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Monday's Ask the Experts: Benchmarking

April 30, 2012
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Recently, there was a question regarding the national average for hospital cleaning per hour --1,500 to 2,000 square feet per hour. Do you have a national average (benchmark) for time to clean a nursing home resident room, or a number for square foot cleaning?

The answer:

We often get this sort of question because people feel there is value in knowing a national average. My response is simple. Do your own benchmarking in your own facility with your own staff and your own equipment, and you will indeed have something worth while. I’m not saying national averages (when you can find them) are entirely meaningless, but unless you know that the facilities and circumstances match yours closely, they can be. Benchmarking is done by breaking down various operations into their essential parts and then timing the parts to get an idea of what needs to be allowed in the future for a similar ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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