In industrial facilities, deep cleaning is an essential component of preventative maintenance, not just for processing equipment but also for the plant as a whole. Deep cleaning removes dirt, grime, and pathogens that pose risks to worker safety and product integrity.

Keeping your facility clean also extends the life of floors, walls, and processing equipment. While the specifics vary depending on the industry and the types of hazards present, all industrial deep cleaning processes involve a thorough cleaning of every surface — including areas behind and underneath equipment, as well as elevated surfaces where dust may collect.

Essential tools for deep cleaning industrial facilities:

• An industrial vacuum certified for the location (e.g., if combustible dust is present, the vacuum should be certified for Class II, Division 2 classified (hazardous) locations)
• A floor scrubber or combination sweeper-scrubber
• A high pressure washer

10 best practices for deep cleaning industrial facilities

  1. Vacuum all elevated surfaces. Use tools and accessories to vacuum hard-to-reach surfaces where hazardous dusts can collect, such as overhead pipes, shelves, and ductwork.

  2. High pressure wash vehicles, walls, and equipment as appropriate. Follow the manufacturers’ recommendations for temperature and pressure settings.

  3. Scrub using an anti-bacterial detergent with neutral pH. Use an EPA-registered detergent approved for use in floor scrubbers. Be sure to allow for sufficient dwell time.

  4. Use a scrubber with a chemical portioning system. This system adjusts the amount of chemical to meet the demands of the job and saves cleaning staff from having to pre-mix the solution.

  5. Inspect the squeegees and side skirts regularly. The condition of these components determines how effectively the scrubber picks up contaminated water.

  6. Keep the scrubber clean and dry. All parts of the scrubber, including brushes and pads, should be thoroughly washed, rinsed, and allowed to dry after use.

  7. Leave the recovery tank lid open after use. This will allow the scrubber to dry and eliminate odor-causing bacteria.

  8. Double scrub as required. Double scrub in areas with stubborn soils.

  9. Use personal protective equipment (PPE). When working in areas where germs may be present, cleaning staff should follow national, state, and local guidelines for PPE.

  10. Maintain all cleaning equipment. Follow manufacturers’ recommended timelines for replacing filters, pads, etc

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