Industrial Warehouse Cleaning: Blow the Dust Off Your Maintenance Strategy
Friday, November 02, 2018
What grabs your attention as a property owner or manager?
Chipped, peeling paint? A scarred, tired, borderline dangerous floor? Or how about old safety lines that are faded and battered to oblivion?
All good things to take note of!
Unfortunately, we see again and again that another problem is often overlooked, mostly because it frankly doesn’t seem like a big deal.
Why Is Dust a Hazard in Your Warehouse?
Simply put, it’s a big threat because it’s so unassuming. It accumulates slowly, and often in places where you don’t really think to look for it. Warehouse ceilings in particular rapidly gather dust and debris, and it often remains out of sight and out of mind until it begins raining down on your equipment, machinery, or commodities.
This can cause health issues for both your team and eventual consumers of your product, putting you at odds with health regulations and safety standards.
It also can pose a threat for your equipment, creating the need for immediate cleaning or even repair for more sensitive instruments or machinery.
Taking the threat a step further, many environments (possibly yours!) also face the threat of combustible dust. These fine, airborne particles are created in numerous manufacturing environments, and can explode when they come in contact with air.
The most at-risk facilities include:
- Food processing/production
- Grain elevators
- Metal fabricators & processors
- Coal-fired power plants
- Chemical manufacturers
- Woodworking facilities
- Recycling facilities
Combustible dust HAS to be collected and removed with specialized equipment, otherwise you’re exacerbating the risk by stirring it up into the atmosphere. Here at K Clean USA, we use explosion-proof (or spark-proof) vacuums specifically designed for the purpose, safely and efficiently containing and removing the risk.
Where Can Dangerous Dust Collect In Your Warehouse Facility?
It spreads beyond the obvious surfaces. We check for dust in the following spaces as part of our industrial cleaning plans:
- Ventilation systems
- False ceilings
- Conveyor equipment
- Support beams
- Ceiling deck
- ...and more!
It all comes down to having a familiarity with your industry and its associated, common risks. Our experienced team knows both well!
Don’t Let Dust Slow You Down: Add Routine Cleaning To Your Maintenance Strategy
We can’t recommend a routine, ongoing cleaning plan strongly enough. It’s the best way to protect your property, your operations, and, most importantly, your team.
Our trained professionals here at Painters USA and K Clean USA know how to serve you, and how to meet your unique, diverse needs. Contact us today to begin your customized maintenance and cleaning strategy.