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Your Post-Winter Warehouse Cleanout Checklist

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No warehouse is immune from the dust, dirt and grime. It is always a good idea to clean out your warehouse with each passing season, which will ensure that your workplace is safe, prevent accidents, increase morale by providing workers with a comfortable workplace, and allow your operation to function much more efficiently. Following this simple checklist will make cleaning out your warehouse much easier, ensuring that you don’t miss anything.

Warehouse Cleanout Checklist

  1. Check for Hazards Both Inside and Out.
    Scan the inside and outside of the warehouse for possible hazards, such as items being stacked too high or that a fallen tree has not obstructed a pathway. Tackling these safety issues should always be the first priority.
  2. Remove All Unnecessary Items.
    Before you even begin cleaning, remove all unnecessary items, like old pallets. This will not only streamline your cleaning process, but it will also contribute to a safer working environment because there will be no unexpected items scattered across the warehouse that serve as a hazard for workers to possibly trip over. This is particularly important in the entryway/exit of the warehouse, which is where employees would escape in the case of an emergency.
  3. Clean All Stains.

    To ensure that your warehouse is clean, spend some time tackling each individual stains from oil, lube or other spills. A heavy-duty cleaning product will be required, making the task much easier as well.

  4. Deep Clean.
    To ensure that your warehouse is as clean as possible, ensure that you invest some time deep cleaning, like pulling materials away from the walls to remove excess dust, sweeping and mopping the floors, and cleaning toilets. This will improve the air quality, making your warehouse a much more safe and pleasant working environment. Ensure that you don’t miss those hard-to-reach areas.
  5. Take Note of Dirty/Unorganized Areas.
    During the cleaning process, take note of which areas have gotten particularly dirty or unorganized. You can use this information as a means to put these areas into monthly or weekly schedule, which will allow you to spend less time deep cleaning each season.
  6. Remove Clutter by Consolidating Items.
    After everything has been cleaned, it is a good idea to consolidate items wherever possible. For example, ensure that you do not have half-filled containers. Not only will this create a less cluttered working environment, but it will make your warehouse much more efficient as all items have a proper place for them to go. Ensure that your items are also stacked vertically, which will maximize space.

When it comes to your warehouse, ensure that you’re keeping the environment uncluttered not only to maximize your space, but to ensure worker safety. For help in getting rid of any unwanted junk, contact the Junk It! team today.

Written March 8, 2016 by Christopher Luciano

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