Sweeper Service – Street Sweeping Around The World

Sweeper Service – Many Common Values

sweeper service UK - sweeping.comIn spite of the variety of different cultures throughout the world, there’s one thing that almost everyone on the planet has in common: they want to live in a clean environment.

There’s some other common elements as well. People also want to be healthy, they want their families to be safe, and they want to live in an attractive community.

Certainly there are many areas of the world where this criteria is hard to achieve, however almost every country (whether developed or still developing) has a Department, Bureau, or Community organization that is in charge of keeping streets clean with a professional sweeper service.

Sweeper Service Differences Across the Globe

In this article we’re going to take a look at the variety of street sweeper service practices throughout the world and how different cultures keep their communities clean.

Influences on sweeper service in different parts of the world

There are different restrictions that street cleaners need to deal with depending on where in the world they are.

WeatherIn areas with cold winters such as the Northern parts of the US and Canada, sweepers that use water to loosen debris and minimize dust can’t sweep because the water can freeze and cause a hazard.  Cold weather areas use street sweepers with powerful brushing actions and a strong conveyor belt systems to get the grit, salt and debris into the debris hopper.

Environment – Coastal areas have more sand to deal with. In rural areas with lots of trees, there is a lot of leaf and vegetative debris on roadways. Some countries have tourist areas that create a lot of party trash, (Brazil during carnival and Dawali in India for example). In some mountain areas of Switzerland, the sweeper service uses special sweepers are used to collect hay that farmers move to the roads.

Age of City –  Before the advent of cars, horses and foot traffic were the main modes of transportation. Streets only needed to be wide enough to accomodate two horses. In Europe, narrow streets are often an issue, and many of those streets are made of cobblestone. Street sweepers that use vacuum suction or powerful brushes dislodge cobblestones and damage the street. The sweeper service in these areas often use smaller street sweeping machines Either custom built or manually operated) to deal with the challenge of narrow streets and passageways.

Sweeper Service – Specific Countries

China and Taiwan: Street sweepers in many Asian countries are less complicated, whether the sweeper is a brush or vacuum system. In China and Taiwan in particular, the mechanical street sweepers typically employ two brooms placed vertically on the back side of the hopper to move dirt into the hopper.  Asian countries also still employ manual labor to sweep the streets since labor for this type of work is both plentiful and cheap.

United Kingdom: In the U.K., street sweeper technology has limits due to the sensitive historic areas. Vacuum-based technology dominates the options in street sweeping in the U.K. Since the streets in the older cities are quite narrow, street sweeper trucks tend to be quite small.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen is a very progressive street sweeping city.  This city is always testing new technologies, especially sweeper that are environmentally sensitive.

Amsterdam, Holland: Amsterdam often uses a team street sweeping effort, using what is called a train system. A water truck is in the lead and sprays the road with high-pressure water to loosen debris and move it away from buildings. The a hand-broom crew follows and sweeps the debris into the path of the sweeper. Sweepers with controlled power finally vacuum the refuse to avoid damaging the cobblestone areas of the city.

Moscow, Russia: Heidelberg uses a fleet of high powered water jet to blast clean the streets.  The street are usually free of traffic (I’m not sure if this is by decree or people have learned to keep their cars out of the way!).

Well that concludes our tour around the world of street sweeping.   but since we’re in the good old USA, we’re going to do it the way we’ve been doing it for 40 years.

Sweeper Service – Right Here in the Good Ol’ USA

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for a professional sweeper service.

 

Construction Sweeping – Overcoming Obstacles to Sweeping on Construction Sites

Construction Sweeping – A Challenge for Most Construction Sites

construction sweeping backhoe - sweeping.comKeeping the streets clean on a construction site is a challenge for builders, construction managers and field supers.  Even subcontractors can run into problems when the streets are not clean on a construction site.

Fortunately, however, the people in charge of a construction site don’t have to tolerate the issues caused by a dirty construction site once they know how to take some preventative measures.

That’s what you’ll learn in this article.

Specifically, you’ll learn how to recognize potential problems with keeping the site clean. You’ll also find out how to prevent clutter and debris issues and manage them if (and when) they occur.

