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    Deep Clean for the Salon: Finding a Pressure Washing Company

    Hiring a Pressure Washing Company: What I learned

    I have been looking at the outside of my shop and it’s getting kind of grimy, especially the sidewalk.

    I have read all kinds of things before I decided on what to do. This is a great article I came across: Pressure Washing Article
    So I called a pressure-washing company to come out and tell me how much it would cost to clean it.

    They were very kind and they came out and told me exactly what I needed to know about the sidewalk.

    While they were there, they also looked at my roof which happens to be barrel tile. The guy pointed out how moldy it is.

    When I looked at it, I was astounded. I could see exactly what he was talking about. The tiles were all covered with black mold. Some areas were darker than others but it was very obvious when I looked at it how dirty it is.

    The pressure washer guy talked to me about cleaning the roof. He told me why it would be a good idea to get it done. And then he said I could have it done in one of two ways. They could either get up there and actually clean it with the pressure- washer, or they could get up there and clean it with a solution delivered under low pressure.

    Chemical Cleans and Pressure Washing

    I asked what the difference was, and he told me that a chemical clean will last two or three times longer than just a pressure washing clean.
    He described it as similar to mowing your lawn. When you mow your grass, you just cut off the tops. When you spray Roundup, you kill the roots of the grass.

    Then he said that pressure washing is like a lawnmower. It gets the mold off the roof but doesn’t get down to the roots. A chemical clean will kill the roots of the mold. And that’s why a chemical clean will last a lot longer then a roof that is pressure washed.

    He told me that when they do sidewalks, they also use chemicals. The chemicals kill mold on the sidewalk. So it makes for a more thorough clean.

    He told me that they use chemicals first in the pretreatment and then they pressure-wash it with the surface cleaner. If there’s still mold left after that, then they post-treat it.

    He also pointed out to me how dirty the sides of my building are. He showed me the soffits and the gutters that have insect crap all over them and mold.

    He said they could get that stuff off and make it look almost like new. He said they would use the same chemical solution as on the roof, only it would be much weaker. And they would not harm the plants.

    He told me that they were licensed and insured and that all their technicians have been trained. He told me that if they did the roof and the sides of the building. that the plants would be fine. They would protect them.

    I decided to go ahead and get the roof done as well as the sides of the building and the soffits and gutters. And of course the sidewalk, which is what I had originally wanted done.

    We have the job scheduled for next week. They will be able to do it on the one day of the week that we’re closed.  So that will work out perfectly because there won’t be clients going in and out while they’re trying to work.

    I’m very excited about getting this done.

    The Crew

    Just some salon fun in the video above. I felt like sharing. LOL

    About my Salon

    In my salon I have five stylists. Three of them are my employees. The other two are independent contractors. This means that they rent their stations from me and they come in with their own clientele.
    There’s not really any distinction between the stylists other than their employment status. We are basically like the family. We’re with each other day in and day out. We see each other on our good days and bad days and when we’re grumpy and when we’re happy.

    The girls all have their strengths and their weaknesses and jobs they like to do more than other jobs.
    For example, Amy is our resident waxing technician. She really likes to do that and she will take all of the customers and do their waxing work, regardless of whose client they are officially. This works out just fine because the rest of us don’t like waxing very much.

    The Staff

    Amanda is an all-star with teenagers. They seem to love her. I think it’s probably because she looks like a teenager herself. She’s very high-energy and she has a trendy haircut she usually dyes all different colors of the rainbow. She can talk to kids like they are best friends. This usually results in a good haircut.

    Julie Is a very stable and calm stylist. Some of the older ladies like her best.

    Anna marches to the beat of her own drummer. I have never really been able to figure out what she most likes to do. She will complain about doing a particular service on one day, and then the next day says how much she enjoys it.

    Anna is a very good colorist. If any of my other stylists have a client with a difficult hair color issue, I will assign them to Anna. She can make all things new.

    I had a mom call me one time with a teenage son who had dyed his hair blue. He had used drugstore dye and it was blue for one day and then after that turned green. He was morose and depressed about his green hair. She brought him in and Anna took one look at him and knew exactly what to do.

    She sat the kid down and began a bleaching process that took two hours but got the green dye out of the hair. The kid and his mom walked out elated and Anna was a hero.

    I have my own set of clients and these are people that have been with me forever and ever. I really don’t look for new clients anymore because I have my schedule full with all of my regulars.

    So that’s our little crew. All of the girls know how to do all the basic services: cuts, blowdries, colors, weaves, highlights. They have to know it all in case we have a rush of walk-ins, and they have to take someone in one of their scheduling gaps.

    They’re all pretty good about pitching in with some of the menial tasks like sweeping the floor or washing the client coffee cups. The salon cleaning I have done once a week by someone who comes in. I figured I can splurge on that and then none of us have to worry about dusting and toilet cleaning and the like.

    Next time I’ll review some products and maybe throw in a client story.