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January 8, 2017
Keeping your tile flooring clean is an important step in bringing customers back to your establishment. Tile flooring in commercial settings like restaurants, kitchens or public restrooms require deep cleanings on a regular basis along with daily maintenance cleanings in order to look their best.
Daily moping gives floors the appearance of being clean but in reality, moping is just spreading the dirt, grease and bacteria over the surface of the floor, pushing it into the porous surfaces of the tile and grout.
An effective way to remove the embedded dirt and grime from your tile floors is to have a professional cleaning performed on a regular basis.. With our tile cleaning service, we clean at varying pressure with a surface cleaner while we reclaim the waste water. What this means is, you won’t be left with any residual mess, after your cleaning, just clean floors.
Keep your commercial facility looking its best; call Liberty SoftWash at 717-324-4208 to discuss your interior tile cleaning needs. And be sure to visit our website at LibertySoftWash.com to learn about our other services.
December 29, 2016
April 28, 2016
Efflorescence evolves into various forms and because of this, there isn't always one easy solution to remove it. In this post, I'll talk about how efflorescence occurs and some cleaning strategies. As a manufacturer, we provide cleaners for hard to remove efflorescence issues but often times there are easier ways to go about cleaning the "salts" from the surface and I encourage any readers to discuss their own solutions in this blog.
WHAT IS EFFLORESCENCE & WHY DOES IT OCCUR?
Efflorescence in its most general form is comprised of water-soluble salts that migrate to the surface of the masonry (or concrete) via water or vapor transmission. Water is always the active agent that brings efflorescence to the surface. You tend to see it worse on retainer walls because there is ground source water on one side "pushing" the water/vapor to the opposite "exposed" side of the wall, as well as, rain falling on the exposed wall that will help "draw" the salts to the surface. Efflorescence most often looks like a powdery white deposit but it can also look grey, black and even green depending on the region of the country and type of salt composition.
Water carries the dissolved salts to the surface and as it evaporates, it leaves behind the crystalized deposits. In this "early stage" of efflorescence development, it's usually pretty easy to just brush away the salts or use a weak, water-based solution to dissolve them. Yet these early stage deposits are only water soluble for a brief period before the carbon dioxide in the air converts the deposits into water insoluble (calcium) carbonates that harden. Over time these carbonates can grow like a stalactite and the pores will close up. At this point, even a strong acid cleaner can just bounce off the surface.
As previously mentioned, in its earliest form the salts can be easily removed. Once the carbonates have formed, it often requires a combination of mechanical and chemical effort. That means using a stiff bristle brush to "open up" the pores and mechanically trying to knock away as much buildup as possible before going chemical. Yes, labor costs should be adjusted higher for these scenarios. A muriatic acid wash is often used, but you should take care as too strong a solution can burn the brick/concrete and too weak a solution will bring the pH up too high to have any effect. Whichever cleaner you try, if using a power washer to rinse be sure to hold it at an angle to the wall. Direct injection of water can cause additional efflorescence to be drawn to the surface.
BELOW ARE SOME EFFLORESCENCE SCENARIOS THAT WE'VE ENCOUNTERED:
Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC
This project for the National Park Service entailed removing efflorescence from 17,000 square feet of new colored aggregate concrete. As the concrete cured it began drawing the salts to the surface and became very noticeable against the dark grey surface. Because the concrete was so new (tender) we decided to use our EnviroEtch which although is a 1 pH acid, it is more buffered and not acidic to human touch.
In this case, the efflorescence was bleeding out of the mortar joints. Mortar joints are often subject to this problem because the sand used to make the mortar can be contaminated with soluble alkali sulfates which leach to the surface.
June 1, 2014
Here is a short time lapse video of a concrete tile roof cleaned by Spray Wash Exterior Cleaning in Tallahassee, Florida. This roof was totally cleaned from a ladder, and our softwash system eliminated the need for walking the delicate Concrete tile roof and causing any damage.
-- Edited by SprayWash on Sunday 1st of June 2014 09:03:49 PM
January 10, 2016
Liberty SoftWash took this KEC over two weeks and the last company did a cleaning. We arrived to look at the hood and estimate it and noticed the system dripping grease when the owners came in to prep for their shift. When we were hired we open up the system and began scraping it down to bare metal. Liberty SoftWash will clean and maintain the hood and fan when on site. Dont just hire a hood polisher to make it look pretty hire someone that will clean the WHOLE system.
