Once your floor or carpet cleaning job is finished, it is important to properly dispose of the dirty wastewater. We strongly encourage you to follow these guidelines for safety reasons.
Before disposing of the wastewater, the first step is to filter it to remove carpet fibers and other debris. This will prevent pipes from getting clogged in the future. A coarse filter should be used first, followed by a finer mesh for smaller particles.
Generally, this debris can be placed in a regular garbage receptacle, unless it contains any hazardous materials. These hazardous materials should instead be taken to facilities that are specifically equipped to handle this kind of waste.
Keep in mind that industrial floor cleaners pick up a lot more than every day pollutants like dust and pollen. As such, wastewater from industrial floor cleaning can be quite dirty and comes with the risk of contamination and the spreading of bacteria.
Additionally, this wastewater can be hazardous to aquatic life if it is not properly treated before it reaches large bodies of water. It’s important not dump this wastewater directly into surface water, like rivers, lakes, or ponds. We also advise against dumping it into storm sewers or onto the street.
The recommended method of disposal of wastewater is through an approved sanitary sewer. From here, it is carried to a treatment plant designed to remove undesirable materials in a reliable and environmentally sound way.
For liability reasons, we recommend keeping a log each time you clean your floors and carpets. Keep track of the cleaning solutions you used, the amount of water, and the method of water disposal.
Be sure to know the bylaws in your place of business concerning the proper disposal of wastewater in order to avoid any significant fines.