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Monday's Ask the Experts: Production rate

November 28, 2011
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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: How many employees would I need to clean 5 days a week, 30,000 sq. ft. (25,808 is carpet, 3744 VCT and 448 ceramic tile)?

The answer:

Your actual cleaning production rate depends upon the type of building, workstation density, cleaning specs, and general use, in addition to other considerations. If it is a standard medical building, you might clean it at 2,600-2,900 sq/ft per hour. If it is an easy-to-clean building with relaxed standards (such as a class B or C office building) you might clean in excess of 4,000 sq/ft per hour. After a thorough building tour, and using a list of cleaning variables to determine your projected production rate, you would then estimate how many hours it requires. This is accomplished by dividing your production rate into the square footage. If you cleaned at 3,000 sq/ft per hour, it would take 10 hours to clean the building (30,000 ÷3,000). If you choose to employ two people and have them work late, then it would take them 5 hours each. If you hired a three person team, you would equally divide the work into ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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