Silo Cleaning Services in Bristol

CICS silo cleaning specialists in Bristol operate with strict safety procedures for rope access and operating in confined spaces. With expertise in GBAC microbiological cleaning and ISO 18001 environmental cleaning, we ensure silos are left visibly and microbiologically clean.

Sio cleaning – ISO 18001 and GBAC

Certified Silo Cleaning Company

CICS is one of few Bristol silo cleaning companies with expertise in GBAC microbiological cleaning and ISO 45001 environmental cleaning certification – ensuring outstanding silo cleaning services for our customers. Our cleaning technicians employ a range of silo cleaning methods across all types of silo commodities – flour, grain, wheat, maize, corn, sugar, and animal feed. We ensure that remnants, residue, and discharge inside and silos are not just visibly clean, but also free of microbiological bacteria which can lead to cross-contamination, spoilage, and further damage to stored goods once silos are cleaned.

There are three basic levels of cleaning that apply to silos: 

  • Physically Clean – visually clean
  • Chemically Clean – clean to a standard where anything coming into contact with the surface suffers no chemical contamination.
  • Microbiologically Clean – clean and sterile so that there is no physical or microbiological contamination.
Each kind of cleaner has its own set of rules for how it should be used in a certain setting. Cleaning agents with a caustic base are often the most successful in removing organic deposits such as proteins, gums, yeast, sugars, and hop residues, whereas cleaning agents with an acidic base is typically the most effective at removing inorganic scale. Aluminium is attacked by caustic soda-based cleaners and other chemicals, thus the building materials also matter.

QDC Qualifications

GBAC Star Biorisk Accreditation

IRATA Rope Access Trained Technicians

Our team is trained in rope access and working at heights. We ensure safe access and cleaning of silos with three points of contact at all times. Cleaning silos is a high-risk activity. It is important when cleaning silos to have the right equipment including escape sets, breathing apparatus, rescue kits, and knowledge of CPR technics. Our team has full ISO 18001.


Silo Cleaning

Silo Cleaning Process

At CICS we’re experts in silo cleaning. Expert silo cleaning is needed on a regular basis to avoid the accumulation of residue on the silo’s inner walls and discharge areas. Store Product Insects (SPI’s) can proliferate in these conditions, leading to product spoilage and contamination. It is not uncommon for thousands of tonnes of grain to be stored in a single location for extended periods of time. If proper storage conditions (i.e., temperature and humidity) are not maintained, a small number of insects can quickly multiply to many hundreds of thousands.

Why Choose Us for Silo Cleaning?

We’re experts in silo cleaning. Our team is PASMA trained with rope access skills and the ability to work at heights. We ensure safe access and cleaning of silos with three points of contact at all times. Cleaning silos is a high-risk activity and it is important to have the right equipment including escape sets, breathing apparatus, rescue kits, and knowledge of CPR technics.

Our team has full ISO 18001 qualifications to ensure health and safety standards are uphold. The team follow strict guidelines and provide a fully certified service with GBAC, ISO, SSST, CSCS, PASMA, and IPAF qualifications. We also have IP5 & IP6 accreditation along with First Aid and DBS certification. The team are also fully kitted in protective PPE and they work thoroughly, professionally, and with integrity in an oftentimes emotional and distressing situation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Silo cleaning entails lowering a technician into the silo with winching equipment to scrape and clean away deposits from that could otherwise lead to pest infestation, microbiological growth and commodity degradation or failure. 

Silo maintenance should include routine airflow system checks, professional cleaning, and complete silo emptying on a regular basis. One of the most important of these measures is the regular emptying of silos.
Silos can be cleaned in a variety of ways, but the most common involves brushing down the interior sides and/or scraping them as needed. Plastic scrapers may be required to avoid scratching the surface and sparking.
The term’silo’ is derived from the Greek word’siros,’ which means ‘a pit to keep corn in,’ and there are three modern types of silos: ‘bunker,’ ‘tower,’ and ‘bag,’ which store materials below ground, above ground, and in small quantities, respectively.
The Swissmill Tower in Zurich, Switzerland, is the tallest grain silo. This massive grain storage structure stands 118 metres (387 feet) tall and can hold up to 35,000 tonnes (38,580 tonnes) of grain.
Industrial cleaning is a group term for the cleaning of light and heavy industrial facilities. Light industrial cleaning involves cleans of units typically under 120,000 square feet. These include manufacturing plants, small factories, and warehouses. Heavy industrial cleaning includes capital-intensive units such as power stations, shipyards, oil, gas, and chemical processing plants.
Typical examples of industrial cleaning include the cleaning of factory floors, pressure washing inside and outside walls, cleaning of partition walls, lighting, windows, and suspended clients.
The key difference between industrial and commercial cleaning is the sectors they relate to. Industrial cleaning involves the cleaning of light and heavy industrial plants, units, and machinery. Commercial cleaning relates to the cleaning of commercial premises (offices, restaurants, shopping centers, and commercial kitchens). Typically commercial cleans will involve different chemicals, processes, and scheduling to industrial cleans.
Industrial cleaning equipment includes hot water pressure machines and steam cleaners, industrial vacuum cleaners, heavy-duty pressure washers, floor scrubbers, and dries, floor sweepers, fogging equipment. Cleaning specialists are typically dressed in high visibility vests and helmets for the health and safety of staff and to meet industrial cleaning regulations. For more hazardous cleans such as chemical spills, cleaning specialists wear full hazmat suits.
Store product insects are exactly what their name implies: insects that live and breed in stored products such as whole grains, processed foods. In the United Kingdom, the two most common types of SPI are beetles and moths.

Speak to Our Experts

If you would like further information about our services you can contact on the details provided below. 

Address: CICS (Specialised Cleaning) Limited, 20-22 Wenlock Road, London, England, N1 7GU


Phone: +44 0333-323-0006

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