Making the right impression on your customers is essential if you want to maximise their spending at your premises. You need to put them at ease and introduce a relaxed mindset that will make them more receptive to what you have to say. Good training of your sales staff is of course a prerequisite, however, so is the ambience of the building.
The sales experience begins in the car park – if it is tatty, with potholes and weeds, it immediately suggests neglect and a lack of care so most companies ensure that it is regularly maintained. Similarly, the building’s exterior helps to set the scene too – if your cladding needs cleaning, it will immediately generate negative feelings in the subconscious mind, making the potential customer more wary of purchasing. It is quite easy for a business to overlook this simple sales trick.
From the 1970s, industrial and retail buildings on industrial estates have, by and large, been constructed using exterior metal cladding. This is a cheap way of quickly rendering a large steel framed building waterproof. Cladding, when first fitted, can look good, however, over time, it will gather grime; moss and algae will develop in areas that are often damp and the ultra violet rays from sunlight will dull and damage the paint or plastic coating of the cladding surface.
DIY Cladding Cleaning
Some companies have tried cleaning the cladding of their industrial unit themselves but are totally unaware of the potential damage that they are doing without the expert knowledge, without the correct equipment and without the correct techniques. The damage that can be done is not immediately apparent but 6 -12 months down the line, they start to pay the price as the cladding coating deteriorates and allows the weather, moss and algae to damage the metal underneath. No cladding will last forever but, if you follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions, it will ensure that it does reach its expected lifespan.
Professional Cladding Cleaning
Here at APT, we have the experience, knowledge and right equipment for efficient and sympathetic cladding cleaning. Instead of blasting the surface as hard as we can with a high pressure washer, we will use specialist low pressure high steam machines and soda blast cleaning systems. These use a either just low water pressure ultra high steam cleaners with heat up to 130 degrees or Soda blast cleaning using a precision micro blast abrasive in an air and water mixture where the nozzle of our cladding washing equipment creates a subtle vortex in the mixture that works from the surface inwards. Instead of forcing the cleaning jet through the soiling to lift it wholesale from the paint or plastic coating, it teases it off more subtly from the outside. Our operatives are fully trained and know exactly when which type of cleaning process is required and suitable to leave your cladding surface coating intact but free of grime. The results are the same other than your cladding remains undamaged!
For algae and moss removal, untrained and inexperienced cleaners will resort to chemical methods. On surfaces such as metal sheet cladding, low pressure steam cleaning works a treat and is safer for the environment and the operator too. The high temperature of the steam means that the cleaning is fast acting and will dry quickly. Re-colonisation is inevitable but steam cleaning kills off any spores which means a longer period before regrowth occurs without the need for chemical inhibitors.
Who needs APT Cladding Cleaning Services?
We provide our commercial cleaning services to new modern building, retail shopping centres, distribution centres, supermarkets, office blocks, apartment blocks, service stations, warehouse, industrial, and sports stadiums.
Cladding Inspection and Repair
Any cladding cleaning company worth their salt will also inspect and spot early warning signs of cladding issues and alert you. We are no exception and have a team who carry out both small scale and larger repairs to neglected and damaged cladding.
Dilapidations and Cladding Cleaning
At the end of a commercial building lease it is a requirement that the tenant returns the building to the landlord in a good state of repair. If the cladding has not received regular professional cleaning it is quite probable that it will have deteriorated significantly and require repair. Professional cleaning on a regular basis will help to protect you against what could be a very expensive end to your tenancy!
So if it’s a while since your premises had a cladding clean, talk to us on 0800 0723 773 NOW to make sure that when your customers reach your sales team they are ready to buy! We clean all types of cladding surfaces including coated aluminium, steel weather board panels and timber cladding.