Knowing how to effectively clean your warehouse floor is paramount to maintaining the day-to-day operations of your business. With facilities often running from 8-12 hours per day, floors become dirty quickly and are hazardous without constant management. Read more below to find out how to keep your warehouse facility clean and operating smoothly.
1. Understand your Warehouse Requirements
Understanding the needs of your warehouse is the first step to effectively managing your cleaning processes. Is your warehouse a frequently visited location? Is it used for transportation of goods that need to be kept clean?
Understanding your warehouse’s usage requirements will determine the frequency and thoroughness at which it needs to be cleaned to maintain efficient business operations. When doing so, make sure to take note of layout – isle widths, flooring type, hard to reach places and high-risk areas where spillages may occur.
2. Sweep before you scrub
It may seem like a no-brainer, but scrubbing the floors prior to sweeping them is a cleaning sin many still commit. Scrubbing prior to sweeping can scratch floor gloss or cause dirt to get caught in the scrubbing machine fibres, so ensure staff know to sweep the area first.
When sweeping your warehouse, best practices include removing dry particulate, picking up pallet chips and removing stains or spillages. A Direct Throw Sweeper (similar to that of a dustpan and broom), works well when catching smaller debris particulates. However, when dealing with larger debris, an Overthrow Sweeper is most effective, as the catchment doesn’t need to be emptied as often.
Baby 43 floor scrubbers and Fringe Mops are also great investments for small to medium-sized warehouses that only require basic sweeping scrubbing and polishing. For larger sites, we suggest employing expert services to ensure your business can run effectively without the added stress of cleaning duties.
3. Get the right equipment
While purchasing equipment may require substantial investment, many businesses often forget that the cost of labour is the most expensive part of floor cleaning. Purchasing efficient, eco-friendly machinery will effectively clean your warehouse floors with minimal employee strain – reducing excess labour costs and employee turnover over time.
4. Make it a priority
The best way to maintain your warehouse cleanliness is to put a cleaning schedule in place and adhere to it. Empowering employees with cleaning responsibilities and giving them the tools to get it done can create a positive cleaning culture and keep your warehouse in check without the need for micro-management.
If your warehouse is in need of a professional and thorough clean, give the team at GT Cleaning a call today to book your Warehouse Cleaning service.