To keep competitive, companies working in the industrial sector must optimise productivity and reduce lag and operational downtime. As a result, working environments like warehouses, distribution hubs, plants and factories must be kept in top condition. No operation can function without the people it employs, so it is also vital that an industrial workforce remains safe and healthy onsite.
A professional cleaning contract can support firms in achieving their goals while ensuring their staff’s physical and mental wellbeing remain at optimum levels. In this blog, we’ll reveal why employing skilled and experienced cleaners is crucial.
Reducing company downtime
From factory production lines to warehouse forklifts and other material handling solutions, industrial operations involve mechanical equipment. When dust, dirt and debris build up it can impact how machinery operates. When this happens, equipment must be taken offline or out of service for repairs which affects production. Regular cleaning can ensure grime doesn’t accumulate and improve operational efficiency.
Avoiding accidents and injuries
Contract cleaners can keep pedestrian and forklift paths clear of debris ensuring access is always available, and increasing productivity. However, removing obstructions of loose materials and packaging and clearing up onsite spills can also keep workers safe and avoid health and safety issues. When routine inspections occur, professionally cleaned sites can prove they are compliant and pass with flying colours.
Avoid stock contamination
Goods being manufactured or stored must be kept in pristine condition for customers. Professional cleaning can ensure that stock does not become soiled or contaminated. As a result, firms will experience less profit loss from damaged goods written off and returned items from unhappy customers.
Professional cleaning companies have access to the most advanced solutions. Consequently, the solutions used can be safe for use in industrial environments where a wide range of products are being manufactured and stored, including food and beverages.
Contract cleaners for industrial sites in the northwest
Whether you run a busy factory or multiple warehouses, at ACC, we can help. Our dedicated teams of cleaning professionals have the experience, equipment, and skills to ensure your site remains safe and operates at optimum capacity. Contact us today for a free quote to cover your needs.
To casual observers, factory and commercial cleaning mean the same thing. However, there are differences between them. While factories are bona fide commercial ventures, their cleaning requirements are not the same as standard office blocks.
What is commercial cleaning?
Commercial cleaning takes place in offices, leisure centres, hotels and other buildings primarily designed to provide services. Cleaners clean meeting rooms, restrooms and break areas.
Commercial cleaning is beneficial because it keeps facilities clean and safe and improves employee productivity. It may also save firms money by maintaining their facilities and reducing the need to use in-house cleaners.
What is factory cleaning?
Factory cleaning takes place in industrial settings, such as factories, warehouses and power plants. This type of cleaning often requires professionals with more experience, since factory cleaning is more hazardous and technical. Cleaners must follow safety precautions at all times and only use manufacturer-approved cleaning products to avoid causing damage.
Factory cleaning typically follows a schedule determined by the plant’s needs. Heavy machinery working on dirty materials may require professional cleaning every day. Other equipment may require regular dust extraction to prolong life.
What does factory cleaning include?
Factory cleaning includes a range of tasks that regular commercial cleaning doesn’t.
Industrial cleaning professionals, for example, may perform industrial vacuuming to remove debris, chemicals and dirt from the surface of the equipment. This type of vacuuming provides extra suction power that regular household vacuums do not.
Factory cleaning also involves decontamination. Here, specialist cleaners arrive on-site to clean up dangerous spills. Cleaners wear protective clothing, such as gloves, goggles, and suits, before entering the facility.
Hydro blasting is another common industrial cleaning practice. This process involves pressure-washing surfaces to clean them thoroughly, removing water-based compounds. Cleaners use hydro blasting on bridges, access routes, and airports.
Lastly, factory cleaning may involve mould removal. Cleaners arrive with specialist formulations and equipment to remove living mould and spores from factory environments.
Ultimately, factory cleaning is essential for reducing depreciation and prolonging the life of plant and equipment. Professional factory cleaning services can provide superior cleaning solutions to in-house options.
Get in touch with our specialist factory cleaners in the North West to get your free quote.
If you run, own or manage a factory, you know how busy and hectic it can get, making it difficult to maintain a clean space. While scheduling professional warehouse cleaning services helps keep your factory tidy, neat and organized, what happens between deep cleans? Below, we’ve outlined some tips that you can follow to keep your factory or warehouse clean before your next professional cleaning appointment.
1. Devise a maintenance plan
A well-structured maintenance plan ensures your employees know what to do to keep your factory clean and organized in between deep cleans. However, your plan shouldn’t include cleaning duties for your staff, as it only takes time away from essential tasks that are vital to your business’s success.
Instead, ask your workers to clean up after themselves, e.g., store used equipment away and wipe down spills immediately, to keep the space tidy and organised.
2. Sweep and clean your floors daily
With machines operating 24/7 and employees and clients walking in and out throughout the day, dirt and dust can quickly build up in your factory. That’s why it’s important to sweep and clean your floors daily to prevent build-up.
