Great post Chris, I just saw this today. Here's what we wear. Khaki golf shorts from Wal-mart. Can't remember the brand, but they're cheap. They don't bleach out, and they're thin and light. They are polyester, so they dry quickly and they keep you cool because they're not heavy material weighing you down. They have pockets front and back like regular shorts, and they actually last a long time. They have the bonus of looking clean and professional, and they wash up nicely. I've slid a couple roofs on the behind, and it washed right out. That said, they will tear if you really go sliding in them. For all we've put them through the past two years, they are great. Way better than anything else we've worn. For shirts, I like the dye sumblimated ones. We get a lot of compliments and requests because of them. Of course, ours aren't super cheesy looking either. The one caveat with these is the colors wear over time. It takes a while, but after a year the color loss is significant. It just kind of fades and lightens from the chems. It's worse if you wash a lot of houses, which we do. The shirts are also polyester, so they dry fast and let the breeze through. I noticed what you said about gray shirts. They simply don't bleach for some reason. We had gray shirts for a while, but the cotton once soaked is so heavy and oppressive! Until I went with polyester, the gray ones were the only thing we found that worked. With these uniforms, we don't feel as heavy and weighed down like cotton does, and when you really get your sweat on in the middle of summer, these at least air out and dry better than cotton.
That's the one we use. The pink properly rated 3M filters. We also replace frequently, because they wear out. As someone who came to this from painting, my lungs aren't stellar either! 20 years ago, not many people were doing anything for health and safety, and unfortunately with that trade, they still aren't taking it serious enough. It's not the one time whiff of something funny that hurts, although it can. People like Craig Harrison made F9 because he put himself in the hospital trying to use muriatic acid. The real bad thing is the occupational exposure that happens daily, over and over again and it accumulates into a real serious problem. I hope everyone out there doing roof cleaning are heeding these warnings, because this is serious business. There are many people who just spray away without thinking, and I imagine we're going to see a lot more illness showing up in the future because of it.
Good to see you out amigo! You're one tough sob! High dose vitamin C helps with the arteries and heart problems. Also ginkgo is a natural blood thinner that can help as well. BEFORE you get bypass, look into Diamondback 360. They can clear clogged arteries. They don't tell a lot of people about this, but it is a good fix compared to bypass and stents. Maybe this will be helpful to you.
I've done my fair share of cleaning without a respirator. It's just not worth it. I can feel the burn in my throat when I've been around too much SH. We are strict about wearing respirators. I make it mandatory on roof cleanings, and any enclosed area like screen enclosures, etc. Even just a downstream mix when pressure washing here in Jacksonville, Florida inside of these pool enclosures can be tough on the throat and lungs. Don't forget eye protection, because there is always the risk of lines under pressure erupting and fittings breaking etc. that can lead to serious trouble. Everyone should learn to listen to those who pioneered this industry, like Chris Tucker and others around here certainly have.
I saw these guys and I exposed their bogus claims in the roof cleaning group on Facebook. These clowns use a surface cleaner on asphalt shingles, and claim the manufacturers approve of it. First, NO shingle manufacturer approves of pressure washing the granules off of their shingles. NONE. I do work for a number of them, and they choose us because we are certified, and because we use RCIA approved cleaning processes that are SAFE for the roof. Second, their copper sulfate is NOT "approved" by the EPA. That is another bogus claim. It is REGISTERED as a PESTICIDE, but the EPA doesn't condone or recommend ANY products. To anyone considering hiring the Roof Homicide guys, be forewarned, the shingle manufacturer WILL NOT honor a warranty once you've pressure washed your roof. Pressure washing turns a 30 year roof into a 15 year roof. I implore anyone to call their shingle manufacturer and see if they approve of CONCRETE SURFACE CLEANERS and PRESSURE WASHERS being used on their asphalt shingles. Since the granules are half the life of the shingles, I'm positive the answer will simply be no. DO NOT fall for these roof homicide fellas, or you can kiss your 30 year roof warranty good bye. Same goes with roof "shampoos" and others who are not certified, educated, and experienced roof cleaners. They also make the claim that bleach is bad for the environment, because they know that zero pressure roof cleaning uses sodium hypochlorite based solutions to safely clean roofs. The truth is, in the wrong hands, roof cleaning can devastate landscaping. Many a hack has found out the hard way. So has many a homeowner who wouldn't pay a premium for a professional service. However, sodium hypochlorite is just salt water in the end, and is safer than ANY so called "cleaner" that needs registered with the EPA as a pesticide!