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Locker Maintenance – Our Top 5 Suggestions!

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Lockers maintenance is essential. Whether your lockers are out on display or hidden in the staff room, their condition plays a part in how some may perceive your establishment. Lockers are built to stand the test of time, but this goes hand in hand with maintaining them. High-traffic areas like schools will see the impact of locker aesthetics deteriorate much quicker than most, and it can get ugly. This is why locker maintenance is so important to businesses. If you’re looking to make an impression with sleek, clean designs to customers and pupils alike, this is essential. Check out our top 5 five suggestions. We delve into advising on cleanliness, changing locks and checking hardware.

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How often should I check my Lockers?

The frequency with which you should check your lockers depends on their
environment. For example, low-traffic areas like offices mean the lockers won’t
get heavy use. So, we suggest locker maintenance every 6-12 months. However,
for any lockers in areas such as schools and gyms with incredibly high traffic
and heavy use, we recommend reviewing them every 3-4 months. Here are our top 5
suggestions to ensure you get the life you can from your locker.

1. General Cleaning

  • Dust down externally before wiping your lockers down
  • Wipe down doors and frames using a disinfectant wipe or sponge / cleaning solution
  • Remove dust and debris from inside the locker unit and wipe down this area
  • Check on top of the lockers, dust can gather easily here as well as litter
  • Using a leather, remove any excess water – this will help prevent rusting

2. Locker hinges

  • Ensure the lockers open and close effortlessly
  • Apply oil substance to squeaking hinges (WD40)
  • Remove residue of any oil substances used
  • Check hinges are secured to the locker doors and body
  • Tighten screws where applicable

3. Check Locks

  • Check the functionality of the locks
  • Check internally that all sliding parts and pivots work correctly
  • Clean lock from the inside and dry to help prevent rusting
  • For digital combi locks, ensure batteries haven’t run out
  • Check each locker locks when in use
  • Check for structural defects preventing the locker from locking

4. Structural Review

  • Check all screws are tightly fastened
  • This applies to internal shelving, nesting and lockers attached to walls
  • Tighten any screws around the lock
  • Straighten out any steel work (using pliers) that may have bent, preventing doors from open or closing

5. Overall Aesthetic

  • Source the colour code of your lockers from where you purchased them
  • Using this colour code, order some touch up pens to disguise marks and scratches
  • Check for rust and remove with emery cloth

Why should I maintain my lockers?

Lockers maintenance is key for getting the most out of your lockers. If you’re looking to keep your lockers in the best condition you can whilst they’re a part of your esablishment, these steps are crucial. Alternatively, you could find that they need replacing sooner than they should. Some things are out of your hands, like accidents or damaged beyond repair. However, an effort should be made to keep them in the best condition they can. This is important for you and your staff / pupils.

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  • Single compartment lockers include a top shelf and coat hook
  • Two compartment lockers have a coat hook in each compartment
  • Compartments fitted with a security shelf to prevent access to the locker below
  • Fire Tested & Certified to EN 13501-1, Reaction to Fire Classification AS-s2
  • Locker doors each have reinforced rubber buffers and a door stiffener
  • Hard-wearing finish with anti-bacterial powder-coated paint

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Order lockers online or call us today for a site visit and free quotation. We encourage site surveys for larger projects to see how we can meet your requirements. You may need some inspiration too. Our specialists can advise on what combinations would be suit your needs. Or for any locker maintenance information, please contact us here today.

We Answer Your Top 5 Metal Lockers Questions!

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The concept of Metal lockers is simple. Choose your style, size, colour and locks. However, there are still questions to be answered that go beyond the simple options available. What other colours do lockers come in? What metal are lockers made from? How do you lock your lockers? We’ll use this space to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers.

What to put in your locker.

Although not technically a question, it’s along the same lines as ‘What can I put in my Locker?’. This is a good starting point. It may seem obvious but we wouldn’t suggest that you can store absolutely everything in your lockers.

For students, office staff and warehouse employees, Lockers can store everything you need during your working day. Coats, lunch, sports wear, books, phones, tablets, shoes, the works.

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We don’t recommend that you store any chemical substances in lockers. There are other specially made products for use with chemical products.

How Tall Are Lockers?

The average height of a standard locker is 1800mm. Generally, lockers tend to have a flat top design. This is to prevent any awkward obstructions with ceilings are partitions in more traditional buildings. Our TUFF Lockers are a great example of what to expect from our standard height lockers.

