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Garage and Lot Cleaning, Restriping Parking Spaces and Curb Painting, and Exterior Window Cleaning in the D.C. Area

Spring season is here, which means it is time for you to give some TLC to the exterior of your facility. Below are three (3) areas you don’t want to neglect this spring:

 

Parking Garages and Parking Lots  

Power Sweeping Garage

Imagine a customer pulling into your parking garage and lot, and all they see is trash, dirt, and debris. Not only is this an unsightly appearance, but this can also result in unwanted dirt and debris making its way inside your facility.

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.

In conjunction with power sweeping your parking garage, it is also recommended that you power scrub the surface areas. Power scrubbing and pressure washing are two recommended processes to use to ensure your garage has an improved appearance by removing dirt, oil, grease and grime from building up on your surfaces. These processes can also help to eliminate some of those unsightly oil stains, which, if not treated, result in a major eyesore, and can emit an odor if not properly handled. 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

re-striping 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 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements.

Typically, re-striping and repainting 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 that 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 your parking surfaces and curbs provide an excellent impression each day.

 

Exterior Window Cleaning

Exterior Window Cleaning

An area of maintenance that is commonly overlooked is exterior window cleaning. Over time your windows accumulate dirt, debris, dust, bird droppings, spider webs and more. Removing these items with a thorough exterior cleaning of your windows will not only improve the appearance of your windows but will also help to bring in more natural light.

If your facility is built with concrete, then you also run the risk of having several minerals that are used to manufacture concrete, such as calcium, leaking out of the concrete walls over time. This will cause streak marks on your windows, which can result in unsightly stains. The longer these stains remain on your windows, the harder it becomes to clean and remove them.

By having your exterior windows cleaned on a frequent basis, you will help keep your windows free of these minor mineral deposits by removing them before they become permanently imprinted in the glass.

In terms of process, you don’t always have to opt for the window cleaning service that requires cleaners to be hanging on ropes from attached roof anchors causing a distraction among employees. If your facility is four (4) stories or less, you can use an environmentally friendly, pure water system that eliminates the use of chemicals for exterior window cleaning. This system provides a clean, streak free surface using state of the art extension poles to clean your windows from the ground up.

 

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.