Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Why are production rates often indicated in terms of unobstructed space? What is unobstructed space? I have several different types of buildings from gyms to accounting offices. Our production ranges from 1900 sq. ft. - 3500 sq. ft. per hour. Is this in the ball park?
Unobstructed space is space with no furniture or other major obstructions in it. A gym floor is a good example. No furnishings or partitions, just open floor space. Of course, most of your buildings have occupants and furnishings which slows down the area cleaning tasks such as vacuuming and floor scrubbing. Tasks are rated for open spaces because open is open. Obstructions vary so greatly in size, shape, and density that trying to give figures for occupied space would be pointless. Your production rates look good, but only ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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