Steamaway Steamaway Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:39:54 +0000 en hourly 1 Steamaway 32 32 Steamaway® Was Featured in Cleaner Times Magazine! Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:06:00 +0000 Steamaway® Was Featured in Cleaner Times Magazine! Read More »

Steamaway, Inc. is proud to announce that we were featured in an article for the March 2015 issue of CleanerTimes | IWA: The Journal for High Pressure Water Applications. Photos of Steamaway, Inc. associates are on the cover and also visual aids to the article, “Fleet/Truck Washing: Every Job Is Different.”

Hinderliter used his many years of knowledge and experience to inform readers of the world of fleet washing: how to wash, equipment and cleaners to use, how to bill customers, environmental safety and more. (I suggest you put a quote from Michael here about how excited/grateful/happy he is about the article.)

To see the article, click this link, and turn to page 12.

Dumpster Pad Cleaning is an Important Part of Safety and Sanitation Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0000 Dumpster Pad Cleaning is an Important Part of Safety and Sanitation Read More »

If you own or are in charge of a property that has a dumpster, then you know how dirty that dumpster pad around it can get. As people drag garbage to it, they invariably spill liquids and debris, which become smelly, unsightly and dangerous to your employees and your customers. Dumpster pad cleaning is an important part of safety and sanitation. 

Grease and other liquids are a slip and fall hazard. Approximately 25,000 people a day experiences slip-and-fall accidents, costing employers and average $50,000 per lawsuit (Falls Aren’t Funny: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Slip-and-Fall Crisis by Russell J. Kendzior). People mostly think about slipping inside the building, where traffic is heaviest. Even though the dumpster pad doesn’t get foot traffic per se, it still leaves your workers, and your business, vulnerable to slip-and-fall accidents.

Dumpsters are a breading ground for rodents, insects and bacteria. Even when the garbage is collected, the area around the dumpster is still contaminated. Rotted foods left behind, liquids that leaked from bags, even old boxes are welcome signs to rats, raccoons and other vermin that carry disease. Cockroaches, flies, fruit flies, other bugs that enjoy garbage carry bacteria with them. If your dumpster pad is attracting them, they will likely make their way into your business.

Parasites are also found in and around dumpsters. Cryptosporidium, Giarida, Salmonella, hookworms, ringworms and tapeworms…these parasites may be walked into your establishment on the hands, shoes or clothes of any employee who visits your dumpster. Avoid contamination by keeping your dumpster pad clean.

Hire Steamaway® to handle your dumpster pad cleaning. We can power wash these dangers away with a combination of hot water pressure and powerful detergents. We treat the area with professional grade, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions and treat the smell of the area. Our waste recovery systems are in compliance with the Clean Water Act and other EPA regulations.

We recommend cleaning dumpster pads every two weeks to one month, depending on the traffic your business draws. With computer based scheduling, you can set a regular appointment and receive digital receipts. After you set up your preferred schedule, your work is done.

With 27 years of experience, you can trust Steamaway® to take care of your dumpster pad, side walk, driveway, and any other area around your business to get clean. Call us at 817-625-6443 for an estimate.

How to Cut Fleet Washing Costs Without Cutting Corners Wed, 06 Aug 2014 06:11:00 +0000 How to Cut Fleet Washing Costs Without Cutting Corners Read More »

Many businesses look for ways to cut fleet washing costs without cutting corners. It’s one way we can increase our bottom line. Sometimes, though, cutting corners means paying more later, wiping out what we initially saved and potentially increasing the costs. Cleaning your fleet is a perfect example of how paying less can lead to paying more in the end.

Don’t Do It Yourself

Some companies assume that cleaning a truck is easy: you need water, a power washer, some soap and maybe some rags, right? If it were only that simple! Steamaway has been cleaning trucks for almost 30 years, and we know washing them should be left to the experts. We have the right tools to clean your fleet and we know how to use them without causing damage. You don’t want someone experimenting  on your trucks!

Besides washing the exterior of the truck and trailer, we can also wash out the trailer, brighten aluminum, steam clean upholstery and more. Some of the chemicals used to do our full work are considered hazardous. Steamaway’s employees receive a complete training on safety as well as washing, so you don’t need to hassle with training your own employees for occasional washing. Along with hazard chemicals, your employees will need to learn how to comply with EPA wastewater standards, a Pandora’s box of restrictions, certifications and trainings.

Lastly, you will need to put out serious cash to purchase all of the equipment to clean your trucks completely.

Hire Out the Work – to a Truck Wash Bay

Clearly the best way to keep costs and effort down is to hire someone else to clean your fleet. Plenty of companies offer cleaning at their site with a truck wash bay – a large building much like a car wash but for trucks. They handle the equipment, chemicals and wastewater. However, even if their prices look competitive, a wash bay costs your company time.

In order to clean your whole fleet, you need to schedule all of the trucks to drive to the wash bay location. Once they get there, drivers might have to wait in line to drive through. All this takes up time and fuel, keeping your trucks and drivers waiting rather than working. If the wash bay isn’t open twenty-four hours a day, your drivers might miss the window for a wash and the trucks never get clean.

