What You Should Know Before Starting a Pressure Washing Business in 2022

Last Updated on October 26, 2021

People will always need cleaning services – mess and grime will always be a part of our lives, and for this reason, it can be a fantastic decision to start your very own cleaning business.

However, cleaning things can be time-consuming and messy work, so you’ll want to be as efficient as possible.

Why not start a pressure washing business? These handy tools blast grime and dirt with enormous levels of water pressure, providing a satisfying and efficient clean to all involved.

It will also give you a huge advantage over cleaning services that use regular tools, and it doesn’t cost much money to get started.

If you are wondering what you should know before starting a pressure washing business in 2022, don’t worry because we’ve got your back.

Just like starting any other business, there are some important things that you will need to know before you get started, and we’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Read on to find out more!

You Will Need to Make a Financial Investment

All great businesses start with a financial investment, even if it isn’t too much.

Luckily for you, there isn’t too much that you will need to spend money on when it comes to starting a pressure washing business, but you will still need to spend some money.

The most important thing that you are going to need is obviously pressure washing equipment. Before you start making a shopping list, have a good hard think about what sort of services you wish to provide. Are your clients going to need indoor cleaning?

Perhaps a petrol-powered pressure washer isn’t the best idea. Maybe your customers will need cleaning services in areas with no mains power – battery powered pressure washers would be a solid option.

If you have the money to finance it, it’s going to be wise to prepare for all scenarios.

Purchase a variety of pressure washers that can facilitate different cleaning scenarios, and stock up with all the essential attachments, detergents, spare batteries, and anything else you may need.

That’s pretty much it in terms of finances – it would obviously be a smart idea to invest a bit of cash in advertising and branding, but the most important thing, to begin with, is getting the product itself.

It’s Not the Tools That You Have, but How You Use Them

Whilst purchasing the equipment and paying for a bit of marketing is obviously important, having the tools isn’t going to be quite enough.

Sure, you may have purchased the latest pressure washer and sprayed down your patio, but that isn’t going to suffice. You’re going to need to practice and refine your washing technique if you want to stand out amongst the rest of the pressure washing businesses.

Make sure that you’ve tried out every attachment that you have purchased, understanding exactly what they are for and when to use them.

You should also never be ashamed of seeking help if you get stuck – have a quick search online and you will find tons of tutorials that will help you optimize your technique.

Most importantly though, you’re going to need to ensure that you are not only cleaning efficiently but safely. That brings us on to our next point…

Practice Safe Pressure Washing

Whilst starting a cleaning business may initially seem harmless, there are risks associated with these powerful tools and you need to make yourself aware of them.

The high PSI levels of zero-degree nozzles can cause all sorts of cosmetic damage to valuables, let alone what it can do to human skin.

It isn’t just the zero-degree nozzle either – if there is debris such as pebbles and rocks lying around in the area you are cleaning, any of your pressure washer attachments could blast them into cars, windows or worse.

The last thing you want to be doing is causing damage to the properties of your clients – they’re paying you to clean, not cause trouble!

Don’t panic though – there are two key things that you can do to ensure that you are pressure washing safely. 

First, it’s all about risk assessment. Before you power up your pressure washer of choice, always assess the area for any risks present.

This could be debris, valuable items or people in the way. Ensure that the area is cleared, and you’re well on your way to a safe clean.

Secondly, take safety precautions like becoming familiar with the safety manuals or your equipment and wearing PPE.

Even if you have conducted a risk assessment, you’re not going to be safe if you aren’t familiar with your device and wearing overalls, boots, gloves and goggles. Kit yourself out with this, and you’ll be good to go.

Digital Marketing is Essential in 2022

Last but certainly not least, we wanted to reiterate the importance of digital marketing in 2022. We mentioned it briefly earlier as an optional choice, but it really will make a world of difference to starting up your business.

Every business these days cleaning-related or not is using the internet to make itself stand out, and you don’t want to get left behind.

You should consider starting your own website, creating blog posts to optimize your website for search engines, and creating an advertising campaign.

Make sure that you target all of these resources to prospective customers in your local area, and we guarantee that you will be more equipped to run a pressure washing business in the digital age.

Final Thoughts

We wish you the best of luck on your path towards starting a pressure washing business!

A lot has changed over the years, so keeping up to date with the latest innovations in pressure washing and running a website will be essential to succeed in 2022. 

However, most importantly of all, you will need to provide efficient, skilled and safe services to keep your customers coming back.

Feel free to refer to this guide any time you need – we’re sure that your business will be wildly successful!

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