..
sponges, brushes and nylon scrub pads.
and sealing can be a profitable addition to your company's list of services.
to learn more, feel free to investigate the awning cleaning links provided
on this page. or, take a look at winsol's maintenance recommedations
for awning cleaning. they are an awning cleaning chemical manufacture
and have some great tips at this page: http://www.winsol.com/maint.htm
the author: andy engstrom specializes in teaching
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