Tips for Maintaining Crane Mats

Utilizing crane mats on a job site is a very smart idea. Crane mats can prevent cranes and other pieces of heavy machinery from slipping or falling over on a worksite, and they can help you maintain a safe environment for you and your employees.

However, when you use crane mats, they can get very dirty over the course of just a few days. Often times, insects will start to hide underneath of them and plants will grow all around them. Additionally, you will obviously be putting cranes and other heavy machines on top of them, and this will cause dirt and debris to build up on them. Therefore, cleaning and maintaining your crane mats is of the utmost importance. Check out some tips that will help you do it.

Shake or Drop Mats to Remove Large Chunks of Debris

Is there dirt, dust, and mud caked onto your crane mats? If so, doing a controlled shake of the mat or dropping it from a safe distance might be the best way to break up chunks of debris from it. You should be careful when doing it, but as long as you take the proper precautions, you shouldn’t run into any major issues.

Use a Pressure Washer to Remove Stubborn Dirt and Debris

While large chunks of debris may fall right off of a crane mat when you shake or drop it, there will often be dirt and debris that won’t come off that easily. You can use a pressure washer that utilizes air or water to remove them. Clear the area before you start, since it can get very messy when you use a pressure washer on a crane mat, and then spray it down to get everything off it.

Wipe Off Any Loose Particles From Your Crane Mats With a Broom

From the time you put a crane mat down, you should get into the habit of using a broom to sweep dirt and debris off it. It will prevent buildup from forming. You should continue to use a broom right up until you remove a crane mat from your job site.

You can keep a crane mat clean on your own, but you may need help with other things related to your crane. Astro Crane can answer any questions you might have and provide you with the cranes you need to get jobs done. Call us at 978-429-8666 today to see how we can assist you with all of your crane needs.