High Level Cleaning Equipment
Because of gravity the floor is usually the first area to become obviously dirty and quite rightly a great deal of cleaning work is focused on that area. We can tend to forget about other areas which may not be the recipient of great amount of unwanted deposits but, over time, dirt builds up and can become both unsightly and potentially hazardous. Areas at high level are easy to ignore as few of us ever look up, so therefore high level cleaning must be part of a regular cleaning regime and not left until somebody happens to glance up and is shocked at what they see! Prevention is better than cure in this case.
Access for High Level Cleaning
The primary problem faced in cleaning at high level is access. Stairs and walkways are not often in evidence in industrial premises so other means may have to be employed such as scaffolding or a mechanical aid like a cherry picker or scissor lift. This type of access equipment should be used by licensed operators who have undergone appropriate training. For instance powered access operators should have a Powered Access Licence issued through the IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) which confirms their ability to do the job and protects the employer and customer.
Using Cleaning Equipment for hard to reach areas
Once access has been attained the cleaning operation has to be carried out. This may be a simple as a bucket of water and a sponge but, more likely, sophisticated equipment is required.
A vacuum cleaner is one possibility, perhaps in the form of a back pack vacuum which allows the operator more flexibility to reach difficult areas.
Pressure washers could also be used where there is stubborn or greasy build up. It is possible that by using a pressure washer with an extending lance the need for access equipment could be removed. An extended lance could reach over 7 metres in length which is long enough to reach most high level fascias for instance. By attaching the extended lance to the purpose made belt worn by the operator, it is easy to manoeuvre and cleaning can be carried out efficiently and effectively. The Edge Grimebuster for example is trailer mounted, with it’s own bowser to supply water, so it can be used virtually anywhere and is ideal for exterior high level cleaning.
For more information about cleaning equipment for hard to reach areas, give B&G Cleaning a call for the best and most cost effective options available