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Applying science, education to your cleaning strategies

September 19, 2010
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Cleaning as a science.

Has the art of cleaning always been viewed as such or has competition from manufacturers, distributors, BSCs, et al., pushed the boundaries of cleaning products and practices beyond limits once unimaginable?

It seems as if, during the past decade or so, the cleaning industry has been “tapped” for information and solutions regarding the daily and long-term maintenance activities of buildings as it relates to air quality and human health.

The list of government inquiries and celebrity support for change is a lengthy one.
Everyone’s perception of the most common task many of us perform on a regular basis has been changed.

Are you getting the job done?
As you and your team head out in the field, are the cleaning specifications clear? Does your product match the job/market?

As a professional, the answers to these types of questions should undoubtedly be: Yes.

However, common for most businesses, your company might have a turnover concern.

Especially in this industry, turnover is a real problem.

Since more than 90 percent of the average cleaning budget is spent on labor, do you spend that money wisely on the right staff?

Constant turnover means constant training, which is a commitment that not enough BSCs and in-house professionals fulfill.

Trends and your operations
As a manager and leader, awareness of industry trends and how they impact your duties is part of the job description.

Has the decrease in the number of manufacturers and distributors, due to consolidation, affected where and how you procure product?

Are you informed about green cleaning, productivity-focused cleaning tools and equipment as well as worker safety features on today’s products?

Innovation is a constant
At this year’s BSCAI Annual Convention & Trade Show, held in Chicago, JanSan innovation was on display for 1,800-plus attendees.

The wide range of new products, from floor care machines to cleaning products, reflect the constant innovation of the industry, always looking for more productive, effective and healthy ways to clean.

Trade show attendance, industry seminars, training courses, local suppliers, as well as magazines and websites, are all important parts of your cleaning arsenal.

Relating cleaning to science will continue and manufacturers’ products will be forced to improve as more information is uncovered and competition at that level is elevated.

Many cleaning operations across the nation, according to our recent survey, are in the process of switching to green cleaning.

This decision to switch to healthier practices is also viewed by many as scientific.

We know that green cleaning is much more than just using cleaning chemicals that contain fewer VOCs.

It is a scientific process with targeted systems and practices — many are featured in our cover story this month, “Time to switch?”.

As with all of our editorial content, the need for information about green cleaning is reader-requested.

As our staff prepares editorial for this year and next, we would appreciate hearing from you about your concerns.

Feel free to email rdipaolo@cmmonline.com with suggestions; we will be delighted to entertain your ideas.
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