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4 Steps for a Successful Spring Clean

Put a spring in your step with our Spring clean! Having operated within this sector for years, we know what works and what doesn’t. And we can safely say that cleanliness, order and preparedness has never failed a business. So whether you have an inspection or audit coming up, or you want to make a Spring clean an annual must – we have the steps you need.

1. Spring Clean Plan

The best way to start your Spring clean is with a plan. It may not fill you with joy, but it will definitely improve the efficiency of your clean. By planning ahead you can better assess problem areas and manage timelines. We advise that you carry out necessary deep cleaning and re-organisational plans when your warehouse is largely empty. This way you can minimise any negative effects on your day-to-day productivity. To ensure you are always prepared, overestimate the time needed for a Spring clean so you aren’t left unawares. You can also use this Warehouse and Storage Guide to Health Safety to help decide which areas need more focus. Or, inform your staff about what you have planned ahead, as they may flag up specific issues or have suggestions on how to improve workflow.

 

2. Re-evaluate & Re-organise

Why not increase the proficiency of your warehouse as part of your Spring clean? By combining knowledge of your warehouse’s ergonomics and your previous year’s sales data you can implement the 80/20 rule. This is when you keep 20% of the inventory that is ordered 80% of the time in an easily accessible area. Whilst conducting this review assess the impact of the seasons – it is a Spring clean after all! Use your sales data from the previous year to also evaluate where demand may increase or decrease. Stock that trends in Summer can be moved to a more accessible area. Whilst, Winter based stock can be stored away until the end of the year, or put on sale to free up space and get a little cash injection. By conducting this internal audit of your inventory, you can re-strategise workflow and improve overall efficiency.

 

3. Create Space

If you are still restricted by the confines of your warehouse even after a Spring clean reshuffle, look up! Warehouses are often huge cavernous spaces and it makes sense to expand upwards and make use of the available space. By vertical stacking you can increase your levels of stock and do longer production runs, increasing efficiency and possibly profits. Alternatively you could install a mezzanine, which will also expand your warehouse’s capacity and allow for similar benefits. If this is a viable option for your business, it’s worthwhile knowing an industrial cleaning company that can help you. Envirobridge has experience in cleaning hard to reach areas, with a specific focus on both vertical stacking and mezzanines. We can assure the new functions of your facility are fully operational and safe, whilst also giving them a deep Spring clean. We can even give them a lick of paint while we’re there!

 

4. Deep Spring Clean

And lastly, the cleaning part of the Spring clean! Everyday once-overs are not enough to keep your facility up to safety standards. Dirt and grime can unknowingly build-up throughout the year. As such, it is essential that you invest, at least annually, in a deep clean – and what better time than Spring?

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning, in occupied areas or empty areas, we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.

So if you are in need of a Spring clean or have an inspection looming, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote. After all, our business is caring for yours.

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As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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How a Clean Warehouse Can Boost Productivity

 

 

Keeping a warehouse clean and organised can be an overwhelming task due to the large size of many warehouses. However, regular housekeeping and maintenance play a critical role in keeping it running efficiently. A messy and disorganised warehouse can lead to slower operations, which negatively affects employees’ productivity. 

Here are the reasons a clean warehouse can boost productivity:

 

1.  Easy to locate supplies and equipment

Employees lose precious work minutes when they go searching for misplaced supplies, equipment or materials. Maintaining an uncluttered and organised workspace will make it easy for employees to quickly find equipment and supplies they need. By reducing the time it takes to find equipment, employees are able to allocate more time to the job at hand. This in turn increases their productivity and the warehouse’s productivity. 

 

 

2. Reduced absenteeism

A dust-ridden warehouse can increase absenteeism through illnesses, such as headaches, sore throats, and sinus infections. When your warehouse is unkept, you are neglecting to perform your duty of care to your employees. If you violate the Workplace Regulations of 1992, you are not only putting your staff at risk but the productivity of your business.

