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    Hello, I'm a newbie to this industry. I want to start a kitchen exhaust cleaning business. I was wonder if 3 gallons per minute for a pressure washer is good to start with my business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumline918 View Post
    Hello, I'm a newbie to this industry. I want to start a kitchen exhaust cleaning business. I was wonder if 3 gallons per minute for a pressure washer is good to start with my business?
    For Kitchen exhaust 3gpm should be fine. Everything else I would suggest 4gpm and above.

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    Drumline, Great first question. 3gpm is adequate for KEC. This is fineif your cold water unit can be hooked up to hot water ( hot water packing kit ) or you have a hot water unit. Regardless of what you have hot water is a must.
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    I second John's suggestion. If you're doing anything more than hood cleaning, get at least a 4 GPM machine. They're a dime a dozen on Craigslist.

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    We don't offer hood cleaning, but we do a good amount of awning cleaning, which I view as a niche service from our pressure washing side. We have a portable Northern Tool 3gpm unit that does nothing but awnings for us. That little thing cost us maybe $800 (back in 2011) and in 2013 alone pulled in over $16K in awning work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clearview Windows Orlando View Post
    We don't offer hood cleaning, but we do a good amount of awning cleaning, which I view as a niche service from our pressure washing side. We have a portable Northern Tool 3gpm unit that does nothing but awnings for us. That little thing cost us maybe $800 (back in 2011) and in 2013 alone pulled in over $16K in awning work.
    You seriously clean awnings with a Pressure washer??? You crazy? That's possibly the worst thing you could use on an awning. Huge risk from blowing the seams apart or worse blowing the fabric apart. Clean it with good ol elbow grease on an extension pole with a cup of SH 12.5 gallon of water and a good soap


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    Unless you mean metal awnings in that case keep on keepin on


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    Quote Originally Posted by visteamwashdotcom View Post
    You seriously clean awnings with a Pressure washer??? You crazy? That's possibly the worst thing you could use on an awning. Huge risk from blowing the seams apart or worse blowing the fabric apart. Clean it with good ol elbow grease on an extension pole with a cup of SH 12.5 gallon of water and a good soap


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    Crazy? Naw....... We use the right tips, bring the pressure down. In 3 years and hundreds of awnings later, not a one "blown" apart

    I agree on the elbow grease. We do that too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by visteamwashdotcom View Post
    You seriously clean awnings with a Pressure washer??? You crazy? That's possibly the worst thing you could use on an awning. Huge risk from blowing the seams apart or worse blowing the fabric apart. Clean it with good ol elbow grease on an extension pole with a cup of SH 12.5 gallon of water and a good soap


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    Lol, yea I'd think the seams could be too vulnerable too for pressure washing.
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    I would never use a pressure washer because I wouldn't want to be known as "that guy" doing that method but I have been thinking of getting a 6-8 GPM 12V pump for rinsing. It's quiet and would really help the job go faster than a garden hose


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