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Warehouse Floors

Have you neglected to clean your warehouse floor because it is purely a workspace? Or, do you need to spiff up the warehouse because customers do visit? Do you need to keep your warehouse floor spill-free for safety reasons? Do you want to preserve the life of the floor? Spills and stains can be both unsightly and dangerous to your employees and customers. Moreover, every surface benefits from regular cleaning to remove mildew, mold, and other problematic substances.

Most warehouse floors are concrete. Though it lasts for a long time and is resilient, concrete can get and look dirty pretty easily. It is a porous material with innumerable tiny voids that can hold dirt, oil, and other substances – all of which result in stains that at minimum look bad and at worst can present a danger to people and equipment. For this reason, it is best to regularly pressure wash your concrete floors. Failure to do so can result in degradation of the floor. To maximize the life of your warehouse, maintain it regularly with the right cleanser and equipment.

Equipment

Because warehouse floors typically have both surface dirt and grime as well as deeper stains, we usually use a sweeper first. Then, we pressure wash the area with a surface spinner machine and/or wand attachments. For open spaces, we use the surface spinner machine. When used on large areas, wands may leave stripes and uneven marks on concrete surfaces and are rarely as thorough as surface spinners, which are specifically made for cleaning concrete and other hard horizontal surfaces. The machine looks like a floor buffer and has rotating jets on the bottom that cover the surface area evenly. This equipment gives our customers the most consistent clean surface. Then, we use wands on areas that are tricky to reach or comprise small spaces.

At MPW, we employ a proprietary water recapture system that permits us to recover nearly all the water we use on a given job. MPW equipment was created to capture nearly all the dirty water from a given site. After we clean your warehouse, the water is taken off site, the pollutants separated out and disposed of according to environmental law, and the newly clean water recycled for future use.

Process

The first line of attack is to sweep up particular matter from the warehouse floor. Even floors that look clean superficially are likely to have a lot of dust and debris. After the surface grime is removed, we typically apply a detergent that starts breaking down dirt, mold, and stains. Next, we wash the floor thoroughly. Generally speaking, the hotter the water the deeper the clean. Many surfaces cannot take high heat but concrete is durable and tough so we maximize our cleaning ability by using high temperatures. We use 2,000-5,000 psi depending on the level of clean necessary.

Using the right equipment, technique, temperatures, and detergents, we achieve a finished product that looks good and is safe for employees, equipment, and customers. Regularly cleaning your warehouse floors will preserve it. Pressure washing keeps mold, dirt, and other substances from clogging and cracking concrete. At MPW, our employees are versatile – depending on the layout and size of the warehouse, they adjust the process and types of equipment to get the job done promptly and thoroughly.

Chemicals

At MPW, our goal is to have as low an impact as possible on your space. Hence, we always aim to balance the need for thorough cleaning with the harshness of industrial cleaners. Rather than use dangerous chemicals, we remove most pollutants through the appropriate levels of pressure and heat and through pre-cleaning. We choose detergents that are environmentally safe as well as effective.

Some embedded stains need more than just pressure, heat, or a good detergent, however. To remove urine, coffee, or similar stains, we usually use muriatic acid. Removing oil from parking garages and lots, warehouse floors, and auto repair shops is also a challenge. Oil is unsightly and can be unsafe for both employees and customers. At MPW, we may use an alkaline degreaser to aid in removing oil stains from your commercial space. The heat the pressure washer generates lifts the oil from the concrete and the degreaser emulsifies the oil so that it can be flushed from the concrete’s system.