 

3. Avoids accidents and injuries

Warehouse accidents and injuries such as slips, trips and falls, as well as falling items from racks and shelves can be caused from lack of warehouse cleanliness. These injuries can result in absences, sick days and hospitalisation, which has a direct effect on productivity. A clean and organised warehouse, which is free from obstruction, can lead to greater visibility and better ergonomics, which lessens accident risks.

 

4. Reduced stress

The physical environment has a significant effect on workers’ productivity and on the way they work. A disorderly, chaotic and unclean workspace can have negative effects on stress, anxiety levels, and ability to focus on work. This can also lead to unnecessary tension between employees. This article emphasises that employers are better able to protect the mental wellbeing of their employees by ensuring their workspace is clean.

 

5. Increased employee motivation and morale

When employees know that the company they belong to makes cleanliness, safety and their health a priority, you are delivering a positive message that can help lift their morale and boost their motivation. Working in this kind of culture enables employees to take pride in their work, which will lead to increased productivity.

Making your warehouse into a tidy and orderly environment where everything has its place, will help lead to efficient operations and positive mindset.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning, in occupied areas or empty areas, we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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Optimise your warehouse over the Christmas period

Christmas is just around the corner, and aside from Santa’s workshop, your warehouse is probably the busiest place on earth. So, if your warehouse is feeling the strain of seasonal business with year-end increases, we have the information you need to optimise your warehouse operations.

 

1. REVIEW LAYOUT: 

Optimise your warehouse by conducting a review of the layout

Each area of your warehouse will be strained by increased demand over the Christmas period. Receiving, Inventory and Shipping are all primary areas that need auditing. Jeff Howard, from Material, Handling and Logistics, states that it is essential to re-evaluate the organisation, storage and space of each sector. You can accommodate for extra product traffic by  setting up an extra packing station. Or, you can improve efficiency by moving your highest-selling product to a more convenient location.

 

2. REVIEW MATERIAL FLOW:

Enhance efficiency by auditing the flow of materials through your facility

Material flow is equally important and should also undergo a review, so you can analyse product movement in your facility. You want to minimise the unnecessary steps that may lead to your products having increased, avoidable touches by your staff. Not only because  products can harbour and pass on germs, but because it also reduces the threat of costly accidents. Therefore, you can save both money and time whilst increasing your overall productivity!

3. CHECK: 

Improve the organisation of your facility by performing an inventory check

Before and after the barrage of Christmas orders it is vital you perform an inventory check, so you can start  and end the season with an accurate count of all your stock.  It’s Christmas, and accidental shipments are more than likely to happen, but by keeping an eye on the ball you will be able to fully assess and remedy any accidents.

 

4. CLEAN:

A strict cleaning regimen is vital for an optimised warehouse over the Christmas period

With increased product traffic and all your staff working relentlessly to meet demand, dirt and debris can end up littering your facility. This not only impacts productivity, but also the safety and health of your workforce,  potentially damaging products too. So, it is imperative that you maintain your cleaning schedule in addition to any necessary impromptu cleaning.

If you need more information about cleaning regimens, Envirobridge gives advice on how to maintain standards of cleanliness after their one-off blitz cleans. Or, if you have the know-how but lack effective cleaning products, Envirobridge makes and supplies top-of-the-range cleaning products that are environmentally neutral.

 

5. MAINTAIN: 

optimise your warehouse by Making sure your equipment undergoes maintenance checks

It’s often typical that when you need something most it breaks. So, get ahead of the curve and make sure that all your equipment is well-tended to before and during the busy period. If you don’t have the time or resources over the festive period, Envirobridge has the specialist training and equipment to ensure your machinery doesn’t fail you. We work at a time that best suits you, so that we don’t impact your working hours and only enhance your productivity!

6. TRAIN: 

Train and retrain your staff for a workforce that will rival Santa’s!

Training is probably the last thing you or your staff want to do after a year that has made us train and retrain. But, there is a method to the madness. By ensuring your workers know the necessary processes you can optimise the efficiency of your warehouse and reduce the possibility of accidents. Equally, in times of Covid safety is paramount, so it is essential that training regarding cleanliness is drilled into each member of your staff.

