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April 25, 2012

Powr-Flite Troubleshooter: How to Crunch the (Floor Care) Numbers

Fort Worth, TX – Our monthly Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter usually focuses on how to deal with the kinds of problems encountered while performing professional floor-care tasks.

However, this month we’re taking a different approach: looking at floor care from a financial standpoint.

Specifically, cleaning professionals need to know how to analyze the expenses associated with floor care--including cleaning, maintenance, and refinishing--in order to keep those costs in check.

“The first thing facility managers and cleaning professionals must answer is simply: How much is the floor worth?” says Mike Englund, an industry veteran, trainer, and Product Manager with Powr-Flite.

“For example, as far as costs, appearance, and shine, a warehouse floor is usually not worth the same [floor care] investment as a lobby floor, which can become a reflection of the appearance of an entire facility.”

What other steps must be taken when making financial decisions regarding floor care? Englund suggests the following:

• First, inventory the various floor areas that need to be maintained in the facility, along with the square footage of each, and the frequency and types of maintenance that they will require.
• Next, calculate how much chemical (cleaners, finishes, strippers, etc.) will be necessary to maintain the floors.
• Specify which cleaning tools and equipment are needed to perform these tasks.
• Estimate the amount of time required to complete each floor-care task, as well as the number of workers needed to perform those tasks and their hourly wages.
“The big variable, and the way to measurably reduce floor-care costs, is choosing the right floor-care equipment for the job,” notes Englund.

“Managers and cleaning professionals should use what I call ‘The UAM formula’: upgrade, automate, mechanize. The more advanced the floor-care equipment used, the faster the job gets done, and the more costs will be reduced; as an added benefit, you’ll usually get better [cleaning] results as well.”

The Powr-Flite Troubleshooter addresses some of the most common floor care problems cleaning professionals encounter … and, most importantly, how to tackle them.

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.