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Lockdown Statement from Britclean

Following the UK government’s announcement regarding a third lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic here is a statement from Britclean

Firstly, we just wanted to reassure all of our customers with our plans during the third nationwide lockdown due to the pandemic.

As a provider of an essential service, we are still open in order to support customers from the food production and agriculture sectors with our vast range of pressure washers and industrial vacuums.

The Britclean team will continue to follow Government guidance regarding social distancing during all of our working practices.

We will continue to review the situation on a daily basis and examine each site to evaluate the potential risks involved.

We also ask for your understanding if there are any slight delays in attending your site.

Please stay safe everyone.

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If you have any questions about our working practices during the pandemic or have a question about any of our products, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.

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Pressure Washers Can Be Your New Year Resolution

If you are looking to improve the cleanliness of your premises in 2021, have you considered investing in a pressure washer from Britclean?

While we offer units to purchase, including renowned brands such as Nilfisk and Karcher, we also offer a number of washers for hire too.

For this blog, we will give you a handful of reasons to consider pressure washing as your essential cleaning method.

4 Reasons to Choose Pressure Washers

Pressure Washing is Simple – Conventional cleaning tasks will usually take up a lot of time, energy and elbow grease. When it comes to pressure washing, there is no need to scrub and strain to unsettle stubborn debris. Our units let you maintain a strong upright posture and direct the force of the water towards the unwelcome stains. The setup is quite simple and involves about as many steps as finding soap, sponges and filling a bucket. Simply affix a water hose to the unit and either plug it in or add fuel to its power source to start cleaning.

Save Time – Compared to regular cleaning methods, pressure washing is so much more thorough when disposing of germs and dirt. When you buy or hire a pressure washer, you are cutting out the need to source a number of materials that do a similar job; but to a lesser extent. Pressure washing also saves time and allows you to simply point a nozzle towards hard-to-reach areas.

Boost Your Curb Appeal – When businesses are looking to impress customers and visitors, they understand that you only get a first impression once. Having a clean and welcoming entrance will boost your curb appeal. This can mean cleaning your driveway, pathways or simply cleaning unattractive mildew from your business’ exterior. Pressure washers can take care of all of this in no time, saving your time and energy for more pressing issues.

Support the Environment – Pressure washing is easy on the environment, unlike some other cleaning methods. Heavy-duty cleaning using chemical cleaners can have a detrimental impact on the environment. Alternatively, pressure washers work by blasting water at high velocity and the power of the water stream can lift stains and mildew without using harmful chemicals.

A pressure washer also uses less water when compared to a regular garden hose doing the same job. The amount of force applied by a washer also means you will use less water, but with added cleaning power due to the different pressure options.

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If you are considering hiring or purchasing a pressure washer, contact Britclean today.

We offer the finest range of pressure washing units for customers across Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire.

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Cleaning Concrete Using Pressure Washers

One of the first tasks you may have after hiring or purchasing a pressure washer is cleaning your driveway or pathways.

We understand here at Britclean, that is every driveway and pathway is unique and finding the right cleaning method will ultimately save you time and money – plus the results will speak for themselves.

For this blog, we will talk you through cleaning concrete using pressure washers.

6 Considerations When Using Pressure Washers

1. Know Where the Water is Going – Befoe you start, consider how you are going to deal with the plentiful of muddy water coming your way when cleaning. Work with it and not against and start with your pathway leading to your front door. When cleaning this section push the water to your driveway.

2. Apply Chemicals – Before you start using your unit, apply your chemicals to the concrete using the downstream injector. Whatever chemical you choose, ensure it is right for your machine and the concrete itself. Also, avoid over-spray on plants as they will die or turn yellow as a result.

3. Begin with Borders – Once you start using your pressure washer, create a border around your driveway. Cleaning the edge first will allow you to get a crisp edge and avoid missing any spots. The edge is also the dirtiest part as your water hits the soil that surrounds your driveway. It is best to deal with this first rather than when you are rinsing later on.

4. Clean Your Driveway from Top to Bottom – Regardless of where you start cleaning, your driveway will need to be split into sections. If you use a lance, work in vertical sections that are roughly 3 feet wide and keep your lance 6 inches to a foot away from the surface.

