by Doug Rucker Doug Rucker


CLEANING ALUMINUM panels and surfaces is something we see with our commercial pressure washing service.  Black streaks emerge on these types of surfaces.  And it’s important to remember these streaks are not typical algae or mildew stains.  You should not treat these stains with bleach when CLEANING ALUMINUM.  We always use our RAP product for this particular job.


RAP stands for Rucker’s All Purpose and we use this cleaning agent for both organic and inorganic stains.  It’s our go to product when not using bleach, which could be for a variety of reasons.  Some of the more common uses are removing streaks from gutters and also removing oxidation.  But it also the ideal solution for CLEANING ALUMINUM panels.  In the video, I explain how we apply RAP with our KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM.  So be sure and watch the entire video for all the details and insights.  In addition to Kingslinger setup, I also discuss the distance that the Kingslinger allows.  Another important part of this job is the ReachIt waterfed pole system.


CLEANING ALUMINUM panels without bleach and using the RAP has several positive advantages.  First, we don’t have to worry about bleach over spray touching surrounding areas.  It was a windy day, but this not an issue when using RAP rather than bleach.  Secondly, these aluminum stains can NOT be removed using bleach.  Finally, there is nothing harmful in our RAP cleaning solution.  So you cannot damage a surface in any way by using RAP when CLEANING ALUMINUM and similar surfaces.  It also contains degreasing properties as well as surfactants.


I discuss one final tip when cleaning commercial properties.  Providing a hand detail window cleaning is a great way to set yourself apart from competitors and really impress your customers.  We do this mainly for front doors and entry ways that are highly visible to the public.  SPRAYWAY GLASS CLEANER is a fantastic way to get this done, along with a lint free cloth.  Don’t be surprised when customers complain when you leave windows left spotted, stained, or streaked after you leave.