Hood Cleaning York PA 717-324-4208
February 26, 2016
Do you live in Southern Maryland? Do you have those ugly black stains on your roof? Are you wondering if a roof cleaning is an option to replacing it?
A new roof is a lot of money. Our non pressure roof cleaning method is priced at around 10% of replacing it.
The results are immediate! I'll put a before and after pic at the bottom.
Why a non pressure method, to clean the roof, compared to a low pressure method?
The Asphalt Roof Manufacturers Association , and Owens Corning (a shingle manufacturer) says there is only ONE way to clean roofing shingles. No pressure AT ALL. That is the method we use.
We have been cleaning roofs in Southern Maryland now, for well over 5 years.
We offer a 5 year no stain guarantee on complete roof cleanings. We are that confident of our service.
The method that we clean your roof, is also called Soft Washing.
Give us a call 240-355-1110, ask for Mike, and I would be glad to answer and questions you have in regards to maintaining your roof.
Maintaining my roof? What is he talking about?
OK, here it is.... (If you already know what that "stuff" is on your roof. What to expect? Scroll down to the next paragraph). Here we go... All of those black stains on the roof? Well, that is a bacteria. Goleo Capsa Magma. Yea, that is what the scientists call it. It is "mother nature" eating your roof, basically. What we have seen over the years is that after the black stain gets a good hold, not always, most times for sure, is that other organisms notice the good home the bacteria has made, for themselves. They want to hang out too!... On your roof!!! What am I talking about? Moss and lichens. These, we cant get rid of same day. They turn white, become brittle and flake off over time, Months maybe?
I got off topic a little bit. Maintaining your roof, and Roof Cleaning? What do they have in common? (read the paragraph above). Well, ...clean roofs last longer.
I hope you enjoyed my writing skills. Trying to make this an interesting read about Cleaning roofs in Southern Maryland.
Lets do some contact info, ... then some pics!
Main Website http://www.GutterDogs.com
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Here is a before pic of a roof cleaning in Lusby Md.
This roof was caught well before the moss and lichens. Most roof cleaning jobs are like this.
Get it before it gets really bad. Your roof.
The after pic. ... Give me some love here! I spent about 4 hours writing this, lol! The good ones take that long. I think it's a good one, to get on the first page of Southern Maryland Roof Cleaning search?
Love, I mean shares likes comments.
After pic, roof cleaning in Lusby.
-- Edited by gutterdog on Saturday 27th of February 2016 12:37:44 PM
May 4, 2014
When it comes to roof cleaning Berlin Maryland, look no further than Kendall Roof and Exterior Cleaning. We take the time to do the job right! Our low pressure roof cleaning system allows us to apply our solution at 80 psi, rather than 3000psi. After the solution has been applied, the moss and lichen will turn a white color (as pictured above). At this point, the moss is dead and needs to be removed, only at garden hose pressure will we rinse the dead moss off of your roof!
After our cleaning process is complete, your roof will be looking as though it were new! For more information give us a call at 443-880-7011 or visit us at
September 10, 2015
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
"We are extremely pleased to be a recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Our staff prides itself on providing free quotes on a timely basis and exceptional work to both our residential and commercial customers alike."
“Only about 5 percent of the Roof & Exterior Cleaning companies in Poconos/Slate Belt and Lehigh Valley have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
July 23, 2015
Today the Roof Wizard softwashed and restored this cedar shake roof and house in Stone Harbor, NJ. The homeowner is putting the house up for sale in the Fall and wanted it to look it's best. We washed the roof, house, three Mahogany decks, the Travertine tile pool deck, paver driveway and the windows. We used Wood Restore on the roof after rinsing the softwash solution, to neutralize and condition the cedar shakes. The results beyond the homeowners expectations and they will hopefully sell the house easily.
The best part of the day was when a local property manager, who only manages million dollar ad higher houses, stopped by and watched our process for three hours. He explained that he has over 30 houses on the island that he is in charge of, and most of them have cedar roofs. Until today, he was basically telling the homeowners that the roofs could not be cleaned safely, without damage. He provided me with 16 addresses for estimates and is looking forward to breaking the great news to the homeowners, that we can clean their roofs. He said the truck wraps caught his eye and then he circled the block to get a better look at what we were doing.