5. Rinse and Spot Clean – Once your driveway is clean, Britclean would recommend going from the top and rinsing it at high pressure. This is necessary to remove all the dirt lifted while cleaning, plus you can ensure no part was missed the first time around.

6. Post Treatments – The difference between a good job and a great job can be a post-treatment. Post treating your driveway reduces the appearance of any tiger striping left from the lance. Using a bleach post-treatment helps to whiten concrete and remove tannin stains.

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If you have any questions about cleaning concrete using pressure washers, please contact Britclean now.

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Why Pressure Washers are Ideal for Winter

Winter is a great time to schedule some thorough cleaning using a pressure washer from Britclean. This time of year is a prime time to increase your curb appeal and sanitise your property.

Britclean is going to share the top three benefits of pressure washing your business this winter.

3 Ways Pressure Washers Benefit Your Business

Less Down Time During Busy Months – The main reason for scheduling power washing projects during winter is that you will have less downtime in busier months. Pressure washing first thing in the morning before your business opens means you can get the task out the way for the day. This will also aid your customer experience and get your exteriors and pathways looking great for the day ahead.

Restore Curb Appeal – During winter the moisture of humidity can lead to damage to your businesses structure. Grime and mould can also build-up, which if allowed to sit for a long period of time will cause permanent damage. This, in turn, could cause structural issues with costly repairs.

Get rid of dirt, grime, mould and any other unsightly messes before a busy shopping period will give your customers a more pleasant experience.

Sanitise Your Property – Power washing does not just improve your curb appeal, it also reduces the risk of spreading diseases. Harmful diseases can spread on building’s exteriors when they are not properly cleaned or sanitised. A pressure washer from Britclean will properly sanitise outdoor exteriors such as car parks, pathways as well as building fronts.

Britclean is equipped with the highest quality of pressure washing equipment, including leading brands such as Karcher and Nilfisk plus our own in-house models. Our goal is to give you a clean property, which is safe to work in and pleasant for visitors too.

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If you have any questions about any of Britclean’s pressure washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Why You Should Pressure Wash Your Driveway

Keeping your driveway clean is an essential part of home maintenance, with the best method being the use of pressure washers from Britclean.

For our latest blog, we are going to share three reasons why pressure washing your driveway is the best cleaning method.

3 Reasons to Use Pressure Washers on Your Drive

Driveway Damage Prevention – Every time dust, dirt, oil residue, bird droppings and other substances find their way into the cracks of your driveway, the expansion joints will start to expand, little by little.

A bit of dirt and a bit of seed is all your driveway needs to become your next weed garden!
This will look awful plus weeds setting up roots in the soil underneath your concrete or asphalt, the more they will damage your driveway until pores become cracks and cracks become gaps.

Driveway Safety – When moss, algae, mould and other natural debris collects on your driveway, it will rapidly fill in the cracks to make the surface smoother. Your driveway was built porous, with friction to help it be good for tyre traction.

The more natural debris that builds up, the slicker your driveway gets, which is bad for your tyres plus it can become a fall hazard too. Pressure washing the natural debris regularly will keep your driveway rough, the way it was initially designed.

Driveway Cleanliness – Driveways are dirty by nature as they are constantly used by cars. There is a difference between dirty driveways and a neglected driveway. Dirty ones are likely to have bird faeces, mould and other disgusting residues on the surface.

Dirty driveways can also lead to mould and fungus, which can find its way into your house via open doors and cracked windows. This can cause negative health effects such as allergic reactions, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, sinus infection, bronchitis, fever, headache and other issues.

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If you are looking for high-quality pressure washers to clean your driveway, please get in touch with Britclean today.

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What Can I Use Pressure Washers For?

As the leading provider of pressure washers for customers across Staffordshire and Cheshire, Britclean knows all the different scenarios where they can be used.

For this post, we are going to share seven different ways you can use a power washer.

7 Ways to Use Pressure Washers

1. Washing Commercial Properties – Power washers are an excellent method for cleaning commercial buildings. The exterior of your building has a big impact on how customers view your business. Making a great first impression and having your building look impeccable will help to do this.

2. Cleaning Fences – Pressure washing a vinyl fence is quite simple when using a safe pressure rate. Wooden fences require more expertise, as they can be damaged if you get the pressure rate wrong. A power washer will help to speed up the process as long as you use the right cleansers.

