Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping, Portering and Maintenance Done Right

Shopping Center Maintenance – What Needs Attention?

Shopping Center Maintenance - sweeping.comMaintaining your Shopping Center is like maintaining your refrigerator – sometimes there are things in the refrigerator that smell bad because they should have been thrown away a long time ago. And sometimes there are things that should have been fixed or cleaned a long time ago in the Shopping Center that now need attention.

Of course, many people miss taking care of things when they first crop up. They think, “I’ll get to it when the weather gets better” or “I’ll get to it when I have some time”. And so as time goes on, the little things retreat from our attention, until they’re no longer little things.

You can avoid this. All you have to do is make the time for preventative maintenance (not find the time…you’ll never “find” any extra time) In other words, you need to make a plan for consistent, effective shopping center maintenance. Here’s how…

Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping

Regular Parking lot sweeping not only improves the overall “curb appeal” of the parking lot, it extends the life of the asphalt surfaces.

Regular parking lot sweeping removes grit, oils, and pollutants that reduce the life of an asphalt parking lot. The longer the life of the asphalt, the better the ROI (return on investment) for the cost of installing the parking lot.

Sweeping is also an environmentally friendly practice, a much-needed practice in an environmentally sensitive world.

Scheduling a regular sweeping keeps the parking lot looking tidy and removes the debris, trash and normal leaf and organic matter that collects in corners.

Shopping Center Maintenance – Portering

A porter is someone who conducts small maintenance duties to keep your shopping center clean.
These duties can include removing trash from trash bins, replacing trash bags, picking up larger pieces of trash and debris, and performing cleaning of any grease, oil or organic spills.

They are an extra set of eyes on anything that might need additional attention such as broken traffic stops, damaged curbs or sidewalks and other physical equipment that needs replacement such as lights, light fixtures, peeling paint, wall gouges, etc.

By using a porter, you can get up-to-date communication on the appearance and maintenance of your shopping center.

Shopping Center Maintainance Scheduling

There is a saying that whatever you place your attention on improves. This is particularly true with regular maintenance.

Updating (or creating) a regular maintenance schedule provides an effective baseline for monitoring and measuring ongoing tasks for shopping center maintenance.

A task management schedule should be based on client requirements that satisfy process tenant safety, task quality, and environmental requirement.

The more clearly you define your maintenance task schedule, the easier it will be to monitor and measure and manage the effective maintenance of your shopping center.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

Our shopping center maintenance services include parking sweeping, portering, asphalt repair, line striping and seal coating.

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 a professional in shopping center maintenance.

Shopping Center Maintenance: How to Keep Your Parking Lot Clean in Just 3 Easy Steps…

Shopping Center Maintenance – 3 Steps to Clean

shopping center maintenance - sweeping.comIf you’ve ever wanted to make a great first impression with your customers or tenants, then you’re reading the right article.  That’s because you’re about to discover my easy 3-step method for keeping your parking lot clean.

And the good news is that this method works even if you have a small budget and a large parking lot. The only thing you’ll need to spend is a little time and attention. The end result is a cleaner parking lot (or overall property) with fewer and less costly maintenance issues

Read on…

Shopping Center Maintenance – Time and Attention

Step 1: Schedule a brief inspection once a week

Many property owners don’t even realize how quickly time passes and how quickly a shopping center maintenance issue can occur. A neglected maintenance issue creates both a bad impression and tenant resentment.

Property owners have every intention of keeping their properties in good shape and want to provide good shopping center maintenance.  However, the day-to-day urgency of business, people, and paperwork management pull their attention away from basic maintenance. Maintenance issues then pile up and get attention only when tenants get upset with the appearance of the property. Tenants are not shy about providing negative feedback.

So, the first thing you need to do is actually “time block” inspections every week.

You’ll can make this a habit if you apply these tips and tricks:

  • Use an electronic calendar like Google Calendar or Outlook calendar
  • Schedule the inspection for the least busy time of the week
  • Set up an automated reminder to notify you the day before (or two days if you prefer) that the inspection is coming up
  • Add an automated notification to your onsite property manager or maintenance vendor. This reminds them that you inspect regularly and may have maintenance that needs to be completed.

Step 2 – Set up an email template on your phone to capture maintenance items. Set the subject line: weekly parking lot maintenance – [inspection date]

Most people live in their email inboxes today. Email inboxes not only provide email notifications but also serve as task reminders.

