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ICAN/ATEX: What should I charge for washing walls?

March 13, 2013

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How much should we charge for washing walls in a garage?

Trying to guess it would be 50 cents a sq. ft. Garage is two sides at 120x80x25.

Wednesday’s Answer:

Using your numbers, you are cleaning 480,000 sq. ft. of wall. 2 (120x80x25)
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Your proposed charge for doing this (if the numbers are accurate) is $240,000.

This is a significant amount, probably much too high for a wall washing.

Your production rate is unknown to us. Are you working with a scrub brush and a bucket, or a pressure washer?

If the latter, what is its capability? How soiled is the wall? What is the nature of the soiling, dust or oils?

So, beyond the impossibility of  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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