It’s time that industrial companies drop the one-size-fits-all approach to their cleaning processes and embrace new methods, says MEWA.

one-size-fits-all approach, these rags and rolls are expected to clean up oil or chemical spills, safely remove metal filings, wipe down machinery, clean hands and more. Lacking absorbency, an absence of specialty and too high an expectation of their capabilities, rags and rolls often leave the workplace cleaner, but certainly not clean. And these items aren’t recyclable, meaning the environment is impacted too.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES… There are now other options available in the form of

industrial cleaning wipes and oil-trapping mats that are superior in quality and effectiveness, and are recyclable and rentable. They act like dense sponges that soak up oil or other liquids and are far more absorbent than traditional materials.

UNIQUE MATERIALS FOR DIFFERENT USES. MEWA has developed a range of industrial cleaning

wipes that are suitable for different needs within the workplace. The range is highly-absorbent, also taking into account the varying surfaces that need to be cleaned by offering different weaves of cloth for different surfaces and needs.

Many argue that cleanliness is a sign of perfect standards in the workplace and in particular, on the factory floor or workshop. After all, if a factory isn’t clean, it’s likely that its processes and output are far from perfect too.

Factories and plants are naturally a greasy environment with oils and coolants often dripping onto surfaces and floors; which in turn makes for further issues as workers tread in the spillage and spread the liquid into other areas of the factory. Keeping such areas clean and safe can be a challenge.

A clean working environment is crucial to efficiency; it not only saves time and money, but also protects employee health and wellbeing.

HEALTH AND SAFETY According to the HSE, Great Britain lost 38.8.m

working days in 2019/20 due to work-related illness and workplace injury. A responsible and structured cleaning process with health and safety in mind should therefore be a priority for manufacturers.

An efficient cleaning process can also increase hygiene levels by reducing waste. Plus, managed waste disposal also reduces overall costs as well as mitigating potential health and safety fines.

TRADITIONAL CLEANING METHODS Many industrial companies use rags or the well-known

blue roll for all of their cleaning processes. Taking a

MEWA also offers an oil-trapping mat that actually absorbs up to three litres of engine oil, solvents or other liquids. The mat can be placed in any area where drips, leaks or spills might occur. It soaks up liquids and holds them in its special fibre core, keeping the surface dry. Many companies have relied upon oil pans to collect waste oil, but these can get in the way of workers and aren’t always suitable for smaller spaces.

RE-USABLE, RECYCLABLE AND RENTABLE Soiled wipes and mats are placed in a collection

container and at an agreed schedule, MEWA collects the containers and delivers fresh wipes and mats without any interruption to the customer. The used wipes and mats are then cleaned in an eco-friendly way, checked for tears and damage and once approved, put back into service – a circular economy.

The washing of the products is in compliance with all legal environmental protection and disposal requirements. In fact, the oils and fats contained in the mats are separated, processed and used for heating and drying, further contributing to the reduction of energy consumption.

This new approach to cleaning is one that will undoubtedly save money, increase productivity, reduce injury risk, enhance overall quality and allow staff to focus solely on their work without the worry of a dirty working environment. And of course, a clean and efficient factory will only serve the right impression to any customers or visitors to the factory floor. 51

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