A dirty parking lot may seem like a minor issue, but it can compromise your business as well as cost you money in repairs if you don't do something about it. Pressure washing may be the answer you need for better lot maintenance.
1. Prevents Chemical Damage
Certain chemicals and pollutants can slowly eat away at your parking lot. Oil and gas spills, for example, are common issues since you can't control whether a leaking car parks in the lot. Pollutants in the air can also settle on the lot, including those from car emissions. While regular sweeping and washing don't remove these pollutants, pressure washing can. Plan to have the lot pressure-washed at least once a year or more if you notice fluid stains.
2. Aesthetic Appeal
A clean lot is more appealing. Even if you keep garbage picked up, ugly stains on the lot can make your business look shabby. Since your parking lot provides one of the first impressions of your business, it is important to keep it clean and attractive. Pressure washing removes most stains and helps even out the color of the lot so that it looks much nicer.
3. Improves Longevity
As mentioned previously, certain chemicals can damage the lot, meaning you will need to have it replaced sooner if you ignore the spills. Further, it is harder to see minor damage like small cracks or pits on a dirty parking lot. By pressure washing the pavement so that it is clean, you make it easier to spot minor damage. You can then have these damages repaired before they develop into major problems like wide cracks or potholes.
Another reason to pressure wash is that it is much more thorough than simple parking lot sweeping. While a sweeper can pick up loose debris like leaves and garbage, it won't do anything about stuck on gum or sticky drink spills in the parking lot. Ideally, you will first have the lot swept to remove loose debris, then you will have it pressure washed to remove stains as well as other debris like chewed bubble gum.
5. Pest Prevention
Food spills and sticky soda puddles can attract pests like roaches or rodents to your parking lot. From there, it is just a short trip for those pests to find their way into your business. Pressure washing removes anything stuck to the lot that could attract pests. This is especially important if your business is a restaurant or other food service enterprise.
Contact a commercial pressure washing service in your area to learn more.