Let's get this cleaning supplies storeroom planned and set up for your facility. Here's do things you cannot do without.
1. Cleaning supplies and equipment
This includes items such as mops, buckets, bottles, brooms, dustpans, vacuum cleaners, trolleys and window squeegees. You'll need cloths and wipes for wiping down surfaces and cleaning up spills too. These tools are necessary for various cleaning tasks in the facility.
2. Cleaning chemicals
Different surfaces require different cleaning agents, and it is important to have a variety of chemicals on hand. These will include disinfectants, degreasers, glass cleaners, disinfectant wipes and floor cleaners. If you need to dilute cleaning chemical concentrates either manually or with an automatic cleaning chemical mixing station, you will need access to a water supply.
Always have a bio-hazard absorbent treatment like Suck It Up for vomit, urine, blood, faeces and liquid spills.
3. Safety and personal protective equipment (PPE)
Cleaners need to protect themselves from exposure to chemicals and other hazardous materials. PPE items include gloves, goggles, respirators, and aprons. Safety data sheets of all cleaning solutions should be accessible in the cleaner's room and safety wall charts are a good idea to remind staff of safety, procedures and policies.
Disposable nitrile gloves are best for general cleaning.
4. First-aid kit
Accidents can happen, so it's important to have a well-stocked first-aid kit on hand.
Having a quick reference first aid wall chart in your cleaner's room is a good idea.
5. Rubbish bins and bags
Cleaners need to dispose of waste and debris, so it's important to have plenty of rubbish bins and bags available.
6. Hand soap and paper towels
7. Storage, shelving space and suitable lighting
A facility cleaner's room needs ample storage space for cleaning supplies and equipment. Shelves, cabinets, and storage bins can help keep everything organised and easy to find. To ensure safety and avoid accidents, the cleaning supplies storeroom should also have good lighting.
8. A sink or utility tub
Cleaners need a place to rinse off their tools and dispose of dirty water.
9. Washing and drying of cloths and mop refills
Your staff will need to hand wash or machine wash used cloths and microfibre mop refills. They will also need a place for these items to air dry.
10. A sign-out sheet
If multiple people use the cleaner's room, a sign-out sheet can help keep track of who is using what equipment and when it is returned.
11. Ventilation and temperature
Last but certainly not least, a good facility cleaning supplies storeroom should be well ventilated and kept at a cool temperature due to the cleaning products that are stored there. A hot storeroom without ventilation can be very uncomfortable and unhealthy to enter let alone work in for a period of time.
There you have it, our top 11 tips for setting up (or improving) your facility's cleaning supplies storeroom. Your cleaners will love for it when you provide them a great place to work from. All the best and as always, if you need some help just get in touch.
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