July 21, 2015
The Roof Wizard recently softwashed all the on-site housing, Bruckenthal Hall, at the US Coast Guard Training Base in Cape May, New Jersey. We cleaned five separate buildings, totaling a little over 16,000/SF of EIFS. One of the main reasons we were able to work on this base, is our "Good Stewards" pledge to the environment and our ability to produce MSDS sheets and job specific data sheets. The entire complex had all the windows replaced and re-caulked earlier this year, and they were concerned about using any for of high pressure cleaning. Our softwash process was exactly what the USCG was looking for.
July 16, 2015
The Roof Wizard recently was hired to softwash this multi million dollar home, in Avalon NJ. The homeowner is putting the house up for sale in a few weeks and building another one across the street, about 100' closer to the bay. They had the roof pressure washed 18 months ago and were not happy with longevity or the amount of concrete residue runoff. The owner had to drain their pool after the last cleaning, due to the amount of concrete chunks and red pigment that had run off into it. The Roof Wizard crew was able to minimize and divert the runoff, with our softwash process, which consumes about 1/3 the water of pressure cleaning. We fought the on and off downpours of rain, and the constant 15-25 MPH winds, which is pretty typical on the Jersey Shore. As you can see in the pics, the roof was extremely infested, for just being washed 18 months earlier and the results were a dramatic change.
June 14, 2015
This past week the Roof Wizards' crew softwashed a Hilton Garden Inn. It was not that dirty, except for the bottom 5' and around some windows, but Hilton has a franchise agreement that all franchise owners must uphold. The buildings need a professional exterior cleaning every two year, based on region. The owner and GM were very pleased and asked us to quote another five hotels they own. We were in and out in about six hours and did not need the use of a lift. The biggest help was rinsing with fire hose from the hydrants. They are the ultimate booster pumps!!
June 11, 2015
This week the trained and fully insured staff of Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning had pleasure of pressure washing some hard surfaces and soft washing the vinyl sided timeshares of Wyndham Resorts. This 96 unit project is located on the Delaware River in the heart of the Poconos.
This project was performed around the arrival and departure of guests. We had to consider both the pedestrian and vehicle traffic, while completely cleaning and sterilizing the vinyl siding of each location.
At Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning we service not only resorts but residential and commercial properties as well. Our pressure washing/soft washing methods have made us the leading provider of exterior cleaning throughout the Poconos, the Slate Belt, the greater Scranton/Wilkes Barre area and northwest New Jersey.
Whether you need roof cleaning, hard surface pressure washing or soft washing of exterior substrate surfaces we have the knowledge, technology and the proper staffing to assist all property owners.
Please feel free to visit our website (www.poconoroofclean.com) or reach out to us at 570-994-6918 for additional information.
June 1, 2015
Tanglwood Resorts, a long established and respected resort nestled in The Poconos on Lake Wallenpaupack contacted Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning to service the their resort. Our staff performed not only the gutter clean outs but the exterior surface cleaning of concrete, gutter faces, and wood clapboard siding.
As the leading provider of exterior cleaning in Hawley, PA we soft washed the exterior substrates and pressure washed the concrete floors on the lower level.
This is the first of many buildings we are servicing this season for the resort.
Please feel free to contact us at 570-994-6918 or visit our website(www.poconoroofclean.com) for more information
April 25, 2015
This week the Roof Wizard's Crews softwashed a corporate office HQ, for Verizon. It was cold, and extremely windy, but we were able to get the project scope of work done in one day. The building was fully functioning and had approximately 1500 people in and out all day, including deliveries to the loading dock and an entire army of Verizon Corporate Officer's in for meetings. It was probably our most difficult job to date, with respect to pedestrian and auto traffic, and dealing with a constant 25 MPH wind. They are having a Corporate party for all the Verizon big wigs here next week, in the courtyards, and wanted the building to shine. We used a 2.5-3% mix with Green Wash and the results were terrific.