7. COMMUNICATE: 

Tis’ the season to spread joy – and information about vendors, suppliers and partners!

Christmas isn’t the best season for managing expectations, but it is imperative that you do so with your vendors, supplies and partners. Following the above reviews, audits and training, you are in a position to be able to assess and forecast information needed for external counterparts. It is vital that you do this to optimise your warehouse operations – as with all businesses, communication is key!

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to an exceptional standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning (in occupied areas or empty areas) we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers. 

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

And from all of us at Envirobridge – Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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How To Maintain Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is one of the most long-lasting and low maintenance types of flooring. It a popular choice of floor covering in many businesses or places with heavy footfall because it is resistant to impact, mould and mildew, and it doesn’t absorb dirt or debris.

However, even if rubber flooring is durable and requires less maintenance, it is still important to maintain the material to keep it in good condition. If you are using rubber flooring in your business or warehouse, these care tips will keep it looking new and preserve its quality for many years to come.

Cleaning your rubber flooring for the very first time

If your rubber floor is newly installed, take extra care the first time you clean it. If you have the click-together or static-weight type of rubber matting, you can clean it right away. However, if your rubber flooring is installed in place by an adhesive, you must wait at least 72 hours to ensure that the glue has set.

Invest in dust control mats

Dust control mats are made of specialised fibres that will pick up and hold on to particles, such as dirt, dust and debris. You can place these mats in locations where people usually spend time standing around or in front of points of entry, such as the reception area or the foot of a staircase. These mats can be cleaned by washing or vacuuming.

Get rid of debris before cleaning

Before you start cleaning your rubber flooring, remember to remove any loose debris by sweeping or vacuuming. This is an important step because any debris or particles that have deposited can damage the finish of your rubber floors.

Light cleaning on a daily or weekly basis

Use a soft mop with water and a mild PH neutral detergent to damp mop the rubber floors. Do this on a daily basis if your work area has high amount of foot traffic.

Deep clean periodically

On top of your daily or weekly cleaning schedule, be sure to conduct a deep clean periodically to keep your rubber floor looking best.

For best results, contact a professional cleaner with the right equipment and expertise to do a great job safely. Alternatively, use a floor cleaning machine to clean a large space. Remember to use a light floor cleaning brush with your machine to prevent scratching the rubber surface. Put water with mild PH neutral detergent in your machine and apply it to the rubber surface completely. Leave the solution for 10 minutes, then go back over the surface again to rinse with clean water. Change your water frequently and remove excess water from the surface to help them dry quickly.

Avoid using harsh chemicals

The mixture of water and a mild PH neutral detergent is enough to clean and maintain a rubber floor. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaning products, solvents or acids as they can damage the surface.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. We are fully trained in the use of specialised industrial floor cleaning equipment, from sweeping and scrubbing to power washing. We even use manual hand cleaning where required and use our own range of environmentally friendly enzyme cleaning products wherever possible.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download our free printable checklist for A/C and cooler cleaning and maintenance. Always know what you need to do and when.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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Easy Ways to Get Rid of Cobwebs from Ceiling and High Spot Areas

After months or even years of neglect, ceilings attract cobwebs that make your warehouse, depot or factory look dirty and old. In workplaces where hygiene is essential, such as those associated with food or medical supplies, we recommend you enlist trained cleaning specialists to clean the following areas on a regular basis:

  • Around the beams, rafters and ceiling cornices, which collect dirt and dust. As well as in the corners, where the wall meets the ceiling.
  • Textured surface ceilings which collect cobwebs that are harder to remove.
  • Ceiling fans and objects found in high spot areas.

Most of these areas are hard to reach, tricky to clean, and often neglected. They require the right methods and tools, such as high level cleaning machines, scaffolding or specialist equipment, to implement your cleaning job.

Here are some easy ways to get rid of cobwebs from areas within reach:

1. Use a vacuum cleaner

Many vacuums come with a long extension that is great for removing cobwebs. You may need specialist equipment to reach the highest spots. If you are planning to use this cleaning equipment to get rid of cobwebs, make use of the brush attachment for best results – if you don’t have a brush attachment, secure a rag or sock to the end of your vacuum nozzle with a rubber band.

