January Cleaning Tip:
By Mike Schaffer - President, Tornado Industries
Keeping Industrial Facilities Looking Their Best
The look of a factory or industrial setting can have a big impact on workers, as well as the work they produce. A clean, well-organized plant says “quality” to both workers and visitors and often translates into greater care for and attention to the products being manufactured. Here are five tips to help keep industrial facilities looking their best:
- Have a plan. Maintenance works best when the duties, frequency of tasks, and other services necessary to maintain the facility have been outlined and written down. Everyone involved in cleaning and maintenance should be aware of and be a part of the plan.
- Have a set cleaning and maintenance procedure. The plan should also outline exactly how the facility is to be maintained. For instance, it should spell out what kind of equipment is to be used, when floors and work stations are to be cleaned, and what chemicals and products should be used.
- Establish expectations. The facility manager should determine how much will be invested in maintenance. In other words, what is a particular appearance level worth? This will help determine the equipment, labor, and amount of time necessary to maintain the facility.
- Keep entrance areas clean. Regular maintenance, including placing mats at entries, vacuuming them regularly, and maintaining the outside entries by removing soils and debris on sidewalks and in parking lots, helps keep industrial floors clean, as well as setting the tone for the rest of the facility.. In addition, all building lobbies and entries should be dust mopped, mopped, and cleaned daily.
- Invest in high-efficiency equipment. More advanced cleaning equipment, such as scrubbers, air jumbo vacuums, burnishers, rotary and cylindrical machines, and pressure washers, can significantly reduce the time needed to care for a facility. In many situations, the cost savings on labor will pay for the machines in just a few months.