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3 Fail-proof ways to clean warehouse machinery during COVID-19

Regular deep cleaning has always been important to the function of any warehouse. However, with the ongoing pandemic hygiene standards have increased, so, as an employer, it is important that you increase your hygiene and safety measures so as to comply with new guidelines. We will outline a few standard safety practices that will help you to increase your safety and hygiene standards alongside regular contract cleaning.

 

1. Adapt your site to implement new cleaning processes

 As guidelines change and evolve so should your risk assessments. For this reason your first step should be to conduct a risk assessment. Ask yourself the following questions:  

  • What areas are regularly used by employees? 
  • Are touch points being regularly sanitised? 
  • Do our employees know the correct sanitation procedures? 

 By asking yourself and your employees these questions, you can better assess which areas of your site need to undertake new cleaning processes. You can also begin to evaluate how your company would benefit with contract cleaning.

 From experience, we know that questions such as these will no doubt highlight how frequently warehouse equipment and machinery are used. As such, we suggest you set up cleaning stations throughout your warehouse where employees can sanitise the machinery’s touch points as per the government proviso. 

 We also advise that staff should be educated on effective cleaning practices to help ensure safety standards are met. For example, which cleaning products to use and their necessary contact times. If you are unsure there is plenty of advice here. However, our preferred sanitation product is D10 which has a contact time of 5 minutes. Often used within the food industry, it is a multi-surface concentrated cleaner that disinfects potentially dangerous bacteria.

 

2. Increase regular cleaning of equipment and machinery

 If you’ve set up easily accessible cleaning stations, the next question to ask is how often should you use it? The answer is simple – as frequently as possible – and especially after each employee’s use of the machinery. To help keep a track of cleaning we suggest you create an hourly cleaning rota. This way employees will remember to clean the necessary touch points every hour, noting down where and when they have cleaned to ensure hygiene standards are met. 

As a result of Covid-19 it has become standard practice to stagger shift patterns. As such employees should sanitise touch points after use in addition to the hourly clean. This will hopefully mitigate the possibility of harmful bacteria transferring between teams. On top of this, a significant and sensible change you can make is contract cleaning. By ensuring machinery and equipment receives a deep clean every so often, you can further minimise the risk of harmful transmission. 

 

3. Focus on areas that need increased cleaning

 We have mentioned the need for frequent cleaning of touch points throughout this blog, but what exactly are touch points? The answer is fairly obvious – anything you regularly touch. Nevertheless, it is important to outline these touch points as areas can often be missed. So areas to look out for are: 

  • Grab handles
  • Levers
  • Touch screens
  • Arm rests
  • Seat belts and buckles
  • Steering wheel
  • Work panels and dashboards
  • Seat adjusters
  • USB chargers
  • ALL buttons, knobs or dials (even if you don’t think they are used regularly)

Moreover, if you work within a food production facility it is ESSENTIAL that you ensure touch points, specifically within freezers, are cleaned. Alarmingly, covid cases have been traced back to frozen food packaging. This doesn’t mean you should halt any of your every-day practices, but it does mean you have to enhance your cleaning procedures. Assess all of your racking, picking and packing areas and judge where and how you can improve hygiene. 

Or better yet, to help ensure you meet all safety and hygiene standards, hire contract cleaners. With experience within the food industry, Envirobridge can regularly deep clean your facility to an exceptional standard. Guaranteeing that you are not only left with a sparklingly clean workspace, but that you have the know-how to maintain the high-standard of cleanliness until Envirobridge’s next visit. 

 If you are interested in Envirobridge’s specialist contract cleaning teams, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote. Whether it is high-level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive machinery cleaning and maintenance. We aim to work with you to make sure that your facility is safe for both employees 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.

 

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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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High Level Cleaning: effective ways to clean hard to reach places in your warehouse

Warehouses require regular deep cleaning, including hard-to-reach and high level cleaning. But areas such as upper-racks, ceilings, windows and HVAC systems are notoriously difficult to clean, which means they are often overlooked. However, you need not fear cleaning those high level and hard to reach places any longer. Our simple yet effective cleaning methods will give you the help you need to tackle those areas!

