Street Cleansing & Power Washing

The BID’s enhanced street and pavement cleansing programme builds on the ongoing baseline cleansing efforts provided by the local authority and includes routine deep cleaning such as heavy-duty pavement jet wash, gum, flyposting and graffiti removal.  

Street Cleaning 1

The service runs seven days a week and uses two York BID-branded caddy vans equipped with enhanced power-washing functions. Daytime services focus on maintaining the pavements and streets particularly surrounding bin areas, bus shelters and street furniture; evening services provide a deep steam-cleansing to the streets and gum and grime removal to stone pavements. During the last year the team covered nearly 60,000 sq/m of streets in the BID area removing circa 300,000 piece of chewing gum.


The enhanced street cleaning service was launched in November 2016 and operates all year round. It supports the BID’s goal of improving the appearance and environment in York City Centre and are part of its commitment to enhancing the city’s inviting atmosphere.

Deep Clean for 2018

York's deep clean during 2018 has now been completed.

Earlier this year the street cleansing team tackled 12 areas of the city centre – from Gillygate to Rougier Street. You can read about that phase HERE

Phase II of deep cleansing has been rolled out over the last 3 months, starting on Coney Street and ending on Colliergate.

You can see the full details of the work carried out on the map below.

It is our most comprehensive deep clean yet. Thanks to powerful equipment, fitted with rotary head hot washers, the team can remove gum and ground-in grime from the streets.

The Schedule


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