Every dumpster pad ends up dirt over time, and the conditions around the St. Louis Dumpster Pad can be an eyesore. For months, possibly even years dirt, grease, trash, and weather have compounded into long-term stains that makes your garbage area your worst nightmare. In this article, we are going to cover some recommendations on how to tackle that eyesore and make the exterior of your property look better.
The things that you are going to need are:
- Hot water pressure washer
- A broom with stiff bristles
- 2 gallon or more pump sprayer
- Elbow grease
- Surface cleaner
Make sure before you tackle cleaning your dumpster, you have the proper safety equipment. Here are the suggested items:
- Steel toe work boots
- Heavy-duty rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
- Contractor bags
- Shovel and rake
Pretreating the surface
It is very possible while you are using a high-pressure cleaner that debris will kick up and potentially hit you. That is why it is very important that you wear safety glasses and gloves. Before you get started cleaning with water and detergent. Sweep up all the trash and debris in the area near the dumpster. If your dumpster is extra dirty, you will want to consider pre-treating with a degreaser before you spray with hot water.
When you start your pre-treat, spray until you have a heavy coat all over the dumpster until you start to see the liquid pool under the dumpster or around it. The color of the suds as you pre-treat will reveal several important things. The first thing you should notice is the color the run-off liquid. It should be a deep brown color, which means your degreaser is working and you may need to apply a second coat. Agitate the surface with your brush and then rinse. Upon applying the second degreaser coat, you should the color turn to a light brown milky color.
Cleaning the surface
If your pretreat went well, now would be the time to powerwash the pad. The most common way to clean the pad is with a general mix through downstreaming or x-jetting. Don’t rush it though. Give the general purpose cleaning mix time to work. Once you have sufficiently allowed the cleaner to do its job, get ready to rinse the pad.
Rinsing the pad
When rinsing the pad surface, your water temp should be no lower than 165 degrees. Grease and dirt stains can accumulate over time and the heat will help to break up those caked on spots. Don’t spend to much time in one spot. Spray with a nice even sweeping back and forth stroke. Rinse the surface area once or twice to make sure you got all of the heavy spots and all of the cleaner is gone. As you rinse the pad, you should see a significant difference in how clean your St. Louis Dumpster Pad is. Congratulations.
If you don’t have some of the supplies or equipment to tackle this project, give us a call at Grimebustersinc. We offer power washing services to all of our customers in the St. Louis and Bellville, Illinois area.
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