Survey Reveals Equipment Renter Habits, Concerns
Fort Worth, TX – A recent survey of professional cleaning equipment users revealed that 42 percent have rented equipment on a regular basis at one time or another.
The July 2010 study (conducted online by AlturaSolutions Communications for Powr-Flite Direct, a leading manufacturer of janitorial equipment for large and small commercial facilities*) revealed if, when, and why professional cleaning equipment users rent janitorial equipment such as vacuum cleaners, wet/dry vacs, floor machines, and extractors.
For instance, the machine most frequently rented is carpet extractors, according to the respondents. This was followed very closely by both floor machines and wet/dry vacuums.
Few of the respondents indicated that they rent vacuum cleaners.
When asked if they would buy or rent if they had to select a carpet extractor or floor machine right now, 60 percent said they would purchase about a third indicated they would rent.
Other findings of the study included:
• The main reason given for renting cleaning equipment instead of buying was “to handle emergency situations."
• Asked who they most often rent from, a third of the respondents indicated a janitorial distributor, a third indicated a rental company, and the balance indicated that they rent from a big-box or similar retailer.
• The biggest drawback to renting janitorial equipment, according to the study respondents, is the limited selection of machines.
“Many nationwide rental outlets do not carry [janitorial] equipment that meets the needs of the cleaning professional,” says Gary Pelphrey, General Manager of Powr-Flite Direct. “They often carry only equipment designed for residential use. To meet the needs of cleaning professionals, we encourage rental companies to expand their product lines.”
Finally, asked what concerned them most when renting cleaning equipment, nearly 60 percent of respondents answered that the machine needed to be “easy to use with little training.” The second highest concern, 25 percent, was that the machine might not perform as intended.
“These are obviously the same concerns everyone has, whether buying or renting equipment,” adds Pelphrey.
Methodology: This is not a scientific survey. Approximately 1,000 email invitations were sent to building service contractors asking them to take the survey. 102 responded, most all completed the survey. All responses were calculated. Safeguards are built into the system to deter repeat voting however this did not appear to be an issue with this survey.
About Powr-Flite Direct
Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor-care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry. Based in Fort Worth, TX, the company has over 20 patented designs and its products are recognized throughout the world for their innovation, durability, quality and performance. Their products are marketed directly to end-use customers as well as through distributors throughout the North America, Europe and the Far East.