A livestock trailer is a type of commercial vehicle designed for the hauling of the animals. It usually refers to a small or a large all-aluminum construction, which is highly durable. Depending on customer’s requirements, livestock trailers can be tailored to meet individual specifications.
Regardless of how durable this type of commercial vehicle is, owning one comes with certain responsibilities like regular maintenance and cleaning. Without proper maintenance and regular cleaning, your trailer will be prone to more serious problems which can cost you thousands of dollars in the future.
By keeping your livestock trailer clean and in good condition, you not only increase the life span of your equipment, but also ensure optimal performance. And unlike truck maintenance, maintaining a livestock trailer is easy. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your livestock trailer.
What you need:
- Scrub brushes (large and small ones);
- Flat shovel;
- Special commercial trailer cleaner;
- Running water.
- Park the trailer on a slope with the rear door facing down.
- Open all doors, vents and windows.
- With the flat shovel, remove all the debris from the floor. Scrap as much debris as possible.
- Take out the floor mats out and wash them separately.
- Spray the inside of the trailer with water, from ceiling to floor, to remove any left debris out of the trailer.
- In the bucket, mix the special commercial trailer cleaner and water and together with brushes take inside the trailer.
- Using the scrub brushes, thoroughly clean the inside of the trailer. Scrub all surfaces including walls, ceilings, dividers and floors. While cleaning, inspect for any signs of damage, such as: rust, jagged edges, etc. Try to fix them as sun as you can.
- Thoroughly rinse the inside of the trailer.
- Wash the floor mats with the wash solution mixture and brushes. Scrub both sides and rinse thoroughly.
- Clean the brushes, bucket, flat shovel, and any other tool you may have used to clean your livestock trailer.
- Allow the inside of the trailer, the mats and tools to completely dry before putting everything back.
Note: When dealing with the special commercial trailer cleaner, it is important to follow the manufacture’s instructions and use protective equipment because these cleaning agents are very strong and can cause respiratory problems.
By following this step-by-step guide, you will be able to keep your livestock trailer sparkling clean and in top condition.