IBC Cleaning

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Regardless of the industry or application, residue-free regular cleaning of an IBC is immensely important in order to ensure the optimal quality and integrity of products designated to be stored and transported inside the IBC.

Prior to carrying out the IBC clean, the cleaning method needs to be carefully considered, as well as the frequency of the clean. Other important factors such as the material, usage, and industry regulations, also play an integral role in defining the right cleaning approach.

Here at THIELMANN, we know that every different IBC needs a different type of clean, so the cleaning method needs to be bespoke, and tailored to each customer’s unique requirements. Optimal cleaning ensures that you can meet even the highest standards required of clients, consumers, and regulatory bodies, no matter the nature of the IBC’s contents.

THIELMANN has various facilities spread across Europe which manage the cleaning of all types of IBC’s across the group for many different types of products including: chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, as well as other types of liquids, pastes, and other free-flowing materials. For other specialist substances as found in the Paint & Coatings industry, THIELMANN is one of the few service providers able to offer a comprehensive clean for these types of materials from their dedicated facility based in Ellrich, Germany, equipped with specialized cleaning equipment and trained personnel to deal with these harder-to-clean substances.

No matter the type of IBC or material, THIELMANN has a cleaning solution for you.

THIELMANN uses an innovative cleaning process, which over the years has been developed to perfection. With a capacity of up to 90 cleanings per day in shift operation, over 2,000 IBCs can be cleaned per month at this rate by following this process. Below are the steps of THIELMANN’s complete cleaning solution:

A Bespoke Clean in 7 Steps

  1. Pick Up: THIELMANN collects the IBC from the client’s premises.
  2. Initial Check: THIELMANN cleaning experts evaluate the IBC and assign the appropriate cleaning method.
  3. Interior Clean: Depending on the IBC’s condition and application, THIELMANN cleaning personnel will clean the interior of the container with high-pressure water spray and relevant cleaning agents, or alternatively will perform a mechanical 3D clean with solvents. Finally, the interior is thoroughly dried.
  4. Exterior Clean: An optional, but always recommended, outer clean of the IBC is then carried out to keep the container in pristine condition.
  5. Further Specialized Clean: Depending on customer’s requirements THIELMANN can also perform additional: silicone, fat, oil, lint, or streak-free cleans, and are able to comply with Halal and Kosher cleaning standards. For specialist IBC’s, THIELMANN also offers a manual cleaning service.
  6. Delivery: The IBC is then securely packed and delivered back to the client.
  7. Documentation: A comprehensive report is emailed to the customer along with full details of the cleaning process undertaken as well as any relevant certifications.
  8. Additional Services: THIELMANN is also able to dissemble parts from IBC’s to clean them individually, and then reassemble and test the IBC. Other types of tests, such as pressure tests and security checks are also available on request.

Regular cleaning of an IBC is essential to promote safety, integrity, and longevity. With a professional partner like THIELMANN, you can be confident your business’s unique requirements are met and exceeded.


Your IBC will be fully-cleaned using our multi-stage process and you will receive it sparkling clean, like new. receive it:

  • Silicone-free (certificate available on request)
  • Fat free
  • Oil-free
  • Lint-free
  • Streak-free
  • Ready for use!


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For special IBCs with unusual shapes or soiling, we are able to offer further cleaning solutions


Ideal for IBCs that are used for automotive paints (250 liter pear) whose geometry offers no bottom outlet, we have created a special cleaning system which has a capacity of cleaning up to 2,000 containers per month.

Spray head

If required, internal cleaning can also be carried out by using a high-pressure spray head. Thanks to its sharp-point jet, even the most stubborn residue can be removed. The spray head rotates around two axes and thus, can reach each and every point of the container inner surface.


For IBCs with an unusual geometry or for containers in which very specialized products are transported, we offer cleaning by hand carried out by our qualified personnel. Regardless of whether it is mechanical or manual cleaning, we ensure that all environmental and health and safety regulations are adhered to, at all times.

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