Friday, April 3, 2015

Roof and gutter

If you have been procrastinating with cleaning your roof, you might want to consider the cost of waiting... Cleaning a roof is much easier if done on a regular basis. Many property owners put it off until the absolutely have to clean it... 
Doing it this way is expensive  and also takes additional years of the roofs life span...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Moss Removal- just get it done

Do you live in western Oregon?..Hope that you like moss because you are doomed to have it. It is inescapable in our climate. It is perfect for staying green. Unfortunately, moss causes untold millions of dollars worth of damage throughout the Pacific Northwest. It cuts the lifespan of many homes sidings and roofs in half. One of the caveats to warranties regarding roofing and siding is moss removal and maintenance. Home owners are in luck though. There are several companies that are skilled and trained in the proper treatment off moss and mold. Fast Finish is one such company based in Salem Oregon. Hiring expensive roofing companies to come out and treat with zinc powders and brushing with a crew is no longer a handcuffed expensive endeavor. Save those companies for the time you need that roof replaced not cleaned... Why pay some company to cause damage by scrubbing or inferior dusting of your roof line with ugly powders that just streak? These methods are expensive and timely. Because they take to much time is why companies have to charge more. When Fast Finish treats the moss you can see it die right before your eyes within minutes... Often times, an extra rinse or even just wind and rain takes the rest off. However, full service means that it can be lightly broomed or blown off with a leaf blower for a nominal charge. There is even a full gutter cleaning service as well...and while we are there you can have us treat all your Homes siding for extra protection and value as well for a complete package.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Contract Cleaning

What is contract cleaning?
There are several types of contract cleaning jobs that are needed for certain types of business. Most of these types of jobs usually include a month to month type of schedule. It will often times include a restorative or deep cleaning every quarter that is deeper than the maintenance cleaning depending on the contract. The types of business that utilize these contracts vary from restaurants to grocery chains or high traffic retail areas. The contracts usually last the period of a year and are reviewed yearly for any price increases or additional services that can be added or subtracted. 
The better professional cleaning companies will be pro-active in evaluation of where they stand with the service being done and how the measure up to the contract. They also take pride in over performance and providing extra when available to secure a future contract. This can include giving demonstration of additional capabilities without charge.As easy as it sounds for the business owner to obtain a professional cleaner such as this, it is often not found as the good ones are almost always booked solid due to the way they perform and the relationship they have built through word of mouth. If you are one of those business owners who have tried the do it yourself method and have not experienced a professional contract cleaner that has the high tech equipment that provides those types of results- it may be time to step up. Results that you can see!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fence Restoration & Presure washing

(Tips from Power Equipment Direct) courtesy of
Power Wash Fences  revised by Fast Finish

Wash the Fence
Rotating Scrub BrushApply approved fence detergent from the bottom up to avoid streaks, and allow 5-15 minutes to let it work. Continually add water to any areas that start to dry to prevent the detergent from staining the wood. ( Fast Finish utilizes several different custom mixed detergents for different types of wood) Washing  a fence may not be enough depending on the types of stain used prior. It is not uncommon for a fence to need stripping of old sealers(especially acrylics) before applying new stains and sealers. Failure of stripping will leave undesirable results from applying new modern sealers over old worn stain and sealers.  After stripping of sealers it is important to neutralize the wood. Fast Finish utilizes special neutralizing brighteners to achieve the best results.

Rinse the Wood
Pressure Washing a FenceUse a delicate low pressure spray pattern when rinsing. Wood is very soft, and you don't want to cause any damage to the surface of your fence. It is best to call a professional, however acceptable results can be obtained by the do it yourself types.

 Always, rinse the from the top down, and work with the grain of the wood. Cover 1 to 2 boards at a time, working in identifiable sections. Avoid to much pressure that will cause wood scars and damage that would need sanding or replacement. We are often able to clean and entire structure without the use of damaging pressure with the proper use and techniques of our chemicals.

Sealing your Fence
Staining A FenceAfter washing, let your fence dry for at least 48 hours. Then, seal your fence with paint or a sealer, according to the manufacturer's directions. We utilize the best proven stain/sealers that are available. None of them contain acrylics in the finish. We believe from experience that acrylics over time turn color from the UV and also peel like a sunburn over time. They are also inconsistent and require stripping and sanding to accept new sealers.They have the shortest protection life of all the sealers and do not penetrate the pores to protect the wood like penetrating oils. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pressure washing, Bad sealer

Bad sealer on concrete or aggregate driveways, patios/ walkways will generally come off when pressure washed. The age of the sealer and frequency of cleaning, along with the exposure to the elements plays a role in what will strip off the surface. The problem most people encounter is the sealer that remains. The home owner will discover that they are unable to remove large portions of the remaining sealer. Most basic pressure washing companies will also encounter the same issue, and they really do not know what needs done at this point. There are basically two methods of removal for old concrete sealers. They both have their place. The first method utilizes chemical strippers that re- emulsify the old sealer so it can be extracted. Extreme caution and care must be used with these chemicals an appropriate removal equipment is essential. A lot of inexperienced companies will pressure wash the emulsifier off , only to splatter it on surrounding structures etc.. Creating a bigger mess. If they don't have a vacuum system that extracts while it cleans they create a much larger problem.  The emulsifier will also strip paint from surrounding structures or leave the old sealer stuck to the surface when it drys.
The second method is media blasting the surface. This method is typically safer but does require a fair amount of clean up as well with a vacuum to remove the un recycled media that is left behind.
Fast Finish utilizes both methods of removal to insure the best bond for new sealers being applied. For regular cleaning of driveways, patios and sidewalks it is best to use a company that understands what is needed to finish the job correctly.  Application of new sealer over the old will create an unsightly look.
For more information regarding the removal and application of sealers or sealants on cement ,concrete or exposed aggregate call Fast Finish at 503-749-5001