‘Tis the… Shut-Down Season

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s

Textile Factory fugitive dust blow-down during shut-downFor most of the county the days listed are crowd favorites because it means a day of rest. Over here at Clean Metro, Inc. when we hear those terms it means 12-18 hour work days! Although the most skilled in the industry, even our expert team finds it challenging to safely clean around on-going operations in most textile, automotive or aerospace manufacturing facilities! (Granted, we’ve done it and could do it again, but still…;-) ) Thus those few, precious days per year that the majority of the manufacturing industry shuts down makes way for us to manage the critical cleaning tasks that keep industrial and factory facilities safe and profitable work and production environments.

Industrial Shut-Down Facility CleaningAs a facility manager, why should you contact us early?

A single day of cleaning requires months of planning for you! Getting bids, screening cleaning companies, having corporate approve the funds and the list goes on! At the risk of sounding haughty; due to the reputation Clean Metro, Inc. has carefully crafted through the years we are in especially high demand during these shut-down periods! We now meticulously choose the companies we want to work with and during shut-down cleaning season this could mean that if you do not schedule early, you may receive a “no” from us! Prime example: it is just May 10th but we already have multiple requests for July 4th shut-down and at least two already scheduled! End-of-year shut-down cleaning takes months of planning. Its never too soon to start getting bids in place, funds approved, etc.!

Annual shut-down machine cleaningShut Down & Clean Up! Call us now to start planning your shut-down cleaning in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina or Tennessee!
• Fugitive dust blow-down in a textile factory
• Aerospace high dust vacuuming & containment
• Nitty-gritty machine cleaning in a grimy casting/welding/extrusion plant
Clean Metro, Inc. is THE company you want to choose!

Even if you have a routine janitorial company in place, it is very unlikely they have the skill or experience to safely and properly clean your facility on this level! Psst… Your current janitorial contractor doesn’t need to feel threatened by our presence since we have no interest in taking their contract! 😉 What if you need specialty cleaning during production? No matter where in the southeast your plant or factory is located, we can help you with that too! Let’s talk!

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Only You Can Prevent… Factory Fires!

Combustible dust textile factory fire disaster restoration

I know where you thought that was going… you probably even heard that deep, familiar bear’s voice reminding you of the role you play in protecting our forests and wildlife. Similarly, in a textile factory, fire prevention is an absolute necessity! One of our Field Team Members recently put things in perspective: In facilities where cotton (or similar) fibers are abundant “the AIR could actually catch on fire at anytime!” Think about that a second… the AIR could virtually explode! It’s borderline humorous but equally sobering! As a factory or facility manager, you have a lot at stake! Production, property damage and most tragically, loss of life-these are very real concerns for which you bear a large portion of responsibility!

This video by the USCSB outlines a number of examples across multiple industries and the consequences of delaying necessary combustible dust maintenance: <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Scheduling routine Fire Prevention maintenance is key! We can help you determine how frequently your facility needs this expert service. There are some things you and your staff can do between Clean Metro Inc.’s in depth services to further mitigate your risk.

  • If your facility doesn’t already have a daily or weekly containment & removal schedule for debris & dust buildup visible from the ground, establish one now! One plant manager observed what appeared to be months of buildup although his staff was supposed to gather and dispose of this debris daily. Make this daily and weekly maintenance 1) non-negotiable and 2) measurable!
  • Educate your employees. Once you have established a daily or weekly maintenance schedule for your facility, make education an on-going priority! Make sure your team knows what’s at stake and has the tools to prevent damage and injury!
  • Weigh the long-term impact of a fire vs. the long-term benefits of hiring #AdventureCleaners like the skilled team at Clean Metro, Inc.! One of our jobs should have been a simple, inexpensive preventive blow-down service but after a fire, it quickly mushroomed into an expensive, multi-day water cleanup job! Not to mention the damage to the facility & machinery as well as loss of product & production time! Cost of fire preventive blow-downs seems minor in comparison, doesn’t it?

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Factory & Facility Managers, what have you found to be effective fire prevention in your facility for the protection of your company’s assets and most importantly, your employees?

Call us today for a complimentary site visit and analysis.