Construction Sweeping – Preventative Measures

So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of sweeping construction sites and keeping them clean.

PARKING

One of the most consistent issues with construction sweeping is working around cars and trucks parked everywhere.  A busy construction site could have between ten to twenty different contractors working on any given day. If each contractor has a car (and many have several cars and trucks) the parking situation can get quite chaotic.

Here are some tips to keep the parking situation organized so construction sweeping can occur on a regular schedule:

Ground Rules – every site is different, so each site will need a different set of parking ground rules.  Take a few minutes to brainstorm potential parking problems for the site and possible solutions…then get input from the staff and contractors.  When involved parties are allowed to have input on things that affect them, they tend to accept and follow the ground rules.

Some basic ground rules should include where and where not to park, being mindful of other workers on the site, parking dispute resolution procedures, who to contact if there is a question about parking (or anything else).

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Sample parking map. Print the ground rules on the back. Post everywhere workers can see it.

Provide a map with contact info – communication is key when setting ground rules.  Providing map of the site with parking areas designated and ground rules identified is the easiest way to prevent the dreaded “nobody told me!”

Offer incentives for violators – although the preference is to punish ground rule violators, use positive reinforcement for a first warning.  If you encounter a first time offender, rather than giving a stern warning, use the “you probably didn’t realize” approach for the first offense.  Hand them a map and go over the ground rules.

If they become repeat offenders, use appropriate consequences to reinforce the parking ground rules.

Recognize that not only are the ground rules there for cleanliness and health reasons (and for construction sweeping accessibility) but everyone benefits from cooperation and a focus on safety.

SCRAP MANAGEMENT

Construction sweeping vehicles are not designed to sweep large pieces of construction debris.  Here are two criteria for managing construction scrap:

Schedule – Assigned specific clean up tasks every day at specific times. The end of the day is usually the best time to get these chores done.

Separate tasks such as disposing of litter, disposing of flammable or toxic materials and organizing the worksite and provide a checklist for their completion.

Also, assign tasks to specific people rather than a crew.  Accountability for specific work is more measurable when specific individuals are responsible for specific outcomes.

Separate materials – Different materials should be disposed of in different ways.

There may be recycling requirements in the municipality where the job site is located so separate scrap material into piles accordingly. Also identify usable materials and separate them to avoid accidentally throwing them away and consequently wasting money.

Many pieces of usable (and expensive) fypon trim has been damaged and thrown away because they were not separated and stored correctly.

COMMUNICATION

One of the main reasons why many sites become unsightly is because expectations for cleanliness (and behavior) are not communicated.  

Make some time to identify what is expected from the staff and contractors and communicate these expectations consistently.

The saying, “Inspect what you expect” is not just a cliche, it’s an effective management tool.  First identify what you expect, communicate it to staff and workers then “inspect what you expect”.

Everyone will get the message that cleanliness, safety and cooperation is important on your site and you’ll end up with fewer issues and an attractive, clean and problem-free site.

Oh, and regular construction sweeping will help with that as well :-).

Construction Sweeping – Call the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing real estate developers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping services.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for construction sweeping.

 

Breakfast at C&L Services – Our Way to Say Thank You!

C&L Services – Appreciating Our Colleagues

C&L Services bacon and eggs - sweeping.comAt C&L Services, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, too many people have nothing more than a coffee or a doughnut in the morning.

So showing our co-workers how much we appreciate them by offering them breakfast at the office has become a semi-annual tradition at C&L Services.

Having a chance for all of us to sit down for a meal together gives everyone a time to relax and socialize before starting or ending the workday.

“Such bonding experiences improve employee morale, which makes our staff more engaged and productive,” says Gabe Vitale Jr., Sales Manager of C&L Services. “Team building reinforces the C&L way and brings us all together.”

C&L Services – Crossing Paths In The Morning

The 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. time slot was selected because all 6 divisions cross paths at the corporate offices which made the timing perfect for a breakfast.

