• Best Practices for Power & Pressure Washing
  • Karen

    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. For regulation or product information, we can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email at xtechnical@newpig.com.

  • Nate Keblsays:
    01/11/2019 at 11:01 am Reply

    I might add another tip, to stand some distance from the material you’re cleaning, to help avoid etching and otherwise causing damage. You can then move closer as needed for a thorough clean. This is especially important for residential power washing, as too much pressure can damage grout between brick and peel the paint off of concrete and wood decking.

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      04/02/2019 at 10:33 am Reply

      Great idea!

  • ProClean Pressure Washing of St. Petersburgsays:
    03/08/2019 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Some pressure washing contractors neglect sweeping but this step can reveal areas of loose stone, gravel, or aggregate, as well as chipped and cracked surfaces so that you know to use gentle pressure and avoid causing damage in those areas.

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      04/02/2019 at 10:33 am Reply

      Thanks, that’s a great tip!

  • Moon Yunsays:
    10/07/2019 at 10:57 pm Reply

    We have recently started our new power washing company and came across this article.

    Really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on the site. Collecting wash water is ver important in doing so will protect our environment.

    Pool cleaning by no means is an exciting topic to write about, but you did an excellent job keeping it entertaining and not boring. Thanks a ton

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      10/09/2019 at 3:28 pm Reply

      Thanks for the feedback! We appreciate it.

  • Best Car Gurusays:
    06/17/2020 at 5:28 am Reply

    I agree with you that having a plan to manage the dirt, oil, grease and other contaminants that you remove from surfaces, and incorporate best practices into standard operating instructions for both mobile and stationary power washing. Great tips!

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