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Factory and Warehouse Cleaning

It is important that you invest time, money, and efforts to maintain cleanliness standards within factories, regardless of the size and functionality of your factory or warehouse. Find out what advantages keeping your site clean and well maintained.

Factories are usually for product manufacturing and processing whilst warehouses are for storing goods. Both of these establishments employ people for a number of jobs and functions. So, keeping them clean, well maintained and fit for purpose will create a hygienic and safe work environment for the workers and should be a fundamental requirement.

Factories and warehouses are regarded as a business’s ‘backend’ premises, rarely visible to the clients and customers. Management of these sites should be audited to ensure proper maintenance is in place.


Common issues

Contamination Possibilities: Dirt, dust as well as moulds and pests might cause contamination at a site that deals in food items, pharmaceuticals, dairy, and other products. The workers handling these items without wearing gloves and masks may add to the risks.

Machine Life: Without adequate maintenance, the expensive machines, tools, and pieces of equipment may accumulate dust and are prone to poor handling and incidents like rusting. This eventually decreases their efficiency and life and may require frequent repairs and replacements.

Site Productivity: An unorganised factory or warehouse environment may have a serious impact on the overall business productivity. The workers struggling to locate the poorly stored machines or delay in loading goods for dispatch are some of the instances that may result from it.

Work Pride: The employees working at a disorganised or unclean site might not find the desired pride or satisfaction they had anticipated while joining your business. On the other hand, if they are provided with a tidy environment, it would keep them motivated and loyal.

Safety Concerns: Floors that are left untidy after every shift or debris and liquids left unattended may pose serious safety threats to the factory and warehouse workers. The negligence is subject to workplace injuries that might cost your business dearly in terms of money as well as employee time.

Business Image: Any occurrence of product contamination or employee injury resulting from unhygienic factory or warehouse site can severely damage your business’s reputation. And if it becomes recurring, your business may find itself in the bad books of numerous parties associated with your organisation.


Important Things to Consider

Every factory or warehouse site may have different requirements for cleaning and maintenance. Here are some basic things you need to evaluate.

Type of Cleaning Required: It would purely depend on the types of products, processes and operations performed at your site. For example, if there are dirt and debris left after every shift, you may need regular sweeping and dusting. If the manufacturing processes lead to the spilling of liquids on the floor, you may require regular washing and mopping.

Frequency of Cleaning Required: Some sites may require regular cleaning while others can be maintained through periodic deep cleaning. Then, there are workplaces that require routine as well as deep cleaning. It would again depend on the processes and operations performed at the site. In addition, you must also consider how often the outsiders (investors, clients etc.) visit the site.

Things That You Need

Here are some of the important things you must invest in to ensure the best cleaning practices and standards:

Cleaning Solutions: Soaps, detergents as well as disinfectants and a variety of insecticides and pesticides are among the solutions that you need to arrange.

Cleaning Equipment: Apart from dusting cloths, mops and brushes, your factory may demand vacuum cleaner, steriliser, and floor scrubber. Also, the special equipment like conveyer cleaner should also be considered.

Decisions to Make

Finally, you must make some important choices to ensure effective cleaning within your budget.

Cleaning Schedule: You must carefully select the right time for cleaning so that it does not affect your site’s productivity. For example, a few minutes after every shift or the weekend hours can be assigned for this.

While you may consider in house cleaners, you may want to think about hiring a cleaning contractor who provide trained and checked staff. Cleaning contractors have there own cleaning equipment and materials and could actually save you money as you will not have to buy or hire expensive equipment such as floor scrubbers.

How a Cleaning Contractor can help

  • Well trained cleaners
  • No hiring of expensive equipment
  • Cleaning scheduling to fit with your business
  • Knowledge and expertise

Who are Green Machine

Our cleaning services are adaptable depending on the needs and size of your business. These range from local stand-alone buildings to multi-site accounts. Supported by your own dedicated Green Machine contract manager, and of course our own 24/7 support team.

If you would like professional advice with no obligation, contact us today. We offer cleaning consultancy, cleaning audits and contracted commercial cleaning services. We take pride in delivering tailored cleaning solutions to fit your unique needs.

If you are interested, contact us today for a quote. We have offices in Northampton, Sheffield and the South West.

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