Power Washing – Tackle the Commercial Power Washing Projects

Power Washing – Is It Time to Clean Your Building?

When is it time to power wash your building? Here are some questions that will prompt you…”

Is your building looking fresh clean and attractive?

Over time, a building’s exterior develops a coating of dirt, dust and pollutants. If this builds up over a long period, the building can begin to look quite dingy.

Unfortunately, tenants and customers tend to judge (and quite harshly).  So dim grungy buildings create a negative impression.

Is the nice white marble Starting to turn grey?  Is that crisp, red Brick now a dull maroon? These Are indicators that it’s Time for Power washing.

Are there areas where dirt, dust, or pollutants have built up?

Mold and mildew can collect on buildings and damage or discolor the exterior.

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Mold damage on the exterior of the Library of Congress Madison Building

Power washing is both the remedy and a good preventative measure for potential repairs or discoloration.

In addition, mold and mildew may present health problems for building tenants and their customers.

Power washing strips away these potential irritants and improve the health and safety aspects of your property.

Power washing checklist

If you decided to tackle your power washing project here are some suggested steps for taking the project off:

First do a thorough inspection of the property and determine which areas need the most attention in which areas are more sensitive to power washing

We recommend the top to bottom  inspection that covers these areas:

  • Roof
  • Soffit
  • Eaves
  • Gutter
  • Exterior walls
  • Windows
  • Gables and overhangs
  • Decorative sheathing
  • Foundation
  • Rails
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Decorative concrete

Power Washing – The Areas Than Can Tolerate the Stream

Determine if there are some sensitive areas that could be damaged from the high speed stream of water, such as generated by the power washing, cover them with plastic.

These areas include decorative Roofing, decorative Fypon or sunburst, or smaller decorative items on the exterior.

Although these exterior areas are already subject to exterior weather, power washing creates a very powerful stream of water that these elements are not designed for.

Also contact a professional maintenance company who has the experience and equipment to do the job safely, effectively, and thoroughly.

A top-notch service will save you time by conducting the inspection and making recommendations about what needs attention and what needs protection.

Power Washing for Commercial Buildings – Call in the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing pavement maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include power washing, fencing repair and garage scrubbing

We can give your buildings, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, parking garages, warehouse and dumpster areas a fresh look with hot water or steam pressure cleanings.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for commercial power washing.

Power Washing – Does Size Matter?

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Power Washing – Are Larger Projects Better?

power washing scope - sweeping.comOur society likes big things, for example, big cars, big boats, big movies (with lots of load explosions!).

The general public often thinks that bigger means better. You’ve heard the saying, “go big or go home”.  Businesses use this saying to imply that it’s better to make big commitments than offer a half hearted effort.

But going “big” is not always the most effective approach. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances where bigger is not always better.  Think about big mistakes or big decisions gone bad.  These big things are not always welcome.

When it comes to power washing, the size of the project is not as important as careful preparation and skillful execution.

Power Washing – Big Projects Need Big Preparation

The bigger the power washing project, the more time is needed for careful preparation. Flawless execution is also required, however, it much easier to accomplish when the right people are doing the right things according to plan.

This is why the success of power washing projects is measured by scope, not size.  The power washing project that involves a stand alone conference center has a smaller scope than power washing the homes in a 240 unit residential community.

Power Washing – Scope of Work

It is especially important to spend time walking a property, talking with affected property users (notice I don’t say property owners…although they are important too) and identifying the logistics of the project.

The impact on property users (shop owners, homeowners, tenants, etc.) is particularly important.  The reason for this focus is that property owners are usually held responsible for any real (or perceived) inconvenience caused by mishaps or miscalculations during the project execution

Power Washing – Scope Questions

Although this is not an exhaustive list, these questions help identify the scope of the power washing project:

Before the Project

  • Who is in charge of the project?  What is the scope of their authority (full, partial, advisory)?
  • What is the size of the property? Whats the total square footage of area to be cleaned?
  • Who needs to receive communications? About what?  How often?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • What are the specific responsibilities for project executions?  Who is going to do what and when?
  • What are the safety requirements?  For the property, property users and workers?
  • How many workers are needed?  What is the breakdown of workgroups and supervisors for the project?
  • What materials are needed?  How much?  When are they needed?  Who is in charge of ordering, storing and maintaining material?
  • What equipment is needed?  How many?  When are they needed?  Who is in charge of ordering, storing and maintaining equipment?

