Here’s a video I took of us cleaning a Shade Structure yesterday around a pool area. Hope you find it helpful in finding new things to clean and grow your business. We were using a small pressure washer, but I think, it could also be done with a water hose with good pressure and a good nozzle and the right cleaner.
So Larry what do you have to say about that? I remember you thought using a ladder to reach them hard to reach windows with a water fed pole was a bad Idea. What about THAT?
How long did the job take Wayne?
What kind of chemical cleaner were you spraying on it first?
We were using Deep Clean Awning Cleaner with about 1 part cleaner to 8 parts water. We pretreated the fabric with the awning cleaning solution and let it dwell for 5 to 10 minutes.
Tony, the job took 2 hours for the cleaning of the 3 shade structures and about another hour for the 2 repairs we did. We returned after it dried and touched up with white spray paint some of the areas on the frame that are showing a small amount of rust and that took about another hour.
I wouldn’t use pressure though. If its canvas, the a pressurewasher could embed the dirt even further. I just scrub it well with a strip washer or scrub brush then rinse, works great that way.
Where do you get Deep Clean Awning Cleaner, and what do you charge for a job like that?
Thanks Wayne for the “new” (to me anyways) idea and for the great info.
I would agree with you if this fabric was a canvas material such as Sunbrella or vinyl, but a shade structure is generally made from a Heavy-Duty Knitted Fabric that has openings in the fabric for so small amounts of sun can go through it. So a soft pressure washing will not harm them.
Here’s a picture:
Nate, always happy to share with you. Deep Clean awning cleaner can be found here at WCR.
We charged $1,500 for our services of cleaning 3 shade structures, 2 minor repairs and the paint touch ups.
Wow!! Thats my kinda hourly rate, I love anything that would allow me to charge $375 an hour. Now I just need to learn some more about how to do it properly (so I’m not buying new awnings for the customers) and finding me some dirty awnings out there.