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Silo Cleaning

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Silo Cleaning Service

Industrial and agricultural silos are used to store a variety of different commodities such as flour, sugar, maize, grain and animal feed.

Periodic specialist silo cleaning is required to prevent the build up of residue on the internal sides and discharge areas of these silos. This build up can facilitate the breeding of Store Product Insects (SPI) which can lead to product spoilage and contamination. These remnants can increase microbiological activity as the increased deposits act as both a harbourage for the bacteria as well as a source of nutrition.

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Why Choose Rentokil Specialist Hygiene?

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s comprehensive silo cleaning service eliminates the chance of product spoiling and reduces the possibility of banking and bridging of the silo occurring. Rentokil’s service can also involve the full cleaning of dust control units, bulk heads and discharge equipment if required.

This ensures the cost to the business of product spoilage is removed and unscheduled silo downtime is minimised helping to ensure operational efficiency is maintained.

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene work with your production departments to programme planned silo cleans into their workload. This further maximises operational efficiency and reduces downtime of the silo. This essential service is utilised by food manufactures and farmers throughout the UK.

Our Silo Cleaning Process

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene's Silo cleaning involves the use of winching equipment to lower a technician into the silo to scrape and clean away deposits, which might otherwise lead to pest infestation commodity degradation and microbiological activity.

This service uses dry methods (intrinsically safe vacuum, brushes and scrapers) to clean the interior surfaces of silos. Other activities may include cleaning the silo top and silo sides, and cleaning other silo areas.

  • Cleaning in ATEX Areas - An ATEX (Atmosphere Explosive) can be an industry environment that processes, uses or manufactures materials that could generate flammable materials such as gasses, liquids or dusts, commonly found in silos and industrial environments, which can create a potentially explosive atmosphere. As part of our cleaning services, our expert team are equipped with specialist equipment to clean ATEX environment efficiently and effectively.

Benefits Of Our Silo Cleaning Service:

  • Helps you reduce the risk of product spoilage

  • Decreases downtime of silo as a result of bridging or banking

  • Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Certified Technicians

  • Able to clean a range of different types of silo's including Flour, Sugar, Wheat, Salt and many more

  • Free Silo Cleaning Survey

Issues Encountered That Increase The Time Of Silo Cleaning:

  • Banking - Often encountered within a silo is a situation where a large volume of commodity is banked up on one side of the silo. In an ideal cleaning situation an empty silo is presented where the internal areas are easily brushed and cleaned.

  • Bridging - Occasionally a situation arises where bridging of the commodity has occurred. This often prevents the commodity from flowing out of the silo and has to be removed from the top down for obvious safety reasons.


    This can be excessively time consuming and manually arduous. This can lead to having to remove and dislodge excessive amounts of commodity by manual means that can take days to perform.

  • Tunneling - Often encountered in sugar silos, tunneling occurs where the commodity has had a reaction with moisture and congealed to the internal walls of the silo. 


    This turns the sugar into an exceptionally hard rock like formation that has to be physically chipped away in lumps and removed.

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