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Winter 2014 is officially over, now comes the fun part – bringing your parking lot and garage surfaces back to life!
The numerous amounts of de-icing chemicals, snow removal, and fluctuating temperatures has put a beating on your surfaces this winter season. The accumulation of dirt and debris continues to wear down your surface areas and can clog your drains.
The first step in bringing your parking lot and garage surfaces back to life involves a thorough cleaning before you can begin to inspect surface areas for damage. The most effective method requires first removing the debris and then pressure washing and/or scrubbing the surface to remove harmful dirt and debris buildup. Cleaning your parking lot and garages will help prevent future deterioration of your surfaces and reduce contaminants from being tracked indoors.
It is imperative that you prep your parking lot and garage areas by removing all standing debris. Here at Mister Kleen we recommend you incorporate and follow the below process in cleaning your parking lot and garage surface areas this spring:
Remove Standing Debris
Before scrubbing and/or pressure washing can begin all dirt and debris must be removed from your surfaces. This includes salt, sand, trash, leaves, cigarette butts, etc.
One of the most efficient and effective ways to remove standing debris is to use a high powered machine or blower.
Power sweeping is a preferred method to prep your surfaces before a power scrub and pressure wash take place. With power sweeping, all parking areas, along with entrance and exit areas need to be addressed using top of the line equipment operated by skilled and trained personnel.
Power Scrubbing and Pressure Washing
The final cleaning step before inspection involves power scrubbing and pressure washing to remove dirt, oil, grease and grime from building up on your surfaces. By using the right approach with a trained technician your parking lot and garage surfaces will not only have less harmful dirt and debris, they will also have a lower risk of staining, cracking, and potholes forming.
Routine Cleaning for your Parking Garage Needs
While it is important to clean your parking lot and garage surfaces following our most recent and rough winter season, it is even more imperative to have your surfaces cleaned on a frequent basis.
Depending on size and use of your parking lot and garage surfaces, trash and debris removal should be performed daily, parking lot sweeping quarterly or semiannually and pressure washing or scrubbing semiannually or annually. Also, when contracting out make sure the company you hire provides a thorough cleaning of all areas, including conduits, pipes, light fixtures and columns.
Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.