When you see a shopping center maintenance item, add it to the email template. When you’ve finished your inspection, be sure to add all the maintenance items to the email.

When you’ve completed this step, then you can move on to the last step…

Step 3: Email the maintenance items to yourself and any other party who may have some maintenance responsibilities relating to your parking lot

You may not have the time to immediately provide corrective action, however, you will have noticed what needs maintenance and captured those items so you won’t forget them. These items are now on your “radar” for you to complete or delegate at the first opportunity.  You also have a dated record of maintenance issues that you can search by date any time you need it.

The last thing you need to do is get items that need correction or maintenance to the party most responsible for completion.

Shopping Center Maintenance – A Little Diligence, Big Benefits

You see most maintenance items are simple to correct and can be maintained at a lower cost when consistent attention is placed on keeping the parking lot (and any other part of the property) clean and presentable. I’d have to say that most good shopping center maintenance is not due to money, it’s due to diligent attention.

Let us help you keep your parking lot clean. We offer shopping center maintenance services, diligent follow-up and consistent attention (we’re very attentive. Give us a call at Northern NJ, 908-730-7888 or Central NJ, 732-886-1940 and we’ll help make your shopping center maintenance as easy as 1-2-3).

Street Sweeping – Comparing Apples to Apples

Street Sweeping – Caveat Emptor (Let The Buyer Beware)

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Click the image or the link below to get your copy of this “Apples to Apples” checklist.

No one likes to be taken advantage of.  However, in the case of street sweeping, it’s hard to know.

There is an old proverb that states, The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.

The first time I heard that quote, I thought, “how cynical, does one have to protect themselves in all transactions?  What has happened to trust!”.

Over time, however, this has grown to be one of my favorite quotes, simply because it explains the importance of due diligence before you make an important (and potentially expensive) decision.

In fact, I think every potential purchaser of property maintenance and sweeping services would do well to read this quote, understand it and start applying it to evaluating potential service providers.

Street sweeping – What Do You Know?

Here’s a quick quiz…

Question 1: True or false, An individual needs to be trained, I-9 compliant, have a clean driving record and be screened for drugs drive a street sweeping vehicle.

Question 2: True or false, Street sweeping vehicles that are less than 5 years old provide more thorough cleaning and are more environmentally friendly.

Question 3: True or false, Tracking sweeping patterns by satellite is the most efficient way to provide thorough street and parking lot cleaning.

If you answered “true” to at least two of these questions, give yourself a pat on the back – you know quite a bit about street sweeping. However, if you got even one wrong, then there’s still more for you to learn.

Fortunately, you’re about to learn everything you need to know about how to compare effective street sweeper providers with this article.

So roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking cap, and let’s look at important criteria when comparing apples to apples for street sweeping services.

Street Sweeping Employees

Although it appears to be a simple task to jump into the cab of a street sweeper and drive straight, there’s more to it:

  • Are driver screened: Drug and Driver Record?
  • Are drivers I-9 (Citizenship) Compliant?
  • Are drivers trained on the specific needs of your project?

Street Sweeping Management & Supervision

  • Is there a Supervisor on every shift?
  • Is an Account Manager dedicated to your needs?
  • Does the company have a Scheduling and Quality Control Manager?

Street Sweeping Equipment

  • Does the provider have spare equipment ready to be deployed?
  • Are all onsite vehicles clearly labeled with logos?
  • Does the provider have a wide range of equipment for all needs?

Street Sweeping Technology

  • Are there GPS Tracking devices on all trucks?
  • Do the trucks have Digital Cameras installed?
  • Are the drivers using 2-Way Radios for fast communication?
  • Are the sweeping patterns tracked by satellite?

Street Sweeping Risk Management

  • Are they NAPSA Certified Sweeping?
  • Are they affiliated with an industry partner such as 1-800 SWEEPER?
  • Do they have less than 5 Million Umbrella insurance?
  • Is their Worker’s Comp/Liability up to date?

Street Sweeping Company

  • Does the provider wash the area so the cleaning truck functions at the highest level?
  • Does the provider have Certified Mechanics In-House?
  • Does the provider’s company have a full office staff to support relationship needs?

Now you know how to compare apples to apples regarding street sweeping providers.

However, before I wrap up this article, let me share with you some additional services that you may need when maintaining your streets, parking lots or garages:

  • Line Striping
  • Seal Coating
  • Pavement Repair
  • Power Washing

To get the best results, you’ll want to choose a street sweeping company that has what you need, when you need it.