During the Project

  • How much time is allotted for project completion?  What is the deadline? What are the contingencies for weather. materials or equipment delays?
  • What are the contingencies for weather, materials or equipment delays?
  • Who needs to receive communications about unforeseen circumstances?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • Where will materials and equipment be stored before the project?  During the project?
  • How will materials and equipment be handled during the project?
  • How will safety be monitored during the project?  How will safety violations be handled?  By whom?

After the project

  • Who will conduct the final inspection?  What will evidence project completion?
  • How will final inspections be communicated?  To whom?  Who is responsible to communicate?
  • What follow-up will be conducted to ensure client satisfaction?
  • Who needs to receive followup communications? Who is responsible to communicate?

Power Washing Project Bottom Line

As you can see from the scope questions, successful power washing project execution is based on careful planning and consistent communication.

Do you have a large power washing project on the horizon? Looking for advice on power washing?  Not sure about the need for power washing?

Have a look at our article – Powerwashing – What’s The Purpose

Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll give the facts you need for effective, efficient power washing.

Power Washing In Spring

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Power Washing – Spring is the Best Time of Year for Cleanup

Power washing - sweeping.comAfter the chill and sogginess of winter, it is exciting to welcome the warmth and growth of spring. Warm weather means that you can go outside, enjoy the sun, and possibly get that tan.

As you move outdoors, you will no doubt want your home, deck, patios, and fences looking great. This is where power washing comes in. Power washing can help you get your property looking clean, neat and great shape for entertaining (or attracting new tenants).

Springtime is actually the best time to power wash your property. The warm weather means that you can inspect the property, and identify all the areas which need to be repaired, fixed, and cleaned. A wet, sloppy winter typically leaves a property in a desperate need of cleaning.

Winter leaves a buildup of dirt, salt, and potentially moldy areas in buildings, walkways, and fences. This can leave the property looking dreary and dingy – an appearance which degrades the value of the property. Beyond the looks, potential mold buildup can escalate in the warmth of spring and compromise the exterior materials of the property.

Power Washing – More Than Just Cleanup

Basically, power washing in spring doesn’t just restore a fresh and neat look. It also stops a spread of mold, which increases the longevity of the building. And restoring the neatness and longevity of the property ultimately improves its market value.

Therefore, you’re making an investment in longevity by having your property power washed in the spring. To take the first step towards this investment, find a power washing company whose services can help to restore your property to its best appearance.

Power Washing – The Right Company for the Right Job

Hiring the wrong company will not only waste your time and money, this company can end up unintentionally damaging your property. The question is: how can you find an expert company to provide springtime power washing services? This company should have the following characteristics:

First, they have an experienced team that know how to eliminate the dirt, salt and mold that built up during the winter. The best companies should share thei plan on how they will eliminate the different kinds of dirt around your property.

Second, they should use detergents which clear mold and prevent them from returning. The simple fact is that merely washing away the mold doesn’t kill them. In fact, the water can cause the spores to simply spread, thereby leading to a greater infestation in the property. The best power cleaning companies use detergents which remove mold spores during the power washing process.

Third, they should have the equipment and techniques for cleaning different parts of a building. Different parts of a building such as walls, ceilings, patios, walkways and fences require different power washing approaches. Using the wrong appraoch on different surfaces can actually cause damage.

Finally, their team of professionals should have experience provide cleaning services on a variety of different properties, from small scale residential/commercial properties to multi-story commercial buildings. This not only gives you confidence that you will get the best quality service possible, it also assures you that you aren’t letting a “fly-by-night” contractor onto your property.

