There are a multitude of differences when it comes to comparing diesel to regular gas, including things like engine operation, power, longevity in vehicles, and energy output. But where most of us see the biggest difference is at the gas station. Different pricing, different colored handles, and different pumps altogether — it’s fairly easy to separate the two when you fill up your tank.
Another feature that seems to stand out at the pump: cleanliness. Of course, any gas pump is susceptible to dirt, grime, and stains, but diesel has the disadvantage of traditionally looking much dirtier. As a result, your pumps and the area surrounding them look soiled or unwashed, which can affect the overall look and impression of your business.
But why do diesel pumps appear dirtier than regular ones? More importantly, how can your c-store tackle diesel stains once and for all?
Why Does Diesel Look Dirty?
Despite actually being cleaner (and more energy-efficient) than regular gas, diesel looks dirtier. That’s because diesel is more dense and oily, meaning that it doesn’t evaporate as quickly or easily as regular gasoline. So when minor drips and spills happen at diesel pumps, it drips deep into the pores of concrete, stains right away and attracts extra dust and dirt. If diesel staining is not cleaned often or you don’t use effective cleaning solutions, that grime on the pump will compound and the surrounding area will look less than appealing.
Cleaning Diesel Pumps and Stains
Those who manage convenience stores and fuel pumps know how tricky it can be to keep up with cleaning. With a constant flow of traffic each day, it’s only natural for dirt and spills to build up. But armed with the right solutions, you can tackle diesel pumps and stains in no time.
Cleaning Stained Concrete
Concrete is one of the hardest surfaces to clean, especially when it comes to thick, oily stains. That is until you use EXIMO® Waterless Concrete Cleaner. Better (and less costly) than pressure washing, EXIMO cleans below the surface of concrete to clean and restore. It’s also environmentally safe and significantly reduces downtime.
Cleaning Pumps and Surfaces
Ready to clean diesel stains in less than 30 seconds? You’ll meet your match with OTIS Multi-Surface Cleaner. This all-purpose, heavy-duty cleaner can be used on virtually any surface (even in kitchens!) and saves you tons of money and time. Did we mention it requires no scrubbing - even for touch diesel stains? You certainly can’t beat that. Watch the video below to learn more on OTIS Multi-Surface Cleaner.
Impress at the Pumps with CAF
Armed with CAF’s powerful, sustainable cleaning solutions, you can tackle more than just diesel stains at the pump. In addition to efficient cleaning products, CAF also offers on-site training to see first-hand how these products can significantly improve the appearance and cleanliness of your business.
In the meantime, check out our helpful solution finder to explore our arsenal of indoor and outdoor products to help you take on any cleaning obstacle.