Summer 2019




Lincoln ...


Iconic pressure wash entrepreneur Henry Bockman, who has cleaned national

monuments including the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and is an expert at

performing “big jobs” like the University of Maryland football stadium and the

D.C. Armory, is now taking his brand national


Henry Bockman, you might say, has

always been red, white, and blue.

A veteran of the Navy, Bockman

served aboard the USS America as

an aviation ordinance specialist with

the F-14 Squadron “The Starfighters”

weapons systems.

“I went into the military because I

wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after

high school,” Bockman said. “I wanted

to get out and see the world a little.”

Bockman served three years in the

service. Afterwards, he started out working

at the Department of Energy as a

security guard but decided it was “too

much like being in the military.” He had

a friend who had a window cleaning


company and asked him to do a job for

him when he was going on vacation.

“So I did that and made like three

hundred and fifty bucks,” Bockman said.

“And I was getting paid about that same

amount for a week in the military! So I

was like ‘this is pretty good.’

He bought a couple squeegees and

started cleaning windows. From there,

beginning in 1989, he started adding

other lines of business, including gutter

cleaning and, in 1990, pressure washing.

He would eventually start Commercial

Restorations, a company specializing

in delicate commercial pressure wash/

cleaning jobs. This included work on

Washington DC-area historical memorials

like the Lincoln Memorial and

Jefferson Memorial. Bockman cleaned

the plazas, exterior areas, and some

of the lower parts of the Lincoln Memorial

in 2002 and again in 2006. He

did the same for the Jefferson in 2006.

Other historic projects on his resume

include the Abner Doubleday Stadium

in Cooperstown, New York, the home

of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In short,

he’s done a lot of high-pressure jobs, no

pun intended.

The first time Bockman cleaned

sections of those national monuments

was as part of the ‘Clean Across America’

program that he created. Clean

Across America was nothing short of

a brilliant marketing idea for the entire

pressure wash industry. Bockman’s idea

was for pressure washers everywhere to

clean historical areas nationwide free of

charge both as an act of altruism but also

as a means to promote the industry to the

general public. The Pressure Washers

of North America (PWNA), for which

Bockman is a former director, adopted

the idea and made it the organization’s

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