Avoid crushing products stored in bulk. Products should be stacked no more than 2.5 m (8 feet) high, as a general rule. Heavier or fragile items (such as those packaged in glass) should be placed in smaller stacks. Bind sharp edges or corners in the store with tape. Most important, ensure that nothing in the store can fall and injure members of the staff.
Write and post the schedule and instructions for cleaning the storeroom in multiple locations around the facility.
Sweep and mop or scrub the floors of the storeroom regularly. Wipe down the shelves and products to remove dust and dirt. Dispose of garbage and other waste often, in a manner that avoids attracting pests. Store garbage in covered receptacles.
Infrastructure: Ensure the storeroom has easy access to a water outlet for cleaning. If no running water is available, set up a system using, for example, several 55 gallon drums on an elevated platform connected to pipes running into the store. Refill the drums regularly. When rehabilitating an existing storage facility or constructing a new structure, install water outlets in several locations inside the structure so water is easily available from any location in the storeroom.
Cleaning materials: Keep a budget for buying cleaning materials. Use industrial detergents when possible, particularly for larger facilities, although imported detergents can be expensive. Try to use locally available detergents, particularly for smaller or more remote facilities. Clean with chlorine bleach regularly (once a month, for example).
Outside the facility: Burn garden rubbish and cardboard cartons, etc., when garbage collection is not available. Use the necessary precautions to keep the fire under control, and do not burn materials close to the building. Make sure the wind is not blowing toward the building.