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Not every surface requires a pressure washer, especially since our Soft Wash method give a longer lasting clean than standard pressure washing. We treat the organic material on the house as a pest, so we eradicate it! Just because one cannot see the organism growing in the siding crevices, doesn’t mean that it isn’t. Our solution breaks down the dirt and grime and we are able to just rinse it away. The solution will not harm your plants and tends to last longer than standard power washing.  Check out the pictures of houses we’ve cleaned just this year in Easton, a lovely historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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It’s a great time to buy real estate, but that makes selling your home more of a challenge! To set your property apart from the rest, you’ve got to increase your curb appeal.  Follow these 10 ways to increase your curb appeal and the house will attract more potential buyers:

1. Make sure the exterior is clean

  • Gutters, Roofs, and Walls provide a surface for moss, lichen, algae and fungi to grow. A clean  house will show that you’ve maintained the property and will out shine the competition.

2. Repair Obvious Blemishes

  • Damaged siding, rails, steps, driveways etc. become a project for the new owner. The less problem a potential buyer has to fix, the easier the house will be to sell.

3. Have Green Plants

  • Start watering your lawn to help keep it green – dead plants can be ugly and you want the property to be pretty.

4. Landscaping

  • Landscaping does not have to be a costly endevour. Create soft lines around the angular house with some flowering bushes and plants in contrasting colors. Local greenhouses and box stores will always have sales. Buy in bulk and mix up the plants.

5. Street Visibility

  • If the house cannot be seen from the road, place something pretty out near the for sale sign to draw in potential buyers. A wall of trees is great for privacy, but doesn’t pull people in.

6. Plan Ahead

  • You may not be able to do this improvements by yourself, so hire a professional. They can get the job done a lot quicker than you may be able to and the cost should be worth it. However, if you wait till the last second, the best contractor may not be available and you will either pay more or settle for less with another contractor.

7. Budget for improvements

  • Don’t be surprised when a potential buyer has a condition. Even with all your planning, they may see something you’ve missed. Just like you, the buyer wants to make sure they are getting the most for their money. You may be able to negotiate though, so set aside some extra cash just in case!

8. Find a Great Realtor

  • Pick a realtor you are comfortable with and confident in – just because they may be assertive, doesn’t mean they are the best one for you. A realtor who is willing to explain the selling process, is frank about your property and the market, and provides references will be a better fit. Communication is key!

9. Keep that “For Sale” Sign Standing!

  • Don’t let the sign fall over! If it gets damaged, ask for a new one and always make sure the pamphlets are full. The key here is to make viewing your property as easy as possible. This is all about opportunity!

10. Keep it Simple

  • Don’t go overboard with home improvements – take your realtor’s advice and the right buyer will come along. Everyone has varying standards, so make your choices clean, crisp and boring. The property should have potential for the new buyer, something they can customize to make their own.

Good Luck!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Roof Cleaning Class at NCE Tampa 2011

Class Description

Learn the process of safe roof cleaning from two experienced roof cleaners: Bill Booz of AccuWash and Kory Finley of  K & J Pressure Cleaning. This 3-4 hour class will include a detailed explanation of the roof cleaning process followed by a demonstration.  No hands-on available, this is a “watch-only” class for safety reasons. We will be cleaning an entire roof.

Topics discussed include:  Safety Requirements, Mix Ratios, Addressing the Customer, Runoff, Spray Control, Ladder Safety, Rig/Pump Variations and More.  Materials Provided: Mix Chart, List of Starter Materials, Chemical Compatibility Chart.

The first 3 to sign up get a free $25 Gift Certificate for Southside  Equipment – so hurry! *Attendance to class is required to obtain gift certificate. If attendance is not met, the next person to sign up/attend will receive this gift certificate. No refunds available for this class.*

Date: Thursday, July 28th at 9am Cost: $325

Follow this link to sign up!

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The National Cleaning Expo (NCE) is in Tampa, FL again this year. This large industry event pulls pressure washers, vendors, and distributors form across the entire United States.  Held at the lovely MainSail Suites near the Tampa Airport July 27 – 30th, each room comes with a full kitchen and dinning room.  There are always a lot of giveaways, but the best prize is the pressure washing skid. Only one key opens the lock to this prize and keys are given out the entire expo. It pays to be there the entire time! The expo is free if you stay at MainSail Suites, and only $30 if you choose to stay somewhere else.

Benefits:

Certifications: Roof Cleaning, Paver Sealing, Wash Water Control and Wood Restoration

Demos: Vendors and Cleaning Professionals show you how to do it!

Speakers: Free Information from those who know

Panel of Experts: From fleet washing to marketing your business, bring your questions.

We will be there on Wednesday, July 27th and Bill Booz will be presenting as well (Topic TBA) Hope to see you there!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, LLC

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Sodium percarbonate (secret OxiClean ingredient) is used by the best deck cleaners to fully pull out all that dirt and grime. Otherwise known as oxygen bleach, Sodium Percarbonate is also used in color safe bleaching laundry products. My husband wears long sleeve white shirts for work and the cuffs always hold the most dirt. Since we use this chemical solid to clean wood decks, I decided to do a little testing to see if I could save money by buying direct instead of the branded products from the grocery store.

