How to Clean Your Gas Pumps & Fueling Stations

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In an average year, gas stations and convenience stores can expect to see approximately 80 million visitors. When you consider how much traffic that is, it should come as no surprise that the outdoor surfaces in your gas station, especially the gas pumps and dispenser handles, soon have a build-up of grime. If you don’t take steps to clean these regularly, you could find yourself in need of gas pump repair in San Antonio, TX. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to clean your gas pumps safely.

What to Use When Cleaning Your Pumps

We often find that one of the reasons gas station owners and/or managers fail to keep on top of the maintenance is the uncertainty of what product to use. There are many different types of cleaners on the market, and it can be unclear which is the right one to choose. However, the best option is just good old-fashioned soap and water! Generally, any detergent safe for a vehicle can be used on your fuel dispenser. You can also use an ordinary detergent like Dawn soap. Don’t spray the dispenser with water; do not use a pressure washer! Use a bucket of soap and water and wipe down the hose, nozzle, housing, and screen with a soft cloth or sponge to remove any dirt and debris that has built up. Many gas station owners have added an additional step into their routine in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: sanitizing the high-touch areas like the nozzle handle, touch screen, and keypad. You can either use 70% isopropanol to wipe these areas down, or you can prepare a bleach solution as follows:

  • One-third cup of bleach in a gallon of water or
  • Four tablespoons of bleach in a quart of water

Pro Tip! Some cleaning materials are too harsh for use on your gas pumps. You must avoid ammonia-based cleaners as these are likely to weaken or damage bezel doors, screens, and other components of your fuel dispensers.

What Not to Do When Cleaning Gas Pumps

Aside from avoiding ammonia-based products and not using a pressure washer, there are a few other things you need to avoid when cleaning your gas pumps. Otherwise, you might need emergency gas pump repair in San Antonio, TX.

  • Do not use fuel, acetone, or other types of alcohol to clean the pumps.
  • Avoid cleaners or polishes that contain citrus.
  • Cleaners like glass cleaners may contain ammonia, sodium hydroxide, or acids. These should be avoided as they can damage dispensers.
  • Strong solvents must not be used on the fuel dispenser.
  • Never spray water or cleaner into the card reader, receipt printer, cash acceptor, or displays. This will damage these components, leaving you needing emergency gas pump repair in San Antonio, TX, or the surrounding areas served by Pumptex.

Additional Steps to Take

Cleaning shouldn't stop at the pumps . There are other basic maintenance task you can do to keep your forecourt looking clean and inviting, and more importantly minimize the need for gas pump repair in San Antonio TX. When you have finished cleaning the fuel dispenser, take a moment to look at the concrete pad. Are there drips of fuel around causing staining? Fresh spills should be treated using your fuel spill product to absorb the excess making it easier to dispose of. If there are marks left behind, you can use a degreaser and a pressure washer to clean them. Remember - don’t pressure wash the fuel dispenser, only the concrete pad. You should also take time to pick up trash and empty the garbage cans around the fuel dispensers making the area look clean and inviting for your customers.

Book Preventative Maintenance

Keeping your fuel dispensers and the surrounding areas of your forecourt clean can go a long way toward reducing the need for gas pump repair in San Antonio, TX. However, it does not replace the need for preventative maintenance for a petroleum services company like PumpTex. Ideally, you should arrange a site inspection every 30 days to ensure everything is functioning as it should be and your site is in compliance with all of the necessary regulations. Regular inspections mean minor problems are caught early before they become significant issues requiring emergency gas pump repair in San Antonio, TX.

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