Mobile Washing is Your Best, and Least Expensive, Option

Mobile washing your truck fleet removes all of the problems that eventually cost you money: equipment, training, fuel and time. Let Steamaway come to you! Our staff is trained, we have the correct equipment for the job and we work when your fleet is idle.

Middle of the day or middle of the night, we are available. We wash inside and out, and can add detailing if needed. We are industry experts in wastewater management, helping set the standard for the City of Forth Worth when the new EPA rules were first enforced.

We do the job correctly the first time so you don’t need to have it done over. Call us at (817) 625-6443 or send us a message through for a quote. We look forward to cleaning your fleet!

Steamaway® is a full service mobile power wash company Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:14:00 +0000 Steamaway® is a full service mobile power wash company Read More »

We talk a lot about truck washing on our blog but Steamaway® is a full service mobile power wash company. We do so much more than fleet washing!

Drive-thrus, Driveways and Sidewalks

You want to keep your drive-thru and sidewalks clean for your customers.  No one wants to shop in a dirty store. Consider safety, as well: grease and oil leaking from vehicles increase people’s risk of falling. Gum and other sticky substances do the same.

Steamaway® will come to your business as often as necessary (the more traffic you have, the more often you will need the sidewalks cleaned) and give your storefront and driveways the professional image they deserve. We get rid of dirt, grease, gum and oil and use a computerized schedule so you don’t have to worry about rescheduling.

Factory and Equipment cleaning

Factories need to be clean to pass inspections, which typically include floors, walls, and ceilings as well as machinery. However, bringing hot water at high pressures into a factory is risky and must be done correctly or else you risk damaging equipment. Steamaway® has the experience and the tools to protect your factory and get into areas you didn’t think could be cleaned.

Steamaway® is often called in when machinery is being repaired, leaving a relatively short time frame for cleaning. With our large staff, specialty cleaning equipment and know-how, we are up to that challenge.

Truck detailing

You might not think about detailing a truck like you might your car, but giving your trucks regular detailed cleaning keeps the exterior rust-free and the interior sanitized. Your drivers deserve a clean environment to work in and will be happier for it. Each truck is different and has different cleaning issues; Steamaway® has developed cleaning techniques to tackle all kinds of dirt on all kinds of trucks.

We offer basic and full detailing services for both mobile washing and wash bay customers.

Mobile and stationary truck washing

Our mobile fleet washing lets you keep trucks on the road since we come to you and work when your trucks are parked on your lot. We safely clean your fleet and capture all waste water so you don’t have to worry about contamination on your property. No size fleet is too big!

If some trucks miss our on-site service, they can visit our wash bay for a full service exterior cleaning.

Call us to schedule a consultation at (817) 625-6443 or visit our website to request a quote online. We look forward to hearing from you!

Becoming a Green Power Washing Company Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:29:00 +0000 Becoming a Green Power Washing Company Read More »

Making a Washing Company “Green”

Everyone wants to “be green” these days. What does that mean for a company that creates wastewater full of cleaners and dirt from truck cleaning? How can a company that intentionally creates waste be environmentally conscientious?

Part of the answer is that it is the law.

Companies that create wastewater must follow laws in the Clean Water Act, which regulates “storm water run-off” (rain water, snow melt, sprinkler water, water from cleaning and other water that exits property) and is enforced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems Permit is required to dispose of wastewater as long as water runs off the property being serviced and discharges into a storm drain. Some states administer these permits, setting limits to what the city can discharge into state waters. However, if a company stops the wastewater from entering the storm drain, then it doesn’t need a NPDES permit.

When these regulations first went into effect in 1993, the city of Fort Worth was at a loss as to how they would address this problem other than to just stop all truck washing that was not performed in a wash bay. In addition, Many  Steamaway® customers were considering installing wash bays, a highly expensive alternative to using our services.

Instead of closing up shop, Michael Hinderliter, president of Steamaway®, focused on avoiding NPDES permit and saw an opportunity. Under his direction and vision, Steamaway® developed proprietary methodology to perform power washing services while keeping the wash water from leaving the property – including capturing, transporting and disposing recovered wash water.

Once developed, Steamaway® performed the first demonstration of environmentally compliant truck washing for the city of Fort Worth and was the first mobile power wash company to receive an official letter from the city stating that their wash procedure is “environmentally correct.”

Later, Steamaway® assisted Rahsco Cleaning Systems of Fort Worth in sponsoring Mobile Power Washing Environmental Protection and Compliance Conference on July 17, 1995, as part of a public comment period for a Fort Worth cosmetic cleaning ordinance. About 40 federal, state, regional, and municipal environmental regulators and 100 contract cleaner and industry representatives attended. From everyone’s input, the Cosmetic Cleaning Ordinance was passed by the city council and became law on January 2, 1996.

Steamaway® received the first mobile power washing permit issued, number 100, under this ordinance which is now required of all mobile power wash contractors that operate within the City of Fort Worth.

Not stopping with his own company, Hinderliter is a founding board member of Power Washers of North America, established in 1992. At the time the association was formed, environmental concerns were a very important issue for the industry. Hinderliter assisted with the development of PWNA’s Environmental Certification program to help contractors throughout the country understand and become compliant with environmental laws that affect them and their customers.

