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Old 07-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to pressure wash my house in preparation for painting.
I have two questions: 1) What have you found works well as a cleaner in your pressure washers? I'm partial to making my own, but am not opposed to buying a concentrate. I really don't have mold, so I don't think I need to use bleach. Most home made formulas mention TSP, but I'd rather avoid using phosphate. I know there's a phosphate-free TSP, but I don't know if it's available in my area. Other formulas mention laundry detergent or dish detergent. Any suggestions re ingredients and proportions would be appreciated. 2) I have 1,500 s.f. of exterior wall to wash (T1-11 siding). How much soap/detergent will I need?
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I've been in the painting business for well over 30 years and RARELY use any type of cleaner. For the most part the PW does the work and removes dirt and grime with the PSI alone. If I see stubborn mildew/dirt, I get out my garden pump sprayer, fill it with some KRUD KUTTER and water, spray it on the area in question, let it marinate for 10 minutes, and then scrub it with a scrub brush on a pole. Then I hit it with the PW.

KRUD KUTTER is good stuff, safe for the environment and very effective as a mildew killer. Buy a gallon of the concentrate and it will last for the entire summer.

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I've been in the painting business for well over 30 years and RARELY use any type of cleaner. For the most part the PW does the work and removes dirt and grime with the PSI alone. If I see stubborn mildew/dirt, I get out my garden pump sprayer, fill it with some KRUD KUTTER and water, spray it on the area in question, let it marinate for 10 minutes, and then scrub it with a scrub brush on a pole. Then I hit it with the PW.

KRUD KUTTER is good stuff, safe for the environment and very effective as a mildew killer. Buy a gallon of the concentrate and it will last for the entire summer.

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Best kind of cleaning detergent out there is Tide.
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When you talk of using Krud Kutter which one are you using, I looked up Krud Kutter and
they must have 5 or 6 Krud Kutters for exterior washing?
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Well, we both live in the "mountains", so that helps
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<img src="http://images.lowes.com/product/converted/618818/618818811208lg.jpg" alt="Krud Kutter 1-1/4-Gallon Concentrated House and Siding Cleaner"/>

Oops, didn't copy and paste so well........but I get the 1 1/4 gallon green concentrated house and siding cleaner from Lowe's.......about $12.
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Use bleach, been using it for years and it works great.
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I've been in the painting business for well over 30 years and RARELY use any type of cleaner. For the most part the PW does the work and removes dirt and grime with the PSI alone.
I was starting to think I was the only one.

But the problem is 2 (or 3) story houses. Getting either a sprayer or the PW spray up high is the awkward part.

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