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Standard height of a full sized Locker

However, there are many types of lockers to choose from. Nurseries and Primary schools may not need lockers as tall as 1800mm. Therfore, small variations are a great option. We have lockers as low as 300mm (our Armour Cube Lockers). These are also stackable. Click here to take a closer look at our Cube Lockers.

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Locker heights can vary significantly

Alternatively, explore lower compartment lockers. Our Education Lockers are perfect for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools. Heights from 955mm to 1380mm allow pupils to store and access thier personal belongings with ease.

What Metal Are Lockers Made From?

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The majority of metal lockers are made from 0.7mm mild steel. Mild steel is made from iron and carbon. This metal has a carbon content betwen 0.16% and 0.29%. Mild steel has a relatively high melting point between 1450°C to 1520°C. This high temperature translates to the steel being more ductile when heated. This effictively allows us to forge, cut, drill and weld with more ease.

Having said that, not all lockers made from metal. The reason for this is that some businesses require lockers suitable in other conditions or even outdoors. Take our Plastic Lockers for instance. These are fantastic for gyms, sports halls or the outdoors. The polyethelene material that we use for these are particulary good in wet areas. The plastic finish cannot rust and one of the most durable materials used. In fact, we use the same matertial is to make Wheelie Bins, albeit a high-density polythelene.

Why Do Lockers Have Vents?

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Ventilation styles for Probe, Pure and Armour Lockers

Locker doors have various styles of ventilation. The reason these slits in the metal are included in the door locker design is purely to allow air to pass through the compartment. Without these, a build of dust and smell can occur. The airflow means less maintenance for users. Some of our larger compartmetns, such as out 1 door 1800mm high lockers, include 2 vents. Whereas the smaller compartment lockers like our 5 and 6 door lockers, have just 1 vent.

How To Lock a Locker

There are multiple factors that can dictate your choice of locks, this ultimately leads to the question of how it is your going to lock each locker compartment. Where the lockers are going and who can access them will help you with your decision in selecting cam, swivel, coin and other locks.

For Schools, swivel locks are ideal as they instantly access with the turn of a small level on the front of the door. Whereas a coin return / retain lock would be ideal for leisure centres and sports halls. In most cases, there will be the option to purchase a Master Key. This gives the main user access to all locker compartments.

Swivel Locks
Combination Locks
Coin Return Locks

There are more locking options for you to be able to lock your compartements. Our Probe Lockers have even more options. You can check out our Locking guide here too.

Contact Us

For any further enquiries or questions you maye have, please reach out to us here. Use our web chat, phone lines or email us at sales@direct2u.co.uk and we will respond as soon as we can.

School Lockers – 3 Reasons to update yours!

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Another School year goes by – the halls and classrooms eerily empty for the summer once more. New students will arrive for the new term whilst others will say their goodbyes…could the same be said for your School Lockers?

We’ll look at some of the reasons why a brand new set of Lockers can make all the difference. Not just for new students coming in, but for your staff and existing students that will be returning for the new School term.

Impress With School Lockers

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Most students will have a very good idea of what to expect from the school they decide to attend during summer inductions . But there’s a lot going on with so much to take in over a short 1 or 2 day period. However, it is the little things that make all the difference. Good quality Lockers can leave a lasting impression on children and parents visiting the school. The security of childrens’ belongings is vital in any school environment.

Check the condition of your Lockers during the summer months and ensure they are functional. Broken or worn Lockers can potentially give the wrong impression to new and existing pupils. A brand new range of lockers, however, can contribute to reasons behind a school being selected or not.

Lockers That Last

We design our Lockers at Direct2U to stand the test of time. This is arguably the most important feature for Schools, Leisure Centres and other Educational institutes. They will endure the traffic they see year in, year out. As well as a solid steel construction, the paint work has an anti-bacterial powder coat finish. This drastically reduces the spread of germs around the school.

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1800mm High TUFF Lockers – Fitted with Cam Locks as Standard

Keep it Fresh

How many years have you had your existing storage lockers? Would you like to change the colour scheme that you currently have? Our range of School Lockers come with the choice of size, colour and accessories. So, changing the look of your halls, classrooms and changing rooms can have a positive impact on students and staff members alike.

