3 Tips for Cleaning Your Plastic Pallets for Reuse

Plastic pallets are typically used to transport and store food, chemical, or pharmaceutical products. Although they last for several years, pallets can become dirty over time. It’s important to keep them sanitized to ensure the safety of the products being delivered. Here are some of the best tips for cleaning your pallets so they can be used over and over again.

Manual Clean

To provide a basic clean, you can start with an air compressor. An air compressor will clear off any dust, grass, leaves, or other debris before wetting it down. Next, you can hose down your pallets and scrub them with any type of all-purpose, heavy-duty soap. This will clean off any remaining debris, as well as food spills. You can also use a steam cleaner, because the heat will help kill more germs. Using water and soap or steam is easiest when you only have a handful of pallets to wash.

High-Pressure and Automated Washers

For a deeper clean, use a pressure washer. One of the perks of using plastic pallets is that they are strong and durable, especially compared to wood. You can blast them with high-pressure water and stronger soaps, and they will not chip or rot. Pressure washers can eliminate dirt and residue buildup. Pressure washers come in different pounds per square inch and gallons of water used per minute. Make sure you find the best pressure washer to fit your plastic pallet cleaning needs!

If pallets are being cleaned on a daily or weekly basis, you can also look into buying industrial pallet washers. These are especially beneficial for cleaning and sanitizing when government regulations and guidelines are involved. It’s important for your washer to be stainless steel because then it will not rust or corrode. This means the pallets will remain clean and the machine will last longer. Different washers have varying speeds, pounds per square inch used, and gallons per minute. These will affect how quickly and efficiently your pallets are cleaned, so keep that in mind when looking for automated washers. Also, consider if you want your automated washer to include a dryer system.

Heat Sterilization

It’s very important to ensure that your pallets remain sterile. They are transporting items that can be put into our bodies or are harmful to the environment. You don’t want to risk various chemicals or pharmaceuticals being mixed with each other. Industrial sterilization happens best with high heat. Temperatures must be at a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and should be in a designated cleaning room. Pallets can then be wrapped or bagged to be stored if they do not need to be used immediately after cleaning. Heat sterilization can remove grease, chemicals, or dirt, as well as provide a deep, hygienic clean.

Plastic pallets are the most hygienic because they are easy to clean and will not rot or absorb germs. Get in touch with Plastic Pallet Pros today to find which plastic pallets are right for you!