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Pressure Washing and the Soft Wash Process: What Are The Differences?

Pressure Washing and the Soft Wash Process: What Are The Differences?

Perhaps the urge has come over you to give your house exterior a good old fashioned clean. Or perhaps you’ve decided your roofs overdue for some cleaning. Maybe it’s your driveway, or the deck and patio out in your backyard.

Whatever the case might be, you go down to your local hardware store and decide to rent a powerful pressure washer, because you don’t particularly want to spend the next few days on your hands and knees scrubbing away at dirty surfaces. You have a life to live, and you don’t want to spend it all on cleaning, and you know that the pressure washing water jet will cut through the dirt and grime on your surfaces in no time.

But is that really the best option? Is pressure washing your surfaces the best option in all situations?

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing – sometimes called pressure cleaning– uses a power jet to produce an output of water at such high pressures – up to 200 times atmospheric pressure – that each water droplet becomes like a miniature pickaxe chipping away at the dirt and debris that cover your surface, leaving behind, hopefully, a cleanly scoured surface.

But does that option work well on all surfaces? Well … no. Pressure Washing works wonderfully well on surfaces that are tough and resilient, surfaces like brick or stone or concrete. There are, however, other surfaces that are not as resilient. Surfaces like painted wood, or the shingles on your roof. If you were to take your pressure washer to your painted fence, you may end up with a clean fence … but you would also end up minus the paint. Roof shingles would also end up damaged under the onslaught of the tiny watery pickaxes.

Soft Wash Process Is The Solution

Some of the equipment remains the same for the Soft Wash process. You still use a water jet, but the pressure of the water is far lower.

Instead of using high pressure water to chisel the dirt and contaminants into submission, environmentally friendly chemicals break down the dirt so that a low pressure water rinse then can come along and wash it all away. The surface is cleaned without the harsh effects of a high pressure wash.

Should I Call In The Professionals To Do This For Me?

You can do all of this yourself, it is true, but like many things in life, you will probably not do as good a job as someone who does it for a living, and has done it many, many times before. The pressure washing equipment that you might find in hardware stores are probably not as powerful as the equipment that professionals use, unless you really get the high end gear. However, this equipment is so powerful, and the water jet emitted so strong, that any lapse of judgement or mistake might cause you to injure yourself seriously.

Now, in relation to the soft wash process, it is highly advisable to let professionals handle that. The professionals will know the proper concentrations of the chemicals that are required to be used to do a proper job, and to do it safely.

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Steam Cleaning Carpets vs Dry Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Most carpet cleaning companies only offer Steam Cleaning services, with only a few also, or perhaps only, offering Dry Cleaning services. So, how do they stack up against each other?

The Process.

Both processes first use a quick vacuum to clean up surface layers of dirt. But then the processes diverge;

Dry Cleaning: A solution of dry cleaning solvents, mixed with a tiny bit of water, is applied to the carpet. These solutions break down oily residue, and dirt and all the other muck in your carpet, and then act like tiny sponges to suck all of that stuff back up. After only a little while, this solution can be vacuumed up, leaving the carpet clean from contaminants.

Steam Cleaning: You can also calls this ‘hot water extraction’. A jet spray of water under high pressure is injected into the carpet, and then sucked back up, along with all the dirt and contaminants with it. Think of it like a vacuum cleaner, only using hot water instead of air.

Benefits.

Dry Cleaning: A major benefit of dry cleaning is in the name; after only a little while, the carpet is dry to walk on, which is greater for areas that have a lot of foot traffic, and can not be out of commission for long periods of time. The dry cleaning method also targets more stains than other methods, particularly oily residues.

Steam Cleaning: Provides a more comprehensive and deeper clean. Is better at removing allergens, dust mites and all the other creepy crawlies and illness producing bacteria that living deep within your carpet fibre.

Negatives:

Dry Cleaning: Great for surface cleans, but not so good for deep down cleaning. Has problems getting out the really big and stubborn stains.

Steam Cleaning: Carpets stay wet for longer, and if your carpet cleaner is not experienced, they may over-wet the carpet and damage it.

