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Automotive Repair Shops

Perhaps more than any other commercial space, automotive repair shops are difficult to keep clean. At the same time, more than any other space, they need regular cleaning for both aesthetic and safety reasons. If you let oil and gasoline build up in your shop, surfaces become both unsightly and potentially dangerous for both employees and customers. Grease, oil, and hydraulic spills all stain floors and detract from your shop’s appearance. The Mr. Pressure Wash cleansers, equipment, and techniques have all been tested and honed to provide you with the fastest, safest way possible to keep your automotive repair shop looking good and functioning safely.

Equipment

At MPW, we know that your automotive repair shop has a lot of expensive equipment that can be at risk when pressure washing. Hence we use a no-splash system to work around machines and ensure the workspace is functional as soon as the cleaning job is complete. We block off key areas before we start cleaning so that water and pollutants do not seep into your machinery or down the drain. We use wand attachments to reach into corners and to get around tight spaces. For larger spaces within the shop, we use big, stable machines that cover wide swaths of the space’s floor. The equipment we use is part of our proprietary recapture system that enables MPW to trap and retain polluted water for recycling.

In all likelihood, your shop has a concrete floor. Though tough and long lived, concrete is also porous and so it absorbs fluids like gasoline, hydraulic fluid, and oil. Our equipment, balanced with the right technique, cleansers, and water temperatures, lets MPW employees access all different areas at your automotive repair shop. We choose the equipment best suited to your space after assessing its size, the quantity and placement of equipment, the severity of spills and stains, and the amount of time available for cleaning.

Process

We set up the job so that we won’t splash water and pollutants onto your equipment or vehicles. We spray a degreaser first, which interacts with the oil and grease in your floor so that we can remove it permanently. Most automotive repair shops have concrete floors. Unlike softer surfaces, concrete floors can tolerate hot water pressure washing. Hot water is more effective so if we can use it, we do. Whether we use your water source or bring our own, we recover nearly all the water used so that dirty water does not flush into the environment. Our clean up skills also ensure your shop will be ready to open as soon as the pressure washing is complete.

MPW is available all day every day if you have an emergency spill in your shop. The sooner you clean up, the better. We erect barricades to stop the spread of the chemicals and then clean the area. If you notify us of a spill within 24 hours, we can usually clean it up completely. If you have an unexpected spill, call us immediately.

Chemicals

We clean green. The environment is a priority for MPW and as a consequence we try to reduce our impact by using as few chemicals as possible and using the gentlest whenever possible. Before we work, we assess your space to ascertain the best method of cleaning and the most appropriate types of cleanser.

Automotive repair shops can get seriously dirty and heat and pressure may not be enough for the tough stains. When oil or gasoline or hydraulic fluid get embedded in the concrete, we use an alkaline degreaser. The pressure washer’s heat lifts oil stains out of the concrete and emulsifies it. It can then be flushed. We may also use muriatic acid for certain stains. We will always use the lowest impact chemicals possible. In addition, we recapture nearly all the polluted water we create through cleaning so it doesn’t go into the water system. At MPW, our goal is to have as low an impact as possible. Hence, we try not to use many chemicals to clean concrete. We try instead to remove most pollutants through pressure, heat, and vacuuming.

We use the most environmentally friendly cleaning products we can find and after cleaning most of the detergent or acid or degreaser is recaptured and later separated from the water, which can then be recycled.

Environmental regulations from localities, cities, states, and the federal government mandate that you not wash polluted water into the ecosystem. MPW complies with wastewater disposal regulations by recapturing and recycling 98% of the water with which we clean.