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Company Shut Down Maintenance: How to Maximize Plant Down Time

warehouse floor after cleaning ready for winterCompany shut downs are a part of business operations. Plant down time is also an opportunity for necessary maintenance and deep cleaning that can’t occur during regularly scheduled hours. As a commercial property landlord or maintenance manager, a facility shut down is a time that should be optimized. Every second of company shut down should be utilized efficiently to ensure that all preventative maintenance and deep cleaning is completed before employees arrive.

Preventative maintenance and deep cleaning tasks should be a top priority; both options play a key part in preventing equipment break-downs, improving productivity, minimizing employee illness and injuries, and meeting customer deadlines. Machine and IT preventative maintenance ensures that all equipment is lubricated and maintained to prevent breakdowns that cost money and time. Deep cleanings of common areas, such as kitchens and restrooms, ensures that employees and visitors are in a healthy environment and minimizes interruptions to employee productivity.

The optimal time for company shut-downs is around holidays when the facility is empty, such as over the winter holiday or in the summer when employee vacations are planned. Scheduling for the facility shut down should occur months in advance to ensure efficient use of time and prompt service delivery by staff and vendors.

The following maintenance and cleaning tasks should be completed during facility down time:

A full analysis of company shut down maintenance and repairs are vital for the efficient user of time and funds. Make a complete list of maintenance and cleaning tasks; analyze each task to ensure efficient scheduling and task assignment. For some tasks, it can be more cost-effective to use maintenance and cleaning staff who are more familiar with the facility. In other cases, outsourcing the task to a maintenance and cleaning vendor with appropriate expertise and scheduling flexibility is a more efficient use of budgetary funds. Evaluate each task on the list, contact vendors for a quote, and schedule each staff member or vendor accordingly.