Does anyone use Dawn dish soap for washing driveways or decks?

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you’ve been doing this for 10 years and still dont know how to wash driveways or decks?

I use it to wash dishes.

lol such a loving group… hahaha glad I’m here:cool:

Thanks but I reread my original post and I could not find where it said I don’t know what I’m doing. I simply asked a question to see if anyone uses it.

Would you wash your dishes with concrete cleaner? In my opinion i would keep the chemicals for what they are designed for. Also seems to soapy for me, Keep it simple SH and a degreaser.

           Austin Bischoff
  Eco Property Services, LLC  
Myrtle Beach , South Carolina.

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I use dawn on windows, kitchen exhaust(hoods), kitchen floors, sidewalks . I love this stuff easy to get and very cheap

Try window cleaning resource for questions like this. not as many as as# hole there

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Thanks Austin but what is sh? I did a search but it says that there are to many possibilities.


Sodium hydroxide

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Mix sodium hydroxide with Dawn

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Sodium hypochlorite is a chemical compound with the formula NaClO. It is composed of a sodium cation (Na+
) and a hypochlorite anion (ClO−
); it may also be viewed as the sodium salt of hypochlorous acid. When dissolved in water it is commonly known as bleach, liquid bleach, or liquid chlorine.[1] It is frequently used as a disinfectant or a bleaching agent.

           Austin Bischoff
  Eco Property Services, LLC  
Myrtle Beach , South Carolina.

Pressure Washing & Roof Cleaning

Commonly known as SH. Right on Austin.

As for using Dawn. It works in a pinch. It is not made for professional pressure washing. It is not chlorine stable. If you add it up it doesn’t save you money. All around, it is unprofessional. If you want to use it go ahead. Advertising it isn’t exactly a plus in the pressure washing community. Just saying…

Try Elemonator.

Is there a recommended mixture ratio? Not sure if I have ever used this or not, was never allowed to see what he mixed up for us to take. Top Secret.

Well for starters if you buy bleach from stores you’re looking at a 5.6%-8% SH

If you buy chlorine from a pool supplier they are 10%-14% SH

So depending on which one you use the mix ratio is different.

When i started out with store bleach i would put 2 gallons in a 5 gallon bucket with 16onces degreaser and 8 onces of a cherry scent deodorizer then test water downstreamed into my pressure washer

           Austin Bischoff
  Eco Property Services, LLC  
Myrtle Beach , South Carolina.

Pressure Washing & Roof Cleaning

I cant imagine why he would do that?? :rolleyes:

If your employer does not trust you with mixing ratios, why should we? After ten years spent working for him, I think you should have earned his trust. If I cant trust my employees with the mix ratios, I find it easier to just let them go and find another employee who is trustworthy

I dunno. Do people use dawn go clean? Yes. Let me ask you this, as a cleaning specialist why would you want to raise a doubtful situation where if something doesn’t clean up properly now you need to go reformulate your dish soap and Clorox mix. Suppliers are spoon feeding you solutions that have been tested and proven successful all you need to do is follow the directions. Not to mention how unprofessional it looks when you’re mixing up your kitchen sink to clean a house.

Some people won’t trust anyone, and are suspicious of everyone. Like one person commented recently, their previous employer instructed them to change up their squeegee technique if anyone was watching, so they couldn’t pick up their “secrets”. It’s paranoia. If anyone had a legitimate reason to not trust an employee with such basic knowledge as “what’s in the mix”, I’m betting that employee wouldn’t last 10 days, never mind 10 years. Let’s no go bashing the new guy, just because his previous employer was a paranoid control freak.

We have no idea if the previous employer is a paranoid control freak or if the new guy is not smart enough to handle mixing instructions.

I know a few employers who only hire the “not so smart people” because they do show up for work every day and do what they are told when it comes to pulling a hose around a house. Trusting them to mix chems properly without endangering themselves, the vehicle, other employees or the customers property is too high a risk.

And at 26 years old I’m sure you have plenty of experience with employers and employees, right?

I stand corrected. I only meant to point out the importance of not jumping to conclusions. But I jumped to a conclusion of my own in the process. We don’t know whether he’s swimming at the shallow end of the pool when it comes to intellect, or if his boss was just a paranoid control freak.

I had never considered the concept of intentionally hiring employees who aren’t capable of safely mixing chems when given proper instruction. But to a particular type of employer, I can see how those attributes might be attractive in a new hire. We certainly don’t want employees who are smarter than us… :wink:

And you’re right about my lack of experience in employer/employee relationships. I’ve spent more time working under the direction of others, than I have had others working under me. Perhaps that’s why I’m not as quick to side with an unknown employer in situations like these. And I’ve been fortunate enough to have never had anyone entirely empty headed working under me. If I had a few of those experiences, I may be singing a different tune.

PS- if you haven’t noticed by now, I have a habit of playing devil’s advocate in conversations. Sometimes when there’s not much call for it. Other times when I’ve got a legitimate point, but only a half-baked argument for it, lol