Power Washing – High-Quality Cleaning in Hard to Reach Places

One company which guarantees all these and more is C & L Services. With a track record of providing high-quality power washing services, C & L Services can leave your property looking brand new. C & L Services also has specialized equipment for cleaning the hard to reach areas. Above all, the company offers some of the most affordable rates on the market.

If you want your property restored to an “almost new” condition, call C & L Services at 732-886-1940. We’ll get your property looking fresh and clean through expert, affordable power washing.

Powerwashing – What is the purpose?

Powerwashing – A Major Tool for Property Maintenance

powerwashing - sweeping.comPowerwashing has become one of the most preferred techniques for cleaning properties.

Many domestic and commercial property owners and property managers have made this technique a core part of their property maintenance schedule. Some, though, still wonder why it is relevant.

If you question the value of powerwashing, this article is for you.

Read on to discover the primary purpose behind powerwashing (also known as pressure washing).

In other words, here is why power washing properties on a regular schedule is a smart move for property owners or managers.

Powerwashing for Property Appearance

Powerwashing keeps properties looking spotlessly clean. This is because it “powers off” dirt from building surfaces and floors.

This type of deep cleaning removes dirt including the type that attracts molds, removes grime, mud, loose paint, and restores a new look to the cleaned surface.

The areas which benefit most by pressure washing include front entries, walkways, patios, fencing, pavements and even parking lots.  Basically anywhere the general public hs a good view of the property.

Powerwashing such areas ensure that the property looks presentable and creates a good first impression. This is particularly important for commercial properties where a good first impression can impact the businesses operating within the premises.

Powerwashing for Property Preservation

Powerwashing is also critical for protecting buildings from the damage caused by molds.

Mold infestation can damage surfaces made of wood or EIFS wall insulation (very relevant in commercial shopping centers and offices building today).

Mold can cause these surfaces to decompose, causing water intrusion in buildings. Molds can also damage exterior painted signs or building decorations.

By eliminating mold from wall surfaces, pressure washing plays a critical role in preserving buildings. This not only increases the lifespan of buildings, it also reduces the frequency of repairs.

Powerwashing for Safety

Powerwashing improves the safety of buildings in two ways.

First, it eliminates surface dirt which can create fall hazards. The existence of molds on pedestrian walkways or car oils on parking lots can make the surfaces slippery and thus increase the risk of falls.

Powerwashing removes mold and oils from surfaces and therefore makes them safer.

Secondly, powerwashing removes allergens and breeding grounds for disease-causing contaminants from wall surfaces. Mentioned in the previous paragraph is mold.

Some people are allergic to the spores released by molds. Similarly, mold spores can trigger attacks in people who suffer from asthma.

Mold and other surface residues, if left unchecked, can attract potential pests. These pests can carry disease.

By removing mold and other kinds of dirt from surfaces, pressure washing protects people who reside or regularly use from the health risks associated with the mold spores or insects.

Powerwashing for Cost Savings

Powerwashing ultimately saves on the costs associated with property maintenance.

For starters, it reduces the frequency of repairs by preserving properties from the damage caused by mold and other contaminants.

By eliminating fall hazards from walkable surfaces (see “Safety” above), pressure washing can minimize the insurance and legal costs associated with accidents occurring on the property.

Ultimately, powerwashing is an investment anyone can make in maintaining their property. It improves appearance, preserves the property, increases safety and minimizes costs.

The best part is that it can achieve all these things while having a positive impact on the environment – since the materials and detergents used are usually eco-friendly.

If you are a property owner or manager, think about adopting powerwashing as part of your property maintenance schedule.

Your first step is to find a company which can provide you with services which are tailored to your needs.

Give us a call at 732-886-1940. We provide these services and we’re known for prompt, reliable and budget friendly powerwashing.

Power Washing: 5 Myths About Power Washing That Everyone Thinks is True

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Many people do not value power washing as much as they should, and some commonly believed myths are the main reasons people take this service for granted. This post reviews five of the most prevalent myths about power washing and what is true instead.

Power Washing – Not As Simple As It Looks

Cleaning concrete, stone walls, and other open paved surfaces can be a very labor and time-consuming process. However, thanks to advancements in mechanical technologies, we have powerful machines to make the work easy.