May 2, 2015
Yesterday The Roof Wizard's Crews softwashed the Camden County Police Station building in downtown Camden, NJ. It is a fully functioning police station with over 200 employees in side and the cities Central Booking inside. We started early and only disrupted one door at a time, to allow for flow of constant pedestrian traffic. We softwashed the whole building and cleaned all the windows. We used a 2% mix on three sides and a 3% on one side. One of the biggest challenges was keeping all the windows closed, as the employees inside wanted them open, with nice Spring weather. We were in and out in 6 hours flat and had time for a company lunch outing. It was nice to bond with the guys on a Friday afternoon and talk about things other than work.
April 25, 2015
This past Monday The Roof Wizard and crew help out with the UAMCC "Wash With Us" initiative. To help kick off the UAMCC event in Atlantic City, we donated our cleaning services to softwash the local Police Athletic League. A few other UAMCC contractor also helped out and cleaned the Boys & Girls club, just up the street also. As you can see from the pictures, the building was dirty and in need of a good bath. The building was mostly Dryvit, with some concrete panels and split faced block here and there. It all cleaned up nice and even Senator Jim Whelan stopped out for a visit and to show his gratitude.
April 25, 2015
This past week The Roof Wizard's Crews cleaned the exterior of this 12 unit condo complex in Wildwood, New Jersey. Once again, the radically changing Spring weather in the NorthEast was cold (48 degrees) and windy (35 MPH). Typically we can softwash to the top of these three plus story buildings from the ground, but not with those winds. We had to use our SWS water-fed pole attachment to get all the way up, for most of the building. The front of the building with all of the balconies was a challenge. Another issue, with most shore towns, is water pressure. We made fully use of booth booster pumps, which helped us complete the project in just over 8 hours.
April 13, 2015
Last Friday The Roof Wizard's crews softwashed a local winery, Plagido's Winery, which was infested with black mold. I got the call from the owner as a referral from another winery owner, who's building we cleaned last year. He explained that his customers have been commenting on the nasty black mold on the building and he needed a solution. He was very concerned about using too much pressure and had not done a real cleaning, since the winery was opened in 2007. We softwashed the entire building, in two hours, first thing in the morning, so they could open at noon and not cause a disruption in business. We then went next store and softwashed the owner's roof & house. As you can see from the pics below, the winery is clean from the black mold & algae.
April 14, 2015
This house received the full exterior detail. We Soft Washed the Roof and House and a couple of fiberglass decks in the back. This house wash was completely done without the use of pressure washers. When all the cleaning was done we washed the exterior windows to give them a little extra shine. Here is just a small example of the before and after.
March 25, 2015
This afternoon we cleaned approximately 600 solar panels on a strip mall in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. The weather is a little crazy this time of year in the NorthEast and it was a cloudy 44 degrees with rain off and on all afternoon. We typically use DI water and water-fed poles only to clean solar panels, but roughly 100 panels were surrounded by exhaust vents, from a restaurant below. These panels were caked in grease and needed an extra special touch. We used a Terra Wash, applied with our Gilmour Bleach Wash applicator, and let it sit for about five minutes. The we rinsed with DI water and then gave then a final scrub with DI and a water-fed pole. The grease melted right off and they looked new again. Attached are some pics. It worked so well, we went ahead and sprayed the other 500 panels also, before scrubbing. The owner of the strip mall was present and was so impressed, we signed a maintenance agreement for three cleanings a year. He also requested a proposal for the entire strip mall exterior and sidewalks, plus a quote for his house & roof. His house and roof are around 5500/SF.
March 29, 2015
Adding Curb Appeal Can Sell Your Home Faster
A seller may sometimes overlook or under prioritize the value of curb appeal
Liberty SoftWash is an excellent choice when considering hiring a pressure washing contractor in Lancaster Pennsylvania and surrounding area
March 31, 2015
Need Gutter Cleaning?
Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning completed the gutter cleaning of this ten building 60 unit town house association(North Slope One) based on the bottom of Shawnee Mountain on Hallow Road in East Stroudsburg. As the photos indicate not even snow stopped our dedicated and train staff from completing the work on a timely basis.
