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Spring is coming and the so-called Spring Cleaning activities are an opportunity to improve and make full use of indoor and outdoor spaces. It is also an opportunity to inspect the facilities and perform maintenance work to maximize the perception of a clean and tidy environment.
The areas dedicated to welcoming customers and suppliers are the business card of any facility, so it is advisable to start with the spaces used for this purpose such as entrances, driveways, courtyards and car parks as these are the areas most neglected and exposed to external factors.
Cleaning activities must therefore be accurate in such external areas to convey feelings of safety, tranquillity and trust to your customers and visitors: here are 3 steps to clean your external areas in the best possible way.
1. Spring cleaning of outdoor spaces: where to start.
Spring cleaning of outdoor areas can be more demanding than indoor areas, which benefit from regular cleaning throughout the year.
During the winter season, due to the cold and harsh conditions, one tends to neglect the cleaning and maintenance of outdoor areas. However, these spaces are those most subject to wear and tear as they are exposed to weathering and external factors in general. During the coldest months, dirt, dust and leaves can build up and potentially cause damages. That is why it is recommended to check all outdoor spaces to remove debris, cobwebs and dirt and to look for any cracks and defects to be fixed.
The key word is organisation! Planning is a crucial step without which one runs the risk of being unproductive and inefficient.
The organisation stage is essential to plan cleaning activities in detail, quantify the time to be set aside and identify the most suitable tools for the operations required.
2. Spring cleaning of outdoor spaces: the checklist.
As previously mentioned, it is useful to draw up a list of all the areas to be inspected, progressively noting down the necessary cleaning and maintenance activities.
It is advised to proceed from the outermost to the innermost areas and from top to bottom, so as to clean without soiling the areas already treated.
Here is an example checklist to help you successfully plan the cleaning of outdoor spaces at the beginning of spring:
3. Spring cleaning of outdoor spaces: what equipment to use.
In addition to conventional equipment such as sponges, cloths and mops there are professional tools that, if chosen carefully and used correctly, make it possible to thoroughly clean even the dirtiest areas for excellent final results.
When planning cleaning activities, one needs to obtain specific and suitable equipment to perform this kind of operations.
The tools make the difference! The goal is to use the right equipment for the type of activity in order to obtain the best results, reducing effort and working time to the minimum.
To carry out cleaning on very large spaces, where the area to be cleaned is larger and dirt is particularly stubborn, professional as well as basic equipment must be used.
The ally to clean outdoor spaces: the pressure washer!
The most effective tool for cleaning outdoor spaces is undoubtedly the pressure washer which, thanks to the right combination of pressure and flow rate, makes it possible to remove the most stubborn dirt, optimising time and reducing effort for the operator. With a high-pressure jet and specific accessories, the pressure washer is effective in removing dirt, mould, rust and paint stains, mud, moss and bird droppings from any type of outdoor areas such as walls, porches, benches, low walls, outdoor floors, parking lots and gutters.
Find out what accessories should be used with the pressure washer to obtain the best cleaning results.
IPC offers a comprehensive range of high pressure washers with either hot or cold water. Compact, reliable and easy to use, they are ideal for basic cleaning operations. The range includes many models, from the simplest ones with axial pump to those with induction electric motors, considered the top of the range for household use.
Large glazed surfaces with stubborn dirt? Use pure water
Cleaning external window walls is a demanding and tiring activity, especially if the window walls in question are difficult to reach, for example in buildings such as skyscrapers, mirrored buildings or large retail facilities: often the level of dirt is very high and working conditions can jeopardise the safety of the operator.
First of all, it is essential to check the state of the external glazing which, being more exposed to weathering, will certainly be full of streaks, smog and soot.
In general, it is advisable to clean the glazing on days that are not too sunny because heat speeds up drying, causing annoying and difficult to remove streaks.
For professional glazing cleaning, IPC offers High Pure, a handy and functional system that only uses demineralised water generated by a four-stage filtration system. Purified water makes it possible to dispense with chemical detergents and, consequently, the use of the squeegee for drying operations, thereby optimising time and costs. High Pure is able to reach high points thanks to the extensions and the special telescopic poles it is equipped with, avoiding the installation of scaffolding or aerial platforms. It can be used for washing solar panels or vertical mirror surfaces up to a maximum height of 16 metres.
For cleaning glazed surfaces at head height, IPC also offers a wide range of professional window cleaners that leave no residue on the surface thanks to the excellent cleaning power of the high-tech fibres they are fitted with.
With Squeegeetech Combo it is possible to wash and dry windows with the utmost versatility. Equipped with a highly absorbent microfibre cloth, this handy tool assures thorough glass cleaning, while the rubber ensures quick drying without streaks. Compatible with the telescopic Freepole, with Squeegeetech Combo you can clean windows and surfaces up to 3 metres high, with the utmost safety.
Cleaning car parks and driveways: save time with the sweeper
A must-have for cleaning outdoor areas thanks to the mechanical action of the brushes, the sweeper removes dirt, dust, stones, leaves and small debris from the paving of car parks and driveways.
Depending on the size of the area to be cleaned, the frequency of use and the time available, it is possible to choose between walk-behind sweepers and ride-on sweepers.
Compact and easy to manoeuvre, walk-behind sweepers are ideal for cleaning small and medium-sized surfaces. Thanks to their functional design and large capacity container, they can easily remove debris such as leaves and bottles, even in narrow spaces.
Sturdy and reliable, ride-on sweepers are extremely effective for cleaning medium and large surfaces such as large car parks, airports and shopping centres. Featuring exclusive technologies, they are able to ensure high productivity and efficiency, while keeping maintenance costs in check.
As we have seen, extraordinary cleaning of outdoor spaces should not be neglected because these areas are the first point of contact with customers and visitors.
Although it is a heavy commitment and requires greater effort, it must be planned and organised in order to optimise time and maximise the end result.
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