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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Employee Issues

June 23, 2010
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: We are in-house custodial staff, we want to know what is the average square feet of cleaning area a custodian should be able to do on an 8- hour shift. This is daily cleaning of all areas in an office enviroment, except for shampooing or extracting carpets.
The answer:
As you can observe in the above two responses, the production rate for daily cleaning can and does vary from day to day and facility to facility. The lowest rate mentioned is 1875 square feet per hour. The highest is 3125. Thus, the average works out to 2500.
However, even the most conscientious cleaner rarely works steadily at a certain rate for a full 8 hours. Trips are made for supplies or equipment. Breaks are taken. Unexpected tasks are often cared for. Sometimes, even non-cleaning duties are requested. And other times we are just plain tired!
Other items affecting the cleaning rate could be the size or type of vacuum cleaner used, the distance to storage areas, nearness of water to the mopped floor, the distance to...
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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