The carpet cleaning equipment you choose affects how well your staff cleans — and your cleaning and maintenance budget.
Follow these steps to keep standards high and costs low:
- Choose easy-to-use equipment. Employees will feel more confident and spend less time learning how to use machines.
- Buy for productivity. Purchasing equipment that completes tasks quicker and better is often more cost-effective than buying the most expensive machines.
- Evaluate your cleaning tasks. Ask your equipment dealer to use the manufacturer’s software program to calculate productivity and savings when comparing cleaning systems.
- Maintain your equipment. To minimize downtime, easy access to components, easy maintenance, and a local parts and service supplier should influence any purchase.
- Buy value. If you don’t need the bells and whistles available on higher-end equipment, don’t buy them.
Complex machines can also mean more maintenance, training and downtime.
Ted Hershey is product manager for Kent Commercial Floor Care Products, a manufacturer of automatic scrubbers, vacuums, burnishers, floor machines, carpet extractors, wet/dry vacuums, and pressure washers.