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How to clean parking space

So when they say "wash the parking space" on the checklist of things to be done in moving out - what exactly do they mean? Is there some special kind of product I should be using?? I have found great tips on pretty much everything else but can't seem to find anything on this one
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So when they say "wash the parking space" on the checklist of things to be done in moving out - what exactly do they mean? Is there some special kind of product I should be using?? I have found great tips on pretty much everything else but can't seem to find anything on this one
It usually means cleaning with a high pressure power washer, so that the concrete or stone is left pristine.
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Old 23.02.2013, 10:39
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Re: How to clean parking space

just make sure you have no trash on it. like old tires or old furniture or whatever. You do not need to do anything else.

Unless of course you left some huge oil stains or something...than it might be nice to clean it.
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Old 23.02.2013, 10:41
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Re: How to clean parking space

Sorry, I'm only guessing, but if the parking space is in a garage, I would take it to mean 'please take your rubbish with you' i.e. tools, spare tyres etc.

If external, I can only assume it means you shouldn't leave behind a big wet oil patch on the ground. Not sure how you would clean it though. I'd ask my local garage.

If there is no obvious damage/staining, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Old 23.02.2013, 11:52
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Re: How to clean parking space

Thanks! It is underground in a 40 year old building so there are some old stains but nothing new or anything even a power washer would remove(other than from the salt residue that has dripped off the car after the constant snow this winter but this can easily be washed away with nothing special). If anyone has any special product other than the standard household cleaner they would suggest, bring it on as the car goes away on Tuesday with our shipment and I will be able to have full ability to go crazy with cleaning of the spot!
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Old 23.02.2013, 11:57
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Re: How to clean parking space

It just means you are pretty much screwed

If you just clean it "normally", it won't be clean enough. If you clean it with chemicals, you'll get b*llocked for allowing chemicals to wash down the clean water storm drain

I'd take all your stuff, do a wet sweep of it....and just see how it goes. Was it part of the protocol as you took over the property? Is it listed as "clean" on the document you signed?
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Re: How to clean parking space

Oil? Washing up liquid and a scrubber. If anybody complains show them the label where it says "Biologisch abbaubar" and good for the environment.
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Re: How to clean parking space

I gave my outside parking spot back at the end of September, it was raining most of the following week so never heard a word from the agent.
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Re: How to clean parking space

Power wash is good, but might make a mess of the surrounding area and sometimes not suited to certain types of concrete.

Is the garage never professionally cleaned as part of the building maintenance? In many case it is fine to sweep the spot, but if you have sale stains, you need to do a bit more.

First sweep the dust, best to wait until the spot is dry. A scrub brush fitted onto a long handle, pail, hopefully you can connect a hose to a nearby water supply in the garag, PH neutral soap (not too much).

If you have oil stains, there is a powder you can buy to clean concrete.

The question is what did the spot look like at the least start inspection?
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For oil sprinkle some 'Terre somière' not sure what it is called in German, good old fashioned Fuller's Earth in UK- leave it to soak overnight then sweep off. It is very cheap and great on any fatty stain on clothes too! It is a kind of very absorbent powdered clay- ecological, cheap and very effective- available from your local drugstore or ironmonger's.

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Is the garage never professionally cleaned as part of the building maintenance? In many case it is fine to sweep the spot, but if you have sale stains, you need to do a bit more.
Nothing is ever done here - not once in the 2.5 years that we have been here has the garage or the exterior of the building been cleaned. The spot had some spots when we moved in but as Swiss newbies, we didn't know about the insanity of the move out so no pictures taken On the move in protocol sheet, only the stall number is written down but nothing else is noted and no space for a notation or check mark on that one - so maybe they really don't care...but I will wash it down anyway to get rid of the salt and sweep it up the morning of inspection as I'm sure it will become a luxury for the cars beside me to suddenly not have to squeeze into their cars!
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Re: How to clean parking space

Dealing with the same problem here. Lausanne is divine
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Re: How to clean parking space

We have to leave the car outside one day per year so the cleaning folk can make the garage pristine.

We did get a bo****king from the building manager for parking the car facing away from the wall when we first moved in. "The exhaust will make the wall dirty." No probs going in forwards though!
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Re: How to clean parking space

If you leave it in the same order you found it in you cant go wrong.
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If you leave it in the same order you found it in you cant go wrong.
I am in the same situation and I was not aware at all that I had to clean it. I just thought of leaving it as I found it.
I cannot imagine cleaning it at high preassure when I have one car parked at each side of my parking place, that makes no sense.
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I am in the same situation and I was not aware at all that I had to clean it. I just thought of leaving it as I found it.
I cannot imagine cleaning it at high preassure when I have one car parked at each side of my parking place, that makes no sense.
If you have an open spot, I would have thought that leaving it clear of debris and swept clean would be enough, provided your car had not leaked oil or anything else.

We have individual garage bays underground, and when we leave, we're expected to leave it in as-new condition -- scrubbed, jetwashed, etc. We just had two tenants move out and that's exactly how they left theirs. Our building is pretty good / anal about cleaning the garage, and we are usually asked to leave all of our cars outside at least twice a year (more often if it's a really messy winter) for them to jetwash the entire garage.

As you can imagine, you could eat off the floor in our garage. I actually think it's cleaner than our house.
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Re: How to clean parking space

Products in the "Melrud" range of chemicals in DIY coop stores you can find a oil removing product also can be found in any big DIY stores also
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