Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Cleaning comes naturally to painters. One of the most critical steps in the painting process is preparation. And the first step of preparation is the cleaning of surfaces and equipment.

Over the years, Lakeside Painting has acquired the equipment and developed a number of tricks for quickly but efficiently cleaning surfaces. On a regular basis, we clean all sorts of surfaces, including exposed structural steel ceilings, greasy equipment, sticky labeling machines, and many others.

As we tell our customers, we’ve seen and cleaned it all.

Surfaces & Equipment That Need Cleaning

Industrial company owners and facility managers know that, over time, surfaces accumulate dirt, mold, grime, and other contaminants.

Exposed structural ceilings, walls, ceilings, floors, and machinery get dust build-up over time, requiring dust removal. The same thing can happen with grease, especially on manufacturing equipment and floors, requiring its removal. And in industrial facilities, particularly in the food and agriculture industries, surfaces need to be cleaned and disinfected to meet FDA safety rules.

Other cleaning projects involve paint removal. Old paint coatings can be removed from walls, ceilings, floors, and machinery.

Cleaning Materials & Techniques

Often, cleaning projects need simple ingredients, like soap, water, and a little elbow grease. Other projects simply need a good detergent or degreaser and water, and the proper cleaning expertise. Other times, specialized equipment is needed to complete the job as efficiently and thoroughly as possible.

Before cleaning, enclosures typically should be built to contain and capture materials like dust, mold, grime, and other debris. Below are some of the systems Lakeside Painting uses to clean surfaces and equipment.

  • High-Pressure Air — Used to dislodge dust and other build-up.
  • Vacuum Brooms — An alternative or supplement to pressurized air. Used to dislodge dust.
  • Dry-Ice Blasting — Tiny pellets of dry ice are blasted at surfaces to clean them (The pellets remove dust, dirt, grime, etc., then evaporate, allowing us to sweep up and remove the debris).
  • Sponge Blasting — Polypropylene sponge particles are shot at surfaces to remove more stubborn dirt, grease, etc. Sponge media can both dislodge and absorb heavy dirt, brine, grease, and other debris. (Can be made more robust and efficient by adding aluminum oxide plastic or sodium carbonate soda.)
  • Hot Pressure Washers & Steam Cleaners — For the removal of more stubborn oils and greases.
  • Cold Water & High Pressure Cleaning — For cleaning some exterior surfaces. (For this kind of cleaning, Lakeside Painting typically carries machines with up to 6,000 psi and down to 1,500 psi.
  • Floor Scrubbers/HEPA Wet Vacuum Systems/HEPA Air Scrubbers — Used for cleaning industrial floors and interior spaces.

Using the right tools and processes are paramount. Each job is different, and certain equipment, as well as solvents, degreasers, and other chemicals will be required. The key is understanding which ones to use.

Whenever possible, Lakeside Painting uses biodegradable products. And we also dispose of chemicals responsibly, according to state and federal environmental guidelines.

Covid-19 Cleaning & Disinfecting

In 2020, Lakeside Painting has disinfected surfaces for both industrial and commercial customers. We've done this to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

For this type of work, we clean the surfaces with some of the materials and techniques detailed above. Then we apply our sanitizing solution for an extra layer of disinfection.

Safety is Paramount

We always strive to work as safely as possible. But this is especially true when cleaning surfaces.

You can read more about our safety training and procedures here.

Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin
Cleaning Industrial Facilities and Equipment in Wisconsin

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