The Importance of Warehouse Maintenance

When it comes to warehouse maintenance you want your floors to be clean enough to eat off of. We're talking Michelin Stars could prepare a whole meal on the floor type of clean.

However, a clean warehouse isn't just about complying with federal and state regulations. It's about encouraging a positive atmosphere, ensuring accurate inventory management, increasing efficiency, and causing fewer accidents.

A clean warehouse is a safe warehouse. This is because a dirty, cluttered warehouse can lead to accidents due to debris in the aisles and on the floor. And the property maintenance industry, which is expected to grow by 9 percent every year for the next four years, is here to help.

Why is it so important to keep your warehouse clean and safe? Read on to find out.

How to Practice Good Warehouse Maintenance

Warehouses accumulate all sorts of grit, grime, and dirt from things like wheels of delivery trucks, general spillages, dust accumulation — and more. And this grit and grime and dirt can build up and get into your warehouse machinery causing malfunctions, which will cost you a lot in repairs and delay your turnaround times.

You want to focus on two parts of warehouse maintenance when cleaning your warehouse floor. First, you want to clear out loose debris using a floor sweeper. This will clear out a lot of that grit, grime, and dirt and will give you a cleaner surface to work on.

After you've done that you want to really get into that deep layer of dirt and grime by using a scrubber dryer. A scrubber dryer will do two things.

First, it will give you a deep down clean that will get all of that hard to lift dirt and layer of grime so that your floors are well and truly clean.

Second, it will dry your floor to help prevent slips and trips. This is particularly important because one of the most common causes of accidents in warehouses are due to slipping on wet floors.

The Importance of Good Warehouse Maintenance

A clean warehouse is an efficient and safe warehouse. If you allow bits of debris and trash to accumulate here and there then you and your employees will forget the importance of cleanliness and leave trash lying around. And a loose piece of trash can cause a fall or cause damage to your forklifts.

On top of that, build-ups of things like screws, sawdust, spills, and scuffs look bad. And it can damage the structure of your warehouse.

1. It's an Investment

Investing in keeping your warehouse sparkling clean doesn't just reduce the risk of accidents. It is an investment that can attract new customers.

No one wants to partner with a facility that's dirty and unkempt. It makes potential new customers think that you don't care about your business and that makes them think that you won't care about their business.

Keeping a clean shop is one of the surest ways to win new business and keep your profit margin high.

2. Bring Your Warehouse Back to Life

Cleaning your warehouse can revitalize it and make it come alive again. A dirty warehouse gives off a feeling of neglect — giving a good, deep clean can scrub that feeling away and make your warehouse seem like new again.

3. Cleanliness Is an Expectation

It's pretty simple. Cleanliness is expected — as it should be. You don't want to have your employees working in a dirty, gritty, grimy workplace. It's no good for morale or healthiness.

And it's just plain depressing.

Additionally, you are legally required to keep your warehouse safe - and part of keeping it safe is ensuring a clean working environment.

Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service for Warehouse Maintenace

The world of commercial cleaning has an industry average of 200 percent turnover. Which means that if you have an in-house cleaning and janitorial staff that you spend a lot of your time recruiting and training new employees. This can cost you time, money, and effort that you just can't afford (or don't want) to spend.

1. They Know What They're Doing

A company that provides janitorial services as their product has a team of technically trained employees that know exactly what they're doing. When a company is able to focus on one service they are able to perfect their training and their offering, meaning that you get a team who knows exactly how to clean your shop with the very best results.

Additionally, they'll know how to handle hard-to-tackle problems or surfaces, meaning that you won't have to spend time researching how to solve those problems. Why? Because you'll have a team who already knows the answer.

2. It's a One-Stop Shop

A commercial cleaning or janitorial company is going to be a one-stop shop for all of your cleaning needs. They're going to be able to handle everything that pops up because they'll have the equipment and expertise to do so.

With an in-house team, you're usually just paying for janitorial services. This means that if you need something like landscaping services or plumbing services you're going to have to find someone else to do the job.

With a commercial cleaning service, this can be avoided because they usually have teams in their business who can handle all of those problems.

3. It Saves You Money

Simply, it costs less to use an outsourced cleaning team than an in-house one. This is often due to costs you won't think of, such as maintaining equipment that your in-house team will need to do the job.

With an outsourced team, they manage their own equipment costs and it doesn't get passed onto you.

Final Thoughts

Proper warehouse maintenance helps your warehouse run like a well-oiled machine. Without it, you run the risk of delays and accidents that can seriously impact your warehouse's efficiency and success.

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