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How to Start a Small Pressure Washer Business

Starting a small pressure washing business can be achieved with minimal investment in equipment and training, but the job requires physical and business skills. Running the pressure washer itself takes only a few minutes, but the skill required to safely and efficiently clean different surfaces can only be had through experience or professional training. In many states, you get a contractor license and demonstrate your educational experience and claims. Acquire training by working for a pressure wash company or by taking certification courses in continuing education or trade schools.

Create a plan for your pressure washer business. The plan does not have to look professional, but it should detail all aspects of your business of pressure washing. Includes equipment and utility lists, types of customers, pricing, startup and operation, and anticipated capital expenditures. Visit the website of the “US Small Business Administration” for business plan and free information for start-up.

Apply for a local business permit at the county clerk’s office, as well as state tax registration and hiring license at your state department’s revenue offices and business regulations if applicable.

Get corporate liability insurance. You will work on the property of the client and will be responsible for damages if accidents occur.

Purchase an appropriate vehicle, supplies and pressure washer equipment or use your own. A pressure washer and supplies equipment varies according to the Vancouver WA services it offers and can be found at hardware stores or house cleaning supplies. Whenever possible purchase locally to develop business relationships that can lead to customer referrals.

Purchase business cards, flyers, brochures, vehicles and portable signs from your local printing and sample manufacturer. These notices are distributed to potential customers and increase your visibility while working and driving around the city.


  • Consider specializing in a customer area at the beginning and branch out as your business grows. Areas of specialty include truck washing, commercial buildings, residences, shops, marinas, heavy machinery cleaning and others.
  • Be proactive with your marketing and advertising program, and keeps track of what works and what does not work for future reference. There will be times when you will have more work than you can handle and other times there will be no work at all. Consistent advertising and marketing programs eventually lead your business to acceptable levels of regular work.


  • Do not do pressure washing if you are not familiar with them. Pressure washers can permanently damage some materials if used improperly, and you will be responsible.
  • You should understand how to use all pressure washers and chemicals, and protective clothing at all times.Pressure washers and some chemicals can cause injury and illness if used improperly.