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955mm High School Lockers

TUFF Lockers – 955mm

  • Ideal for Nurseries
  • Fitted with standard mastered cam lock with 2,000 differs as standard
  • 1 Door lockers come with a top shelf
  • UK Manufactured
  • More details here

TUFF Lockers – 1380mm

  • Ideal for Primary & Secondary Schools
  • Fitted with standard mastered cam lock with 2,000 differs as standard
  • 1 Door lockers come with a top shelf
  • UK Manufactured
  • More details here
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1380mm High School Lockers

Explore all Metal Lockers

As the UK’s leading supplier of Lockers, we have an exceptional range for you to look through. Our Tablet & Phone Lockers have been a popular range for Colleges and Universities. Whilst our Fortis Plastic Lockers have been in high demand for outdoor environments.

Contact us here for more details on your requirements.

Metal Lockers and Storage – What you need for Winter!

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Which Lockers do I need for my office? What Lockers are best for schools? What can I store in Lockers? There are so many options when it comes to buying Lockers. It can be quite daunting at times. Even more so that there are so many differentials involved. Metal Lockers and Storage space has never been more important than it is during the winter months. With so many coats, scarves, gloves, and other apparel used in the outdoors.

Let’s look at some Locker storage options you have, all of which are suitable for your winter equipment. This may be the reminder you need to freshen up your current set up, prepared to keep your students or staff belongings secure and organised.

Durable Metal Lockers

Apollo Lockers
Apollo LockersApollo Lockers Range

This range of quality made cheap lockers may be the most cost-effective storage solution for many Schools and businesses. Yet, there is no compromise on quality. Looking at the Apollo Range for instance; the 0.9mm reinforced steel doors allow them to stand the test of time without having to break the bank. With sloping tops, you can prevent accumulation of litter atop the lockers.

Colourful Range of Storage Lockers

There is no shortage of colour choice. It’s important that you have a variety of styles and colours to choose from. This is great if you have a certain colour theme you want to work with. Whether that’s in school halls, offices, or leisure centres. These lockers can brighten up any room they’re placed in (browse the range of lockers and colours at the foot of the page).

Cloakroom Lockers & Benches

Armour Junior Benches
Armour Junior Double Sided Cloakroom Benches

Cloakroom equipment can be especially useful during the Autumn and Winter months. The Armour Junior Double sided benches include hooks to hang bags, coats, scarves and hats. As well as this, there is seating space either side to allow Pupils to change from their boots or wellies to indoor footwear.

Armour Cube Lockers can be useful when storing smaller belongings in areas where space is at a premium. Air vents allow for circulation without compromising the security of any items inside. You can buy these as individual lockers that you can stack on top of one another.

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Armour Cube Lockers

Lockers – Here and Now!

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Express Delivery Lockers

As we’re now in December, it’s important that you able to get the items you need in a timely fashion. There are locker ranges such as the ‘Express’ range above that you can receive within 5 working days.

Covid-19 – Workplace Lockers and Storage

Due to Covid-19 there have been many new procedures and restrictions put into place within workplaces, to allow for a safe working environment. Some of these restrictions include staggered shift patterns and no hot desking, however have you thought about the lockers and storage you are providing to your staff.

Workplace storage is a key area where bacteria and germs could potentially lurk and risk infecting other members of the work force even when keeping to safe social distancing. There are some key changes that could be done to help reduce risks;

  • Individual storage – often workplace offer sharing lockers or storage, for space and cost saving. However, sharing storage could increase risk of infection between staff members even with staggered shift patterns.
  • Lockers with antibacterial properties – our lockers have a anti-bacteria properties without their paint work. This prevents the infection and growth of bacteria on the surface of the lockers.
  • Providing hand sanitiser – providing hand sanitiser for your employees they will encourage staff to use this both before and after using their storage and the staff areas.
  • Regularly clean – ensuring that lockers are cleaned at the minimum between each work shift. This will help reduce the risk of infection between employees on different shifts.
  • Separations between storage – by separating lockers, this allows further space for staff to socially distance. All of our lockers can be purchased in individual widths, but can nested together at a late date if required.

By making these few simple changes to your workplace storage you will be creating a safer working environment for your staff members.

Workplace Safety

There are many other aspects to be considered when bringing staff members back into the workplace in order to create a safe and socially distanced working environment. Some of these aspects include:

  1. Reducing the number of staff on site. Can any of your staff work from home, as this will reduce staff numbers. Amending working hours to shift patterns would also help.
  2. Increasing the space between workstations. With a reduced workforce there would hopefully be space for increased distance between staff workstations.
  3. Use of temporary barriers on workstations or in staff areas. Especially if you are unable to increase space between work stations, adding temporary barriers will help to lower infection risks.

If you need to purchase any further storage to manage these steps, why not take a look at our range.