Commercial and industrial facilities of all kinds have distinct and important maintenance needs. Whether those needs are directly related to safety, air quality, or even the ability to do the work involved itself.
Our 20+ years of experience has spanned all of these industries, and we’ve made it a point to invest in continuous training and education to remain current with industry best practices.
Commercial cleaning is a large and competitive space, but not all cleaning companies are equipped for non-office type facilities. That type of cleaning and maintenance takes on several new layers of complexity.
Shipping, Distribution, and Chemical Plant Cleaning
Adhering to OSHA guidelines and maintaining safety standards is the greatest priority for a smooth-running industrial plant even in the most typical of times. Right now, having a cleaning team that is familiar with CDC regulations on combating coronavirus is even more important.
From food processing to paper production, there’s always machinery, moving parts, and generally numbers of workers moving about the facility throughout the day. Ideally the cleaning service a plant manager chooses will address:
- Scheduled deep cleaning
- Emergency cleaning (one-off) for spills and other accidents
- Regular mopping, scrubbing, waxing, and vent cleaning
- Pressure washing
For homes and commercial offices, people generally only think of pressure washing as an occasional task to address a dirty appearance on outside walls. In industrial and manufacturing settings pressure washing is often a regular task to keep equipment clean between batches of work.
Regularly rinsing surfaces not only removes slip hazards, but depending on the type of work being done in the facility can also remove chemicals, residue, and other build up that can be detrimental to staff over time.
Keeping areas near air ventilation clear is important for proper air flow and to ensure fumes are pulled properly away from work areas.
Research Parks & Biotechnology Facilities
Researchers everywhere are scrambling to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Then, when a vaccine is ready for market, the pressures will only increase to create the highest quality immunizations as quickly as possible.
At least three COVID-19 vaccines have entered efficacy trials, and some manufacturers have pledged to try to get doses out as early as October. With such high stakes and ever-increasing pressure, researchers and biotech companies need all the help they can get.
Even with the increased cleanliness regulations brought about by COVID-19, inexperienced cleaners can maintain a standard office space. However, when you start getting into public health, HIPAA requirements, and guidelines for health inspections, it really pays to have someone familiar with what’s involved doing the cleaning.
Cleaning professionals must provide the highest level of surface disinfection for research parks and biotechnology facilities. At CST, we understand how important disinfection is for research parks and biotechnology facilities. Biological waste must be properly disposed of in order to meet regulations and protect the researchers.
Cleaners must also work late in the evening or at other specified times that are appropriate for the researchers’ schedules to minimize any disruption of research. We make sure that the floors are disinfected to prevent pathogens from being kicked up into the air as people walk around. Our team also cleans areas that are often overlooked, such as the cleaning entrance glass.
Biotechnology facilities and research parks house projects that are cutting edge and confidential. Our employees are all certified to work in customers’ locations through an extensive background check and training, and we comply with all regulations provided by the CDC, OSHA, CMS, and HIPAA. We are committed to protecting the health and research integrity of all the facilities we work with.
Tradeshow Warehouse Cleaning
The pressure on warehouse facilities to ensure employee safety during the coronavirus pandemic is intense. Warehouse workers want to feel safe coming to work, and warehouse managers want to avoid making the news at all costs.
With the continued impact of COVID-19, large trade shows are moving to a virtual format or shifting all planning to a new date far in the future. Therefore warehouses are packed full of unused tradeshow, expo, and exhibition supplies — and those supplies may not be in use for quite some time.
Tents, poles, lighting equipment, AV equipment, floor coverings, banners, tables… the list goes on and on. All the equipment required to run an expo takes up a lot of space, especially when it is not out on rotation.
The perpetual storage of these materials can make regular cleaning an exhausting and daunting task. After all, unused stock that sits in cartons or on racks becomes a magnet for dust.
Warehouse managers may also have reduced staffing due to the decrease in use of the materials stored there. This reduces foot traffic, but it can also mean that cleanliness and organization issues build up over time because they are not noticed as regularly.
Warehouse managers are constantly monitoring the forklifts, conveyors, and dock doors to make sure that everything is running smoothly. However, managers may not pay close attention to the state of the warehouse floors, which are notoriously difficult to keep clean.
Spills, tires, dirt, and grime quickly turn a warehouse floor into a safety hazard. Considering that OSHA reported 12% of the major injuries in warehouses in 2013 were caused by slips and falls, it is certainly important to maintain clean and safe floors.
It has been proven that cleaner warehouse facilities are more productive, safer, and tend to stay more organized. So what is required to have a safe and clean warehouse?
Cleaning a tradeshow warehouse involves vacuuming carpeted floors, sweeping warehouse floors and hallways, dusting window sills and other surfaces where dust collects, emptying trash, and scrubbing hard surfaces. Commercial cleaning companies like CST understand how to execute a cleaning routine that encompasses all of these pieces effectively and efficiently.
Tradeshow warehouse facility managers can decrease costs by working with a commercial cleaning company like CST, who can also absorb liability and insurance costs for the cleaning.