The Importance of Keeping Business Parking Areas Clean...


Keeping all outside areas clean and properly maintained is becoming increasingly recognized as an important element of successful business property management. 

Studies have shown that cleanliness ranks as a top factor in determining where people shop, and external cleanliness is seen by many as equally important as that of the interior of the building.


In today's highly competitive market, property managers can't afford the tarnished image caused by cutting back on exterior grounds maintenance. Regular sweeping is arguably the most important component contributing to overall looks. Following are some of the many reasons why it is so important to retain a sweeping contractor on an ongoing basis:


  • Outside parking areas are an initial "first impression" where business owners hope to procure potential customers. The way the outside area looks also projects an image of how the rest of the establishment will be operated. If exterior maintenance is neglected, then potential customers might expect the internal cleanliness of the business to also be poorly run.

  • Shopping centers are finding maintenance of market share to be an increasingly competitive proposition. It's virtually impossible to develop or retain the desired competitive edge if the grounds on the exterior of the business are unkempt.

  • Even the most beautiful landscaping project is negated by a parking area which is cluttered with debris. Sand, dirt and other trash are eyesores, as well as abrasive and will shorten the useful life of pavement sealcoating and striping.

  • Correct management of stormwater runoff is a big factor for owners of parking areas today. Sweeping is a Best Management Practice (BMP) for stormwater runoff, and a structured sweeping program can help to ensure the business is doing all it can to minimize pollutants in its stormwater runoff stream. 

  • The professionalism of the local business community at large is a composite of the images projected by each of the businesses within it. When people have several places where they feel comfortable shopping in a particular neighborhood or township, traffic is increased throughout the entire general area.

  • Keeping litter picked up reduces the chances of slip-and-fall injuries that may result in lawsuits, as well as keeping away rodents or any other animals that can wreak havoc. 

Reprinted with permission of and paraphrased in the interest of promoting sound and ethical business standards throughout the United States and international power sweeping industry.