Over 55 employees stopped by the makeshift kitchen setup outside the mechanics garage, stayed on the clock and were served a delicious breakfast including pancakes stacked high, fresh eggs, sausage, bagels, coffee, hash browns, crispy bacon, juices and some casual music to elevate the celebration.

C&L Services – Happy Employees Mean Happy Clients

Stepping out of the daily activity and mixing things up with a breakfast which shows our appreciation is one of the steps to keeping happy employees and helps us retain happy clients.

“Our goal of customer satisfaction begins with us and taking care of the employees who, in return, take care of our customers”, Gabe Vitale Jr. continued “The event was a smashing success!”.

C&L Services – Sweeper of the Year

C&L Services is a family owned and operated business in Jackson, NJ that is three generations strong and growing!

Specializing in street sweeping, property maintenance, asphalt repair, power washing for over 40 years. C&L has been recognized and awarded “Sweeper of the Year Award!” Read the full story here!

https://www.1800sweeper.com/sweeper-blog/trade-shows/2016-sweeper-of-the-year-gabe-vitale-c-l-sweeper-service-inc

Garage Scrubbing – Your Guide To Garage Scrubbing Planning and Preparation

Garage Scrubbing – Key Factors For Critical Maintenance

garage scrubbing - sweeping.comIn order to make the good maintenance decisions, particularly regarding parking garage upkeep and garage scrubbing, several factors need to be considered.

You want the the best service at the lowest cost … the results of a maintenance service should have a visual impact and the cost is justified by positive feedback.

Here are four questions to ask to help with the decision process…

Garage Scrubbing – Why Do It?

The type of property you have influences how often you would conduct a garage scrubbing project.

Here are two criteria to consider:

Appearance –  if you have a property that is supported by a Hospital, retail environment, or professional offices having an attractive appearance is an important measure.

Tenants and their customers/ clients judge the value of a business from its appearance. First impressions are made within 12 seconds and a dirty environment creates a very negative first impression.   

This not only impact the perception of value of the property but could lead to complaints by tenents.

Garage scrubbing is a fast and economical way to immediately improve the overall appearance of the parking garage or parking facilities.

Health – For properties that do cater to hospitals, medical offices, or health related facilities, having a clean environment is supports the values and services offered by these businesses at these properties.

What Garage Scrubbing Does…

In addition to improving the overall look a parking surfaces, garage scrubbing removes negative visual impressions and potential health issues.

Here are some of the issues that garage scrubbing will correct:

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Unsightly oil stains on parking garage deck

Grease & Oil – Because of the variety of vehicles coming in and out of a parking garage, invariably some of these vehicles have mechanical issues and drip grease and oil in the parking stalls.

Although grease and oil generally don’t present health issues, discolorations stand out and are the most visible.

Expert garage scrubbing minimizes or removes these discolorations.

Grime – Although not quite as obvious as grease and oil stains, grime is the slow build-up of oily dirt that collects over time. Eventually this grime becomes very noticeable (and somewhat slippery).

Garage scrubbing has a positive visual impact when the grime is stripped from the parking lot surface.

Droppings

Animal droppings (feces, feathers, carcas, etc.) don’t present quite the negative visual that grime or grease stains do, however if they build up they become quite noticeable and present a health hazard. 

Birds and their droppings can carry over 60 diseases and mouse droppings can be a breeding ground for deadly hanta viruses.

Vegetation

In seasonal areas, leaves, seeds and other types of vegetative matter can blow into a garage and collect in unusual places.   

Corners, parking blocks and bollards, can be collection points for this type of debris. If other materials are stored (construction or maintenance) these places can be “catch points” where vegetative debris can collect, rot and create an eyesore.

Mold

Grimy surfaces attract mold.  Mold is both unhealthy (especially for people with respiratory issues) and unsightly.  

The combination of a moldy, grimy environment usually communicates neglect.

How to Conduct a Garage Scrubbing Project

Plan – Select a vendor with the knowledge, experience, skill  and capabilities to conduct the garage scrubbing project effectively and within budget.  

Reach out and talk directly with the service provider.  Here’s a link to an article we published that offers specific questions to ask a vendor about their experience and capability.

