After the harsh winter that we’ve had in some parts of the country, it’s important to give your access solutions a thorough spring cleaning.
The snow, ice, and slush that comes with the winter months can do a number on any type of ramp, even an aluminum one. Hopefully, you’ve been able to keep your ramp clear throughout the last few cold months, and now it’s time to give it a deep clean to maintain the product’s safety and cleanliness.
Sweep off the Debris
Grab a broom and sweep the dirt, leaves, and other debris off the ramp or steps. Be sure to get in the corners and grooves of the tread to ensure nothing gets stuck. It’s best to work from top to bottom so shoes or wheels do not track debris with you as you go.
Gently Rinse & Wash
Next, rinse off the ramp or stairs with a garden hose. If Magnesium Chloride was used to melt snow or ice accumulation on the ramp system, the surface can be cleaned with soap and water (avoid alkaloid detergents) to remove Magnesium Chloride residue.
Spot Check with a Rag
If you notice leftover dirt or spots at this point, don’t worry. Grab a damp cloth or soft brush and scrub the concentrated spots with soap and water (avoid alkaloid detergents).
Dry It Off
While aluminum ramps can endure all kinds of conditions, it’s best to wipe the access solution down with a rag after the final rinse. This will ensure a proper grip on any railings and will eliminate any unnecessary water on the surface for the safety of anyone using the aluminum ramp or stairs.
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Above all else, stay safe while you clean the ramp and don’t be afraid to reach out if you have any questions.