The Best Cleaning Companies Use the Best Pressure Washing Chemicals and Techniques

With over 25 years of providing excellent cleaning services to businesses across Northeast Ohio, we know how to get your building clean – and we also run into some misconceptions along the way. Some customers believe that power washing is simply a matter of hosing down a building with a high-pressure sprayer.

The equipment is part of the process, yes, but the true key to effective power washing is choosing the best pressure washing chemicals for the job, and knowing how to use them properly.

So, in this article, let’s talk in more depth about the range of chemicals and cleaning products we use, and how a great pressure washing company protects your assets while providing the cleaning services you need.

I. The Best Pressure Washing Chemicals for The Job

Pressure washers don’t use simple soap and water.  There are a variety of chemicals and cleaning agents used, depending on the job. These include:

Detergent Mixes

Basic pressure washing does use a mix of soap and water, but it’s not store-bought detergent.  Pressure washing detergent mixes are hyper-concentrated, far beyond what can be typically found in stores. The intensity of the detergent can also be adjusted, based on the needs of the job, and how they’ll interact with the surfaces being cleaned.


Bleach is another common additive, probably the most ‘basic’ of the chemicals used in power washing.  Of course, when dealing with large amounts of bleach, care must be taken!  A spill could be disastrous.


Chlorine is still one of the most powerful disinfectants and is typically mixed along with bleach for maximum effectiveness. This is another chemical that requires specialized handling training, due to how dangerous it can be in large quantities.


These are chemicals designed to decrease surface tension, such as loosening up the grip that dirt and grime have to a building. This aids the power washing and helps protect your property by reducing the amount of physical pressure needed to knock grime loose.

Foaming Agents

Foaming agents aren’t just for looks.  They actually help the detergent penetrate into cracks, crevices, and holes, such as all the porous surfaces in brick or concrete walls.  They can also help the detergent and surfactant stick to the surface for longer, increasing the cleaning power.

Metal Brighteners

When cleaning metal surfaces, such as aluminum, acid-based detergents are used which are capable of cutting through oxidation.  They’re effective as cleaning agents, but also leave the metal looking shiny and new.


Pressure washing blends typically also include some scent agents, specifically to cover up the smell of chlorine, bleach, and other chemicals used in the process.

II. Important Techniques When Power Washing

Even if you have all the right chemicals, you still need the know-how to handle them properly, while protecting your property from any unintended damage.

A great power washing company will:

Know the location.

A washing company should never show up to your business and just start blasting away with its sprayer. Proper technique begins with a full site survey, to learn what surfaces will be cleaned, and how much work will need to be done. This allows them to formulate the best cleaning mixes for the job while protecting vulnerable or easily damaged surfaces.

Cover vulnerable areas.

Not every surface is suitable for power washing. A cleaning company must identify areas that cannot be power-washed and take steps to protect them from the pressure and/or chemicals. Plastic sheets, tarps, or heavy drop curtains are often utilized.

Clear the area of small objects.

Any small object can become a deadly flying hazard if it’s hit with a pressure sprayer.  A good cleaning company will meticulously clear any small items before attempting a cleaning. You can help speed up the process (and reduce your hourly charges) by clearing out small items ahead of time.

Watch the weather.

Think it’s bad when it starts raining when you’re washing your car?  It’s so much worse if that happens in the middle of a pressure wash.  Wind can also be a big problem since it can carry chemicals away from the building and into unsuitable places. A good cleaning company always watches the weather carefully and adjusts their techniques to fit.

Protect nearby people.

A power washing company should always block off foot access to any area they’re cleaning, with the barriers far enough away that people won’t be hit by spray.  Power washing chemicals can be dangerous if they come into contact with a person’s skin, eyes, mouth, or nose.

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Understanding the Best Pressure Washing Chemicals & Solutions to Use

Pressure washing, when done correctly and with the right commercial pressure washer, can prove to be an extremely effective cleaning method that can be utilized to clean a variety of different surfaces and materials. However, understanding and using the best pressure washing chemicals and solutions for your needs is just as important.

So, in order to help your business looking as clean as possible, we’ve made this quick guide that outlines the different cleaning options you have, and which will be best for you.

Soap or Detergent?

Technically, soap can be categorized as a detergent. With that being said, the big difference is that soap utilizes natural ingredients from animals and plants such as fat and oil that are then combined with glycerol and salt to create soap. Soap and water are a great combo that can fight and dissolve dirt and stains during the cleaning process. Conversely, most detergents are created using chemicals, as opposed to only fat and oils like with soap.

When to Use Soap vs. Detergent

Soap can sometimes be easier to manage since it can run down drains safely, but, be aware that if you are using untreated water, you cannot use pressure washer soap since it will create a certain calcium leftover on your surface. With detergents, you don’t have to worry about this issue. Also, detergents can prove to be much more effective on concrete and wood surfaces.

Often times both detergent and soap will be blended for a pressure washing chemical that can yield the best results.

What Do I Need?

For commercial and industrial applications and continuous use, you will need to purchase the best in pressure washing chemicals and then complete the mixing process. The reason being that in large and bulk quantities, you will save a lot of money in the long run when compared to buying induvial pre-mixed solutions that your local hardware store carries. Those pressure washing solutions are focused specifically for residential and infrequent use.

Get the Best Pressure Washing Chemicals from Crown Cleaning Systems

At Crown Cleaning Systems, we have the commercial and industrial pressure washing chemicals you need. Not only do we stock the best in the industry, all our pressure washing chemicals are biodegradable and butyl-free, which means they are safe to use.

Contact us today for the best pressure washing chemicals and cleaning products available.