You can speak with your current warehouse cleaning company to get cleaners to perform such tasks daily before your next deep clean. They’ll be happy to structure a cleaning schedule and quote that meets all your cleaning needs without burning a hole in your pocket.
3. Check machinery regularly
Spillages, leaks and product build-up are a common menace in factories that operate machinery 24/7. Luckily, you can avoid such issues by checking your machinery often to identify areas that need specialist cleaning.
This not only increases the life-span and efficiency of your machines but also reduces downtime caused by faulty equipment.
4. Invest in cleaning equipment and products
This doesn’t mean you should go all out and purchase expensive cleaning equipment, such as commercial floor polishers. Instead, buy simple cleaning items like brooms, mops, and vacuums to clean up spills and get rid of dirt.
Contact our team today if you’re looking for a professional warehouse cleaning company that can handle your daily and deep cleaning needs.
Keeping your factory and industrial workplace clean, hygienic, and well-organized is key to maintaining a safe, healthy, and productive work environment. Unfortunately, most facility managers do the bare minimum when it comes to factory cleaning, resulting in dirt, grime, oil, and dust build-up. For example, some designate cleaning duties to employees, which is not as efficient or reliable as hiring a professional service.
Keep reading to find out when it’s time to call a professional for your factory clean-up
1. Visible dirt
If you touch certain machinery or equipment and they’re coated in a layer of dust, it’s probably time to call in a specialist. Remember, if you can see the general dirtiness of your factory, so can everybody else, including the potential clients and business partners that come to visit.
2. Decreased productivity
Dirt, grime, and sticky surfaces can adversely impact employee productivity as workers concentrate better in clean and well-organized workspaces. Additionally, having your staff clean up your factory takes them away from other essential business tasks, decreasing your overall output.
3. DIY cleaning
Hiring a professional industrial cleaning service is not on the list of necessary business expenses for many factories. A closet full of cleaning supplies that everyone can access is enough, right? Truth be told, your staff don’t have the training, skills, or state-of-the-art equipment required to clean your factory site and equipment as experts do.
They might clean up oil spills and wipe down kitchen surfaces, but they won’t decontaminate your space or properly clean stubborn production areas.
4. High foot traffic
If your factory operates 24/7 and has many moving parts, chances are it needs regular cleaning. This is because you probably have thousands of employees and clients walking in and out throughout the day, causing your site to get dirty easily.
How often you carry out a deep clean varies depending on your factory and the nature of your work, but experts recommend hiring an expert at least once a month.
Ready to hire a cleaning service?
If you want to ensure the health and safety of your employees and keep your factory site clean, Associated Cleaning Contractors is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your industrial cleaning service.
Industrial operations up and down the country are continuing their important work despite the pandemic, but in order to achieve optimal production levels, they must tick many boxes. From remaining within the rigid guidelines laid down by regulators to keeping equipment and staff in top condition, in order for factories to function effectively they must be kept clean.
In the following sections, we’ll explore some of the key reasons why more UK facilities are selecting a professional cleaning company to help them stay in operation in these unprecedented times.
From food manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, many factories are regulated by strict legal requirements and exacting demands for the highest hygiene standards. Having a professional deep cleaning service in place can ensure you are never in breach and have a record of all cleaning completed as proof for random inspections when they arrive. This simple decision can prevent your operation from risking unwanted fines or the threat of temporary closures.
Access to specialist equipment and trained staff
Professional cleaning firms are certified to purchase cleaning products of a higher strength and calibre than those found on the high street. Furthermore, they continually invest in the latest cleaning equipment and hire experienced professionals to undertake work ensuring the best results possible are always achieved.
Creating a safer and healthier working environment
Routine and in-depth cleaning can prevent the formation of bacteria, mould and dust that cause respiratory problems and allergies to flare up in staff. Regularly attending to the floors and other surfaces used by staff will also ensure no debris or grease builds up over time that can cause potential accidents and injuries.
In short, in maintaining a clean environment, through the use of a professional service, you can provide optimum health and safety measures and protect your onsite workforce. Onsite equipment can also benefit, free from debris and dust it will experience less downtime for maintenance.
Expert cleaning services on hand
If you operate an industrial enterprise like a warehouse or factory and seek a professional cleaning service you can count on, contact our team today to discuss your needs and receive a free quotation.
The end is in sight. With a vaccine being rolled out in record time and hopefully good results from the recent tougher lock-downs, the time when the country’s economic activity lights turn to green is getting closer every day.
Across the country and in every industry, thousands of premises managers have faced a year of constant uncertainty, with on/off lockdowns, restrictions and operating guidelines changing almost daily. It’s been a perfect storm. Few outside the business will appreciate that there is often just as much work involved in safely and properly mothballing a large facility as there is in running it normally.