Go ahead and compare apples to apple – I think you’ll like your results!

For your convenience, we’ve put together a one-page checklist to make your comparison quick, easy and thorough.  Just click this link – Comparing Apples to Apple Checklist

Have additional questions, please call us at 732-886-1940.  We enjoy being compared to other provers of street sweeping.

 

 

 

Shopping Center Parking Lot Sweeping – Why It’s Vital to Creating a Great First Impression

Parking Lot Sweeping – There’s More Psychology Than You Think

parking lot sweeping impressions - sweeping.comIt’s all science!

Psychology experts say that many people, if not all, will judge a new environment within the first seven seconds of interaction and their opinion will most likely never change.

Shoppers believe they deserve nothing but the best and form an impression about a business or property they visit the moment they enter the parking lot.

Since shopping centers are still the main source of goods and personal services even in this age of online shopping and home delivery, businesses must do all they can to create a positive first impression for shoppers (and maintain this impression consistently!).

Parking Lot Sweeping – You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a Positive First Impression

Thorough shopping center parking lot sweeping is the most effective way to create a positive lasting first impression on shoppers and the public. People like to meet up and do their shopping in a clean and safe environment, even if their personal environment is not as neat.

Considering the ever-increasing competition for ground space between foot traffic and vehicles, most property owners and managers are tempted to neglect the appearance of their parking lots. They do this with the mistaken belief that it does people don’t pay attention to the parking lot.  This is not true…people judge everything within their environment and the parking lot is the first thing they see.

Proper cleaning means thorough and regular parking lot sweeping. Creating a reassuring environment does not need to including laying the most expensive tiles or setting up catchy artwork; regular cleaning of the parking lot will reassure visitors (and tenants) that the services offered inside the shopping center are just as excellent.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Creating Safety

There is something else. Many people visit shopping centers to get away from their everyday routines to get personal service or meet friends.

Although this means more maintenance for parking lots and frequent scheduled portering and pressure washing, it can be worth it if means more visitors feel safe, relaxed and comfortable in their environment.

Take a look at all the trash that can collect in a shopping center parking lot.  Here is an article we posted about the variety of trash, debris and litter we lick up, “Street sweeping – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Prioritize parking lot sweeping and maintenance

It is not uncommon for businesses and property owners to invest a lot in remodeling their buildings, helping their buildings to stand out. A visitor can always tell an expensive property where everything inside is very likely to be more expensive, from a valued property that is well taken care of both inside and out.

If you are in charge of ensuring the cleanliness of a shopping center parking lot, it sends a conflicting message if there is a poorly maintained parking that welcome customers to a property.

The best courtesy you can pay the tenants of the shopping center is to ensure a regular shopping center parking lot sweeping, cleaning and maintenance. This sends a positive message about the commitment that the owner has in his property.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Dealing With The Challenges

Both stiff competition and technology have made doing business more challenging because convincing picky customers takes more than advertising and applying a coat of paint every year.

One of the things that really work to create a positive impression to maintain a clean and well-maintained parking lot.

Are you looking to make a good (or better) first impression with your parking lot?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to discuss how you can improve the overall impression of your parking lot through regular parking lot sweeping.

 

Residential Street Sweeping | It’s in the Details

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Residential Street Sweeping – The Public Notices the Difference

residential street sweeping - sweeping.comThe public wants an environment which is clean and attractive. It is not just for the health benefits; a clean environment also has a positive psychological impact.

Studies have shown that people who live in clean surroundings are usually happier, more relaxed, and less stressed than those in disorganized, messy, or unhygienic environments.

This is why communities want to have their environments cleaned often. The challenge, of course, is that – though people keep their own properties clean, it is unlikely that they have the time or capacity to clean the streets in their neighborhoods. This is where residential street sweeping proves its value.

Residential Street Sweeping – The Two Benefits

Residential street sweeping not only makes the neighborhood look attractive and appealing, it also removes debris and pollutants from the environment.

This makes the environment healthy and safe – especially for children who play in the streets and people who walk their pets in or near the streets.

These benefits arise from the detail that residential street sweepers employ when cleaning a neighborhood.

Not only does residential street sweeping pick up leaves, trash, and debris; it also picks up small particulates such as grit and metals that would wash into streams, rivers, and lakes.

This interrupts the pollution cycle which causes the contamination of drinking water sources.

