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    GTA Gum Removal Ltd.
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    Andrew Meades
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    Markham
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    Contract Cleaner
  1. Cold weather Graffiti removal

    Hey Mark, Winter graffiti removal can be done, but how successfully varies. General rules: 1. Apply the product on the tag as hot as possible. I use hot water baths and store the product in them right up until they are applied on the surface. The products will only work until they get too cold and everything grinds to a halt, so the goal is to give them enough momentum to fully emulsify the tags before they stop working. You can reapply hot product over existing product to try and help keep things working. Spraying hot water may keep things working but I find that creates ice everywhere else, better to reapply. 2. Masonry acts like a cold battery. Even it is warms up during the day to above freezing, consider the overnight temps. The bricks take awhile to heat up, especially if they are not in direct sunlight. If your surface is still freezing cold its going to affect the outcome. 3. You only get one chance at removal. Make sure the pores are not full of ice. Once you have applied the product, let it dwell for as long as possible, test a small corner and see how it is coming off. Once you have pressure washed everything off, if it is below freezing temps, the water will freeze in the pores of the masonry, and no further attempts can be made until it thaws and dries in the spring. The surface of the bricks can look completely dry, especially if the spot gets sunlight, but the pores may still be full. The problem is that you can no longer get product onto where it needs to go, it can't get past the ice in the pores and to the paint. So be sure you are ready to pressure wash, whatever your tests reveal is what you can expect. Any shadows you are trying to clean up are the hardest to reach places in the surface, ie deepest pores. 4. Manage customer expectations carefully. There is no way to say that this product works on these brands of spray paints or these colours. When they manufacture the paints, they use whatever solvent is the cheapest at the time, and this affects how well and quickly it can be removed. I've had situations where I've applied product over a variety of tags and had it remove 3 of the 4 different colour, but not touch the last. If it was summer, you could try again either re-applying or trying a new product or method. Winter does not allow for this flexibility. I personally use products from http://www.graffitisolutionscanada.com/ The Rhino Blast is a gel based product which helps to keep the heat and keep working. The Metallic Paint Blaster is another great option which works in about a minute and is really helpful for winter removals. I speak with the owner Cal regularly and he really knows his stuff. Everything I talked about above I learned from him and from personal experience. Still have lots to learn but this is how I understand it so far! Regards, Andrew
  2. GreenHouse Glass / Marijuana

    Hey Rich, Was just looking into this for the residential side. Found this thread. From my understanding: Laboriously Perfect - scrape with a razorblade and/or acid restoration, rinse well with pure water or squeegee Efficiently Excellent - pre-rinse, apply house wash, scrub with soft bristle flowthru brush, rinse, rinse well with pure water Quick and Good - rinse, house wash, rinse Considerations Customer expectation Existing amount of dirt and what it is TDS in the local water supply Job logistics If you are talking about a commercial greenhouse with the peaks and valleys, I think I've got the solution for you. Greenhouse impossible: Cheers, Andrew
  3. New Season around the corner

    Same, phones been ringing well. Might have to start hiring a bit earlier than anticipated! No complaints either.
  4. New Season around the corner

    Any of you guys done graffiti removal in the winter? I experimented with that a bit last year and got some fair results. I would say around -5C with hot product and hot pw you can clean tags. That and doing some indoor pws and kitchen tile grease cleanings. That's what kept us working last winter. This winter its been more of the same, just some more exterior pw jobs as well.
  5. New Season around the corner

    With this warm winter, I've been getting calls for work on the warm days which has been nice. Otherwise, looking back at the calendar last year, end of March is when we started picking up. I think it will probably start a little sooner this year.
  6. 36" & Larger Surface Cleaners

    Meades.
  7. 36" & Larger Surface Cleaners

    Hey John, Okay I have added you with my personal account. Just FYI I rarely use FB, so any messages are only checked a couple times a month.
  8. 36" & Larger Surface Cleaners

    Thanks for reposting that John, was an interesting read.Are there any videos of that 72" beast in action? Would be interesting to see. If you are doing a large area, what is the best system for surface heads? We currently use a Whisper Wash Big Guy as our largest surface cleaner. I have seen images of reclaim system trailers that can tow multiple surface heads. Does anyone sell a modular surface cleaner, where you can add on heads to increase your coverage? Assuming you are proportionally increasing the flow/pressure as well. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks for the reply. Also just want to say thanks to you and Beth for creating this community and wealth of knowledge. And to all the contributors. Was reading through this post of cold weather hints and point #2 made me realize we're missing the bypass line when running antifreeze. We just use a funnel and pour until we see antifreeze come out of the whip. Now I'll have to make sure to put a gun or a valve on to get it into the bypass. That's one headache I now won't have. I've got limited experience as a contract cleaner so far (5 years, but really only started learning in the last 2), but I am a techy guy so hopefully that's where I can help provide some knowledge. I'll start a new topic in the next little while and see if there is any interest.
  10. Just an update, the customer talked with the installer, they did not apply any sort of seal. He also talked with Veranda: the product that was used (3-4 year old composite decking) when it is manufactured, during the process develops this film on the surface, they do not apply anything additionally when it is being made. Apparently with newer composite decking products this is not the case, they do apply something. This film has likely been stripped away by pressure washing where the brute force of the water has removed the film. The markings in the picture agree with that. Options: 1. I will keep researching into what that film might be composed of, so can potentially find the right product. Get the product and remove the rest chemically. 2. Otherwise, remove the rest of the film physically. Control the pressure and find the minimum psi and temperature that will remove the film, use a surface head to get an even result. It will wear on the areas that already have the film removed so should only be a last resort.
  11. Thanks for the reply Rod. The product is Veranda brand composite decking from Home Depot. I asked the customer, and he did not believe there was any sealer applied when he had the deck built ~3-4 years ago. I will get the customer to check and see if on the invoice he might have some info if there was a sealer used. I will also contact Veranda and see if the product already had something on it coming from the factory. Might composite decking already have a seal on it when new? No discussion on colour change or reapplying a sealer yet. I do not have much experience in applying sealer, but am learning through as I go through this forum. There is interest in yearly maintenance for the deck to keep it looking clean. I imagine leaving a bare composite will dirty and weather much faster then if it is sealed. Thanks again.
  12. Hey guys, New here so just saying hi. We're hopefully not done yet. It was 14C (57F) here yesterday which has been great. We're going to try and offer some services this winter that will allow us to use the equipment and get by until March. I'm thinking interior pressure washing/industrial unit cleaning, grout cleaning, winter graffiti removal (with varying results), and salt removal closer to springtime. I just learned about ice dam removal, that might be something to look into. Rod, thanks for posting pictures of your setup. Could you explain the last picture a bit more? Is that the space heater you use to keep the temperature from freezing? Do you just run an extension from the house? Thanks all!
  13. Quick easy and cheap winterizing tip

    Good idea. I've been trying to recapture some of the antifreeze as we startup the equipment so I don't go through so much, but getting some from a salvage yard makes sense and should help save some money. Thanks!
  14. Looking forward to learning!

  15. Hey All, I'm new here. I look forward to getting to know everyone and helping provide my input where I can. Trying to spend some time everyday to go through and learn as much as I can. I'm excited. I was wondering if I could get some input on a current problem in the meantime. I've got a customer who looks to have the seal partially stripped from their composite decking. See pictures below. What could I do to get them back to a clean slate? Thanks, Andrew
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