Factory Cleaning – How To Safely Clean Factories

Factory managers are faced with many decisions, from production targets through Health and Safety compliance to keeping the factory clean. The latter can seem a low priority and a mundane item, however, it can impact on all aspects of your business. Calling in trustworthy factory cleaning experts to carry out professional cleaning such as APT will save you time, money and stress.

How to clean factories

Industrial plant and equipment will inevitably become oily and greasy, trapping airborne particles which, over time to coat your high value assets in grime. Even though the most important parts of the mechanism are sealed and protected, there is no guarantee that this grime won’t be transferred accidentally to places it should not be where potentially it can cause a breakdown.

Safely Cleaning Your Factory

Some companies believe that they can save on money by using their own maintenance crew for specialised cleaning jobs – give them a pressure washer and a couple of 25 litre containers of industrial degreaser and send them out to clean floors, walls, roof, plant and machinery. This is false economy because a pressure washer can cause a lot of damage when used inappropriately. There are much less damaging yet more effective cleaning methods available including soda blasting, dry ice blasting and our own specially designed ‘Hot Box’ steam cleaning system – all of which require high levels of training to get the best out of them.

How to clean factory machinery

Then there are the small matters of high level access and H&S. You will need cherry pickers, scissor lifts and other specialised equipment to allow safe access at height. For those jobs that are too high to be reached using hoisting machinery, a rope access team will be required.

Don’t Forget The Floors!

Dirt and grime can enter your factory via many routes for example being trodden in on workers’ shoes, dropping off palettes or stillages that have been stored outside for weeks or months, blowing in through doors and so on. This can pose a significant danger to your workforce, especially when it is wet. This can lead to employees slipping and perhaps being injured, necessitating time off work and even leading to a claim against the company. Regular maintenance cleaning of the factory floor by factory cleaning specialists could prevent this, saving the company thousands in the long term.

Food Factory Cleaning

Hygiene in a food processing or manufacturing facility is a critical factor. If you get it wrong, you could be faced with heavy fines and a lengthy shut down. Not only is there dirt from outside your food factory to consider, there are also food residues (uncooked and cooked), blood, oils, fats, bacteria and viruses that have to be dealt with.

Just making sure that you use the right products is a headache, but you need to use the right techniques and equipment to clean your floors, walls, conveyors, work surfaces, ovens and other machinery. Juggling this with the day to day running of the factory is stressful and time consuming.

Astute managers will call in a professional food factory cleaning company. Why? Because they have the right equipment, the appropriate cleaning products and trained personnel to carry out the cleaning quickly and efficiently. Using your own maintenance team can be difficult as they will generally need micro-managing to ensure that cleaning is very thorough. A professional cleaning company like ourselves, however, will simply come in at a time that is the least disruptive to your daily routine and simply get on with what is needed.

Case Study

The Challenge

A recent internal pre-audit identified several key areas in need of attention these included high level commercial cleaning, deep cleaning, stain removal and cleaning of heavily soiled areas left dirty by the recent equipment installations.

APT’s Solution

APT met with the client to understand their remit for the works we then carried out a full survey of the production areas and recommended the most cost effective options to cover all the commercial deep cleaning of equipment, the high level cleaning and deep cleaning of the heavily soiled production machinery.

After agreeing a health and safety plan and suitable work schedule to minimise disruption to production we used our own commercial cleaning equipment, hiring in some specialist lift access platforms.

We used APT UltraMax 2020 (Powermax 2020) which is a food safe, heavy duty degreaser product to clean, degrease and sanitise all the surfaces including cold room wall panels, non-slip safety flooring, ceiling panels, all steel work, extractor and pipe work. We also used 2020 degreaser to disperse and remove the staining from wall and floor panels in the production areas. We descaled the lime scale staining from the stainless steel panels with APT Phos Clean, our industrial food plant descaler.


APT carried out the deep cleaning to the factory to a high standard and within the timescale set by the client.

After liaising with the client’s plant managers several proposals were made for future ongoing maintenance cleaning. One was the use of Ultraclean MB food safe cleaner and sanitiser as a single source cleaner to replace several other cleaning products previously used. The client now continues to use APT Ultraclean MB degreaser and cleaner for all cleaning.

What Our Client Said:

Our Audit was great, we achieved a Grade A. We are definitely going to purchase the Ultraclean MB going forward, we just need to start with the verification and change of procedures.

APT – Your Trusted Cleaning Partner

APT have over 30 years experience of factory cleaning projects on both large and small scale throughout the UK.  We are Safe Contractor and Constructionline accredited and our fully trained staff are CSCS card holders with IPAF, IRATA and PASMA certification.

We are here to help and advise on any factory or other industrial building cleaning projects and that’s why many of our clients rely on us to help at the early planning stage of their cleaning projects including historic buildings and monuments, commercial, retail outlets and industrial buildings.

Call us on 0800 0723 773 or 01495 308048