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ICAN/ATEX: How can I determine the best types of equpiment for my space?

June 03, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Monday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

What type of equipment is needed to clean a 45,000 sq. ft. building?

How many machines to buff and vacuum and strip, etc.

Monday’s Answer:

There are too many unknown variables to give you an exact answer.

For example, will it be day cleaning or night, full-time or part-time crews, team or zone cleaning, and do you know the estimated production rate as related to the cleaning specifications.

Will the dusting and detail work along with wall-to-wall vacuuming be required daily, every other day, or weekly?

If you hired part-time workers and they cleaned as a team, say at 3,200 sq. ft. per hour, you would need 5 workers cleaning for 2.81 hours each.

If one team used 3 workers and the other team used 2 workers you would need two complete sets of equipment.

That would normally include: dust mop, mop bucket, press and mop, trash barrel on wheels, vacuum, and all the hand cleaning tools to stock two janitorial supply closets.

To be on the safe side, provide some  … - Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corporation

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