2. Sweep with a broom

Since we often use brooms for cleaning floors, it is important that when using a broom to clean ceilings it is thoroughly cleaned in order to stop any dirty marks being left on the surface. Sweep lightly to minimise contact with textured ceilings and lessen the dirt remaining on these areas. However, take note that using a broom makes it difficult to clean and remove cobwebs from tight spaces. Again, depending on the height of your ceilings, a broom may not be effective and specialist equipment may be necessary.

3. Use a cobweb brush

A cobweb brush is designed to clean wall corners, cobwebs, window screens and more. This kind of duster clicks onto extension poles for easy high reach cleaning. If you don’t own or don’t want to purchase this cleaning tool, you can improvise by attaching a cloth or rag to the end of a long rod or dowel.

4. Hire a professional cleaner

To clean hard to reach and high spot areas properly, it is best that an experienced professional cleaner does the job for you. Expert cleaners have the right tools, cleaning equipment and proper training to perform the job efficiently.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. We are fully trained in the use of specialised industrial floor cleaning equipment, from sweeping and scrubbing to power washing. We even use manual hand cleaning where required and use our own range of environmentally friendly enzyme cleaning products wherever possible.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download our free printable checklist for A/C and cooler cleaning and maintenance. Always know what you need to do and when.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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How to protect manufacturing workers during a health pandemic

Note: This article should only be used as a guide — please refer to the latest information from the UK government and NHS for up to date advice.

In this article, Kelly Friel, from tool and PPE supplier Zoro, shares some tips to help you protect your manufacturing workforce during a health pandemic.

As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees to protect them from hazards in the workplace. While it is important to keep up with your risk management in everyday circumstances, when we’re faced with a pandemic like COVID-19, putting your workforce’s safety first becomes even more important.

To help you navigate these troubling times and protect your workers, I’ve put together some safety tips that will help to make your facility a safer place for those on the job.

Continuously review your operation and workforce

Many businesses were asked to cease trading on 23 March to protect workers — manufacturing facilities were not included on the list, with some deemed “essential”. However, many non-essential factories have decided to send workers home and close down operations for the time being.

If your factory is still operating, this is something you should keep under constant review in line with Government advice. Should you need to scale back or shut operations, it’s worth thinking about who your key workers are and who would be most at risk before making a decision. Remember, there is also financial support available to help your business navigate this crisis.

Make hand-washing a part of the routine

One of the most effective ways of stopping COVID-19 from spreading is to regularly wash your hands, so you should set up hand-washing stations in key locations so staff can access them easily and frequently. Soap and water are the most effective defence, but you can provide additional hand sanitiser for use on the go.

You should also train staff to wash their hands properly. You can provide an instruction session for proper technique and put up reminder posters around your facility to ensure everyone is aware.

Provide the right PPE for the job

I’m sure your staff have access to and use the correct PPE for their job under regular circumstances but, in a pandemic, it may be necessary to provide even more protection. Consider adding items like gloves, face masks, eye protection, and overalls if your workers don’t already use them, and provide training on how to wear and dispose of each item. Be sure to check in on a regular basis to ensure that these essential items are being used properly.

Adopt a regular cleaning regime

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to undertake a regular, rigorous cleaning regime in your factory. A recent study found COVID-19 can last up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, so it’s vital that your factory is kept as clean as possible.

This blog has already talked about the importance of deep cleaning , but you can supplement this by making sure that your staff have access to supplies like disinfectant wipes and sprays to keep their workspaces hygienic. Adopting a daily cleaning regime will give your facility the best chance of staying virus-free, so be sure to train staff and allocate time in the day for clean-up.

Follow the tips here to get a good start on keeping your workforce as safe as possible. Remember to check the latest guidance from the Government and NHS to stay up to date.

Author bio: Kelly Friel is Digital Product Manager at Zoro, a supplier of tools, equipment, and PPE for professional trade and industrial use. She has worked in her role, maintaining the firm’s online product stock, since 2016.

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As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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