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Cleaning Food Factories

Modern factories are essential in the UK to process food. These factories must be kept exceptionally clean.

Why Food Factory Cleaning is Essential

It goes without saying, the food we eat is vital to our survival. The UK relies on factories to produce our food safely and efficiently and it is impossible to underestimate the importance of keeping food factories clean and sanitised. By keeping your factory clean, you can improve productivity and reduce environmental impact. Unclean factories can lead to contamination, illness and ultimately poisoning – so it is important that food factories employ a professional cleaning company.

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Food Factory Cleaning

The food manufacturing process is one of the most difficult and delicate in the world. It requires careful handling and the precise processing of ingredients to create safe, high-quality products. As a result, food factories can be incredibly dirty and messy.

Factory cleaning services will help you to clean all areas of the factory, including:

Factory Equipment

Tips for keeping food factory equipment clean and up to UK food industry standards:

  1. Always clean your equipment after each use with a proper cleaning agent. Use a degreaser to remove any dirt, grease or oil until it shines. Be sure to protect all surfaces when using harsh chemicals or scrubbing tools.
  2. Keep the floors and walls clean and free of debris buildup by sweeping every day and mopping during peak production times.
  3. regularly scheduled professional factory cleaning can help keep your food manufacturing process running smoothly – without the hassle!

How Wet Cleaning is Done Food Production Plants :

Wet cleaning is the process of using water, detergents and other chemicals to clean dirty surfaces. It’s one of the most common ways that food factories keep their equipment and floors clean. Wet cleaning is used when dirty surfaces cannot be cleaned with dry methods such as vacuuming or sweeping.

Food factory cleaning check

Industrial Ovens and Bakeries

Industrial ovens and bakeries play an important role in the manufacturing process. They are used to cook food items, such as bread or pizzas, at high temperatures.

For effective oven cleaning use a designated cleaning area that is isolated from other parts of the oven. Use a strong industrial-strength cleaner with water and detergent to remove all debris and stains. Make sure to wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask when cleaning industrial ovens. Allow the surface to dry completely before using it again.

Factory & Floor Cleaning Tips

When it comes to factory floor cleaning, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First and foremost, always use caution when working with chemicals and other potentially harmful materials. Make sure that all surfaces are properly cleaned before moving on to another area of the factory. Assemble a team consisting of supervisors, janitorial staff, employees responsible for specific areas of the facility and trained cleaning personnel. Work as a team to clean the entire factory in an efficient and effective manner.

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ISO Accredited Cleaning Service Provider for Food Factories

A professional cleaning service is perfect for keeping your food factory in top condition. A team of experienced professionals will take care of everything from deep cleaning to monthly equipment and floor maintenance, ensuring that your facility runs smoothly – every time!

ISO Accreditation is an effective way to ensure cleaning companies meet high standards and deliver the best service that is required for food factories.

Why Commercial Sanitising Services are Important Now More Than Ever

Commercial sanitising services play an important role in food factories. Not only do they help to keep the workspace clean and sterile, but they can also prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. Here are some key benefits of using a commercial sanitising service:

  1. Services provide thorough cleaning without affecting taste or smell.
  2. Services are effective at removing even difficult soils and residues.
  3. They eliminate 99% of all germs.
food production line in a factory

Machine Cleaning and Degreasing

It is vital to keep your machines clean and free of build-up to ensure efficient operation. Use degreasing agents and brushes to remove grease, oil and other contaminants from the surfaces of your machinery. Regular machine cleaning can also help extend the life of your equipment.

Industrial Waste Collection

Keep industrial areas clean and free of rubbish by arranging for waste collection. By recycling materials, you can help reduce the amount of harmful waste created in factories.

Plant Room Cleaning

Firstly an assessment of the plant room area to be cleaned is undertaken. This will include recommendations for future maintenance needs. Keep the environment in your plant room clean and free of chemical residues. Use high-pressure water to clean all surfaces, removing any dirt, dust or oil residue.

Industrial Cleaning Equipment

Effective food factory cleaning relies on using industrial cleaning equipment. We’ve previously written about industrial cleaning equipment and should be considered part of your factory cleaning set-up. Equipment can include pressure washers, steam cleaners and scrubbers.

Shot Blast Cleaning and High-Pressure Cleaning – Pressure Washers

Shot blast cleaning is a powerful method used to clean areas that are difficult to reach or contain hazardous materials. By using high-pressure water and specialised cleaners, all surfaces can be cleaned quickly and safely.

High-pressure cleaning is a highly effective method used to clean dirty, greasy or oily surfaces. High-pressure and specialised cleaners quickly remove all dirt, grease and grime leaving your facility looking restored and new.

Dry ice equipment cleaning

Dry ice is a highly effective tool in the cleaning industry. It is used to clean and sanitize surfaces by freezing them. Follow these tips for effective dry ice equipment cleaning:

Select the appropriate cleaner and applicator for each surface. Use caution when handling cold substances, as they can be dangerous if not used correctly. Work quickly and carefully to avoid damaging the equipment or objects being cleaned. Allow the surface to dry completely before using it again.

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Food Factory Pest Control and Cleaning Process

When undertaking pest control in a food factory the full process should follow these three steps:

  1. Pre-cleaning – This service ensures that all areas of the food factory are free of debris and dust prior to pest control methods being implemented.
  2. Pest Control – Using traps, sprays and other effective methods to eradicate any pests present in the facility.
  3. Post-cleaning – Once the pests have been eliminated, a thorough cleaning will take care of cleaning up any messes made during our pest control activities

Pest Control Issues in Food Factories And How To Solve Them

Pests can be a big issue in food factories. From rats to cockroaches, pests can cause serious damage if not eradicated quickly. Here are some tips for dealing with pest issues in your facility:

  1. Educate employees about the dangers of pests and how to avoid bringing them into the workplace.
  2. Keep all areas of the factory clean and free of clutter. This will make it difficult for pests to find food or shelter.
  3. Use effective pest control methods, such as traps and spraying chemicals, when necessary .

Pest Control Myths

The most common Pest Control myths food manufacturers believe:

  1. Pesticides are unnecessary and dangerous.
  2. Outdoor bugs can come into the factory through the air.
  3. There is no need to clean up after pests – they will eventually move on by themselves.
Food Factory Cleaning

Are your products harmful to humans or the environment?

Before using any cleaning products or equipment, always read the instructions and safety warnings. Some of these products may be harmful if ingested or inhaled, so make sure to use them in a safe and appropriate manner. Furthermore, all of your work must comply with environmental regulations. For example, if you’re working in an area that contains sulfuric acid, then you need a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

All technicians should wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when working with harsh chemicals and solvents. This includes protective clothing, eye protection, and gloves. In some cases, additional equipment may be required, such as a face shield or chemical-resistant boots.

A full glossary of cleaning terms can be found in RFM Group’s Industry Terms in Cleaning Glossary.

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