How to properly clean and wash your metal building

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Metal buildings are a great investment for business owners and homeowners alike. Not only are they durable and long lasting, but they can also be customized to fit your specific needs. However, to get the most out of your metal building, it is important to clean and wash it regularly. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of cleaning your metal building, as well as provide a step-by-step guide on how to do it properly!

The Importance of Cleaning Your Metal Building:

No matter what type of metal building you have, it is important to properly clean and wash it. The benefits include extended life span for your building’s materials like galvanized steel or aluminum; improved appearance due to removal of dirt and grime buildup over time; better protection against rust corrosion because cleaning helps remove any corrosive elements that may cause damage down the road if left unchecked (e.g., salt from ocean air). You should also avoid using harsh chemicals when washing since they can deteriorate surface finishes which could lead to premature fading or oxidation, so keep this in mind! We recommend a mild, phosphate-free detergent (laundry) and water mixture for best results. Keeping up with regular cleaning and washing at least twice a year (Spring and Fall) will keep your metal building looking great and performing optimally.

How to Properly Clean Your Metal Building:

Now that we have discussed the importance of cleaning your metal building, let’s go over the step-by-step process on how to do it! First, you will need a bucket, hose with spray nozzle, a mild laundry detergent or car wash soap, soft cloths or brushes, and a pressure washer (optional but recommended). You can either clean the entire building at once or section by section. We recommend starting from the top and working your way down. Here are the steps:

Steps for Cleaning Your Metal Building:

Step One: Pre-wash preparations! Shut off all power in the structure at the breakers. Close all windows and doors tightly and cover any exterior lights or outlets. Remove any items around the base of the structure and lightly sweep away dirt or spider webs.

Step Two: Wet the surface of the building, with water only, using a pressure washer on low setting or hose with spray nozzle.

Step Three: Prepare your wash mixture by mixing ¼ cup of detergent or soap into one gallon of water in a bucket. If you are using a pressure washer, we recommend using a low setting, and please follow all instructions for your specific make and model. For best results use warm or hot water, cold water is not effective for cleaning grease.

Step Four: Apply the mixture from step three to all surfaces using soft cloths or brushes. Begin scrubbing down surfaces around windows/doors first before moving on to other areas like walls or roofs so that dirt doesn’t get trapped under glass frames. You can use soft cloths or brushes depending on how dirty they are—Brushes work better for tougher spots while soft cloths will suffice when dealing with less grime buildup. It may take several passes until all remnants have been removed entirely. If you’re using brushes, be sure not to scratch or damage any surfaces while cleaning them off! 

Step Five: Thoroughly rinse away all detergent, soap and reside from each section, beginning at the top and working your way down. Once all areas have been scrubbed clean and rinsed off properly, make a final pass with a pressure washer (if possible) to ensure a complete clean.

You’re finished:

There you have it! You now know how to properly clean and wash your metal building. By following these simple steps, you’ll extend your building’s lifespan and keep it looking great for years to come!

Northedge Steel is a premier manufacturer of high quality, fully customized steel garages, barns, carports, sheds and utility buildings. Our expert workmanship, knowledgeable customer service, and extremely flexible financing and rent-to-own payment options are the best in the industry. If you are ready to purchase a metal building for your home or business, please contact us today.

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