Municipal Garage Scrubbing – What You See is What You Get

Municipal Garage Scrubbing – People Are Visual and are Harsh Judges

municipal garage scrubbing-sweeping.comParking garages owned and managed by municipalities need to be kept clean. People who park in a dirty parking garage may think that the whole city is a dirty and uninviting place. This can lead to complaints to municipal employees and even hurt tourism and business creation.

It only takes a moment for people to form a first impression, including when they’re in a parking garage. Many people assume that the general public doesn’t really notice the state of the parking garage. It’s just a parking garage, isn’t it?. They park their car and then go about their business.

However, there has been a shift in the past couple of years in what people notice and how willing they are to complain about it. And complain they do!

Having a dirty parking garage can lead to municipal employees dealing with complaints.

The people who complain may even do so to their friends and on social media which can lead to bad publicity for a city. By having a clean garage (and clean streets as well), a municipality can avoid negativity and avoid conflicts.

A public parking garage should be cleaned once a year by a professional garage scrubbing firm. Beyond just removing negative visual impressions caused by day to day dirt buildup, garage scrubbing will also remove potential health issues that occur.

What Does Garage Scrubbing include?

Garage scrubbing firm will address specific areas which include:

Is this where you want to park? In a dirty, dark, grimy parking garage? CREEPY!


Grime is something that occurs as oil dirty builds up over time. It not only looks gross but it can also be slick leading to falls. These cleaning companies have the equipment to strip grime out of a parking garage.

Oil and grease

Cars with mechanical issues leak oil and grease onto parking spots. This discolors the parking spots and is visually unappealing. Cleaning the parking garage once a year will remove this unsightly appearance.


Plants can grow in parking garages. It might come from vegetation that has blown in and built up. An annual cleaning will remove all of the vegetation from the garage where moss or other tenacious forms of life have taken hold.


Mold loves damp places in parking garages. This can cause health issues for people who have respiratory issues or allergies. Even healthy people can be harmed by toxic molds. Mold in a parking garage also signals people that it isn’t maintained and is in a state of neglect.

Animal droppings

An annual garage scrubbing will remove animal droppings such as bird and rat feces, dead animals, and feathers. These not only look unsightly but are also potentially dangerous to people. The droppings of birds, for instance, can contain some 60 different diseases.

Municipalities can hire a professional garage scrubbing firm to clean their parking garages once a year. They will want to pick a vendor with a great track record of customer satisfaction and exceptional follow through.

This includes having the knowledge and experience of how to effectively remove undesirable substances from a parking garage, staying on budget and getting the job done quickly.

When the garage cleaning project occurs it will need to be closed off to the public while the work is performed. Any regular tenants and clients of the garage should be informed multiple times before the day of cleaning occurs.

Notices should also be set up online including on social media, through emails, and on the municipalities website.

It’s also a good idea to place signs in the parking garage so people know when they won’t be able to use it.

Here’s our garage scrubbing video that will show you how we work:

Municipal 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 sweeping, municipal sweeping, and construction sweeping.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.




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