Residential Street Sweeping – The Process

Street sweepers employ a number of techniques which are designed to perform thorough cleaning with minimal interruption to the residents. In most cases, they begin by spraying the street with water to prevent the dust from blowing. They then use cylindrical brushes to sweep the debris onto a conveyor belt. This belt then deposits the dirt and debris into a container for proper disposal at a later time.

In a typical residential street sweeping, the sweeper operator begins by spraying the street with water to prevent dust from blowing. The sweeper then uses cylindrical brushes to sweep the debris onto a conveyor belt. This belt then deposits the dirt and debris into a container for proper disposal at a later time.

The entire exercise is carried out in a thorough and professional manner. The end result is that the entire neighborhood ends up looking clean, free of debris, and tidy.

Despite being called “street sweepers”, residential street sweeping operations typically go beyond merely sweeping streets. In many cases, they also clean gutters and public spaces like parking lots and public entries.

Here’s a brief but very accurate video of how a street sweeper operates:

Street sweeping demo – courtesy of Strathcoma County

Residential Street Sweeping – The Details of Efficiency

Residential street sweeping plays a critical role in ensuring that residential neighborhoods remain livable. Therefore, local municipalities coordinate a schedule that allows residential street sweeping professionals to accomplish their work with minimal interruptions and delays.

Residential street sweeping companies require cooperation from residents in order to ensure that their operations are smooth.

This cooperation typically involves asking residents to remove their parked cars from the streets during cleaning hours.

To ensure this, most residential street sweepers work on a schedule provided by townships and municipalities. The local authorities publish the schedules on their websites to inform the residents of the scheduled cleaning operations.

It is in the interest of every resident to keep up-to-date with the cleaning schedules within their neighborhood. This will minimize inconvenience and interruptions of both the residents and the street sweepers.

To stay up to date with the sweeping schedule for your neighborhood, check your township or city website. Resident cooperation is essential in ensuring that your environment stays clean, hygienic, and safe.

Are you looking for an experienced, knowledgeable residential street sweeping service?  Give us a call at 736-886-1940.  Well be glad to guide you in the details of coordinating, scheduling and conducting residential street sweeping.

Street Sweeping – Ready for Action

Street Sweeping – More Power, Advanced Technology

street sweeping spring cleaning - sweeping.comThe spring season is upon us and smart urban dwellers across the country are getting ready (C & L included!)  If you have not made plans on how best to save money while keeping your outdoor environment clean and hygienic, it is not too late…but you must begin now.

We are proud to announce we are ready for the spring season with a new fleet of street sweeping equipment that is more powerful and technologically advanced.

We have set the quality bar very high over the years and we have swept city streets all over New Jersey, but we’ll be raising it even higher this coming spring.

The latest C&L Services equipment for municipal streets is the first stop for these powerful sweepers.

Street Sweeping – C&L has always been the best, what will change?

We are a well-qualified, experienced, and passionate company with a team of staff that love what we do. Our streets are getting more traffic and that there are man-made and nature-generated waste on our urban environments every day. It gets more challenging each day for professional companies to maintain quality street sweeping services on budget and continue to deliver top-notch quality and timely service because they rely on similar methods and equipment.

Have a look at the variety of trash and debris that we pickup everyday with our street sweeping services.

The challenge grows each day for professional companies to maintain quality street sweeping services on budget and continue to deliver top-notch quality and timely service.

The newly updated fleet of street sweepers we will be using boast more power which translates to more thorough and faster cleaning even on high traffic surfaces.

The technology these machines run on ensures that these powerful engines perform with low emissions and greater power while using less gas.

This makes these machines especially effective in cleaning public areas such as shopping centers, municipal streets, private community’s and businesses and even corporate office parks.

Street Cleaning – More Efficiency for Lower Cost

For our clients, the new fleet will help us offer our dependable street sweeping services more efficiently. The streets will stay cleaner for longer as the new fleet of machines will spend less time sweeping compared to the older machines. The sweepers not only require less mechanical input from the operator but also boast of new spectacular color scheme graphics that represent the passion we at C&L have for clean and beautiful streets.

This spring, enjoy the benefits of specialized equipment executing specialized sweeping strategies.

Street Cleaning – More Than A Job To Do

At C&L Service, we do not consider street sweeping a basic operation that is simply driving a truck with fancy accessories over the street surface.

Our experienced cleaners determine the cleaning requirements for individual streets then use the right equipment and sweeping strategy to produce the best results.