Cleaning ceilings

We are starting from the top and working our way down – and so should you! By cleaning top to bottom, the fallen dislodged dirt from the ceiling won’t mucky a newly cleaned floor. Instead, any displaced dirt can be cleared up when you clean your floor. However, to save yourself time and energy, we do suggest that you invest in a vacuum rather than brushing away debris. The vacuum will minimise the amount of dust and dirt that floats through your facility, not only saving you time and effort when cleaning, but reducing potential hazards. 

  1. First, evaluate your lighting. You want to be certain that you can see every dusty aspect, so that you don’t miss any of the mess!
  2. Clear your surrounding area and ensure materials and machinery are protected by a plastic sheet. 
  3. Vacuum most of the dirt and debris, using an extension wand if necessary (it is important you do not overreach!)
  4. Then, whilst on a ladder or lift, use typical dusting equipment (microfibre dusters tend to work best) to clean track lighting, vents, pipes etc.
  5. Then clean those same areas with another, clean microfibre cloth. 
  6. You must also focus on the walls and upper rafters, as these areas will also accumulate dust and dirt.

Once your ceiling is fully cleaned you can then remove the plastic sheeting. Be careful not to dispel all the gathered dust within the facility. And finally, clean the floor, ensuring all of the fallen dirt, dust and debris is gathered and discarded.

This quick guide will help make high level cleaning simple! However, if your ceiling is particularly dirty, awkward to clean, or you simply don’t have the equipment or time, Envirobridge is happy to help. With years of experience, top-of-the-line equipment and being risk assured, Envirobridge can tackle any clean.

Cleaning high LEVEL windows

In order to clean windows you can’t reach, you have the limited options of investing in ladders, lifts, specialised equipment or contacting professional cleaners. Nowadays, the high standard of health and safety warehouses need to abide by means that ladders are largely frowned upon. Instead, we advise that you invest in a lift or a regular cleaning company such as Envirobridge. However, if you have high level cleaning equipment handy, you can follow this process:

  1. Again, evaluate your lighting – ensure you can clearly see any smears or dirt that need clearing. 
  2. Clear and section off the area below the window, as the area can become slippery and dangerous. It is also advisable that you clear electronic materials from this area.
  3. Using a telescopic water fed pole, either an elongated one from ground level or a short one from a lift, clean the windows. There are multiple window cleaning products you can use to help clear smears, such as this.
  4. Once you have finished, you can leave them to air dry, or for a better effect, use a microfiber mop to dry them.
  5. Continue this same process for all the windows throughout your facility, ensuring each section is barred from employee use whilst you are cleaning. 

Hopefully, these simple steps will help you keep your facility’s windows clear and clean. However, as such equipment can be extremely costly it may be worthwhile contacting an industrial cleaning company that has such equipment readily available. Envirobridge specialise in all industrial cleaning, and with a wealth of experience they can save you both time and money.

Cleaning HVAC Duct Systems

Cleaning air ducts and vents is an essential yet weary task, especially if you have a large facility that uses multiple HVAC systems. But, with Spring on its way it’s time to clear out the dust, dirt, dander, and bug fragments. 

  1. Extract screws from air duct covers and return grill plates. 
  2. Cover up your supply vents, this will prevent any of the dislodged dirt from blowing through the vents. 
  3. Change your thermostat to ‘fan on’ setting, ensuring that the heat/cooling mode is switched off. This will help loosen the dust and debris whilst you clean. 
  4. Now, loosen the dust in the ductwork. Please make sure that you or your employee is wearing protection, i.e. goggles, mask and gloves. You can use brushes to help loosen clumps that have built-up over time. 
  5. Clean out return registers. Again, use a brush to delve as far as you can into the register cavity. 
  6. Shut off both your fan and furnace. Then clean out the blower compartment before returning the air boot. This is where the majority of dust and debris will be found. Using a vacuum, remove all the dust and use the brush to help free up any clumps. Whilst here, also clean the furnace fan.
  7. Lastly, replace your furnace filter. You should be replacing a furnace filter once a month in order to save on energy costs and to improve the air quality in your workplace. 

It is important that you carefully clean and maintain your air-handling systems, as it can have an impact on both your employees health and your energy bill! If you are unsure whether your HVAC systems are operating at max capacity, why not call Envirobridge? Not only will we clean and service your air-handling systems, but we will provide a report on their efficiency. 

And there you have it! A quick and simple guide to cleaning those high level, awkward areas in your facility.

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If you are interested in Envirobridge’s specialist cleaning teams, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote. 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.

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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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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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