Innovative Industrial Plant Cleaning Equipment from Unger
Cleaning is Beyond a Simple Housekeeping Task
Not only does a clean manufacturing facility have an impact on productivity, safety and product quality, but it’s essential to align with lean manufacturing principles, making industrial plant cleaning much more than a simple housekeeping task. And given the fact these facilities are typically large and incorporate a variety of different spaces – production floors, warehouses, restrooms, loading docks, breakrooms, etc. – plant and facility managers need to focus on solutions that execute manufacturing plant cleaning faster, safer and more efficiently.
With a clean environment, manufacturing facilities can also make a positive impression on building visitors, giving a visual indication that the business values the health and safety of its employees and the details that support producing the highest quality products.
Plant Floors and Loading Docks
When it comes to facility floors, safety comes first. Any liquid or debris - dust, grease, oil, hazardous byproducts, metal shavings, wood scraps, plastic scraps, paper, cardboard - can lead to slip and fall injuries. In 2018, manufacturing facilities saw 118,580 workplace injuries, and warehousing and storage facilities added 22,330 more. To help reduce these injuries, manufacturing facilities should prioritize factory floor cleaning, starting with the commercial floor cleaning equipment they source.
To help with daily debris removal and the sweeping and mopping of facility floors, Unger offers a variety of floor care equipment, starting with litter and debris removal tools. These litter removal tools and accessories are designed for safety and efficiency, minimizing strain and injury. For heavier duty jobs, the Aquadozer floor squeegees are designed to remove large amounts of liquid and debris from any hard floor surface.
For mops and floor mopping systems, the Unger OmniClean floor care kit features dual bucket technology to separate clean and dirty water, ensuring the charge bucket always stays clean. OmniClean floor care kits remove more than 90% of the dirt and grime from the production floor.
Machinery and Production Surfaces
Without proper care, machinery can rust, corrode, or not perform optimally, preventing facilities from achieving productivity objectives, and they can harbor contaminants that can impact product quality. Depending on the industry, products can become contaminated, dirt and smudging can diminish the product appeal, or in the case of technology, product output could be defective.
One of the key aspects of machine cleaning is wiping down the surfaces and drying any areas collecting moisture. Microfiber cloths are made from fibers 30 times finer than cotton which allows the microfiber to better trap soil and absorb moisture than if using a cotton cleaning cloth.
Break Rooms and Kitchens
Off the manufacturing floor, the cleanliness of kitchens and employee breakrooms are important to promoting a healthy, hygienic manufacturing environment. Uncleaned food-preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses and result in missed work and/or reduced productivity. Productivity losses because of employee health problems cost employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recommends performing routine environmental cleaning during virus outbreaks which includes cleaning high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops and handles. Unger has an assortment of Microfiber cleaning cloths to remove harmful microbes from your surfaces.
Vents, Windows and High Access Cleaning
Improperly cleaned and poorly ventilated plants can harbor allergens that are ideal for bacteria to flourish, which in a worst case scenario, may contribute to what is known as sick-building syndrome. More commonly, a facility where dust covers the vents and surfaces can cause employees to cough, sneeze and have itchy eyes and skin. To help keep allergens out of the workers’ environment, industrial plant cleaning should include protocols for removing allergens, specifically dust and residue from vents, windows and high access areas.
Unger offers a variety of telescopic extension poles and accessories, such as dusters and cleaning brushes, to help remove allergens from hard to reach areas while allowing the cleaning staff to remain safely on the ground. For indoor window cleaning, the battery-operated Unger Stingray window cleaning kit provides a variety of surface cleaning options, while the multiple lightweight extending poles enable you to clean any height without the use of ladders.
Preventing the transmission of germs and viruses is particularly important for high volume, public areas such as restrooms within your manufacturing facility. For restroom cleaning, Unger recommends utilizing microfiber technology which had proven to remove up to 96% of surface bacteria (70% better than cotton string mops according to the EPA). Combined with color-coded cleaning products that reduce cross-contamination and a dual bucket mopping system that prevents contaminated water from entering the cleaning process, you can effectively clean restroom floors and fixtures to lesson the transmission of potentially infectious diseases to employees.
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The Unger Difference
Unger goes beyond the obvious, innovating to bring your campus the cutting edge in commercial cleaning solutions. Whether it’s our avid insistence on avoiding contamination with our color-coded systems, or our award-winning window cleaning equipment, Unger brings you a swift, safe and green way of cleaning.