As many of our customers already know we are here to help both residential and commercial property owners with the exterior cleaning needs. We provide not only gutter cleaning to our customers but a full array of exterior cleaning to include but not limited to non-pressure roof cleaning, soft washing, house washing, pressure washing, exterior rust removal, gutter clean outs, gutter brightening, graffiti removal, gas station and convenience store canopy cleaning, fleet washing, playground sanitation and concrete/sidewalk cleaning.
We are available to our customers seven days a week and provide free quotes and consultation. Please feel free to contact us at 570-994-6918 or visit us on the web at www.poconoroofclean.com
March 29, 2015
Spray Wash Exterior Cleaning provides extensive maintenance cleaning to several business organizations. These photos and video are form a recent cleaning of a Capital City Bank Group location in Tallahassee Florida. We provide services on this project such as Roof Cleaning, drive-through maintenance, building cleaning and curb/sidewalk washing.
Keep your business looking its best with affordable and professional regular maintenance from Spray Wash! Call us at 850-320-6364
March 29, 2015
Looking for a roof cleaning service in Upper Marlboro Maryland?
Do you want the roof cleaning to be done in the safest manner possible, and the cleaning to last the longest? Do you want to see results the same day?
GutterDogs uses a safe non pressure method to remove those ugly black stains on your roof. Results you see the same day, and we guarantee it for 5 years. Our method causes no damage to your roof, like pressure washing or "rinsing" the roof does.
Why is "rinsing" an important keyword, to watch out for? Some roof cleaning companies who pressure wash your roof try to hide that fact and call it rinsing.
What to expect from our roof cleaning. The black stains will be 100% gone. Any moss or lichens on the roof will turn white, become brittle and flake off over time and no granule loss to your shingles.
Give us a call today for a free estimate 240-355-1110
March 29, 2015
-- Edited by Roof Cleaning PA on Sunday 29th of March 2015 06:39:32 AM
March 27, 2015
All slate roofs when cleaned properly with a low pressure system and the correct detergents will bring back the natural beauty of slate. Never let someone use a pressure washer or surface cleaning machine to try and clean your slate roof. This will only cause irreparable damage to your existing roofing material.
At Pocono Non-Pressure Roof & Exterior Cleaning we have been servicing all roofing materials since 2007. This includes not only slate but metal, asphalt and cedar shakes as well. Our staff is actively involved in our industry on a daily basis to enable us to provide the most cost efficient services to our customers. Our slate roof cleaning service areas are listed below for your perusal.
We are available to provide not only roof cleaning but an array of exterior services to include but not limited to residential and commercial exterior soft washing, pressure washing, gutter clean outs, gutter brightening, exterior rust removal, graffiti removal, gas station/convenience store canopy cleaning, fleet washing and playground cleaning.
Please contact us at 570-994-6918 or visit us on the web at www.poconoroofclean.com. We provide free quotes and consultation at your convenience.
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-- Edited by waxman18324 on Friday 27th of March 2015 02:44:51 PM
March 22, 2015
Spray Wash has the distinct honor to clean the regions's most prestigious cancer treatment center. The TMH Cancer Center is approximately 60,000 square feet. services we provided at this facility included Roof Cleaning, exterior stucco cleaning, efflorescence removal, window cleaning and pressure washing of all concrete.
-- Edited by SprayWash on Sunday 22nd of March 2015 07:49:26 PM
March 9, 2015
Spring is fast approaching and with it comes the need for the cleaning of your storefronts. The sidewalks and entryways took quite a beating this past winter and are now showing the signs of all the grime buildup and the left over salt residue that was used in keeping your sidewalks ice free all winter.
Luckily for you, we here at Roof Cleaner also provide the best in pressure washing services for commercial properties. We have the training, knowledge and proper tools that it takes to bring the luster back to your place of business.
Here in the Grand Rapids, MI area we use a lot of salt to keep the ice and snow off the sidewalks all winter long. That entire residue needs to be cleaned off the sidewalks not just so you no longer have it being tracked into your store or restaurant, but also to help protect the cement as well. Leaving the salt to sit on the concrete can cause damage to the surface causing pitting of the sealer, which can lead to having to replace the sidewalks.
Call Roof Cleaner at 616-240-3465 to get on the schedule for the pressure washing for the spring cleaning of your sidewalks and entryways, your customers will thank you. While we’re at it we can also clean the windows with our pure water window cleaning system.
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