Atlanta-area cleaning contractor finds Cyclone rider pressure washer holds the keys to bigger, greener jobs.
Application: Routine deep cleaning of parking lots/garages with over 2,000 spaces.
Purpose: To provide thorough green cleaning without the use of chemicals, and to reduce labor hours while increasing productivity.
Primary Choice Factors:
Lindbergh Plaza is known as one of Atlanta’s premier shopping destinations. With 26 acres of retail shops, parking lots and sidewalks, it is a plum contract for a cleaning professional like Michael Caruso, co-owner of Atlanta-based Amerisweep, LLC since January 2009. Amerisweep specializes in cleaning parking decks and surface lots, and shortly after Caruso joined the company in early 2008, he decided that the walk-behind pressure washers that Amerisweep had been using were too labor-intensive for big cleaning jobs. A few months later, Caruso began using the Advance Cyclone 4500, a high pressure surface cleaner from Advance, and contracts like Lindbergh Plaza were finally within his reach.
Rather than losing revenue by sub contracting large jobs to other cleaners, the Cyclone gave him the capacity to complete jobs of nearly any size. His old walk-behind equipment, for example, limited him to cleaning areas with 500 or fewer parking spaces. With the Cyclone, Caruso needs less manpower and has completed jobs that include as many as 7,500 spaces, and he routinely cleans others with more than 2,000 spaces.
In addition, the Cyclone 4500 allows Caruso to clean in a green manner because it reclaims and filters the water used during the cleaning process. That is a near-necessity in Georgia, where drought has made water into a precious resource. But property managers and other potential clients in general are becoming increasingly sensitive to cleaning in an environmentally friendly way, Caruso says. Of course, they also expect high levels of cleaning performance.
“No matter what the surface,the Cyclone provides deep and thorough cleaning. That’s important to me, because when the places I’m cleaning look good, my clients look good.”
The Cyclone was instrumental in landing Caruso the Lindbergh Plaza contract. There is heavy foot traffic at the property, given its abundant shopping and entertainment venues. Plaza managers were reluctant to have the sidewalks cleaned more than once a year because traditional pressure-washing equipment left water on the ground and created an unfriendly and messy environment for shoppers. The combination of the Cyclone’s cleaning ability and water reclamation attributes, however, catapulted it from an annual job to a quarterly one.
“Environmentally, it gets me into a lot of these big properties, because that’s what they are looking for,” Caruso said. “The Cyclone has increased our bottom line dramatically, because now we are able to do all of the cleaning jobs in-house. Plus, I can do jobs for the same price as other cleaners, and I am being green. It has increased the percentage of jobs I am getting versus not getting because nobody can compare to what I do.”
“The fact that the Cyclone doesn’t need to be hooked up to an outside water source is what impressed me the most. In addition, it doesn’t have a big trailer or umbilical cord, so it’s very maneuverable.”
Water filter and recovery system was integral
Knowing what he did about Georgia’s water situation and potential clients’ environmental desires, Caruso searched specifically to replace his old walk-behind equipment with a machine that would increase his productivity, as well as filter and recover water. While looking at another machine – Clean Up America’s Swabby 48 pressure washing system – on YouTube, Caruso noticed a link for the Cyclone and clicked on it (search “Advance Cyclone 4500” on YouTube)