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The Appearance of Your Parking Garage, Parking Lots & Curbs Matter

While it may be a cliché, a positive first impression is an important part of building a long-term partnership with your customers. This is especially true when it comes to the appearance of your parking garage and/or parking lot.

Imagine a customer pulling into your parking garage or lot for a meeting and all they see is trash, curbs that need painting, spaces that need re-striping, and dirt and debris everywhere. This is an unsightly appearance and portrays to your customers that your facility is not professionally managed and run, which can hurt your business.

As the fall season approaches and leaves begin to fall, it is the perfect time to have your parking surfaces thoroughly swept and cleaned to help prepare for the cold winter months.

This is also an excellent time, while the weather is still warm, to ensure your parking spaces are re-striped, and curbs are painted with the correct colors.

Below is a list of services you should consider having performed to ensure an excellent first impression:

 

Power Sweeping
Power sweeping is the preferred method to extract dirt and debris from parking surfaces. It is also a recommended process to have performed before you power scrub to remove tough stains. All parking areas, entrance and exit areas need to be addressed using top of the line equipment operated by skilled and trained personnel.

Blowers should be used for corners and edges to remove all the dirt and debris such as salt, sand, trash, leaves, and cigarette butts.

 

Power Scrubbing and Pressure Washing
Have you noticed those unsightly oil stains? Besides being a major eyesore they can cause discoloration, and emit an odor if not properly handled. Power scrubbing and/or pressure washing are two methods that are highly effective in ensuring your garage has an improved appearance by removing 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 will not only have less harmful dirt and debris, but they will also have a lower risk of staining, cracking, and formation of potholes.

 

Restriping Parking Spaces and Curb Painting
Parking lot restriping and making sure your curbs are properly painted is not only good for appeal, but it also increases the safety of your business environment. When parking spaces and curbs are properly marked and painted you help reduce the number of accidents. Also, customers are less likely to block entrances, sidewalks, and intersections.

Maintaining the appearance of your parking spaces and curbs is key.  The more foot traffic or severe weather you experience, the faster these areas will deteriorate.  Also, keeping up with pavement markings can help you avoid unwanted citations from your local government, especially with stenciling and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities) requirements.

Typically, re-striping and/or re-painting curbs are recommended every 12-18 months, as long as the temperature is above freezing, and it is not raining outside.

As always, it is recommended you hire a reputable contractor that has experience performing these jobs. When you hire the right contractor, you can expect a better outcome using the right materials and equipment to ensure that your parking surfaces and curbs provide an excellent impression each day.

Obtain your free quote for the above services here

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.

 

Did you remember to budget for parking garage/lot cleaning?

Parking garages & lots are easy to overlook and certainly can take a back seat during budget season. Garages & lots are the first thing clients and staff see, and, as you know those first impressions are lasting ones.

What type of cleaning will you need?  It all depends on the last time you had your lots/garages cleaned and what was done in the past.

Below are three (3) services to consider having done, along with our recommendations this fall season:

1.    Remove Standing Debris Using a Blower. One of the most efficient and effective ways to remove debris is to use a high powered machine or blower. It is important to prep your garage/lots by using a blower first prior to anything else, especially around corners and edges.

Blower

2.    Power Sweep. In conjunction with using a high powered blower, power sweeping is a preferred method for your surfaces before a power scrub or pressure wash takes place. If you have a large parking garage or lot we recommend using a power sweeper along with a blower since the power sweeper is good at collecting fine particles that blowers can miss. Also, power sweepers provide greater production value within large parking garages and lots versus using a blower.

Power Sweep

3.    Power Scrubbing and Pressure Washing. The final cleaning step involves power scrubbing and pressure washing to remove dirt, oil, grease and grime that build up on your surfaces. By using the right approach with a trained technician your parking garage surfaces will not only have less harmful dirt and debris, they will also have a lower risk of staining, cracking, and potholes forming.

Pressure Washing

We recommend seeking the advice from a trained parking garage cleaning technician to inform you which cleaning would be best – a power scrub, pressure wash, or both. We don’t recommend power scrubbing or pressure washing parking lots since Mother Nature will pretty much take care of this for you.

Anything we neglect or put off will become costly it become harder to clean. Overtime the lack of cleaning will take its toll on the appearance and can lead toward the formation of cracks and potholes, which leads to potential liabilities and hazards.

Don’t neglect your parking garage and parking lots this fall budget season. Schedule a walk-through with a trained technician and receive your free quote to provide an excellent impression with clients or potential clients before they step foot in your facility.

 

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.

 

Keep Your Parking Garage Clean This Spring With 4 Easy Steps

Parking Garage Cleaning in Northern Virginia: Spring 2015

Spring has Sprung!  Everyone does an annual Spring Clean of their home and building, did you ever think to do a Spring Clean on your parking garage?  I bet not!  Where do you think all the dirt, debris, salt/sand from the winter months go?  All in your parking garage, then everyone tracks the filth in your office buildings.

Now is the time to clean your parking garage.  We have provided 4 easy steps to help you keep your garage clean – and more importantly your buildings pristine!

 

STEP 1:  Remove Standing Debris

Blower

First thing you must do is sweep or blow your surfaces to remove all the dirt and debris such as 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.

 

STEP 2:  Power Sweep

Power Sweeping - Dianna

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.

 

STEP 3:  Power Scrubbing and Pressure Washing   

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.

 

STEP 4:  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.

 

Do you need a free parking garage or parking lot cleaning quote? Click here and fill out our contact form for a complimentary proposal.

 

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.

 

 

Spring is here – Time for a Thorough Cleaning of your Parking Lot and Garage Surfaces!

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 Sweep

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.