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August 22, 2017

8 Best Fleet/Truck Pressure Washing Tips

If there's one thing that all trucks have in common, it's their need to be cleaned, even if the cleaning jobs themselves tend to differ greatly. Here are our top eight pressure washing tips for fleet and truck cleaning.

Power Wash Tip # 1: Temperature

The warmer the climate, the easier it will be to clean the trucks. During those colder and cloudier days, you may find yourself needing to power wash a second time because the soap did not penetrate as quickly as expected.

Power Wash Tip #2: Prep Fleet for Power Washing

Create a preparation listo ensure an efficient fleet cleaning job, which includes detailing the following information:

  • List type and quantity of fleet
  • Check availability of fleet
  • Determine the frequency of cleaning
  • Ensure availability of water
  • Select the right Pressure washer with a water reclamation system
  • Assess the degree of cleaning required, which will influence the type of power washer you’ll need
  • Inspect the fleet for open windows, oil leaks and other pre-existing damage to the equipment
  • Review manufacturer’s instructions for any chemical use or restrictions on the trucks

Power Wash Tip #3: Environmental Regulations

Always comply with environmental regulations concerning your wash water recycling system when it comes to fleet washing. Be sure to create a pressure washer with a water reclamation system where wastewater is collected and prevented from going into a storm drain.

Power Wash Tip #4: Pressure Washer Equipment, Parts and Accessories

Pressure Washer Requirements For Fleet Washing:

  • Hot water pressure washer, 60°C minimum with the capability of four to six GPM at 2000 to 3000 PSI, or
  • Standard System design which provides five GPM at 2500 to 3000 PSI and heats water to 93°C
The team at Unimanix typically custom designs and builds the washing equipment and systems for fleets and trucks. Please take a look at our custom pressure washer solutions that include portable and stationary commercial and industrial pressure washers, or contact your local Unimanix representative for more information.

Industrial Pressure Washer Accessories

You'll need the following list of equipment for fleet pressure washing:

  • Six foot or longer wand with a ball valve shutoff
  • Shorter wands for difficult-to-reach areas
  • 40-degree nozzle
  • 25-degree nozzle
  • A downstream injection system for soap and brightener
  • Flow control
  • Low-pressure sprayer

Power Wash Tip # 5: Wash Site Selection

If you're planning on outsourcing the pressure washing job, always work with a company that understands local environmental regulations before selecting the chemicals and site for washing. Make sure you cover and follow governing laws for disposal via sewers or establish a system to collect wastewater and dispose of it according to local rules.

Fleet washing does require investment in a facility with wash bays and direct connections to sanitary sewers. At Unimanix, we’ve worked with fleet owners to set-up their wastewater filtration system. Contact us for more information.

Power Wash Tip #6: Washing Techniques that Work Best (Single Step Fleet Washing Method)

A popular washing technique is the single step method, where soap is applied under high pressure with heat, followed by a rinse. 

Power Wash Tip #7: The Exceptions (Two Step Power Wash Method)

A fleet with an excessive amount of grime, grunge, and faded aluminium will need additional cleaning, and you may want to consider applying a two-step cleaning process. For aluminium brightening, start with an acid or aluminium brightener followed by soap and then rinse. If you are using a detergent that doesn’t remove road film, you may find yourself needing to hand brush with the soap followed by a rinse. A fllet that has been flooded may also require special considerations.

Unimanix offers an extensive product selection of detergents to choose from and for different cleaning applications, such as these fast-acting detergents

Power Wash Tip #8: Cleaning Interior of Enclosed Trailers

Enclosed trailers are more aligned with tank cleaning and should follow regulatory requirements for safety and cleaning. Also, note that if the trailer trucks are used to move fresh food or anything perishable, regulations for cleaning can be subject to recordkeeping that include cleaning, sanitizing, and inspecting transportation equipment.

Unimanix Industries

Choose a Unimanix pressure washer for commercial or industrial applications! Unimanix has been manufacturing durability since 1993, with features that can handle the challenges of heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, and trains. Whether it is to design, install, build a complete washing facility or customise a trailer for mobile pressure washing services, Unimanix is committed to meeting your exact needs. We serve Quebec and Ontario! Proudly Made In Canada.

Contact us, today!

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