The Challenges of Auto Shop Cleaning and How to Tackle Them

By Eric Michaels

The Challenges of Auto Shop Cleaning and How to Tackle Them

The challenges of auto shop cleaning can sometimes seem overwhelming for custodians. Cars and trucks run on so many parts and fluids that service centers can be slick with grease, oil, and unsafe contaminants by the end of the day. And in the retail sales center, standard concerns about germs on touch points prevail. Here are a few things to consider in keeping your auto shop clean.


Service Centers


By far the biggest challenge for any auto parts store owner comes in the service center. Mechanics are changing oil, rotating tires, tuning engines, replacing brake fluid, and performing countless other operations during a regular day. Car fluids can create unsafe conditions in a matter of seconds, but it takes quite a while to run an auto scrubber across the floor.


In any event, the work in an auto service center cannot stop because of some fluid hitting the floor beneath a car. To keep your team safe and working on schedule, you need a strong degreaser and a versatile floor cleaner that removes soils on the spot and dries fast to limit the chance of slip-and-fall accidents. When you weigh your options in cleaning supplies, take into account the time it takes to get the area safe for work again.


Retail Store


Inside the retail area, you'll find another major challenge in auto shop cleaning: Employees working in the service center may have dirty hands and clothing that serve as carriers of germs. When they touch the cash register or other parts of the store where customers shop, they can adversely affect the store's appearance, as well as its sanitary conditions.


Business owners should instruct cleaning crews to be on the lookout for touch points and the areas where their mechanics operate to keep the store safe and clean for everyone shopping there. Spots around the cash register and the busiest display areas are prime targets for soil and germs. Cleaning these areas also serves to prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses that can cause employee absences.


Restrooms


Customers in an auto parts store and service center are often waiting around for the work to be completed on their vehicles. This factor increases the level of traffic in restrooms. To keep your restrooms clean, make soil removal a top priority. Pay special attention to the floors around toilets, stall doors, sinks, and touch points like soap and paper towel dispensers, where bacteria can build up.


Old fashioned cleaning techniques using rags and mops are often incapable of maintaining the level of hygiene you want here. Keep your customers safe and your restrooms spotless with more advanced cleaning techniques. Spray-and-vac systems and other hands-free cleaning methods always beat rags and mops.

Given the many challenges of auto shop cleaning, look for advanced cleaning solutions that are as versatile as they are effective. You'll want those that limit the potential for cross-contamination while also being strong enough to cut through grease and remove soil in every area of your operation.


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