Power washing has grown to be a very useful strategy for eliminating mildew and mold on concrete surfaces and even stains on a wood or brick patio. Whether such a service could be ideal to clean your walkways or maintain the sparkling image of your building, here are five myths about pressure washing that you should stop believing.

Power Washing Myth 1: Power washing is only necessary when the property is dirty, stained, or moldy

Nothing could be further from the truth. Pressure washing is essentially the forceful removal of hard stains and stubborn elements on the surface—most of which are not visible to the naked eye.

There is no reason to wait until your property is unsightly to conduct power washing; after all, preventing stains is better than waiting for it to accumulate. Power washing your property regularly removes and prevent molds and stains and leaves your home or business premises clean and presentable.

Power Washing Myth 2: Just connect the power cleaner to water and you are set to start cleaning

If it were true that water only at high pressure can remove all kinds of dirt, stains, and other unwanted elements, then you could rely on rain alone to keep your home or office looking clean. In reality, this is not the case.

The truth is that professional power cleaning involves the use of specially-selected detergents with the strength to clean stains and potential mold from a surface. For some types of stains, specific solvents may be used with hot water to successfully clean stubborn stains.

Power Washing Myth 3: Power washing is simple, in fact you can do it yourself

Yes, you can do it yourself, if you have the right machine, knowledge, and experience to safely and efficiently remove specific types of molds, dirt, and stains. Most people hire the experts to save money and time because of the required experience and knowledge of using the correct equipment safely and effectively. Besides, the best cleaning professionals today use environmentally friendly products and they know which types work best to remove which types of stains or growths.

Power Washing Myth 4: Everything everywhere can be power washed

There are some areas of your house that should be very carefully (or not) power washed because of how sensitive they are to pressure or to water. For instance, overhangs, windows, decorative fypons, and door openings should receive more gentle power washing (or none at all depending on their location, condition, and materials).

There are some types of wood which can easily be damaged by high pressure or can absorb water which could lead to water intrusion or water damage. An experienced cleaner knows what areas and materials can be pressure cleaned and which ones shouldn’t be.

Power Washing Myth 5: The cleaner with the lowest bid is fine

As with many other service contracts, when it comes to power cleaning, you get what you pay for. Since you value your property, then it deserves the best care. Compare the various professionals offering pressure cleaning in your area and choose the most experienced with the right equipment, and a track record of satisfied customers. Although cost is an important criteria, it should not be the only factor when selecting a professional for power washing your home or office.

Many people rely on assumptions rather than facts when keeping their properties clean, and that is the reason they are disappointed and often spend more than they should. These five myths will certainly help you understand more about pressure washing and help you make the right decision the next time you need it.

Looking for advice on power washing?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll give the facts you need for effective, efficient power washing.

Power Washing – Does Donald Trump Use Power Washing On His Buildings?

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Donald Trump’s buildings are renowned for their supreme quality, pure elegance, and sheer class. This is why people are often willing to pay record-breaking fees to rent or purchase them. A case in point is the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

In May 2016, a condo in this building broke the record for the highest price-per-square-foot for a one-bedroom unit in Chicago. The 41st floor condo, which is 1,450 square feet, sold for $1.64 million. This means that it cost $1,127 per square foot – the highest price in Chicago’s history.

This isn’t the first time a Donald Trump building has broken records in Chicago. Back in 2014, the same building broke the record for the priciest residential real estate sale in Chicago’s history when the 89th floor sold for $17 million.

What Does Power Washing Have to do With Donald Trump?

So, why are people willing to pay over-the-odds to acquire properties in Trump’s buildings? Well, for one thing, the buildings are spotlessly clean. The Trump brand is renowned for its matchless quality. A critical aspect of this quality is cleanliness.

Donald Trump’s tenants and clients tend to come from the top 1 percent. The person who paid $17 million cash for the 89th floor was the tech multimillionaire, Sanjay Shah. Tenants on Donald Trump’s famous NYC Trump Tower have included Bill Gates, Harrison Ford, Sophia Loren and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These are people who expect nothing but the best.

