If you are in the process of getting an aluminum diamond plate flatbed floor installed on your truck, you need to know how to properly care for it. Here are three tips that will help you take care of your aluminum diamond-plated flatbed:
#1 Be Careful Which Soaps You Use
Since most flatbeds are used for hauling around goods, they tend to get dirty and require a fair amount of cleaning. When you clean your aluminum flatbed, you are not going to want to use any harsh cleaners. That means that you are going to want to stay away from any soaps with detergent in them, including most household soaps you would typically use to clean things up. Instead, stick to gentle cleaners, such as environmentally friendly cleaners that don't have any acid or detergent in them.
#2 Avoid Water Spots
When you do clean your flatbed, be sure to quickly rinse off any soap and use a broom to sweep away the water. You don't want to leave water or soap sitting on your flatbed for too long, as that would result in water drops and spots being left behind. Since your flatbed is made of metal, those lingering water drops can easily get etched into the metal by sunlight, compromising the appearance of your flatbed. Lingering water can also lead to rust developing on your flatbed.
#3 Sweep It Out
Try to keep your flatbed as clean as possible. After you have hauled something, at the end of the day, sweep out your flatbed. Regularly sweeping out your flatbed will keep it clean and will limit how often you need to use soap and water to clean your flatbed.
#4 Buff & Polish Your Flatbed
If you want your flatbed to look really great, you are going to want to buff and polish your flatbed. Make sure that you purchase special buffers and polishers specifically designed for aluminum flatbeds or diamond plated aluminum flatbeds. Waxing your flatbed every couple of months will make it easier to sweep the dirt off your flatbed. It will also make it easier to wash and clean it. Finally, waxing and buffing your flatbed will protect your flatbed from becoming rusted and corroded over time.
It can take a while to buff and wax your entire flatbed though, so you may want to work on small sections at a time if you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to this task. Depending on how well you buff and wax, it could take about half a day to complete this job.
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