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Sud n Clean

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About Sud n Clean

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    Nashville, Arkansas
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    Sud n Clean Power Washing
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    Brad Frost
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    Nashville, Arkansas
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    Pressure Washing
  1. Hydo-Chem Systems out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can check out their you tube videos. I've used their soaps for about 4 years. Great products! Check them out!
  2. Hi yazbird8. I wash log trucks on Saturdays. I would suggest a dual lance wand, using a quick connect to attach it to your trigger gun. I like using the X-Jet just as a nozzle because I get max water flow (with the big X-Jet orifice) with adjustability between a zero point & a wide fan. So you can still use it as your nozzle. I use the quick connect to attach the wand to the gun so I can pivot the dual lance while holding the trigger gun at a comfortable position. With the dual lance, you'll use your downstream attachment to get the soap to your tip. You'll have to figure out how much solution you'll pull using this setup, then mix your soap accordingly so that you'll get the proper ratio. With this setup, you'll still have the convenience of your X-Jet without having to wag that bucket around everywhere. Bear in mind, this is only good if you're just using a soap & a rinse on your trucks. There's a thousand and one different ways to wash. This is what works for me...for now.
  3. Hey Guys and Gals, I have a painter friend who has run into this problem, and has asked me to search it out. I don't have a good answer, but figured some of you might. Here's the deal: This is new construction, using cypress. The gable had been constructed for 6 - 8 months prior to staining. By that time, it was turning black. My painter friend used oxalic acid to remove the black, and brighten the cypress. He let it dry for several days, then applied a Sherwin Williams Woodscapes acrylic semi-transparent stain. it was several days later that the green appeared in the wood. Question: what to do to remove the green? I'm thinking, use a stain remover (arrgghh... Woodscapes acrylic is a bear to remove!!), brighten it, and start over. Any other thoughts? Including a stain remover for acrylic?!
  4. Hey folks, I'm looking for a little feedback on concrete sealer: what seems to work the best in your experience, price vs value, longevity, serviceability, etc. I have a customer with a lawn irrigation system drawn from a well with iron in the water. Over time, their concrete sidewalks turn shades of red/orange. Two years ago, I cleaned their sidewalks and other various concrete surfaces, and used F9 BARC to remove the iron stains with excellent results. Now, it needs to be done again. These are my concerns for my customer: I want to provide them with a durable sealer that can protect the surface from the iron, It should be a fool proof application process (since I'm the fool who will be applying it), It should be easy to strip and re coat when needed, Must pay attention to landscaping concerns, as there are flowers and plants close by some of the sidewalks, Help my customer save money compared to the expense having to constantly retreat with F9 BARC, Avoid the possible degradation of the surface from multiple treatments of BARC, Oh, and the customer does not want a glossy finish on the concrete. Ok, I guess that's what I'm looking for, so let the feedback begin! Thanks!
  5. Perhaps give the folks at Hydro-Chem Systems a call. They might have something for you.
  6. Alexy, by caustic, I assume you're speaking of sodium hydroxide. What are your thoughts concerning a dilution rate for a "light caustic" using a down stream application method using a dual wand setup? Concerning the cement type, are there any cautions I need to know about concerning this concrete as compared with today's concrete? I do have hot water, so that is a plus. O, btw, I didn't see any gum, but will be prepared in case I come across some. John T, I use a bleach/water mix in my house washing, with a touch of foaming soap. Are you suggesting that a slightly stronger bleach mix will do the job? Thanks.
  7. Hello, All! I have an opportunity to bid on washing a concrete amphitheater built way back in 1936. The idea is to restore it as close to original as possible. The folks in charge want someone to come in and do a wash. Then, a concrete contractor will be used to patch or repair places where there is damage. Eventually, landscaping will be done to the area, as well. It appears that the concrete has been eroded significantly over the years by wind and rain. I do not feel that using high pressure is what it needs. A good chemical and as little pressure as possible is what I'm thinking. Possibly using F9's B.A.R.C. I've included a few pix, and hope some of you who have experience with restoring historic concrete surfaces will chime in with any suggestions. Thanks in advance, Brad.
