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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 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.
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.