Getting all those premises ready quickly, safely and cost-effectively is the next major challenge that will be thrown at facilities managers. With health and safety and hygiene measures firmly moved to the front of our minds, high standards will be demanded and expected. It will need deep cleaning processes, conducted by professionals. Faced with some staff who have found working from home quite convenient, a sparkling clean environment could play a significant role in maintaining morale among staff returning to an office base.
Hospitality and manufacturing
Other sectors face similar challenges. The hospitality sector, which normally accounts for over 70 billion of the country’s annual GDP, has seen large, medium and smaller hotels and restaurants completely or partially closed down for most of the year, many receiving only basic maintenance cleaning. With business, sport and recreation sooner or later bouncing back, the bookings will come again, and the hospitality industry knows better than most just how important first guest impressions are. With hospitality managers facing their own rebound challenges in many other areas, not least replacing lost catering and waiting staff, contract cleaning services are going to be in big demand when the call comes.
In the factories too, they will be eyeing the eventual return to full normal operations and assessing what they need to do to be fully ready.
At ACC, we have the answers to these and many other questions that will need to be answered to help Britain bounce back to sparkling form. Get in touch for more information.
2020 has been the year of the deep clean! With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the world, the benefits associated with vigilance and dedication around cleaning have never been clearer, and the importance of placing cleanliness at the top of every business’ agenda has become increasingly obvious.
However, while that is the case, it is still absolutely essential to highlight why cleaning is so necessary, and hopefully ensure that businesses continue to embrace scrubbing, mopping, dusting and disinfecting long into the future.
So, with that in mind, here are five of the key benefits associated with getting your warehouse professionally cleaned
1. Ensure consistency
If you want your business to operate in a manner that is as productive as it is effective, then you need to understand that everything has its place, and cleaning is vital to ensuring that. At the beginning of every shift, the warehouse should be in a condition that is as close to pristine as possible.
2. Help with safety levels
Regardless of the workplace environment – a warehouse, an office, a construction site or anywhere else – safety needs to be prioritised. If everything is thoroughly cleaned, and there is a focus on placing kit, equipment and tools in designated areas, levels of safety will be enhanced.
3. Increase levels of production
By professionally cleaning a workplace and the associated equipment, the entire work environment will be in the best possible shape to operate effectively and productively.
4. Bolster employee approval
Employees want to know that they are being looked after and that the company they work for prioritises their health and safety. When a company is dedicated to thoroughly and consistently cleaning the work environment and wants to create the most productive working space, it shows that the organisation is both dedicated to its employees, and also is operating in the most constructive manner possible. These are both indicators of a reliable employer.
5. Provide long-term peace of mind
For a business owner, a thorough clean of the workplace can provide high levels of peace of mind, because it will mean the environment is in the best possible position to be productive. And, from the viewpoint of the individual employees, a clean workplace shows that they are being taken care of, that their wellbeing has been placed atop the company agenda, and will also give them the best foundation upon which to carry out their work to the very best of their abilities.
When you’re managing a busy factory, a regular cleaning schedule may be the last thing on your mind. However, for factories potential hazards, neglecting cleaning can lead to severe health and safety violations. Let’s take a look at some ways in which commercial cleaning services can help improve your factory’s health and safety.
Meet regulation standards
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), even slips and trips cost industries over £500 million per year. So why take the risk? In complying to industry regulations, you can ensure that you minimise expenditure and keep your employees safe. According to the UK Government’s ‘The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992’ legislation, your floors must be suitable for the type of work undertaken and kept in good condition. Equally, all employers are responsible for their employee’s health and safety in the workplace. You can attain both of these regulations with routine cleaning and maintenance to your factory.
Routine cleaning schedules are essential in improving the long-term health and safety of your factory. In planning, you need to distinguish between a regular cleaning routine and the occasional deep clean your facilities require:
In between your scheduled deep cleans, you need to keep on top of things. The schedule will include removing debris, clearing mess or dust, and clearing up spills immediately.
As dirt and grime buildup over time, you need deep industrial cleans to help maintain your machinery’s productivity. This type of maintenance will take several hours or even days, depending on the scale of your operation, and will clean everything intensely.
Find a company that works for you
Cleaning your factory to the required industry standard is a big ask. So make sure you find a commercial cleaning company who can help meet all your needs. Before hiring them, ask:
Can they help with deep and regular cleaning?
Can they clean all our surfaces, including racking, cladding and doors?
Do they specialise in our industry?
At ACC, we offer specialist services, including factory and kitchen cleaning, providing contracts that work for you throughout the North West, including Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan and Manchester. For more information or to receive your free estimate, call us today on 01204 495 222 or send a message on our contact form.