  8. Hey folks! I'm needing a little advice, here. I'm in a rural area where poultry, cattle and timber are kings of agriculture. My bread and butter is poultry house washing, but I picked up a single log truck account a while back. He's pleased with my work, and told a local diesel mechanic. The mechanic has really put my name out there to the log truck drivers, & I got a lead right away. Washing one truck is one thing, but washing several trucks each Saturday is another animal. Here's what I've been doing, but its not very quick, and it works the fire out of me, as I'm a 1 man operation: I have an 8 gpm 3500 psi Largo with heat, 525 gal tank, dual wand gun, DS injector, truck washing soap, soft bristle brush on a pole, various tips including a #30 @ 25 degree tip (lowers the pressure I feel in my hand and elbow), M5 X-Jets (used for variable spray pattern, not soap application), and turbo nozzle. I've been "blowing" the mud off the trailer and washing the truck using the dual wand and an X-Jet, with hot water and soap on the truck only. On a few occasions, I've tried the turbo nozzle on the trailer, but haven't really decided if it helps that much. I need to speed up the process, as a mud packed truck and trailer takes 1.5 hrs to wash, and I'm pretty fatigued after washing just two trucks! Oh, haven't used acid yet (on the trucks). I'll have to read up on that subject, now. Any suggestions?
  9. I want to ask permission to send a copy of the voter result graphic to a painter friend of mine. I'm trying to get him to stop thinking like a painter when it comes to decks, and start thinking like a wood restorationist (if that's a word LoL). In my opinion, even though the trades are very similar, there are some differences in how one approaches the project as well as the brands used. My painter friend has asked me to strip and prep a couple of decks for him, and I'm trying to "convert" him, in a sense. Regardless, the main thing to keep in mind is that the customer deserves the best for the money they spend.
  10. Ok, so I'm slow to get around to the different areas, but dropped in here to say hello and introduce myself. I'm Brad Frost, and my company is Sud n Clean Power Washing. I spent over 12 years as a factory worker. In December of 2008, I and several others got laid off when the recession hit. I live and work in rural SW Arkansas, were agriculture is big, especially poultry and cattle. My initial thought was to find some service I could provide in the Agri sector. A friend asked me if I'd thought of pressure washing poultry houses. "No! And don't want to!" was my reply. But, before long the economics of being laid off bought me to a decision point. I was either going to get into logistics for a national trucking company, or buy a pressure washer and wash poultry houses. (I gather you've guessed what I chose.) My first day of business was August 1, 2009, and I have to say, I really enjoy working for myself, providing a service that's needed, and not having to punch a time clock everyday. Yeah, I get filthy and smelly, but I get a kick at looking at a clean set of tunnel fans that used to be covered in dirt and dust. I've branched out and am PWNA certified in house washing, wood restoration, and roof washing. Last year I purchased a little 18" flat wash machine and have done several concrete projects. You can find me online at www.sudnclean.com, or search "Pressure Washing in Nashville, Ar" on MerchantCircle.com. I really appreciate the help I've gotten already from the few posts I've submitted, as well as reading several threads on subjects I've been curious about. Hope to one day be a help to someone, just as many of you have been a help to me. Thanks!
  11. Hey, lots of good info, guys. Very much appreciated.
  12. Hey, I'm for whatever I can do to help my business and my customers. Thanks
  13. Thought I'd send along a couple of pics of a PT pine wood ramp at a local country church. It was a new install last year. I'd done a residential house wash for the treasurer, and she contacted me about staining/sealing the ramp. Gave her an estimate, and advised her to wait a while, and next spring, we'd go after it. Wasn't too difficult... still used a stripper and brightener, though. Then came back with Light Oak Ready Seal. Just got an email reply to a follow up I sent to her. Said, "Brad, The ramp looks great!" Aww, shucks.
  14. Thanks, David. I was in your neck of the woods last October @ the PWNA Convention. (Little known AR-TN facts - Nashville and Murfreesboro are just miles from each other, both in Tennessee and Arkansas.) Back to Thompson's, I understand it is a water based finish, rather than an oil/paraffin based finish. I've heard that wood cannot breathe with Thompson's, causing the wood to fail prematurely. Also, that the oil/paraffin based finishes, when applied correctly, soak into the wood, revitalizing the wood, replacing the natural oils that go away with time. Not to mention the UV protection of the pigments, should something other than clear be chosen. Just seeking verification, as well as good talking points to help my potential customer understand the risks and benefits of his decision.
  15. Thanks, Rick. My concern is high pressure rinse with a 40 degree nozzle vs the low pressure of the jet.