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December 2013 Cleanthoughts

Surprise! It’s Almost 2014

December 07, 2013
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Wait a minute … is it December already?

Though many of us rolled our eyes as youngsters, the old cliché now proves true — time appears to speed up as we get older.

This saying seems especially applicable in the cleaning and maintenance market.

As active cleaning management professionals jump from issue to issue and work with their employees to guarantee the safety and cleanliness of the buildings they maintain, days and weeks can sneak past.

Involved and invested in the daily battle against grime, contamination and inefficiency, it can be difficult for managers to step back and plan for the not-too-distant future.

And the holiday season may not help.

While professionals responsible for schools and office buildings may have extra time to gather their thoughts and plan for 2014, managers that oversee retail spaces and hospitality crews can be consumed by crowded, hectic facilities.

Yet, even if now is not the perfect time, every facility manager and BSC should take time to evaluate their operations for 2014.

Suggested Steps

First, managers and contractors can review the educational materials and product announcements from ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2013.

Even if a professional was not able to attend the event, the information released during the tradeshow can help anyone in the industry with yearend planning.

Once someone has zeroed in on new products and updated procedures, research should be the second step.

For professionals interested in pursuing new products or equipment, this issue’s 2014 Directory is the perfect option.

Starting on page 34, we have compiled a handy alphabetical listing of the active vendors in the cleaning and maintenance market.

From vacuums and mops to chemicals and equipment, this listing includes an array of companies ready to assist you with operational improvements in 2014.

The articles in this issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management address a number of trends and subjects that will affect departments and workers in 2014 as well.

First up, our feature on page 20 offers operational tips and suggestions to help a department or contractor prepare for cleanup after a disaster.

A year removed from Hurricane Sandy, and a few months after the destructive typhoon in the Philippines, disaster preparation definitely has proven to be a new and unfortunate requirement in the cleaning and maintenance market.

Further, this month’s cover feature, “Looking To The New Year,” showcases positive trends and possible concerns industry contributors highlighted for the New Year.

Please turn to page 10 to find out if facility managers and BSCs should share these industry concerns.

So please, throw another log onto the fire and enjoy everything this issue has to offer.

Finally, speaking for the entire Cleaning & Maintenance Management team, thank you once again for reading, and we want to wish you all a happy holiday season.

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