As the owner of a warehouse, you no doubt understand the importance of cleanliness.
Not only does it make your working environment that much more pleasant, but it can also directly affect your productivity by:
- Minimising clutter…
- … which subsequently reduces workplace injuries…
- … all the while, making it easier to get around!
Yes, effective warehouse management can’t overlook the role that cleanliness and clutter plays. If you ask us, it’s a huge safety issue, not to mention it directly influences your efficiency and productively.
If you want to ensure that your warehouse is operating at maximum efficiency, cleanliness is crucial.
So, let’s start by taking a look at your warehouse cleaning plan…
Create and follow a cleaning schedule
This is one of the best pieces of warehouse cleaning advice we can give.
Now, we understand that warehouses don’t often get the time to do much cleaning. In particular, busy warehouses will always have couriers, trucks and deliveries all coming and going – where do you find the time to clean?
If possible, we suggest creating a cleaning schedule and setting time aside to carry it out.
If your warehouse has predictable quiet periods or holiday periods, we recommend scheduling your cleaning for then. You might be surprised how thick dirt and dust can accumulate in your warehouse over time!
Of course, not all warehouses will be able to create a regular cleaning schedule. Maybe activities never truly cease, or you run a 24-hour warehousing operation.
Whatever the reason, regular cleaning isn’t very feasible, or your operations aren’t predictable enough to set a time.
This is where CLAYGO comes in.
No, it’s not a children’s toy (though it does sound like one admittedly) – rather, it’s an acronym that stands for Clean-As-You-Go.
Like the name suggests, CLAYGO is all about keeping on top of your cleaning. Rather than having a regularly-scheduled clean, CLAYGO encourages your staff to take on the responsibility of cleaning up.
That means cleaning up after themselves if they’re performing a task that creates a lot of dust, or staying on top of any messes that might pop up.
Properly implemented, this can eliminate many of the common warehouse messes and stop them from affecting your operations.
Of course, if you’re going to implement CLAYGO, you’re going to have to…
Make cleaning supplies available
Oftentimes, the bestway to keep on top of warehouse messes is to tackle them immediately – that’s the philosophy behind CLAYGO.
Of course, for this to work, you’ll need to put all your cleaning materials in a place where they’re readily available and easy-to-reach.
It’s also a good idea to make sure that this spot is clearly-labelled and included in any induction tour.
Another part of accessibility is ensuring that there are plenty of bins around for waste to be disposed.
Dispose of garbage properly
Let’s not beat around the bush: warehouses can generate a lot of waste in any given day. For example, you might have to contend with:
- Wooden pallets
- Cardboard boxes
- Shrink wrap
- Bubble wrap
- Cable ties
It’s not enough to simply have bins on-site – like wen mentioned above, these bins have to be in an easy-to-access location to ensure they’re being used.
Not only that, but it’s also important that you look at the logistics.
This may take the form of ordering an extra skip, or talking to a contractor to organise additional rubbish disposal runs.
Schedule deep cleaning
Even if you can’t set time aside for regular cleaning, there’s no excuse for not scheduling deep cleaning!
That’s because there are certain messes and whatnot that can’t be taken care of with regular supermarket products and CLAYGO. We’re talking about big messes such as:
- Mould and mildew
- Oil stains and slicks
- Thick grime
These are just some of the examples of particularly tough messes and stains that come with running a warehouse.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had an intense, deep clean, it may be a good idea to temporarily shut down and organise a deep clean.
In addition to tough stains, deep cleaning also focuses on eliminating messes and stains you might otherwise not see. For example, who knows what sorts of messes might be accumulating underneath your warehouse shelving!
Get in contact with Master Cleaners for professional warehouse cleaning in Melbourne and Sydney
Can’t keep up with your warehouse cleaning on top of everything else you have to look after?
Are the messes and stains in your warehouse simply too tough for you and your team to handle?
If so, we recommend calling the Masters to take care of it for you!
Our team of professional cleaners specialise in the jobs that are too tough, too dirty or simply too big to do on your own.
And when it comes to warehouse cleaning, we’re able to provide a wide range of specialist cleaning services for even the toughest warehouse messes, including:
Not only can we help you maintain a clean, clutter-free, and well-organised warehouse space, but we’ll also ensure that each of your staff members are safe and that your warehouse is working productively.