We have invested in the best equipment because we believe in our capacity to clean any type and amount of debris in every weather condition and better equipment simply means happier customers for us.

This spring, rely on us to ensure that your streets and other paved surfaces are maintained in a clean, healthy, and safe condition despite the pollution and activity that comes with the season.

Give us a call at 732-886-1940 if you’re ready for action with your street sweeping.

School District Street Sweeping: When The Children Are Away, The Street Sweepers Will Play

Street Sweeping In School Districts – The Mess Has Been Building Up All Year

street sweeping school districts - sweeping.comThe start of the school holidays is usually accompanied by an increase of debris in school districts. This is because when most schools close, the end of year events leave behind a mess. The school commons areas, parking lots, and driveways are strewn with litter from the end of year festivities and students’ departure.

Since school staff also get a break during the holidays, the debris usually is forgotten. This creates an unpleasant sight especially for the communities located near the schools, colleges, or universities.

Aside from being unsightly, this mess can actually create a potential public health hazard. This especially true in instances where food and drink have been discarded on the parking lots or driveways. When left uncleaned, the food items can begin rotting and harboring germs, pests, and vermin.

Basically, it is in everyone’s best interest to clean up the school district soon after students get holidays. This is where professional street sweepers come in handy.

Street Sweeping In School Districts – The Pros Have It Covered

A professional street sweeping company can clear up all the trash, debris, and litter from compounds, parking lots, and driveways. This leaves the school grounds looking neat, clean, and organized. More importantly, it saves the public from any potential hazards.

The only challenge is finding a street sweeping company up to the task. Given the size of a typical school campus, cleaning it up is often a large project. When it gets to colleges and universities, the task is usually even bigger.

The ideal street sweeping company should have the capacity to handle the task of cleaning up schools, colleges or universities. This means that they have the equipment, personnel, and expertise required to undertake the cleaning task.

Beyond scale, the company should have the staff with the skill required to conduct cleaning in an efficient manner. Street sweeping may seem a mundane undertaking. However, it is both an art and a science.

Here an article that describes how to choose the right street sweeping company.

Street Sweeping In School Districts – The Devil Is In The Details

A great street sweeper has to understand the nuances of street sweeping. For instance, the techniques used for cleaning concrete surfaces is different from those for cleaning asphalt surfaces. Given that parking lots, driveways and compounds typically have different surfaces, the perfect company should have staff who are flexible.

These cleaners should be professionals who understand the techniques required for cleaning different surfaces of all kinds of dirt. These professionals should be equipped with everything needed to clear up all the areas around the school, college, or university.

Street Sweeping In School Districts – Passion and Commitment

Above all, the cleaners should be passionate about their craft. They should have a commitment to providing top-quality services with each street sweeping engagement. With these attributes, cleaning the school district will be more than just work. The street sweepers will play. And when all is said and done, the school district will be clean, neat and hygienic.

The company which can deliver all these attributes is C & L Services. Equipped with a large fleet of cleaners, the company can take on more than one school campus at a time. The company has a team of professionals who are highly skilled, vastly experienced and certified. Best of all, the company uses eco-friendly detergents and techniques when cleaning.

For anyone looking to clean up their school district this June, C & L Services can provide the cleaning service. Call them at 732-886-1940 and they will design a cleaning schedule in line with your needs. Start your new school year with a professional, stress-free street sweeping.

Municipal Street Sweeping: Why Townships Rely Upon A Professional Street Sweeping Company for Their Yearly Springtime Clean-Ups

Municipal Street Sweeping – A Clean Town is a Happy Town

municipal street sweeping - sweeping.comTown councils, municipal administrators, and township staff all want happy residents. At no time is this more noticeable than at the beginning of spring. One quick way of guaranteeing this is by street sweeping to keep the neighborhood clean and safe.

The return of spring usually reveals the dirt, debris, and salt which has accumulated on town roads during the winter months. This usually leaves streets, sidewalks, and parking lots looking dirty and unattractive. To residents, an unattractive town is a source of irritation.

However, the concerns of residents are not the only things town authorities have to worry about. There are also environmental laws that require compliance on a regular basis. Cleaning up the streets is part of regulatory compliance.

This is precisely why towns and municipals schedule street sweeping as part of their yearly springtime clean-ups. The big challenge that authorities face is finding an experienced company to provide professional street sweeping services.