Steamaway® broke new ground in keeping with the Clean Water Act, but that is only part of the reason it is a “green” company. We at Steamaway® care about the environment as much as we do your clean truck, and we talk every precaution to ensure that our work is good for your company and good for the planet.

You can trust Steamaway® to protect the environment. Call us at 1-888-397-8326. We are ready to clean your fleet!

Don’t Do it Yourself – Hire Steamaway® to Wash Your Fleet Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Don’t Do it Yourself – Hire Steamaway® to Wash Your Fleet Read More »

You need to keep your fleet of trucks clean but worry about the expense. For many projects, doing it yourself is the cheapest solution but not with washing your fleet, especially if you want to do it right. Washing the trucks in house is not worth the hassle or the money.

Doing it yourself means either building your own wash bay or hand-washing each truck. Here’s why you want to use professionals.

Washbay Costs

If you are considering building a wash bay on your property, think again. The costs for using an existing building range from $150,000 to $400,000 for equipment while starting from scratch, you could pay close to $1 million.

As with any machinery, parts breakdown. Pieces burst, brushes get dull, cleaner needs to be refilled. Add those unknown costs to your bottom line, including service visits from the wash unit company. Sometimes the unit will need to shut down until it can be fixed. Meanwhile, trucks are getting dirty and you are paying for a wash unit you can’t use.

In addition, your staff costs increase. Someone needs to drive the trucks through and park them, manage the wash schedule and maintain the equipment. Depending on the size of your fleet, that could be a full time job.

Power Wash Damage

A wash bay is expensive but pressure washing is a lower cost alternative, right? Perhaps, if you have experienced pressure washers on staff. It is easy to damage trucks if the pressure is too high, something people new to pressure washing find out the hard way. You still need to purchase the pressure wash equipment, brushes, detergent, safety equipment, and more.

Water costs

Regardless if you build your own wash bay or use a pressure washer, you still need to deal with the water runoff. The federal government regulates wastewater to keep people from dumping contaminated water into sewer systems. The equipment used to recover wash water onsite can cost from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on how aggressively you want to recover the water. You will also have to pay the city a wastewater fee for treatment. And if you get fined for not doing a good enough job? Well, depending on how many months you are charged for contamination, the fine could be a couple thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.

Off-site Wash Locations

You can use off-site wash locations, but the costs are still more than having us come to you. Besides the wash-per-truck price, you also pay for driver time and gas to get there and back. This takes time out of the day and use of the truck/trailer, and you just don’t know how good the wash will be. You are also leaving the washing up to when the driver has time to get it done, rather than scheduling it yourself.

Hire Steamaway to Come To You

When you hire Steamaway® to wash your fleet, you receive the best cleaning with the lowest overhead to your company. We are available to come to your truck location 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can clean any size vehicle, both inside and out, as well as detailing, upholstery steam cleaning, aluminum brightening and more. It won’t cost you gas or wages: all you pay for is the wash.

As our client, we listen to what you need and do our best to deliver. Our water recovery program is in line with state and national guidelines, so you don’t have to worry about having the work done on your property. We wash your fleet while it is idle, but sometimes a truck or two are out on a job – they can come by our stationary wash bay to get clean.

Having a clean fleet is great for your business and hiring Steamaway® to do the cleaning is great for your bottom line.

Looking for the most convenient way to clean your fleet? Call us at 1-888-397-8326. We will work around your schedule.

Clean Trucks Can Reduce Driver Turnover Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:32:00 +0000 Clean Trucks Can Reduce Driver Turnover Read More »

If you own a truck fleet, then you know truck driver turn over is high. According to the American Truck Association, annualized turnover in the third quarter of 2013 was 97% (meaning 97% of truck drivers left their current employer for a new one) and that statistic is down two points from the quarter before it. You are always looking for experienced drivers and that your need will grow as the economy improves and more goods need transport.

As William B. Cassidy reports on,

“The cost of turnover for carriers is high. If the cost of hiring a driver averages $5,000, a company with 200 drivers and a 100 percent turnover rate would spend $1 million a year on recruitment alone. High turnover also makes it difficult for fleets to operate efficiently, maximize utilization of tractors and trailers and meet customers’ service expectations.”

Higher pay and better routes easily sway experienced truckers, even if those improvements are small. How can you increase loyalty in your truck drivers without breaking your bank? Keep the trucks clean!

Anyone working in an office expects a cleaning crew to come through and clean the bathrooms, empty wastebaskets, vacuum, etc. Your drivers work in trucks, not an office, yet they deserve the same services. By cleaning the outside and inside of your fleet regularly, you offer an edge over the competition looking to woo you trained workers.

Using a mobile wash company makes the most sense since making your truck drivers get their truck washed means more time on their clock and more hassle for them. You don’t want to give them more reasons to leave.

Steamaway Mobile Power Wash comes to your fleet and cleans every truck the way you want it done. Your truckers will feel good about driving them on the highway and have more reason to remain in your employ.

Check out our services at or call us for an estimate at 817-625-6443.