803-575-0203 •

Clean Metro, Inc. is an Innovative Cleaning Solutions Company headquartered in West Columbia, SC.

Turpentine & Baby Shampoo

“What’s your secret?” This is one of the most common things said to our field team… trumped only by: “You missed a spot!”

I know you usually kill at the office parties but I assure you we aren’t amused by that one anymore.

Final construction clean - window cleaning in Columbia, SC by Clean Metro, Inc.So, what is the secret for windows that WOW? Our Field Supervisor usually responds “Turpentine & Baby Shampoo”. Don’t. Believe. That! I’m going to let you in on a long-kept industry secret, but don’t tell anyone else, okay? It’s Dawn. Seriously, that is our standard detergent for commercial glass cleaning! Hey, it’s good enough for the seals in an oil spill, right? If it is a really tough case (think: ketchup covered kiddie fingers smeared all over the glass) we’ll add a shot of ammonia. So, how do we get a sparkle so pristine it fools poor little birds? It’s all in the skillful twirl of the squeegee. It takes time to perfect, so let us use our experience to maintain your windows in their perfectly crystal-clear state.


Specialty Hotel Eco-Friendly Window CleaningComplete construction cleaning on 7 story medical building in Lexington/Columbia, SC.We are also quite proud of our eco-friendly, water-only window cleaning process. We utilize a unique water filtration system that, when used properly, will leave your windows up to 5 stories high sparkling like new with ZERO chemicals and our staff doesn’t have to leave the ground.

Multiple stories? Construction cleaning? Don’t try that at home! 🙂 Call in the experts at Clean Metro, Inc.! Construction cleaning presents its own unique set of risks. If you don’t want to replace scratched windows thanks to an inexperienced team, you should only choose a company with extensive construction window cleaning experience, like Clean Metro, Inc!

Between cleanings, what can you do to maintain those high-traffic areas? A microfiber cloth and a little elbow grease will do the trick! It’s a great chemical-free way to keep the fingerprints at bay. PRO TIP: Be sure to use cloths that have not been washed or dried using any fabric softening agents. This same method can easily be used in your home! If you hit a really tough spot, a dash of ammonia on one corner of your cloth will knock it right out. A word of caution: Use ammonia with discretion since the fumes can be overwhelming and we recommend gloves! Also, never mix ammonia with any other cleansers or chemicals!

We provide expert routine commercial window cleaning in the following areas:
Asheville, NC • Columbia, SC • Greenwood, SC • Spartanburg, SC • Greenville, SC

We provide specialty window cleaning & construction cleaning in the following areas:
South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia

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We offer residential window cleaning only in select markets. Click HERE to request more info.

Technical Cleaning… HUH?

So… You’re a cleaning company? The answer is yes… and no.

We are more of a Creative Solutions company. Often clients approach us with unique problems because they know we can find or, in many cases, create the perfect solution!

True, Clean Metro, Inc. did begin as a commercial window cleaning & pressure washing company. However, we quickly became known for our innovative answers to complex technical cleaning & industrial restoration needs.

Industrial Cleaning and Restoration of Machines 

Some examples:

  • A large manufacturing facility had a problem with pigeons in their pedestrian traffic & break areas. As you may know, pigeons leave behind toxic bird feces. This customer was concerned for their employee’s safety and health. After thorough research, we found a simple way to clear the area of birds, with zero environmental impact.
  • Another client needed to clean and degrease machines and surrounding walls with minimal lost production. We were able to thoroughly clean ceiling to floor, including the machines with limited moisture and minimal interruption of production using a high powered foam degreaser and a unique low-moisture pressure wash.
  • Fire prevention is a key concern for textiles facilities. One such plant contacted us when they needed a safer way to clean cotton buildup in a confined space. In the past, a person would need to maneuver this dangerous space for hours on end. We developed an innovative way to harness the power of compressed air to drastically reduce the time spent inside the filtration system, saving the company shutdown time while protecting our staff.

Though we stay true to our roots and still offer multi-story window cleaning and pressure washing, Clean Metro, Inc. will dream up the perfect fix to any cleaning problem. Construction cleaning is another area our experience will benefit you! 

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