You feel that you have a pretty well-organized shop. You use plastic storage boxes to keep everything organized. Everything in your shop has a place, and everyone knows where it is. This allows your employees to find things quickly so that they can be more productive. However, to get the most out of your plastic storage units, you need to keep them clean. Along with mechanical fasteners and electrical components, you also store many of your greases and lubricants in these boxes, and sometimes, the bottles leak, leaving a residue in the boxes. This article addresses the question of how to keep your plastic storage units clean so that they are more presentable and will last longer.
In most cases, industrial plastic storage boxes can be cleaned with a cloth and some warm, soapy water, similar to what you would use in keeping your tile garage floor covering clean. Do not scrub with a steel wool pad, as this may damage the surfaces of the container and leave behind metal particles. When you’re finished scrubbing, be sure to rinse out all of the soap particles.
As we all know, many greases and lubricants can leave behind stubborn stains inside of industrial plastic storage boxes. In these cases, soap and water sometimes isn’t enough. You may want to consider a mixture of warm water and chlorine bleach. Use one tablespoon of bleach for every cup of water. Immerse the box in the mixture and let it soak for about 45 minutes. Then, rinse it off.
If neither of the two methods above work, try using some oven cleaner. In this case, you may want to take the boxes outside, as you don’t want to be breathing oven cleaner. If you’ve ever had to clean an oven, you know what I’m talking about. Cover the stains with the oven cleaner, and let it set for the recommended amount of time that is printed on the bottle. Then, scrub the container with a cloth or sponge. Then, go over it again, with the cloth and some soapy water. Hopefully, by then, the stain will be gone.
These are just some of the ways by which you can keep your storage units clean so that they will last longer and be more presentable.