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August <I>CMM</I>: LEANing Up The Cleaning Process

August 20, 2009
The August issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, including Michael Tarvin''s "LEANing Up The Cleaning Process" article.
Tarvin states that LEAN is defined as a collection of principles, methods and tools that improve the speed and efficiency of any process by eliminating waste.
He notes that waste reduction can be thought of as the elimination of unnecessary and non-value-added processes and activities.
Tarvin adds that as the cleaning industry becomes more sophisticated, the LEAN concept used successfully for years by world-class manufacturing organizations can offer many benefits to cleaning operations.
According to Tarvin, understanding the intersection between LEAN, sustainability initiatives, green cleaning and the successful application of these concepts can result in world-class cleaning operations.
Mike Tarvin is vice president of Multi-Clean, a division of Minuteman International Inc. The company manufactures a comprehensive line of high-performance cleaning chemicals, floor maintenance products and professional cleaning equipment. Mike can be contacted at (651) 481-1900 or More information can also be obtained at or
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