High level cleaning is becoming a new priority as businesses reinstate maintenance programmes disrupted during their emergency response to Covid-19.
Warehousing and food manufacturing firms are among those calling in soft FM specialist cleaning company SafeGroup to spruce up their premises and carry out internal dust cleaning.
SafeGroup is responding by using advanced vacuumation poles to remove dry dust from walls and roof spaces, accelerating cleaning programmes while maximising safety.
Scott Beaumont, National Business Development Manager at SafeGroup, said: “There has been a noticeable uplift in requests for high level cleaning work in the last month.
“It is a sign that businesses are trying the regularise their maintenance regimes and of the scale of the effort needed to get their business environments back to a high standard.
“Dust in logistics and manufacturing environments, especially for food production, can be highly problematic, as it can contaminate stored stock and production lines, leading to quality issues.
“Dust also contributes to health problems such as asthma and research has shown viruses can be spread on dust particles. So, in the current climate, reducing dust levels in workplaces makes a lot of sense.
“It’s clear companies are preparing their premises for the run-in to Christmas. The last thing they need is complaints about contaminated stock or unhealthy working conditions at this time of year.”
Businesses are also ramping up their external cleaning, including cladding cleaning, after the Covid-19 pandemic, during which high level cleaning contractors were not allowed on site to prevent the spread of the virus.
Beaumont said: “In some cases, company brand values require their buildings to be kept clean. Also, for some structures, the contaminants in airborne grime can cause real damage so have to be removed.
“In these circumstances, it is important to use a high level cleaning specialist with operatives that have the qualifications and experience to work from aerial platforms and to use the correct cleaning systems.”
SafeGroup is increasingly using specialist carbon fibre cleaning poles that allow operatives to remove dust from overhead roof structures, including ducting and pipework, while remaining on the ground.
This approach is less disruptive for the client because it is quick to carry out and does not need large equipment, like aerial platforms and aluminium towers.
It also allows the work to be carried out without the detailed additional planning and supervisory personnel often needed when work is carried out from mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPs) because of the added risks of working at height.
SafeGroup uses similar technology to clean external gutters.
Beaumont said SafeGroup will always visit organisations that need high level cleaning to establish the most effective solution.
He added: “A pre-works cleaning survey will establish the most cost-effective way to complete high level cleaning tasks to the standard needed. This will save time, effort and cost in the long-run.”