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    Default ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    Just thot I would throw this out there to see what I'm missing! I know Wayne uses Cedar Oil, and someone mentioned recently on a post vacuuming after each tenant moves out. I usually sweep the unit and wipe down the walls. What do some of you do besides just general sweeping out? Mop the floor if it needs it?

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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    In our very windy and very dusty area sweeping is uesless!

    I use a battery operated leaf blower to clean the floor, a broom to clear the webs and towels or rags as needed to wipe the walls as needed.

    For "serious" floor cleaning -- I use the standard kitty litter for oil spills and then mop the floor if needed.

    Once the unit is cleaned I spray it with the cedar oil using this product - This helps control the bugs and gives the unit a fresh scent.
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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    The back of the roll up doors tend to get neglected because you don't see them much, but they can throw down some dirt when you open the door if they aren't cleaned regularly.

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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    We mop the walls, and the back of the door. Then sweep the floor, mop if needed (concrete floors, so driveway cleaner is sometimes in order). We then vacuum all the corners, including building framing where a tenant wouldn't see anyway (but it is nice when you have to tighten these suckers down every so often). We also scrub underneath any steel that the customer might see. We top all that off by cleaning the astragal. For windy days, I resort to the mop instead of sweeping. You can get the dirt out, and since it's wet, it won't blow back on you.
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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    Gosh...I learned something from each post...Wayne, thanks for including the link for the cedar oil product....now that I know it repels snakes I'm def. interested!
    And I never knew you could get a battery operated leaf-blower, rechargeable?

    And as many times as I've cleaned the front of a roll-up door I never thought about the back of it, Eileen (smacks self in forehead--how obvious!).

    And Ian, I had to Google "astragal", it's something I never knew the name of before, just like I used to call bollards "posts"!

    Thanks, everyone, I just want to be able to do a better job....you guys are great!

    Pat
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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    Quote Originally Posted by JamestownStorage#8 View Post
    And I never knew you could get a battery operated leaf-blower, rechargeable?



    Pat
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    I got mine at HomeDepot -- click here -- Mine is about 3 years old now and probably should be replaced as I have about used it up
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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    Quote Originally Posted by Autodoc View Post
    I got mine at HomeDepot -- click here -- Mine is about 3 years old now and probably should be replaced as I have about used it up
    Again, thanks, Wayne. After reading your suggestion last night I looked up "Google" of course, and found some that blow & vacuum!!! Also they suggest for optimal usage to keep 2 batteries charged as sometimes the charge only lasts 20 minutes (is that what you've found to be true w/yours?) I don't know how to link things as well as you do but I did find this:

    Best Leaf Blower - Leaf Blower Reviews - Gas Leaf Blower - Stihl Leaf Blower - Backpack Leaf Blower

    Again, thanks for the info, I don't believe there has ever been a protocol established for the "cleaning of units" but I feel like if we are going to say we have the "best" facility, it also needs to be the cleanest!!!

    Pat
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    Default Re: ??Cleaning Vacant Units

    I use a Electric leaf Blower inside the building and blow all the stuff into one corner and vacumn it up and down stair I open the doors and blow it outside. As for the doors and walls I use CARB. cleaner for the paint marks it removes all the color from People stuff and then I and I Paint the scrapes that are down to bare metal then I Polish the doors and walls with Pledge Anti-dust Polish Inside and outside of my interior units

 

 
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