Comparing Apples To Oranges

Prepare – In most garage scrubbing projects, parking areas will be restricted for a brief period.  

Communicate with affected parties until your tongue falls out!

Even when you provide sufficient notice of a garage scrubbing project, there will be tenants and clients who complain.  

Utilize as many communication channels as you have available (email, social media, signs, etc.).

Perform – Be sure to restrict the area for the garage scrubbing project the evening before.  

Clarify expectations with your service provider about potential safety issues and completion deadlines.

If possible, be available at the start of the project to smooth over any unexpected issues.

Evaluate – Immediately after the project is complete, do a visual inspection of the cleaned surface so the results match expectations.

Ideally, this should be done right before the cleaned area is opened to the public so any issues can be resolved while the surface area is still available for cleaning.

Garage Scrubbing – Call The Experts

Do you need an experienced, resourceful garage scrubbing vendor for your parking garage?.

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been scrubbing and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for garage scrubbing.

Power Sweeping – Weird Things People Do With Street Cleaning

Power Sweeping – Sometimes It Gets Weird Out There

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Fallen leaves belong in bags — not in the street!

Never underestimate how creative people can be when they do bizarre things.

I’ve seen very crazy situations when conducting power sweeping projects and I scratch my head trying to understand why people do such odd things.

So, what are some of the weird things that people do relating to Power Sweeping?

Power Sweeping – People Throw things into the street

For some reason, people think that power sweeping days are wonderful opportunities to dispose of debris.   So rather than sweep it up and throw it in the trash like normal people, they dump things into the street.

Now these are not usually large items, however the most common item is lawn debris such as leaves and cut grass.

Power sweeping is designed to pick up this type of biological matter, but not in huge quantities.

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The street sweeper has a big job ahead!

The other common type of trash is party trash. Debris such as beer bottles, beer cans, red party cups, party favors, and all types of leftover party junk.   

This type of waste can be swept up by a power sweeper but is better off in a trash bag sold for this type of garbage.

Power Sweeping – People Dump chemicals and pollutants into the street

Another common problem is people who disposing chemicals into the street expecting the street sweeper to “sweep it up” or “spray it down”.   

Now many people don’t realize that the chemicals that they dump into the street end up directly in the waterways that we use for our drinking water.  

And one of the most common types of chemicals that end up on the street is antifreeze.

People park their cars in the street and flush their cooling systems into the street where the chemicals flow into a storm sewer.

If the car has a copper radiator or heater core, the waste coolant is also contaminated with lead.

In the United States it’s illegal for professional mechanics to dispose of used coolant, so dumping onto the street to be swept up by a power sweeper is a BIG no-no.

Crash Into the power sweeper

The vehicles used for power sweeping are not very fast vehicles.   And yet people crash into them quite frequently.

Perhaps the fact that power sweepers are usually not there all the time and then they slowly appear still makes them a bit of a surprise, but an accident can still be quite serious if you crash into a power sweeper.

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into street sweeper

Also it appears that being inebriated near a vehicle that is power sweeping can be deadly.   Here’s a report about a man who made the wrong step into the path of a street cleaning vehicle and got swept into the undercarriage of the street sweeper. Power sweeping vehicles may be slow, but they are still contain powerful brushes and vacuums that can be quite dangerous.

Man Falls Under Street Sweeper After Ballgame

Makeshift Power Sweeping

Power sweeping vehicles are quite expensive although very necessary for the cleanliness and environmental upkeep of the community.

In some countries, enterprising entrepreneurs who can’t afford a traditional street sweeper build their own makeshift power sweeping machines to provide street cleaning services.   

Here’s a good example of power sweeping creativity in action:

Power Sweeping Music

For those of you who are fans of rap rock, have a listen to the Street Sweeper Social Club.  This band hails from Los Angeles and consists of guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and vocalist/emcee Boots Riley of The Coup.  They classify themselves as more of a musical social club…but why street sweeping?  Beats me.

Check them out here – Street Sweeper Social Club – Paper Planes

Power Sweeping – Let Us Not Be Weird

If you need power sweeping, let us deal with the weird stuff.

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for power sweeping.