Large industrial containers help keep your warehouse and factory organized, but there's one issue with most of these containers that people often don't think about: keeping them clean. Most of these containers have a myriad of ridges and depressions that catch dust easily, making the containers look rather worn no matter how new or old they are. While a little dust in a warehouse situation might seem like the least of your worries, it can build and contribute to allergies and a general sense of dissatisfaction from people who have to handle the dirty containers all the time. Plus, if you transport items to another company in those containers, the dust can make your company look bad. Here are a few ways to control all that dust.
Use Electrostatic Cloths When Possible
If the items stored inside the containers do not need special protection from static, get those household electrostatic cloths and periodically wick dust out of each depression, ridge, and section on a container. The cloths make this very quick work. Dust the rest of the container, too; start from the top and work your way down around all sides.
Dust Control in the Rest of the Warehouse
Enact dust control protocols in the warehouse as a whole. Janitorial teams need to dust surfaces; if there's equipment that you don't want the team to touch, have the workers who regularly use the equipment do the dusting. Sweep the floor nightly. By doing this, you're reducing the dust in the space that could settle on the containers.
Keep Doors and Windows Closed and Vents Clean
Doors and windows should remain closed to prevent dust and dirt from being blown inside the warehouse. Obviously, if items are being removed or added to the warehouse, the doors will be open. But close them when you don't need to have the space open. Install a ventilation system in the warehouse if you don't already have one, change filters, and clean vents regularly for both new and old systems.
Storage Bags and Tarps
When the containers are not in use, keep them covered with a tarp, or if they're collapsible, place them flat in sealed bags. This ensures that, if you just don't need them for a while, they aren't going to become covered with dust.
If you notice that some of your workers seem to have dust allergies, ask them to track how they're feeling as your dust control efforts proceed. It's not the most scientific project, but if they start to feel better, you are likely doing a good job controlling dust. And of course, you can also look for additional containers that don't have all those hiding places for dust to gather. Contact a company like Al's Seattle Barrel Co to learn more.