Municipal Street Sweeping – Keeping Costs Down Makes a Happy Town

As with all customers, municipals need a company which can provide professional street sweeping services at an affordable cost. This company needs to have the equipment, personnel, and resources for providing top-notch sweeping services. Above all, it should have the experience and capability of providing their services on the scale required by municipal authorities.

One company which has all these qualities is C & L Services. Renowned for providing superior cleaning services, C & L is the perfect provider of street sweeping for municipalities in New Jersey.

For starters, C & L is conveniently located in Central New Jersey. This provides quick access to most of New Jersey’s major highways. C & L Services can easily access most areas of the state and respond to municipalities within a short time. Basically, C & L can deploy to the communities that need street sweeping services without the slightest delay.

Municipal Street Sweeping – Avoiding Inconvenience Makes a Happy Town

C & L Services also has a new fleet of street sweepers. This means that we can deploy to multiple locations simultaneously. This makes life easy for municipalities which want to restore numerous neighborhoods at the same time. We can deploy our crews to different locations, and coordinate the efforts to clean up those neighborhoods.

C & L has a host of equipment for cleaning various kinds of surfaces to varying degrees. We can asphalt, concrete, porous, gravel, and many others. This means that we can easily clean up street surfaces, sidewalks, parking lots, municipal routes, and expressways. Beyond just sweeping surfaces, we can clean up and unclog nearby drainage channels.

Finally, C & L Services has the expertise and personnel to provide the best cleaning services possible. All our cleaners are highly trained professionals who are passionate about their work. We delight in delivering quality results and restoring a sense of hygiene and pride to neighborhoods and communities.

Municipal Street Sweeping – C & L Services Helps Create Happy Towns

If you are a town council member who is dedicated to restoring cleanliness to your neighborhoods during the springtime clean-up, C & L Services can get the job done. We can offer you the professional street cleaning services which you deserve at costs you can afford.

The best part about C & L Services is our services are environmentally friendly. Our street sweeping is carried out with eco-friendly equipment, techniques, and detergents. Therefore, we can help you to comply with environmental laws in a way that will satisfy the law and the town residents.

To find out more about C & L municipal street cleaning services, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad discuss your needs and demonstrate our expertise in with municipal street sweeping.

Parking Lot Striping – Cleaning Surfaces Properly In Preparation for Your Striping Project

Parking Lot Striping – More Impact Than You Know

parking lot striping-sweeping.comAlthough parking lot striping may be looked at as something unimportant, it can have a tremendous impact on the overall usability of a parking lot. Adding stripes can make a parking lot more organized, easy-to-use and user-friendly – even for first-time visitors.

Most commercial property owners know this. Given the size and complexity of the typical parking lot of a commercial property, property owners have learned that parking lot striping is can be a huge benefit to the tenant if done correctly or an equally big headache if done wrong.  Considering striping importance, once the parking lot is built (or repaired), they quickly seek out the services of a parking lot striping company.

Parking Lot Striping and Cleanliness

What most property owners don’t realize is that the cleanliness of the parking lot surface can directly impact the overall quality of the striping. An unclean surface can reduce the lifespan of the stripes.

The reason for this is simple: if the striping paint is laid on any residual dirt left on the parking lot surface, the next time the surface is cleaned, the paint can be worn off more quickly (or worse, stripped off by the sweeper). Stripes could chip, rip, or fade, and require repainting. This ultimately increases the costs of striping since it would need to be restored more frequently when compared to surfaces which are thoroughly cleaned before the striping project.

Parking Lot Striping – The Cleaning Checklist

Before a parking lot striping project is initiated, it is critical to ensure that the parking lot surfaces are carefully cleaned. Generally speaking, there are three types of surfaces which need to be cleaned before striping the parking lot.

These are cement, concrete, and asphalt. Below are simple guidelines on how to clean these surfaces.

Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Cement or Concrete Surfaces

Cement and concrete are common surfaces used on parking lot surfaces and paving stones. Cement is a binder material (like glue) which hardens to a durable surface. Concrete, on the other hand, is cement with an aggregate of sand, gravel and other materials that are added to provide a variety of hardness or porosity depending on the use of the surface.

The procedures for cleaning cement and concrete surfaces prior to parking lot striping are:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface

2. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for cleaning concrete

3. Wait for the surface to dry fully

4. Spot-clean any stains with the appropriate cleaner (grease, oil, mastic, glue and molds all require different types of cleaner)

Please note that paver stone surfaces may need additional sanding after cleaning.

Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Asphalt Surfaces

Most parking lot surfaces are made out of asphalt. Asphalt is a flexible material which is less expensive but requires more maintenance. The procedure for cleaning asphalt surfaces are the following:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface

2. Use a power blower to remove fine dust and dirt particles

3. Pre-treat any oil, grease or petroleum stains

4. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for asphalt

5. Wait for the surface to dry fully

The bottom line is that the first step towards preparing a parking lot striping project is to ensure that the surface to be “striped” be thoroughly clean. The surface should be cleaned using not just the approach, but also with cleaning detergents which are meant for that specific surface. This will ensure that any striping on the parking lot will be clear, visible, and last for a long time.

If you are a commercial property owner who is planning for a parking lot striping project, be certain to get a professional that will properly prepare the surface by thoroughly cleaning it. Otherwise, you may end up compromising the longevity of the parking lot stripes.

The good news is that when you hire C & L Services for parking lot striping services, professional cleaning will part of the project. You don’t need the additional step of hiring another company to clean the surface.

If you are looking for a team of professionals, call us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll provide you with a problem-free parking lot striping.

 

 

 

Parking Lot Sweeping – The Difference That Makes A Difference in Excellence

Parking Lot Sweeping – Creating A Good First Impression

parking lot sweeping - sweeping.comHaving an immaculately swept parking lot is a smart investment for a number of reasons. For starters, the parking lot creates the first impression that visitors have. Generally, if you want to create a good first impression your clients, prospective tenants or other visitors, having a clean parking lot is the first step towards this.

A well-swept parking lot also protects you liability which may arise from parking lot accidents such as trips and falls.

Finally, regularly parking lot sweeping keeps the lot in pristine condition, reducing wear and tear – and the associated costs of repairs.

It is in your best interest to ensure that your parking lot pristine, clean and well-swept.

And if you want the best impressions you can get, you need the services of the best parking lot sweeping company you can find.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Sweepers are not all the same

Most people mistakenly assume that all sweeping companies are the same. As such, when in need of sweeping services, they reach out to the nearest company they can find.

The end result could be substandard work (or worse, no-shows) which ends up wasting not just their time, but also resources.

To avoid this situation, it is essential to understand what the difference between mediocre and excellent sweeping companies.

The simple fact is that not all street sweeping companies maintain certain standards and the best companies are committed to key principles. The most prominent of these principles are:

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 1 – Keep equipment up to date and in top working condition.

The first rule of providing excellent cleaning services is having the right equipment. The best companies know this. They invest in the latest equipment which is available on the market. Beyond just having the latest equipment, they ensure that is in top shape. This means that they constantly service them to ensure that they are working at their best.

Typically, these companies maintain their equipment by having staff mechanics who can service them, as well as onsite garage space for providing safe storage. To top this up, the companies typically maintain an ongoing relationship with specialized parts vendors to ensure that any replacements are easily found. This ensures that their fleet is constantly on the road.

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 2 – Skilled Workforce

Another rule of providing excellence is having full-time, well-trained and dedicated staff to provide parking lot sweeping services. When contracting parking lot sweepers, you want their staff to be pro-active, look for problems and communicate regularly with both clients and management. This not only ensures excellent customer service, it also prevents problems from escalating.

Such staff needs to undergo regular training, drug testing, and supervision. This ensures that the staff skills are maintained at their peak, it also “nips problems in their bud” before they have a negative effect on clients or properties. The best companies also maintain constant communication between executives and clients to ensure that the latter enjoy an excellent customer service experience.

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 3 – Efficient Operations

The best sweeping companies also maintain efficient operations. Examples include using updated GPS systems, operating a radio dispatch and having 2 supervisors on night call while the rest of the world is sleeping. This provides prompt response to customer queries or needs.

Top parking lot sweeping companies also provide regular quality assurance and collect ongoing feedback from staff to keep the company aware and responsive to both customer and staff needs. The end result is that the overall quality of their services is constantly improving.

Ultimately, only the best street sweeping company can provide you with excellent parking lot sweeping services. Therefore, if you are looking to contract a company to provide you with the right sweeping services for your parking lot, then make sure that you contract a company which has the above qualities.

One company which fulfills the above criteria is C & L. Basically, if you need to make a great impression for your property, simply call C &L, and you will enjoy the best parking lot sweeping.

 

 

 

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