Donald Trump knows this. As a one-percenter himself, he knows that the standards are extremely high. There can be no compromises whatsoever. His buildings have to be in pristine condition 24-7. There is no margin for error.

Therefore, Mr. Trump invests in professional cleaning services to keep his properties sparklingly clean – all the time. This includes power washing. Being a savvy real estate developer, Trump intuitively knows that power washing provides the most effective way for cleaning the multiple surfaces in his buildings.

Power Washing – Helps Keep Repair Costs Down

As an astute investor, Mr. Trump realizes that power washing does more than just leaving his properties looking elegant and attractive. This cleaning technique also keeps the properties in peak condition. This reduces the frequency of repairs – thus lowering the maintenance costs. The ultimate result is that the buildings become more profitable. This is something most savvy property owners are realizing.

Therefore, anyone who owns, develops or manages buildings needs to maximize the potential power washing offers. This will not only keep the building spotlessly attractive, it will also maintain its integrity over time. The end result is that the building will become a magnet for people looking for quality properties. This will give the building a competitive edge on the market.

power washing trumpPower Washing – Not Something Donald Trump Does

Now, there is one thing most people will suspect about Mr. Trump. He has never power washed a building in his entire life. All he does is hire professionals to provide power washing services for his buildings. The professionals do the rest.

The ultimate question is: who provides power washing services for Mr. Trump’s buildings? The answer to this question isn’t in the public domain. However, there is one company which provides power washing services to buildings whose standards match those of Mr. Trump’s.

This company is C & L General Services. Now, C & L has actually never washed Mr. Trump’s buildings (well, at least not yet). However, the company’s power washing services are provided to the highest standards demanded by their customers. As such, if Mr. Trump had an opportunity to utilize C & L Services, it almost a certainty that he would use it again.

Basically, if you are a property owner, developer or manager who is looking for professional power washing services, just try out C & L Services. You will be glad you did. Give us a call at 732-866-1940 to find out more about power washing.

 

 

Power Washing – Washing With Water Is Not Enough

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In spite of daily cleaning, maintenance and upkeep, conventional cleaning methods may not be enough to keep the driveways clean and in good shape. That is the main reason why there is a demand for power washing. There are other advantages and in this article we’ll cover a few.

Power Washing – Quick And Efficient Washing

When there is a need for quick, thorough and efficient washing, power washing is the best option. It provides the deepest cleaning compared to hand brushing or simply hosing the surface with a hand sprayer. This generally restores the original looks and appearances of the driveway and other surfaces that can withstand this type of cleaning.

Power Washing is Cost Effective

Though many might feel that power washing could be an expensive, just as many are surprised at how cost effective it can be. The results that power washing provides (in a very short period of time) and a fresh look of the clean area provide good value. If you see mold, lichen or moss growing on any of the surfaces of your property this is a red flag for potential property damage (and it’s an eyesore).  Ignoring the growth of these micro-organisms could lead to damage or discolorations of property surfaces (concrete in particular).

Power Washing With Water Alone May Not Be Enough

Although some companies power wash using just water, we recommend special cleaning solutions to insure effective cleaning.  Though the mold and other microorganism could be removed temporarily through water pressure, they are likely to return if no other remediation is applied.

A better option is to choose a chemical composition especially for the cleaning issue mixed into the power washing spray. This provides thorough cleaning and more permanent solution.  There are some who question that the use of these chemicals might be potentially damaging to the environment.  However, today there are many eco-friendly solutions available which ensure that there is proper deep cleaning without any damage to the ecosystem.

Here’s a listing that will give you some idea of the variety of chemicals needed for different applications – http://www.powerwash.com/chemicals.html

The Complete Perspective

Although washing with chemical based solutions could increase cost, this should not be the primary factor in the power washing project. The consequences of not using chemicals could generate the need for more frequent cleaning. In the long view, for a few pennies more, you have peace of mind and a surface that will stay cleaner longer.

Looking for expert power washing?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to look at your property, give you a reasonable quote and ensure you’re satisfied when we’re done.