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The Anatomy of an Organised Cleaning Cupboard

Posted by Matt Besley on 05-10-2017

20171005_151928[1].jpgYou can tell a lot from your cleaning cupboards about the standard of cleaning across your facility.  

An effectively managed cleaning cupboard will have visual controls and be as it is found at the end of every shift.  Easier said than done, right?  Here's 3 simple steps to help you get you on your way there...

1. Wall Charts

Having visual checks to back up your internal training is a great way to ensure your team has the knowledge you need before they head off for their daily clean.  Here's some of the charts we recommend:

COSHH Symbol Chart

A chart with all the new CLP COSHH symbols on for easy reference for your cleaning team.  

Dosing and Colour Code Chart

Making product at the correct dilution is absolutely essential to make sure your cleaning team is being both safe and effective.  The visual guide shows how many dosing pumps to add to every trigger spray or mop bucket.  A good chart will also make it more visual with pictures of the product and also pictures of the areas it should be used in, as well as usage instructions.  Visual guides make it easier for multi-lingural cleaning teams.

Electrical Safety Chart

How often do cleaners take a vacuum which has a damaged plug, or a split flex?  Offer a visual reminder of what they should check before taking out their vacuums.  Our charts also include a reference guide for rotary machine pad colours.

2. A Rationalised Stock Holding

Time after time we see a bloated cleaning cupboard, full of products which do the same task, or are no longer relevant to the current cleaning programme.  It is good practice to stand back and look at what you are currently using.

A Rationalised Washroom Range

Often a site will have different types of toilet paper, hand towels or soap accross the soap.  Question if this is really necessary, or whether you could make things simpler (and also cut costs) by cutting it down to a single system throughout.

A Rationalised Chemical Range

This is an area where things regularly get out of control!  Lilly likes a lemon fragrance, whilst Poppy generally uses Pine...and Betty uses bleach on everything... If this sounds vagually familiar you probably need to stand back and get a grip on the number of products you are using.  Recently we published a checklist for the chemicals you actually need - Download Here - for reducing the number of chemicals you keep.  

 3. Having a Place for Everything

Everyones heard 'a place for everything in its place'.  Here's a couple of ideas to apply to your cleaning cupboard:

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Label the Shelves

Have a place for all of the items you stock in the cleaning cupboard, then label the shelves to mark where everything should sit.  Add the product code of the item for easy re-ordering.  It goes without saying that this step is much easier ot complete after step 2 has been completed.

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Mark the Floor

Not everything sits on a shelf, and it will sit on the floor.  Mark areas on the floor with some floor tape and put a label at the front of the tape to show what should be kept in that area.  It's a handy visual check to make sure everything is returned to its rightful place after you use it.   

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Have a Wall Bracket for Handles

Having a wall bracket to hang your handles on is a great way of getting the smelly mop heads off the floor, but also having the handles in a place where they dont always fall everywhere and get in the way when you need something else. 

It is also much more hygienic than having mop heads sat in a mop bucket (and the smell that goes with that of course)!

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