For many commercial businesses, pressure washing may seem like the only option when it comes to keeping their store’s concrete clean. However, many businesses fail to realize that there are various hidden costs beyond the initial pressure washing service fee. These hidden costs can cause you to lose time, labor, and money. To be better informed about the realities of pressure washing and the impact it can have on your business, here is some helpful information to consider:
Cost of the services - Depending on the size of your business, commercial pressure washing prices can set you back anywhere from several hundred to thousands of dollars if you hire a company to do it for you.
Wasted water - Pressure washing can use up to eight (8) gallons of water per minute and it can quickly add up if you have a large area to clean.
Potential fines - The Clean Water Act, enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes pressure washing illegal without a permit. The water left behind from pressure washing likely contains soaps and chemicals, which can contaminate stormwater drains. If that happens, the EPA could fine you up to $50,000 a day. Even if you hired an outside company, the responsibility to check on their permit status falls on you.
Water reclamation - In addition to the cost of commercial pressure washing, you also need to invest in alternative solutions for recycling the leftover water. A popular go-to is portable water reclamation systems that can catch and recycle water that has been used for cleaning. However, these systems can easily cost over $1,000.
Time and labor - Whether you do it yourself or hire an outside company, you’re likely going to spend extra time and labor after-hours to get the job done. In some cases, you might also have to shut down your business for the duration of the project which could cost you revenue.
Other ways that you may lose valuable time:
- Researching pressure washers
- Familiarizing yourself with EPA regulations
- Looking for a reputable, insured pressure washing company that uses safe products and practices
- Coming up with alternative solutions to recycle runoff water
- Scheduling time to pressure wash without interrupting business
Thankfully, there’s a better solution to commercial pressure washing that is environmentally friendly: EXIMO® Waterless Concrete Cleaner.
Using EXIMO will:
- Clean better and deeper than pressure washing
- Save you time and money
- Require no water usage
- Be an easy application, reducing downtime
EXIMO can be applied wet or dry, and it only takes a few minutes to get to work.
Follow these instructions for application:
1. Clean the area of trash and debris
2. Apply EXIMO directly to the stain for dry application or mix it with water in a 2-gallon sprayer.
3. Use a broom (dry application) or the sprayer (wet application) to remove the stain.
4. Re-apply weekly to prevent future stains.
EXIMO Waterless Concrete Cleaner is environmentally friendly. It uses a natural process that is EPA recommended called bioremediation, where microorganisms breakdown and consume hydrocarbons, leaving only water and carbon dioxide. The entire application process only takes about two (2) to three (3) minutes. EXIMO can be used on concrete, parking lots, driveways, drive- thrus, forecourts, sidewalks, and pavers.
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Editor's note: this post was originally published in May 2020 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.