Industrial Warehouse Cleaning Best Practices
Updated: Dec 9, 2021
As with many other parts of warehouse maintenance, regular exterior power washing of walkways, loading docks, entryways, fleet washing, and high traffic areas are essential to protect the integrity of the building. Not only does it protect the asset itself, but exterior cleaning of warehouse and industrial buildings also improves aesthetics as to not slow down the ability to lease the space to tenants.
What to look for when hiring a commercial cleaning company for your warehouse cleaning
Finding a reputable company that delivers quality industrial warehouse power washing and cleaning services requires proper vetting.
Here are some basic “Best Practices” to follow:
Find a company that specializes in industrial warehouse power washing or cleaning services
Make sure that the company has experience delivering warehouse/commercial cleaning services
Request for referrals from colleagues or others in the industry
Vet the company to make sure that they are licensed, bonded, and insured
Receive at least 3 quotes to compare prices and consider value propositions, such as other services offered, package pricing, capabilities, streamlined communication, before hiring any commercial cleaning company
Make sure to have a detailed written scope of work reviewed and signed by the commercial cleaning company you're hiring
Questions, questions, questions. Ask them to educate you on aspects you’re not knowledgeable about. The more you know, the better you can be to find the right fit for you.
Below is a list of 10 questions to ask any company before hiring them for commercial cleaning services of your industrial warehouse:
How many years of experience does the business have in this field?
What methods are taken to vet employees and vendors?
Do they offer night, weekend, and emergency services?
Are there extra fees for emergency or after-hours services?
Is their pressure washing equipment suited for hot water, if so, how hot above ambient temperature does it get, how many PSI (pounds per square inch) and GPM (gallons per minute) does it emit?
Do they offer eco-friendly options such as “green” detergents and wastewater recovery?
If so, what is their wastewater recovery process to reclaim water and recycle water?
How do they go about removing the dirt and dust before cleaning?
What kind of equipment do they have? Do they have backup machines?
How long will the project take?
What kind of licenses, insurances, and bonds does the company have?
A reputable and reliable commercial cleaning company should be able to clean your industrial warehouse based on your schedule, before or after business hours, and in an emergency.
Warehouse cleaning shouldn’t compromise production or affect working hours. The company you choose should have the capacity to offer a variety of equipment that can be tailored to effectively clean your property whether it be a factory, warehouse, industrial site, or office building.
Factors that affect pricing
How dirty does the warehouse get?
What is the warehouse used for?
How large is the warehouse?
What is the current condition?
How frequently do you need service?
Do you need sanitizing/deep cleaning service?
Are there any hazardous materials that will need to be removed?
Does the building have an oil-water separating drainage system or does the drain run to the sanitary sewer?
Does wastewater need to be recovered, hauled, and dumped off-site?
Are there “green” initiatives to consider?
Is there a clear path of travel for cleaning or will it be required to break down and set up multiple times during the service?
Are there other services needed that can be consolidated for a package price?
There are many factors to consider when determining how much it will cost to clean a warehouse. It may seem simple at first glance but these services require specialized skills and safety training.
Commercial cleaning companies also need to understand what your specific cleaning goals are. If the warehouse is in use there needs to be a plan put in place, agreed upon by both parties, to effectively clean without damaging or compromising property or inventory.