The Hidden Costs in Commercial Pressure Washing Prices
It’s no secret that pressure washing is expensive — especially for commercial businesses. Despite the price, business owners see it as the only solution to keep the outside of their store or shop clean and stain-free. However, there are tons of hidden costs beyond pressure washing prices that can quickly add up, costing you an excessive amount of time and labor.
Thankfully, there’s another way. Here, we’re breaking down the true price of commercial pressure washing, and why EXIMO® Waterless Concrete Cleaner is the go-to solution over expensive (and damaging) pressure washing.
The (entire) cost of pressure washing
Cost of the services
If you hire a company to do pressure washing for you, it’ll cost you. Depending on the size of your business, commercial pressure washing prices can set you back anywhere from several hundred to a thousand dollars.
Pressure washers can use up to eight gallons of water per minute. If you have a large area to clean, that can quickly add up. While it’s true that pressure washers use less water than garden hoses, you certainly need something stronger than that to tackle dirty parking lots, sidewalks, garage floors, or whatever outdoor surface you need to clean.
Pressure washing may seem like a simple solution: All you have to do is hire a company to do it, or buy one yourself, right? Not quite. The Clean Water Act, enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes pressure washing illegal without a permit. Why? Because the water left behind from pressure washing likely contains soaps and chemicals, which can contaminate stormwater drains. If that happens, the EPA can fine you up to $50,000 a day. Even if you hire an outside company, the responsibility to check on their permit status falls on you.
So where does that water go, then? 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, which can easily cost over $1,000.
Time and labor
Commercial pressure washing is no easy task — especially if you constantly have traffic flowing in and out of your business. Whether you do it yourself or hire an outside company, you’re likely spending extra time and labor after-hours to get the job done. In some cases, you might also have to shut down for a few hours to complete the project, costing you in revenue.
You may also lose valuable time:
- Researching power 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
While a lot of these don’t have a physical price tag, the time spent away from your actual business can quickly add up.
EXIMO: A better solution
Thankfully, there’s a better solution to commercial power washing: EXIMO® Waterless Concrete Cleaner. In addition to cleaning better and deeper than pressure washing, it also:
- Saves you time and money
- Uses a process called bioremediation, meaning it’s environmentally safe
- Requires no water use (or a pressure washer)
- Reduces downtime
Using EXIMO is incredibly easy, too. It can be applied wet or dry, and only takes a few minutes to get to work.
1. Clean the area of trash and debris
3. Use a broom (dry application) or the sprayer (wet application) to remove the stain.
4. Re-apply as necessary to remove any stains and weekly after that to prevent future staining.
What’s more, you can use EXIMO on more than just parking lots. It also works great on driveways, drive-thrus, forecourts, sidewalks, pavers, and any concrete on your property.
When used weekly, the entire process only takes about two to three minutes. Talk about time (and money) saved.
No Pressure with CAF
With EXIMO, you can eliminate the need for a pressure washer and the costs that come along with it. You can also feel good knowing you’re using a product that’s safe for the environment, which means it’s ultimately safe for you and your customers. Ready to see how else we can help? Check out our solution finder to match with our most effective (and safe) indoor and outdoor products to keep your business looking great all the time.