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WINTER MAINTENANCE


ADAPTING FROM THE OUTSIDE-IN


Kelly Brierley, Key Account Manager at Robert Scott, offers her insight into how facilities can step up their cleaning maintenance during the winter months.


We’re often asked how facilities can prepare for the harsher elements that autumn and winter throw at us. One of the key considerations is increasing frequency of your cleaning regime to ensure regular sweeps of external and internal areas where the build-up of excess water and debris can cause wider problems if left untended. Managing external areas will also reduce the impact inside in areas of high footfall, if pathways and entrances are regularly maintained.


It’s important to consider your facility as a whole when planning your cleaning regime. Starting with external maintenance, here’s some of our recommendations that will help make significant improvements for your team.


Working outdoors There are several ways to winter-proof your external cleaning regime, which in turn will help improve the cleanliness of internal areas too.


We would always recommend carrying out a cleaning audit of any facility during different times of the year to


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highlight potentially problematic areas, and to ensure janitorial and maintenance teams are prepared to tackle issues with the right products.


The autumn season creates a lot of excess external debris – falling leaves can be trampled into slippery mulch, and in windy conditions leaves and rubbish can be blown indoors. Introducing litter picking tools and regular staff patrols of external areas will help to manage the problem and avoid build-up of leaves that can create slip and trip hazards, particularly if there’s frost on the ground.


Investing in an outdoor cleaning trolley, such as the Vilcart all-terrain trolley, is a worthwhile consideration for large facilities as they are designed to tackle all types of terrain such as grass, gravel and paving stones, with rugged back wheels and a waterproof cover to protect contents from getting wet. These trolleys also have a generous capacity that allow the user to carry all of the necessary cleaning equipment at once within wide inner compartments – there are also handy side straps and a mesh base for tools that need to be stored externally.


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