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Complete checklist for warehouse cleaning

Complete checklist for warehouse cleaning

A business can be easily judged by clients and visitors based on its cleanliness. Having a neat, tidy and clean work environment is absolutely vital for customer satisfaction, as well as employee happiness and productivity. A clean workspace is also a requirement for health and safety standards as it helps to minimise the risk of accidents.

Warehouses can often become cluttered and dusty. They also pose threats to the health and safety of employees if they are left untidy, disorganised and unchecked. IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and disinfection services for a wide range of clients, including warehouses and industrial businesses. We have put together a cleaning checklist that will ensure that your warehouse is in optimal condition.

Before cleaning your warehouse

A warehouse needs to be maintained and cleaned regularly. Before getting started, a business needs to establish standards and consistent procedures for cleaning the space. A cleaning plan helps your employees to prepare for the task and ensure that they complete the job in a timely manner. Employees should also be encouraged to clean a mess as it happens or to store products neatly as this helps to maintain the cleanliness and safety of a warehouse at all times.

One common method employed by many businesses is to get employees to clean their work environment during the last 15 minutes of every day. Deep cleans can be scheduled at regular intervals - ideally once a month. These deep cleans can take place on slow business days or on weekends. Contact us to set up a meeting or to get an obligation-free quote for our contract cleaning services.

Warehouse cleaning checklist

The following guidelines will help you to keep your warehouse in a clean condition, free from potential hazards. They outline which tasks should be completed and when.

To be completed immediately:

  • Clean any spills or leakages.

  • Put cleaning equipment and tools away after using them.

  • Pick up litter, parcel tape, packaging and cardboard. Place it in the nearest bin.

  • Sweep up wood and metal shavings.

  • Clean and repair broken equipment and tools.

To be completed daily:

  • Sweep the floors and shelves.

  • Clear passageways between shelves and stacks.

  • Recycle excess packaging and waste materials. This includes broken pallets.

  • Report and remove damaged products.

  • Clean and inspect forklifts and other machinery.

  • Look for signs of pest infestation.

To be completed weekly:

  • Empty the dustbins and recycling containers.

  • Clear out empty pallets and crates that are not needed.

  • Remove debris, weeds and litter from the entire premises.

  • Clean the floors with a mop or a specialised scrubber-drier.

To be completed monthly:

  • Dust the stacks and shelves.

  • Clear aisles of pallets, packaging and products.

  • Clean the ventilators and air delivery system.

  • Sort small parts and loose products into boxes or plastic tubs.

  • Remove obsolete and unused products from the shelves.

  • Check the paintwork and signage around the premises. Fix and repair where necessary.

This checklist will improve the customer impressions of your business and increase your employee satisfaction. IWESCO uses highly-specialised cleaning equipment to ensure that our clients’ premises are in perfect condition. Speak to us about our contract cleaning services and allow us to keep your warehouse free from dust, dirt and stains.


IWESCO offers specialised cleaning and waste control services to industrial and commercial customers in South Africa. These services are aimed at minimising our customers’ impact on the environment. Our services also include pest control, garden maintenance, fogging and disinfecting. Our staff are highly trained to offer the most professional services. IWESCO is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.


We are a one-stop shop for all your contract cleaning and waste control needs and have a national footprint. Our head office is located in Tshwane but we can provide services to any industrial and commercial client in the major metropolitan areas around South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela and more.


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