Verdict.

I am not going to say one way is the best and only way to clean your carpet. Both of these options have benefits that the other one doesn’t. What you need to do is determine what benefits you specifically require for the carpet you want cleaned, and then plan your actions accordingly.

Is your carpet in a well trafficked area that can’t be shut down for long just to let the carpet dry, like carpets in a pub, or a hotel, or other businesses that need to stay open. Well then, a dry cleaning method might be right up your alley, but plan for the fact that such cleanings are more surface oriented, and don’t get deep down into the carpet. This might mean that you need to schedule the dry cleanings more often.

If you can handle not being able to walk on your carpet for a day, and you require a strong carpet clean to rid your carpets of deep down dirt and stains, a steam cleaning might be the best option.

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Tips On How You Can Service Your Trees This Summer.

Tips On How You Can Service Your Trees This Summer.

Australia really is a land of droughts and flooding rains, and in a way this article is a testament to that because some of the tips relate to ensuring your trees and property are safe during storms, while others relate to how you can help your trees and gardens through times of drought and fire.

Australian weather can be tough to predict and plan for. This unpredictability  comes through in the fact that the long term forecast for an area can warn for both increase bushfire activity and flooding events. But here are some tips for how to help your trees and gardens through the ups and downs of Australian weather.

Make Sure To Regularly Schedule The Watering Of Your Plants.

It is a good idea, particularly on hot days, to water your plants in the morning and again in the evening. You want to be sure that your  plants fully absorb the water before the full heat of the day comes, and then give them something extra once the baking sun has gone day.

All this watering might be easier on you if you are able to plan your garden ahead of time. You can determine how much water your plants will need, and group those that require more frequent watering together, to save you some time in the long run.

Lawns Need Water Too

If your summers are hot and dry, it will be difficult to ensure that your lawns remain healthy and green. It might be a good time to go to your local bunnings or wherever and buy a water sprinkler. When running, the sprinkler shouldn’t be set on high; you want the water released slowly, for longer, as this will provide your lawns sustenance for longer during the really hot days.

Know Your Climate And Plan Your Garden Accordingly

If you have long, hot, scorching summers, it is perhaps not the best idea to plant a garden full of delicate plants that wither at the first sign of heat. We can only do so much to help our plants; if they are not designed to live in the type of environment and climate that your garden provides, it is probably best not to include them in your garden.

Storm Proof Your Trees

If you live in an area that receives a lot of storms during the summer, you need to storm proof your trees. You can do this by pruning your trees ahead of time, ensuring regular maintenance, such as cutting off dead or dying branches. Water your trees regularly, provide them good fertiliser and keep them well maintained. A strong tree will survive storms far easier than a weak or dying tree.

Protect Your Tree When A Storm Comes

If you know a strong storm is coming and you are worried about your trees, there are ways of protecting them from the winds and debris that a storm will bring. There is something called ‘Tree Wrapping’; you do this by covering the tree’s trunks in something heavy and strong, like burlap.

If your trees are still young and small, plant stakes around it, and attach some kind of material around the tree that deflects the wind and debris from striking the tree.

So, whether your summers are hot and dry, hot and wet, or just hot and anything in-between, there are ways to ensure suitable plant and tree service care for your garden.

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How to clean your house.

How to clean your house.

And in this case I mean the outside of your house. A glance from a distance, and it probably looks OK. But look closely and you’ll notice that dirt, dust and other unmentionable detritus has gathered to spoil the appearance of your pride and joy.

A hose and a broom?

No, that is not going to do the best job. And it will wear you out before very long. A hose with a bit of muscle is what you need. And that means ….

Pressure cleaning.

You’ve probably seen it being done to concrete paths or driveways, and the result is a shiny clean strip of concrete. This is what you can do to your house as well. Except that you need to follow some rules so that you don’t do damage. You need to inspect the surfaces to make sure there is no way that the water can enter the building. Look at the eaves and the window frames. Be aware of what water pressure can do to the materials your house is made of, and whether you need to ease down on the strength of the water depending on the fragility of the surfaces. Water alone might do the job, but you should also be aware of what chemicals or cleaning solutions could be used for tougher problems.

