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Survey reveals equipment renter habits and concerns

July 19, 2010
FORT WORTH, TX – A recent survey of professional cleaning equipment users revealed that 42 percent have rented equipment on a regular basis at one time or another, according to a press release.
The July 2010 study — conducted online by AlturaSolutions Communications — revealed if, when, and why professional cleaning equipment users rent janitorial equipment such as vacuum cleaners, wet/dry vacuums, floor machines and extractors, the release stated.
The main reason given for renting cleaning equipment instead of buying was "to handle emergency situations," the release noted.
According to the release, when asked who they most often rent from, one-third of the respondents indicated a janitorial distributor, one-third indicated a rental company and the balance of the remaining indicated that they rent from a big-box or similar retailer.
The biggest drawback to renting janitorial equipment, according to the study respondents, is the limited selection of machines, the release added.
"Many nationwide rental outlets do not carry [janitorial] equipment that meets the needs of the cleaning professional," says Gary Pelphrey, general manager of Powr-Flite Direct.
"They often carry only equipment designed for residential use. To meet the needs of cleaning professionals, we encourage rental companies to expand their product lines," Pelphrey concluded.
Click here to read the complete release.