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Cleaning Regimes For Smooth Operators

Mark Bresnihan, md of Industrial Cleaning Equipment, outlines what to consider when cleaning industrial sites:

WHETHER you run a factory, distribution centre or warehouse, making sure you have the right cleaning regimes and equipment is crucial for the smooth running of your business.

Key requirements for cleaning profitability and effectiveness are speed, reliability, high productivity and energy efficiency, whilst minimising health & safety risks. Cleaning equipment needs to be increasingly versatile to improve the cleaning process, and should be easy to maintain inexpensively.

Cleaning hard industrial floors that accumulate oils, swarf, grease and debris from industrial manufacturing, processing and machining needs robust, efficient cleaning equipment designed for a tough industrial life.
Cleaning hard floors in factories puts heavier loads on motors and bearings than commercial cleaning in offices, and metal waste makes life harder for vacuum cleaners than the odd paper clip or discarded staple in an office.

Choosing a good equipment supplier to advise on the right products for your sites is crucial, but remember, this is only part of the equation.

Suppliers that offer added value – such as training for your employees to ensure they get the best out of their equipment (ideally certified by an acknowledged industry body); plus innovative and technologically advanced updates on servicing across your entire estate – will reap benefits for your business.

First, carefully assess the type of building to be cleaned. So start with a site survey. How many floors are there and of what type? Are there lifts? Are all the doorways wide? What sort of work is carried out? Is the factory floor oily, littered with metal swarf, or sawdust? And is there evidence of trodden-in dirt by the factory door?

The cleaning equipment required and frequency with which the cleaning is carried out will depend on the type of floor, the traffic across the floor, and how much dirt is trodden in. Multipurpose machines can now be used to look after several different floor types.

In summary, factors to consider when choosing cleaning equipment include Speed: A machine that does the job in half the time taken by older equipment makes the cleaning process more efficient, saving time

and money.

Manoeuvrability: Companies are using space more intensively to keep costs down and machines should be easily manoeuvred into tight spaces. There is also the occupational health issue and safely in relation to lifting machinery across several floors.

Energy efficiency: The latest environmentally friendly cleaning systems are cost effective and minimise the economic impact of health problems. Reviewing energy consumption and waste recycling can also reduce costs. Regulation is increasingly being introduced to set targets.

Use of consumables: Check the cost of pads etc, and what maintenance machines require before you order.
Safety: Both for operators and people who may be in the premises while they are being cleaned. Consider cordless batter y-powered machines with no trailing wires or scrubber dryers that leave the floor dry quickly to avoid people slipping and falling.

Quietness: This is a concern, particularly if machines are used for daytime cleaning, or if the company is working into the evening.

Reliability: Check guarantee terms. A machine out of action for even one day could impact on your business.
Training: Ask suppliers what training is offered with each machine and any training of future employees.

This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at