3. Wash Patios and Walkways – A pressure washer is also the best way to clean patios and walkways as grime and other contaminants can amass over time and put a heavy toll on the surfaces. By using a pressure washer you will be able to thoroughly clean these surfaces in a more efficient way than hand scrubbing them.

4. Washing Decking – If you are considering repainting or staining your decking, power washing will remove general dirt, grime, algae, sunspots and any other contaminants. Once you have cleaned your decking it could require sanding or replacing boards.

A routine maintenance wash will help to keep your decking protected from the elements and looking great. Having your deck washed annually will also lengthen the time between repainting and staining.

5. Treating Roofs – While you may think using a pressure washer on a roof could be risky, if you use a soft wash technique it will rinse dirt away. This helps to treat for algae and other harmful living organisms.

As algae colonies accumulate on and inhabit the surface of your roof, they can dine on the limestone filler and cause deterioration of shingles. Roof treatments help to remove algae, moss and lichens from your roof which allows it to achieve its full lifespan.

6. Clean Concrete – Concrete is porous like a sponge. Dirt, grime and a number of other contaminants permeate the surface which causes unattractive stains. While power washing is ineffective for oil and rust stains, it will work well for the contaminants we have already mentioned.

Britclean would advise sealing your driveway and other concrete surfaces after the wash. Moisture can be problematic for concrete during the winter as the water expands when it freezes. This causes strain underneath a concrete surface and will lead to cracking, chipping and pitting. A penetrating sealer soaks into the concrete, strengthening it from within and creates an invisible layer of defence against excess moisture.

7. Wash House Siding – Washing your house is one of the best uses of a pressure washer, as with commercial properties this is the most cost-effective way to clean the exterior surface.

Airborne algae can find its way to the sun-deprived north side of a property. Algae feed on organic material, leaving behind an unpleasant green-brown residue. If this is left untreated, algae can become embedded within the siding which causes permanent stains. Algae will migrate underneath the siding if it is allowed to colonize long enough and it will eventually soil and damage the underlying plywood.

Britclean would recommend using a pressure washer on your home once per year.

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If you have any questions about pressure washers, please feel free to contact Britclean today.

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Pressure Washers Improve 4x4s Curb Appeal

Pressure washing outdoor areas plus appliances such as your car or 4×4 will half your cleaning job and save you valuable time and effort.

Britclean is the leading supplier of jet washers and industrial vacuums across Staffordshire and the nearby counties. For this post, we will explain how pressure washers are the best cleaning solution for your vehicles and home exteriors.

Save Time With Pressure Washing

It will take longer to clean the exterior of your house, from the walls to the driveway simply by hand. Without a pressure washer, you will more than likely spend hours on your knees or pushing a broom around, trying to clean up the accumulated dirt clinging to surfaces from around the front and back of your garden. However, with a jet washer in hand, you will be able to easily lift away all that grime in as little as an hour. Using an extendable reach attachment you also won’t need to use a ladder.

A regular pressure wash helps prevent mould and mildew too, as you will be clearing away the dirt and bacteria which causes it in the first place. If you live in an area with heavy rainfall, you could experience horrible patches of unsightly grime which is particularly hard to remove by hand. Blitzing it with a pressure washer regularly will help prevent future outbreaks.

Are Pressure Washers Safe to Use on Vehicles?

Pressure washers can clean your car or 4X4 without the worry of damaging its paintwork. This means fewer hours spent using a bucket and sponge.

Our cars can get extremely dirty on long journeys, where dirt is flicked up from the road, or from winter weather which can cover vehicles in debris. If you are a bit of an off-roader and enjoy taking trails in your 4X4, this is also the best cleaning solution.

Just think about how much money you will save on car washes when using a jet washer?

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If you need any more information about any of Britclean’s range of pressure washing machines, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Why is Flow Rate Important for Pressure Washers?

One of the common myths surrounding pressure washers is that the more pressure they have, the better they will wash.

The fact is, according to technical washer experts at Britclean, the pressure will only get you so far and that water flow rate plays a larger role in determining how your washer performs.

How Pressure Washers Remove Dirt and Debris

Every combination of material and contaminants has a particular pressure which is required to seperate the two. For example, grease on stainless steels requires a different pressure than grease on aluminium, cast iron or Teflon. Similarly, paint will require a different pressure to remove it from stainless steel than say ink, chewing gum or tar.

