#159 – Is there anything a power washer can’t clean?

As a recognized leader in the industry, Michael is a well-respected power wash contractor and instructor. Among his many accomplishments are his term as the President of the non-profit trade association, Power Washers of North America (PWNA) and having served on the board for fifteen years. As owner of Powerwash.com, Michael has brought the company to the forefront of the power and pressure washing industry, providing top-of-the-line pressure washers and pressure washing equipment, cleaning chemicals, training, and consulting services.

You might say power washing is in Michael Hinderliter’s blood. Michael held his first pressure washing wand at the tender age of 12, working summers and weekends for his father, Robert Hinderliter, president of what is now Powerwash.com Forth Worth. Michael began by repairing and building pressure washers, and by the time he was a senior in high school, he had started his own power washing business – Steamaway Mobile Power Wash – putting away money for college. Pressure washing has been good to Michael. The revenue he generated from Steamaway paid his college tuition and living expenses, and paid for his first home and vehicles.

Steamaway Mobile Power Wash led the charge into the environmental power washing arena in the early 1990s, and Michael was the first contract cleaner in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to obtain certification for Correct Environmental Washing Procedures. He was also the first mobile washer to obtain a Sanitary Sewer Discharge Permit.

While Michael’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington has been a tremendous asset to Steamaway Mobile Power Wash, he believes his business courses were just as valuable. He is a strong proponent of education and for raising the bar of professionalism and industry standards. According to Michael, “the biggest mistake I see in the industry is when new companies are started by people who don’t seek management training. Knowing how to manage time, money, and employees is crucial to business success.” Not surprisingly, Michael’s role as an instructor in the Powerwash.com School includes training in bookkeeping and business management. He also teaches marketing and fleet washing techniques. Showing contractors how to obtain new accounts is one of his specialties.

In 2010, Michael expanded his business, purchasing RHASCO Cleaning Systems from Robert Hinderliter, and changing its name to Powerwash.com It appears he has turned that first pressure washing wand into a magic wand.

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