Reaching nearly 100ft tall and storing tonnes of food grain, the cleaning of grain silos is a required part of the yearly planned maintenance of food storage silos in the UK.

Grain Silos need to be cleaned to remove contamination risks, moisture and clumping that can occur if a silo is not cleaned properly or regularly.

While the scheduled cleaning of a grain silo may result in short periods of operational downtime, the procedure is required both for food safety standards as well as for operational performance. Grain silos that are not cleaned regularly will begin to form blockages which can cause large delays to existing operations. When large volumes of grain are stored in a silo for long periods of time, they can begin to clump. Many silos have ribbed interiors to try and prevent this clumping from forming on the sides of the silos but this is not a full proof solution to the problem. If you have noticed that less material is coming out of the silo than expected then now is the time to have it cleaned.

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Grain Silo Cleaning

To clean a grain silo, we need to the silo to be emptied of as much of the original grain material as possible. We will then conduct an initial inspection of the silo to determine safe entry points and the safety of the silo itself.

The benefits of Silo Cleaning?

The Benefits of using our silo cleaning services are:

  • Reduce risk of product contamination
  • Reduced risk of biohazards
  • Reduced downtime of silo
  • Silo Cleaning Survey

At Balmore Contracting, we are able to clean all types of commercial silo and similar storage vessels that are used for flour, wheat, salt and similar.

As one of the UK’s leading difficult access cleaning specialists, we are able to access these confined spaces to scrape and clean away deposit build ups that can cause equipment damage and contamination. We use vacuum, brushes and scrapers to ensure the safe and thorough cleaning of interior surfaces in silos.


Store product insects (SPI) are a range of insects which are commonly found in silos and can infest dry stored foods. These include:

  • Khapra Beetles (an invasive species worldwide
  • Weevils (another type of beetle)
  • Biscuit Beetle
  • Grain Weevil
  • Confused Flour Beetle
  • Saw Toothed Grain Beetle
  • Larder Beetle
  • Silver Fish
  • Mill Moths

Cleaning Solutions

At Balmore, we have always invested heavily in our equipment and our team. We have in-house rope access teams, trained difficult access specialists for low, medium and high risk access cleaning and are equipped with some of the most advanced cleaning technology currently on the market including DOFF Steam Cleaning, TORC Blasting and Dry Ice Cleaning.

And our cleaning process goes beyond the interior of the silos. We can provide a complete ‘top to bottom/inside and out’ cleaning service to ensure that your silos are thoroughly deep cleaned. It is part of the full Balmore Contracting range of services.

Established in 1989, we continue to offer the very best in cleaning services to both the private and public sectors across Scotland. With emphasis on improving standards, using cutting edge equipment, and the latest environmentally friendly products, we are proud of our health & safety record and well trained, reliable staff.

With our head office in Glasgow, we have a strong client base in the city and across Scotland and those customers feel confident & assured by our attention to detail and prompt & professional service. As one of the longest running and most experienced cleaning companies, we offer reliable and high-quality cleaning services at competitive prices to the exacting specification of our clients.

If you would like to know more about Balmore Contracting and our specialised Silo Cleaning Services, please contact our head office in Glasgow on 0141 370 4038