Once your pressure washer has reached the pressure needed for a given combination of material and contaminant, adding more pressure will not make the job go faster. What could help complete the task quicker is the use of a pressure washer that is capable of a higher flow rate.

Measured in Gallons Per Minute, the flow rate is the key to determining how long a task will take. Use this bit of advice to determine that the best pressure washer would be for your application – multiply the pressure at which a system operates by the flow rate in gallons. The resulting number will help you to understand how one system will work compared to others.

When you are thinking about what size pressure washer to purchase or hire, keep in mind that the name ‘pressure washer’ might actually be a misnomer since both flow rate and pressure need considering. Look at the sort of work you need to do and how much pressure is needed to remove the stains you want to address.

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If you have any more questions about the flow rate of pressure washers, please feel free to contact Britclean today.

We are Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire’s leading providers of Ehrle, Nilfisk and Karcher pressure washers, available now for hire or purchase.

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Which Pressure Washer Should I Choose?

To choose the best pressure washer it is a worthwhile exercise thinking about what you will be cleaning, how dirty it will be and how often you plan to use it.

For this post, Britclean will share some expert advice to help you find the right one with the power and features for your specific cleaning jobs.

Here we will focus on light, medium and heavy-duty washers and explain where they can be used.

What is a Light Duty Jet Washer?

Cleaning small areas of lightly soiled paving, bicycles, small cars and garden furniture is the best use for light-duty jet washers. These tend to have low powered motors between 1200W and 1600W, with low water pressure and low flow rates. They are split into small hand-carried units and petite trolley-style models with low handles and small wheels with hose lengths between three to five metres.

The Uses of Medium Duty Pressure Washers

Medium duty washers are commonly used for cleaning domestic garden paved areas and decking, cars plus 4x4s. Some of the more well-known models including Nilfisk and mid-powered Karcher (both supplied by Britclean) tend to be quick and easy to use with good cleaning ability. You can expect a medium-powered motor of 1600W to 2000W with mid-range water pressure and medium flow rates. Your hose will be between five or six metres and could also have hose reels.

Explaining Heavy-Duty Jet Washers

Heavy-duty washers are used for cleaning extensive areas of paving, grimy 4-wheel drive vehicles, commercial vehicles and caravans. While they are more expensive than low and medium-duty versions, they come equipped with high-powered motors, the high water pressure of between 130 to 150 bar with high flow rates allowing them to clean quickly and efficiently. It is important to understand how to use this type of washer properly to avoid damage your surfaces. Accessories can also include telescopic handles, multiple lances plus other robust cleaning extras.

Get in Touch with Any Questions

If you have any questions about Britclean’s range of pressure washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We offer the leading brands of washers including Nilfisk, Karcher, Ehrle plus our own manufactured in-house ready for purchase or hire.

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How To Setup a Karcher Jet Washer

If you have never owned a Karcher jet washer before and aren’t sure how to work it we have got you covered. In our latest blog, Britclean is going to talk you through the process.

Using a Pressure Washer for the First Time

Setting up a Karcher pressure washer is really simple, all you need is a water supply and somewhere safe to plug it in.

Every Karcher jet washer from Britclean comes with a standard hose pipe adapter but if you are drawing from a water bucket, the suction hose and filter kit fit directly onto your machine.

A mains fed garden hose pipe should be at least 15 metres long, which will help you an even supply by using the free-flowing hose pipe adapter on the end of your hose.

Connect the water supply and turn on the tap then squeeze the trigger until the water is running freely through the machine in a steady stream. This will remove airlocks in the system. Now connect to a power source, turn on your jet washer at the switch and you will hear the motor activate for a few seconds then stop.

This is quite normal, it is just your machine pressurising itself.

Packing Your Karcher Jet Washer Away

To pack your Karcher pressure washer away, turn off the machine and turn off your water supply. Pull the trigger to release the remaining pressure and then remove the hose pipe from the machine.

Remove the high-pressure hose and to flush through the last few drops of water left in the pump. Turn the machine back on for 5 seconds and then turn it off again. This is especially important during the winter period.

Your pressure washer can now be stored away ready for its next jet washing adventure.

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If you would like to know more about Britclean’s range of Karcher jet washers, please do not hesitate to contact us today.