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    Hey everyone! I have worked in storage for over 2 years, but recently became a Resident Manager at a different facility that my company owns. My husband and I moved up here right before our wedding 3 months ago- and now that the wedding is over- we have some serious work to do around here!

    First of all- we have a dirty facility that needs the door of each unit cleaned. Problem is- power washing to doors gets water into the units on the sides. They are roll up doors and the bottom part is sealed very well, but the sides have gaps that let water in. These doors are caked in dirt- so we can't merely wipe them off. How do you all clean roll-up doors? Any tips or tricks?

    Its all appreciated- and I am excited to be on here. I have learned a lot by just looking around!


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    We use hard bristle brushes and a push cart with a couple of plastic trash cans with water. First we sweep the door, then using the first bucket we scrub the door with the brush, then to finish it off we use the next bucket of cleaner water and brush it down.

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    Welcome Sara

    The only thing I can suggest is to lower the pressure on your pressure washer and get a scrub brush and elbow grease.

    I also recently learned that if your doors are oxidized use TSP (Tri-sodium phosphate ) - it will remove the oxidization!
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    Here is what I have planned for washing my doors when the weather is not so scorching hot - I bought some cleaner made for aluminum siding and a soft brush that will go on a broom handle. I'm going to use a bucket with the cleaner solution. Then we bought a 15 gal. sprayer with the attachment that hooks to the battery of our ghetto version of a john deere gator. The sprayer will spray enough to wash the doors down but not powerful enough to be any different than a rain storm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autodoc View Post
    Welcome Sara

    The only thing I can suggest is to lower the pressure on your pressure washer and get a scrub brush and elbow grease.

    I also recently learned that if your doors are oxidized use TSP (Tri-sodium phosphate ) - it will remove the oxidization!
    I will have to try the TSP, I used that on the wooden fences, never thought to try on a door.........If I blow up, I will haunt you

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    No problem Ron --- I discovered it by accident.

    I was cleaning the ramp on our trailer so I could paint it and tried the TSP to remove the oil, and while cleaning that I decided to wash the trailer and it cleaned off all the oxidization!!!!

    I then tried it on some of the doors and it worked great!

    Now I just have to find time to clean the other 250 doors
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    I guess we are spoiled here on the East Coast....rain is what we use to clean the outside of drive-up doors...it's worked for 4 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa T View Post
    I guess we are spoiled here on the East Coast....rain is what we use to clean the outside of drive-up doors...it's worked for 4 years now.
    Rub it in Lisa. All the rain does out here is spot the doors with muddy looking water spots. We never get driving rains that clean the doors.

    We do use a power washer and it works great! The trick is to stand back about 12-15 feet, sweep from side to side starting at the top. You just don't want to force water up above the door, below the header trim piece or into the sides. By standing back, you change the angle and therefore no water in the units. We do it every year, wish I could pull it off twice a year and we've never once gotten water into a unit.

    Sounds like you've got a nice piece of work ahead of you. Try the RV brush and power washer, it's a two-person job. Also, most power washers do have a pickup container you can use to add a degreaser, TSP or even some plain old 409 or something similar to the power washer stream. Whatever you use should be environmentally friendly since it will flow into your drainage system, and if its something that doesn't require rinsing, you can cut the work load in half.
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