Remember to consider the ground outside the house, and any plants, landscaping, furniture, etc that might be in the way. Keep the dogs, cats, and children out of the way as well.

So if you are confident that you know all about pressure washing, all about the types of materials used in your house’s construction, and all about the extra cleaning power of the various additives available for use, then away you go. If you are not so confident, there are people who will do this for you. It’s their job, they know exactly what to do.

So what is the best time to do this house cleaning

There will always be dust and dirt, brought in by the wind, from construction areas, roadworks, factories, vehicles, and the wide open spaces. We are in a hot and dry country. Dust storms are not unknown. This would make you think, what’s the use? But by the same argument, why do we mow the lawn, wash the car, wash ourselves …..? Giving your house a good, proper wash will bring the brightness back into your life. And give your home a new lease on life.

Selling

If you are selling your house, what better, and easier, way to improve its appearance is there? Easier than repainting, and a good wash will bring out the colours that are there. If you are taking photos for the advertising brochure, do it when the house is still damp; the colours are more vibrant.

Spring

A dry winter could allow the dirt and dust in the air to collect. Rain does not always get rid of it. After a dry spell, a house wash must be beneficial.

Pest control

Wash before you do a pesticide treatment, as the pesticide will likely remain on the clean, dry surface. And don’t wash immediately after a pest treatment.

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How Important Is It To Clean Your Mattress?

How Important Is It To Clean Your Mattress?

Very.

And that’s the end of this blog article. Thanks for reading, and …

Wait. You want to know why?

Well, ok, I’ll tell you, but you’re really going to wish I didn’t.

Sweat.

Do you know that you sweat in your sleep? The amount you sweat depends on a few different factors, most obviously the room temperature and surrounding humidity, but also on what you had before going to bed (stay away from the spicy foods). On average, most people will sweat approximately a half litre each night, every night. Now, where does all that sweat go? I think you can guess.

Skin.

Experts in whatever field includes ‘skin shedding in bed’, estimate that the average person sheds a gram of their very own skin cells each night. And they don’t just shed skin, but also hair. Over time this all ads up. This mightn’t sound like much, but it becomes a bit more worrisome when we introduce the next section’s guest.

You’re not alone on your mattress.

There are these tiny, microscopic creatures called dust mites that live off the skin cells you shed, living on your mattress while you sleep. The one saving grace is they like ‘dead’ skin cells than alive ones, but even so … it gives you the shivers. Particularly because of what’s written in the next heading.

The average mattress could have upwards of a million of these dust mites.

Yeah, that. Experts in whatever fields include ‘estimating dust mite populations on mattress’ estimate that the dust mite population of mattresses could number between 100,000 and 10 million. Another expert in the related field of ‘estimating dust mite populations in pillows’ estimated that the weight of an average pillow that’s been in use for two years is made up of 10 percent the dead bodies of dust mites, plus their excrement.

We’ve haven’t even mentioned excrement! There’s a lot of that, too.

Every day, dust mites excrete approximately two times their entire body weight.

That’s … every day.

Right there on the mattress.

The very same mattress that you are currently sleeping on.

So … how important is it to clean your mattress? Ummm … I think that just about answers it.

Your mattress can effect your health.

Whenever you shift your body position while your sleep, that movement causes these dust mites and their excrement to become airborne. Even if you have protective mattresses, your movement creates a kind of bellows effect where eventually that will cause whatever’s on your mattress to become airborne.

If you breath this in, it might cause a reaction. Now, most people probably won’t react at all, but those who have breathing problems like asthma, or who experience allergies or skin irritations, can have nasty reactions. The people most susceptible to this are the young and the very old.

This is why you should professionally clean your mattress.

To help you sleep at night, it makes a lot of sense to bring in the professionals to clean your mattress. This kind of cleaning requires a precise mixture of chemicals to do properly, and professional mattress cleaners have the know how to clean your mattress as thoroughly as possible.

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