Is wheelie bin cleaning for you? It’s great that your community offers garbage, compost and recycling removal right from your front curb, but during the warmer months that stored waste becomes a disgusting attractant for bugs and a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. When you can smell the rot in your wheelie bins from the sidewalk, it’s time they got a good clean.
DIY wheelie bin cleaning is not that simple.
Your first thought might be to spray down the slime, crud and stank on the inside of your garbage or compost bin with your garden hose. You tip the bin onto it’s side, turn on the water and start to spray. Unfortunately, spraying inside an enclosed bin will likely result in a lot of that dirty sludge spraying right back at you! Even if you do manage to break the majority of it off, that bacteria ridden filth is now running down your driveway or onto your yard. Chances are, much of it is still stuck to the side of your wheelie bin.
A garden hose won’t kill the bacteria that thrives in your wheelie bins.
Unless your garden hose runs hot, that icy cold water you’re using to clean out your wheelie bin will not kill the harmful bacteria that is likely lurking in there. BinBinCleaned uses super hot water, shot out by a jet stream at 190 degrees Fahrenheit into the interior of your bins, blasting away all the grime and killing harmful bacteria. The trickle from your ice cold garden hose is no match for the service offered by a professional wheelie bin cleaning service.
The build up of trash and organic materials create the best breeding grounds for several types of bacteria including Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli. These bacteria are hazardous to the health of you, your children and even your pets. If your wheelie bin is filthy, or cleaned improperly, bacteria can easily transfer and make your family sick.
What if I use a pressure washer to clean my wheelie bins?
Though a pressure washer will allow you to better blast off the visible grime from the inside of your wheelie bin, it still doesn’t compare to a professional wheelie bin cleaning service. There are a few things to consider:
Cost of renting or buying a pressure washer: If you don’t already own a pressure washer, you’ll have to consider the cost and inconvenience of renting or purchasing one. You might be surprised to learn that the cost of professional wheelie bin cleaning in Calgary or Edmonton areas might compare to the cost of a daily rental. Plus, most pressure washers you can buy at the local hardware store will produce a fraction of the force required to get your bin clean, compared to professional wheelie bin cleaners.
You still need the heat! Though the water pressure is better for cleaning, it still doesn’t have the extreme heat required to kill harmful bacteria. The trucks and equipment used by BinBinCleaned is able to engulf the entire interior of your bins, two at a time, with 190°F water. The water used to clean your bin, and the dirt and bacteria in it, is then drained into the truck’s hopper and hauled away.
How will you disinfect the bins? Now that it’s cleaned, you should still disinfect the bin. It is against municipal bylaws to drain chemicals, including household bleach, into the sewer system. A wheelie bin cleaner will finish the job by using a disinfectant and deodorize inside and outside of your bins.
Stay tuned to learn more about harmful bacteria and pests and your local municipalities bylaws regarding cleaning your wheelie bins in Part 2 and Part 3 of this blog series. Have questions about wheelie bin cleaning services in the Edmonton and Calgary areas? Contact BinBinCleaned today!