Tips for Maintaining a Clean and Safe Warehouse Environment

Best Practices: The Importance of Warehouse Cleaning

If you find that staying on top of cleaning your warehouse is getting a bit much, we’re here to help.

If you clean your warehouse yourself and everyone shares cleaning duties, when things get busy, this can be the first thing to slip. So how do you keep a clean warehouse?

The most important advice we can share with you is to have a schedule and stick to it! If you regularly clean and maintain your warehouse it’s much more manageable. If you don’t feel this is something you’re able to maintain, why not hire a professional cleaning company?

Worker cleaning their warehouse section.

Reasons You Need to Regularly Clean a Warehouse

There are many reasons you should regularly clean your warehouse. Most of which you will already know, but there are some very important reasons to consider such as the safety and the well-being of your employees and visitors.

Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, it states:

Cleanliness and waste materials

9.—(1) Every workplace and the furniture, furnishings and fittings therein shall be kept sufficiently clean.

(2) The surfaces of the floors, walls and ceilings of all workplaces inside buildings shall be capable of being kept sufficiently clean.

(3) So far as is reasonably practicable, waste materials shall not be allowed to accumulate in a workplace except in suitable receptacles.
To ensure you are compliant with Health and Safety rules, the above guidance should be followed. 

Common misconceptions about commercial cleaning 

Top Tips for Maintaining a Clean Warehouse Environment

Looking for ways to keep on top of cleaning your warehouse? Here are our top tips:

  1. Create a schedule

    Come up with a routine and assign roles. Have contingencies for things like staff sickness, holidays and business periods to make sure there’s always cover for specific duties (especially the most important ones).

    Chat with staff about roles and responsibilities, ask them who is best suited for certain duties and get their thoughts on whether it’s something they have capacity for.

    List the daily, weekly and monthly tasks and create schedules (online or printed) to keep track of when cleaning tasks were completed.

  2. Use the right products and keep them stocked up

    You might think that using the products you do for domestic settings will work just as well, but for many jobs, they don’t offer the same performance. It’s important to use the right cleaning products for the task. It’s also vital to use the right product in the right areas. For example, using the right products for kitchen and bathroom areas.

  3. Create a plan that can be done as part of everyone’s daily schedule

    Try to think of ways cleaning can be incorporated into an employee’s duties (as long as they don’t mind and are compensated for anything outside of their usual role). There will be things such as picking up after themselves and cleaning in their specific areas, but beyond that, there need to be agreements in place for cleaning tasks and who is responsible for completing them.

  4. Stay on top of things

    Declutter regularly, keep things organised and within the areas they are supposed to be. Make sure processes are up to date and that everyone knows what to do. Make sure you have proper waste management systems in place so that things don’t overflow or start impacting people’s workspaces.

If you’re looking for guidance on what to clean and when. We’ve put together a warehouse cleaning checklist. You can find that here.

Following these tips and our cleaning schedule should make it easier for you to maintain a clean and safe warehouse environment.

The ultimate warehouse cleaning checklist

Hiring a Commercial Cleaner for Warehouse Cleaning

If you’re still unsure about warehouse cleaning and whether it’s something you and your team can manage, why not give us a call?

We have over a decade of experience as commercial cleaners and regularly clean several warehouses. 

Find out why we’re the best commercial cleaning company in South Wales 

We offer our commercial cleaning services throughout South West Wales, including:

  • Swansea
  • Bridgend
  • Neath
  • Port Talbot
  • Carmarthen
  • Llanelli 
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Pembrokeshire

Get in touch for more information! We’d be happy to discuss your requirements and create a bespoke cleaning plan for your warehouse, industrial unit or factory.