When you own a business, the appearance of your parking lot is equally as important as the appearance of the inside of your building. Why? Before your clients ever step foot into your building, the first thing that they will see is your parking lot.
If your parking lot is a mess, clients or shoppers may form a poor first impression, deciding to direct their business elsewhere. A parking lot full of dirt, garbage, and debris might not seem like a big deal to you, but to your customers it could be enough to prevent them from going inside. But what other benefits does parking lot sweeping hold, who can do it, and how often should it be done? Let’s find out!
What is the harm in having an unkempt parking lot?
If losing customers is not enough to convince you to have your parking lot swept, perhaps the following information will be. An unkempt parking lot is much more susceptible to infestations of rodents, roaches, and bacteria! In addition, dirt and debris buildup can actually cause your pavement to crack, creating a safety hazard. How? Sand and dirt hold water. If left sitting on the pavement for too long, that water can penetrate into the asphalt, freeze, thaw, and expand into a crack. Parking lot sweeping can help you to avoid all of these problems.
Other benefits of keeping your parking lot clean:
1) Less pollution
Sweeping your parking lot regularly helps to prevent pollutants from entering into our waterways. How? When storm water runoff combines with trash and debris that is left in a parking lot, it can create deadly pollutants that end up in our sewers and waterways. Sweeping your parking lot will prevent this mixture from occurring, keeping our water pollutant free!
2) Less indoor dirt
Your parking lot is the last thing that anyone will step on before entering your building. And did you know that 70% to 80% of dirt in your parking lot will end up inside of your building? That is a lot of dirt! And while regular cleaning can help to keep this dirt down, indoor cleaning is made much quicker and simpler if the parking lot is also clean.
3) Extends the lifespan of your pavement
Dirt, sand, and trash can cause damage to seal coating, striping, and many other features of your pavement, greatly reducing its life expectancy.
4) Increases safety and reduces risk
If someone trips over a piece of garbage on your parking lot, who is held responsible? You are! Ensuring that your parking lot is kept clean will reduce the risk of injury, as well as the risk of lawsuit.
5) Saves money
Most people think that hiring a parking lot sweeping company will cost more money than it will save. And while this is true for the short term, it is definitely not true for the long-term. Regular parking lot sweeps can extend the lifespan of your pavement – and a pavement replacement will cost much more than a pavement sweeping.
There are many benefits that come along with sweeping your parking lot. So what are you waiting for? Get sweeping! (Better yet, let us do it for you!)