Garages - Washing and Cleaning

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What are some safety tips for washing vehicles?

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  • Wear safety-toe, non-slip sole rubber boots.
  • Wear hearing protection.
  • Protect skin when using solvents. Use appropriate hand protection for the materials being used. Check that solvent storage tanks and containers are correctly bonded and grounded.
  • Remove immediately any clothing saturated in solvents and wash skin with soap and water thoroughly.
  • Watch out for burns from hot water and back blast from water or dirt particles.
  • Do not direct high velocity streams of water on yourself or others.
  • Do not use solvents to remove oil and grease from hands. Use soap and water or a waterless cleanser.
  • Read and understand information provided in the SDS of all cleaning products or solutions that are you using.

What should I know about using a portable washer?

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When using steam cleaners and high pressure washers:

  • Always read the instruction manual before using any equipment.
  • Never spray near a power source.
  • Use eye protection.
  • Wear waterproof clothing.
  • Wear protective clothing to protect from burns and splatter.
  • Never direct the spray towards any person or your body.
  • Make sure that there is adequate ventilation, especially if you are using a fuel-powered washer.
  • Be aware that the spray gun may cause kickback.
  • Fill or drain a fuel tank outdoors, away from sources of ignition.

What should I know about cleaning garage floors?

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  • Minimize sweeping to reduce dust. Vacuum where possible.
  • Remove accumulation of grease and oil by scraping up or shovelling the material into a disposal container.
  • Absorb the remaining oil film with non-combustible absorbent material.
  • Wash the floor with an industrial, non-volatile, biodegradable detergent solution.
  • Rinse floor with clean water.
  • Do not use gasoline as a cleaning agent.
  • Treat the waste as if it has the same hazardous properties as the original chemicals or materials.
  • Dispose of all chemicals, materials, and wastes according to local environmental laws.

  • Fact sheet last revised: 2016-12-01