First, I washed the shirt in a normal wash – with just laundry detergent. The cuffs were cleaner, but the grime was still apparent. Then, I made a paste of 1 Tablespoon of sodium percarbonate and 1 Cup of hot water. I let the cuffs soak in this mixture for 20 minutes. Finally, I  mixed a 1/2 cup of sodium percarbonate in hot water to dissolve it and added a washer full of cold water along with my normal amount of laundry detergent. After 30 or so minutes, the shirt cuffs were as good as new!

Next time, if I soak the cuffs right away, I could probably just leave them in the hamper till I wash a full load of laundry. Time to buy some sodium percarbonate from my own business to keep in the house!  A good friend of mine uses OxiClean to remove stains from her porcelain kitchen sink, I will have to share this with her as well. Safe and effective cleaning solutions – Yay!

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, Owner

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Ease Your Stress – Call a Pro

I’m a DIY kinda gal, but sometimes, it just isn’t worth all the time and effort. I spent my Sunday cleaning the mattresses in the house. Now if the weather was nice, I think I would have spent that day outside instead and called a professional to do some of my heavy Spring Cleaning. Trying to save money balanced with the value of my time can be tricky and sometimes I fail at solving that equation.  I got married a few years ago and I wanted to make my own wedding dress. I had the skill and the desire, but I did not have the time. So, I ended up buying a wonderful dress and just did the alterations myself. I compromised-I got a beautiful dress and saved money by altering it myself.

For some, the year starts in the Spring. Everything starts coming together and life becomes much more hectic. We take stock of our surroundings and decide what we want to improve and what requires to be improved. Houses are an expensive investment that need constant maintenance, some of which can only be undertaken in good weather. We put out a flyer recently detailing our methods and company profile.

Your home actually isn’t dirty at all, it’s infested.

Infested with an organism that affects your home’s appearance; it will eat and destroy wood, deteriorate roofing materials and absorb heat. These pests are algae, mold, mildew and bacteria. These pests are costing you money!

Standard pressure washing only attacks these pests at the surface. Though the stain is gone, the roots remain. Our SoftWash System treats the problem like a pest, not a stain! We clean the surface and achieve a 100% kill ratio on these pests.

~The SoftWash System Lasts 4 to 6 Times Longer Than Pressure Washing.

~The SoftWash System Has Safely Cleaned In Excess of 50,000 Roofs.

~ The SoftWash System Achieves a 100% Kill Ratio on Mildew and Bacteria.

~AccuWash Covers Each and Every Employee with Full Workers Comp Insurance.

~AccuWash’s Employees are Trained, Courteous and Uniformed.

 

 

 

Quality is important – we are full time cleaners, not weekend warriors.

Morgan C. Booz

AccuWash, Owner

410-482-4367

accuwash1@gmail.com

Roof Cleaning Maryland

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Spring has sprung – and if you don’t already see Daffodils populating everyone’s yard, you will soon! As a busy professional, I am always researching new, time saving gardening tips. Don’t we all want the most we can get with the least amount of actual work? Especially when the benefits are so high – fruits, veggies, good smells and a sense of satisfaction. In roof cleaning, we spend a lot of time making sure that survive a roof treatment, so take it from me – I wouldn’t want my plants to be damaged even with the minimal amount of effort I put into them!

A few criterion for this list:

  • Cheats that are time saving
  • Cash savings.  I believe that a little extra effort is worth saving money.
  • Effectiveness: Tips are all well and good, but they need to actually work.
  • Benefits to my taste buds. I like to cook, so I have an assortment of herbs, veggies and flowers
  • Environmentally Friendly

Top 10 Gardening Tips

  1. Check your State University Home & Garden Information for Planting Dates.
    • Maryland has an extensive list for planting Vegetable Crops in Maryland. It is alphabetical and provides other planting information                                                 
  2. Practice Companion Planting: Certain plants, when grown next to one another, attract beneficial bugs and deter pests. This means, you’ll spend less to kill pests and your plants will be healthier. Faster propagation too!                                           
  3. Share Seedlings: Many plants self propagate and a healthy plant will have hardy shoot offs that get culled every spring.There is a good chance you know someone close by that has a garden. If not, introduce yourself to your neighbor. Offer free labor in return for some unwanted seedlings. Bring your own pots, tools and a bag of potting soil. Chances are, you will even get some free gardening knowledge out of this besides making a new friend. My garden is mostly from family and friends.            
  4. Use Your Trash: Americans are hard core consumers – we throw a lot of usable things away.  Save cheap containers to use as seedling pots. You can write on them with a marker, poke a few holes in the bottom and viola! You have a plethora of usable pots to use for seedlings and transplants.                                 
  5. Save Good Refuse for Compost: It’s extremely easy to throw some of your refuse into a different container for compost, which will translate into prime soil in a year. See this list for do’s and dont’s for what to put into your compost. I keep a brown paper lunch bag or any other brown bag to hold my daily leavings. Then, I can just toss the entire bag into the compost pile since the brown paper is great compost too.   You will get some free soil and save money on garbage bags since your trash will fill up more slowly now.                                                                    
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