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March 14, 2012

The Great Janitorial Closet Makeover
Keeping Janitorial Closets Clean and Organized

Fort Worth, TX – For cleaning professionals, a janitorial closet is usually their “center of operations.” The way it looks can say a lot about a cleaning crew, how they view their work, and even how effectively they perform.

To help custodial workers get their “headquarters” in order, Mike Englund, Product Manager for Powr-Flite (a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment), has posted the following tips and suggestions on the company’s Facebook site:

• Have a “meeting” with your closet. Custodial workers usually open their closet’s door, reach in for what they want, and close the door without ever really looking inside. The first step in janitorial closet organization should be to give it a top to bottom look over.

• Empty the closet, removing absolutely everything. Don’t be surprised if things turn up that you did not know you had. A good rule of thumb is that if something has not been used in a year, throw it away.

• Clean, paint, and light your closet. Clean the empty closet thoroughly, including the walls, and paint them if possible. Also, make sure there is a light in the closet. Lighting makes janitorial closets easier to maintain and increases safety. “And don’t install a bare bulb on a string,” adds Englund. “Put up a nice fixture that gives the closet a professional, upscale look.”

• Install racks and wall mount holders to organize and prioritize your closet. Rack-type shelving helps improve air circulation and enhances organization. Some wall mount holders can hold as many as four different tools, allowing for effective drying of mops and blades. Organize products by type or by how they are used. Some custodial workers even color code their closets based on how products are used. Place products used most frequently in easy-to-reach locations. (Additional tips are posted below)
“As to chemicals, only stock enough chemicals in your closet for about a week’s worth of work,” adds Englund. “Do not store large containers of chemicals in the janitorial closet; instead, put them in a safe, well-ventilated storage area.”

Englund’s Additional Closet Organization Tips:
• Remove pads and brushes off floor machines so they can air dry and keep their shape
• Use an enzyme air freshener if malodors are present
• Do not store certain chemicals near each other; products containing bleach and ammonia are an example
• Store powerchargers on shelves and off the floor

About Powr-Flite
Established more than 40 years ago, Powr-Flite manufactures a full line of floor-care equipment and carpet extractors for the professional cleaning industry. Based in Fort Worth, TX, the company has over 20 patented designs and its products are recognized throughout the world for their innovation, durability, quality and performance. Their products are marketed directly to end-use customers as well as through distributors throughout the North America, Europe and the Far East.
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