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Getting ready for spring

Around this time of year folks start to notice the change of the seasons and get ready for spring. Things start to warm up a bit, we see more rain and less sleet, and the days run longer.

From a property perspective, we know most managers want their places looking their absolute best for spring. People start going out more and having a well tended storefront attracts eyes and foot traffic.

At Mobile Sweep, we know a few things that must be done prior to spring to be in a good place:

  1. Clean up any remaining snow/slush
  2. Sweep / blow any leftover salt and ice control
  3. Power wash key walkways, entrances, and exits
  4. Touch up worn/damaged signs, lights, and paint jobs
  5. Refresh any worn striping

It may seem like a lot, but it is an investment that pays out over the next few years (not every item has to be done every year)! We help our clients all the time understand which items would be most impactful to their customers and their tenants.

Give us a call to see if we can help you get ready for the spring season.

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Winter is here!

Winter is always a set of mixed emotions for those of us in the greater MD area. On one hand, you have serene white landscapes and glistening views, winter only activities like skating, and of course the holidays! Still, winter also comes with a fair share of headaches.

Mobile Sweep has been providing snow services for clients in our area for years now so we’ve seen it all.

The real challenge in our area is properly evaluating a storm and responding appropriately. Sometimes all you need is to lay down salt and ice control. Sometimes you’ll need multiple shoveling crews and plows out ready to handle accumulation. Sometimes you have hail, sleet, freezing rain, or all of the above! This unpredictability can be hard – you never want to have a slippery parking lot but you also don’t want to overpay for services.

We’re proud to have an employee base who is responsive and communicative. We work with some of the best meteorologists and spotters in the area to accurately determine what is needed for every storm which allows us to respond quickly and effectively. We keep watch over properties for 72 hours to make sure we don’t have any re-freeze or snow drift issues. It’s hard work, but it keeps customer’s lots clean and safe which is the most important job.

We also make sure our sweeping teams clean up excess salt and ice control after things settle down. After the product has done its work, its time for it to go. No one wants to risk damaging their valuable sidewalks and asphalt.

Next time, we’ll answer some common questions we get from new and current snow removal clients all the time. In the meanwhile, give us a call if you ever want to discuss services for your parking lot – we’re always happy to chat.

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Why sweep?

We get this question all the time. Why bother power sweeping my property? I already have my janitors or landscapers pick up trash and change trash cans – isn’t sweeping on top of that a waste?

To which we say: not at all! Sweeping gets properties cleaner for cheaper. We find our customers enjoy higher revenues and net promoter scores due to higher cleanliness and property value, all while saving money over using traditional methods of cleaning.

First of all, sweeping is not for everyone. If you have a very small property, especially compared to the size of your landscaping team, then you may not benefit from sweeping. Instead, let’s talk about a portering arrangement. We can make sure customers always have clean trash cans and crisp, blown sidewalks without the need of sweeper equipment.

However, for sites of moderate to large nature (we usually say 150 parking spots and over), there are efficiencies that having a dedicated sweeper team get you. Our sweeper teams can clean the same area in less than half the time of a single worker while getting all the nooks and crannies. It’s not that a landscaper isn’t doing a good job – it’s just not the right scope of work.

We find that customers that switch over to sweeping enjoy a 15% reduction in their monthly outdoor janitorial costs while typically seeing a 1 to 2 point increase in customer perceptions of property cleanliness (on a 10 point scale).

Lastly, Mobile Sweep prides itself on providing all of this service in a one-stop-shop, so you no longer have to worry about how your property is going to be maintained at 100%. Someone dump off a large bulk trash? Give us a call. Have a special event and need an extra porter? Give us a call. Expecting an emergency owner inspection tomorrow? Give us a ring and we’ll work you in our emergency service line.

Managing a property is hard and busy enough already. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry so much about how the outside looks every day? That’s what power sweeping gets you. Mobile Sweep makes sure you get the best quality power sweeping the greater Maryland area has to offer.