Coronavirus: Why now is an important time to deep clean and develop cleaning procedures in your warehouse or factory

If coronavirus has created an empty, half-used warehouse, distribution centre, factory or unit, with staff working from home, self-isolating or struck with illness, this quiet period may be an ideal opportunity to get a much-needed deep clean ticked off the to-do list.

Moreover, the latest headlines have made it very clear how important it is to simply wash your hands. Viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 2 hours, so making cleanliness a priority in your workplace is crucial, too:

If business is slow now, this period may be a good time for a deep clean of your warehouse, factory or unit. Professional cleaning will provide a high standard of cleaning that may not be achievable in-house without specialist training and equipment.

A clean and organised warehouse or factory is a great indicator of how effective and safe it is. It will boost efficiency, enable employees to do more focused work and create a pleasant, safe and professional place to work.

Will the government bring stricter requirements into workplaces in the wake of the pandemic? Only time will tell. But it may be a good time to get prepared just in case.

To do this, set out clear cleaning standards and procedures now. Here are the reasons why:

  1. It delivers a strong message to your customers and employees that you are taking this seriously and you are making cleanliness a priority in your warehouse or factory.
  2. Having cleaning standards and procedures will aid compliance to current health and safety laws, and may aid in the introduction of any new ones in the near future.
  3. When employees are aware of what is expected of them in terms of cleaning goals and standards, they will be more motivated to achieve these expectations. Goals will provide clarity.
  4. Just setting cleaning goals will not be enough. Documenting clear and detailed procedures, standards and schedules create standardisation and uniformity on how cleaning and organisation should be done. In developing the procedures, it is important to indicate steps or methods for even the small cleaning tasks. It is much easier to do small cleaning tasks periodically than it is to conduct a massive cleaning process. The latter will not be lasting if not maintained consistently. Cleaning tasks will be easier to track and implement in this way.
  5. In addition to documentation, the communication of these standards and procedures is vital. Make sure that these are disseminated well through different communication channels, such as meetings, company website, bullet boards, emails, etc. It is essential to make cleaning standards and expectations readily available because they should be fluid. When the organisation and government laws changes, the standards need to be updated and evolve over time as well.

Maintaining high standards of cleanliness and housekeeping in a warehouse or factory is not an easy task. It is something that has to be worked on continually by all members of the organisation, but when done right it is something that can set you apart from many of your competitors.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. We are IPAF trained and Safe Contractor assured. 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 that meet safety and hygiene regulations.

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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