Keeping an office or workspace clean is an essential part of maintaining a functional area of operations, this also rings true for distribution facilities and warehouses. These storage facilities can quickly become dusty, grimy and, in some cases, polluted with contaminants of the products being stored.
Because these facilities are especially large and have higher ceilings, they are far more likely to become dirty in the most hard-to-reach places; this makes It highly important to schedule regular cleaning to maintain a sanitary atmosphere.
By adhering to a strict schedule of cleaning it is quite possible to avoid the accumulation of dust on your inventory, operating equipment, vehicles, and other machinery, like loading cranes. This will eventually add to the efficiency and longevity of these tools.
Dirty cluttered warehouses increase the potential for misfortune. For example, if storage locations and walkways are not carefully planned and ordered, there is a greater potential for injury due to falling items or falling employees. Liquid spills can cause further problems and no matter what errors occur they can impact your smooth operations, and this will result in setbacks.
But all of this can be avoided. A clean and clear warehouse increases the productivity and standards of operations for your team. Properly ordered and labeled inventory makes it become damaged or misplaced. In the end, a warehouse should be a well-ordered and clean zone with minimal risks.
The primary focus of an effective warehouse cleaning should be the floors, bathrooms, breakrooms, equipment, office areas, docks and receiving areas. All high traffic areas should also be given specific attention.
The biggest issue with keeping warehouses clean and orderly is finding the time to perform these tasks when there is no work being done. Shipments are always being carried in and out and this can make it more difficult to keep the floors well maintained, for example. Because of the considerable potential for wear and tear, it is always a good idea to make cleaning and maintenance of your floors a priority.
The cleaning service assigned to this important task should have a suitable remedy to address spills, stains, dirt, and contaminants of more specific nature depending on the nature of the warehouse. In short, they should be equipped with the brooms, scrubbers, absorbent agents, cleaning agents and solvents they will need to provide top-notch cleaning to the warehouse.
Furthermore, it is essential they have the skills and experience to use these world class cleaning tools and agents effectively on various materials including carpet, vinyl, epoxy, natural stone, and concrete without causing more damage.
Bathrooms in a warehouse should be a priority and should be kept as hygienic as possible. Cleaning and sanitizing a bathroom is a daily task and should be performed daily to avoid health and sanitization issues.
Because of the nature of warehouses, there are often many hard-to-reach areas of the building that must be addressed just like everywhere else. These places typically collect dust, cobwebs and other airborne particles which then fall to lower levels of the warehouse.
These should be collected with a micro-fiber cloth and a high-filtration vacuum. Anything less than dedicated dust-collection equipment will only be spreading the dust all over the place. Windows can also be hard to reach but should be cleaned frequently.
Distribution and storage facilities work for extended hours at high capacity, and this can increase the amount of waste being produced. When waste begins to pile up around bins, equipment, and other areas it can actually begin to become a safety hazard.
Packing materials, organic waste and all other waste materials produced within the area of operations must be collected and disposed of properly. If there are any hazardous materials or other substances that can’t be disposed of at the landfill, the cleaning company must know exactly how and where to dispose of the products properly.
Food-Grade Warehouse Storage
Warehouses that will be storing food products must be even more clean and sanitized than any other. They must also be free of any conditions that can invite mice, rats, ants, or any other pest to the storage facility. All food-grade storage facilities must adhere to strict health code standards that protect foods from becoming contaminated.
These guidelines have been established by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). These food-grade storage facilities must maintain a higher standard of cleanliness both inside and out and these precautions must be taken to avoid cross contamination. The most common types of food storage facilities include warehouses, dry storage facilities and frozen storage.
It is imperative that all floors, shelves, and surfaces as well as equipment in operation within the food storage facility is cleaned and disinfected. Fluids that leak from packaged foods can lead to contamination and must be cleaned thoroughly.
Warehouse Cleaning Services
All types of warehouses will have their specific needs for cleaning depending on their specific situations, the type of business and their storage requirements. When choosing a cleaning service that will suit the needs of your warehouse or storage facility it is important to match the needs of your location to the services provided.
At Professional Choice we provide cleaning solutions to all types of storage facilities and can ensure that your needs are a part of our business plan. Contact us today to learn more about the specific services we provide.