How To Keep Your Car Park Clean

Thursday 18th March 2021

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How to keep your car park clean

First impressions count. 

From the moment your customers enter your car park, they’re forming opinions. Therefore, a car park cleaning schedule is worth the investment for the sake of your business.

A clean, tidy car park will reflect well on your business. In this case, it is not only what’s on the inside that matters; the exterior is just as important as the interior.

As well as setting a positive impression, a well-kept car park guarantees a safer environment for all. This will mitigate the risk of incidents taking place.

One of the most common dangers is oil spills. Car parks are subject to an increased likelihood of motor oil spillages due to high levels of vehicular traffic. This can create stained, slippery surfaces for vehicles and pedestrians.

Car park with litter

If in doubt, opt for a professional car park cleaning company.

Letting the experts take over will allow you the freedom of not having to worry about health and safety. With access to specialist tools and equipment, they will be able to safely handle and dispose of harmful substances, minimising the risk of contamination.

With more and more businesses seeking green cleaning solutions, many cleaning companies have adopted eco-friendly products and techniques. For example, here at ICE Cleaning, we use only 100% biodegradable solutions.

Monitor the site

Even if you do decide to hire a professional cleaning firm, you will still need to maintain a reasonable level of hygiene in your car park between cleans.

The first step is to monitor your site. It’s recommended that all car parks have adequate CCTV. With the aid of security cameras, you’ll be able to identify the key factors contributing to your unclean car park.

You may discover that the same group of vandals make regular appearances. If graffiti is the issue, it may be worth coating all brick, stone and concrete surfaces in an anti-graffiti paint. In addition, you should introduce penalty fines for those caught vandalising.

If it turns out to be natural causes affecting your car park, you should make suitable changes to prevent hygiene standards from fading. Whether it’s the weather, rodents or insects that are the problem, there are a number of steps you can take to fix the issue.

Prevent littering

One of the biggest frustrations in society is littering. Though illegal, the penalty for littering is far below that of other crimes. If there are no real consequences, what’s stopping potential offenders from going through with their actions?

In the instance of littering, education is key. Through use of informative posters and signs, you can attempt to deter certain groups from littering on your site.

If not in place already, ensure your car park is lined with waste bins. If your customers are never more than a couple of steps away from a bin, there shouldn’t be a need to litter. However, make sure to empty the bins regularly to avoid overflowing.

Though the majority of litter is harmless materials, such as paper or plastic, you should be cautious of dangerous objects and liquids. For example:

  • Broken glass
  • Leaking fuel
  • Drugs or needles
  • Screws or nails

Such items or substances can cause harm to your customers and their vehicles. Sharp objects – like glass, screws or needles – can easily deflate car tyres, or worse, injure pedestrians. Likewise, fuel and flammable liquids pose a fire hazard.

All hazards must be dealt with promptly in a safe, suitable manner to avoid risks getting out of hand. Remember, as the owner of the car park, you are liable for any accidents that take place on your land.

Seasonal changes

As the car park owner, you must also take into consideration seasonal changes.

During warmer months, vegetation will bloom. Whilst pretty flowers are not an issue, overgrown weeds or moss may become problematic. You should keep an eye on vegetation growth and trim or remove plants where necessary.

Given that it rains every 1 in 3 days, it’s likely that you’ll experience flooding at some point. To prevent rainwater from causing complications for your customers, regularly check that your drains and gullies are not showing signs of blockages.

As the weather cools, the leaves will begin to fall. During autumn and winter, make sure that these leaves are not blocking your drains from working properly.

Why hire a professional car park cleaning company?

Indoor car park

There are several benefits of hiring a professional car park cleaning company.

Many businesses view professional expertise as an unnecessary cost. However, it is undoubtedly cost-effective in the long term.

The longer the car park is neglected for, the more time the dirt, rubbish and moss will have to accumulate. The dirtier your car park becomes, the harder it will be to clean. Therefore, regular deep cleans are essential in order to keep your car park in check.

An industrial cleaning company will be able to help you create a strict cleaning schedule to cater to your car park’s needs. By preventing the build-up of debris, you can reduce the risk of blockages and damaged surfaces.

A clean car park is a safe car park.

Liability claims are a significant unforeseen expense for a business of any size. With professional assistance, you can minimise the possibility of accidents in your car park, making claims less likely to arise.

Similarly, regular maintenance will lower the risk of pests roaming your site. This means you’ll only have to pay a fraction of the current price for pest control and repair costs.

Improving the level of health and safety in your car park will bring peace of mind to employees and visitors alike. Your car park’s facelift may even deter potential offenders.

A clean car park will help you to maintain a healthy relationship with existing customers and seize new business opportunities.

ICE Cleaning

We offer a reliable cleaning solution for car parks of all shapes and sizes across the UK.

Using industry-leading tools, we’re able to offer a deep clean like no other. As a result, we’ve acquired an array of high-profile clients, including APCOA Parking.

To book your car park clean, give us a call on 02039 939 877 or email us on [email protected] and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours

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