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Work Smarter, Not Harder

September 19, 2010

Leaders in the cleaning industry are constantly thinking of new ways to increase productivity while improving cleaning performance and keeping costs to a minimum.

Over time, professional cleaners have tried a variety of cleaning methods, such as zone and team cleaning.

However, the concept of one-pass cleaning emerges as a revolutionary, new cleaning concept in today''s market.

One-pass cleaning systems are proving to be one of the most efficient ways for facilities to increase productivity and save money by giving the user the ability to effectively and efficiently clean in a single pass, eliminating multiple steps that usually result in shortcuts and ineffective cleaning performance.

One-pass solutions provide cleaning professionals with the tools they need to vacuum, dust and collect waste and recyclables without running back and forth to the supply closet.

A Smart, Simplified System

One-pass cleaning solutions are designed to reduce a cleaning professional''s non-productive labor time; some manufacturer testing has proven to cut this time by 66 percent.

A one-pass solution does this by integrating a vacuum, dusting tools and a waste and recycling collection system into one unit.

One known design has a dolly-integrated vacuum that holds two can liners for collecting recyclable and general waste.

It also incorporates a deluxe rim caddy with storage areas and tool grips to hold supplies, such as dusting cloths, for on-the-go cleaning.

As cleaning professionals travel throughout a facility, they can collect and sort waste and recyclable materials at one time, eliminating the need for a separate waste collection pass-through of an area.

Without spending time running back to the supply closet to grab dusting equipment, the cleaning professional can transition quickly to surface cleaning by using the dusting cloths in the caddy.

Then, with a switch of a button, the cleaning professionals can turn on the vacuum and perform vacuuming duties on hard surface floors and low-pile carpets.

Making these transitions between cleaning tactics more quickly is essential to saving time, especially when cleaning during the day.

Lately, there has been a major trend in the industry toward day cleaning versus cleaning after business hours.

The key to making day cleaning work is minimizing interruptions — the ability to get everything done in one pass provides an answer.

Interruptions come in many forms, but noise is a major concern, so reducing the noise level of the cleaning process continues to be a top priority.

For instance, hotel managers don''t want their guests disturbed by a noisy vacuum cleaner in the hallway.

So, when looking for a cleaning system that supports day cleaning, consider a one-pass solution with a vacuum at or below 65 decibels (dBA), which is designed for any noise-sensitive environment.

Safety And Cost Savings

"Direct labor is responsible for more than 60 percent of the overall costs of contract cleaners, so products that increase worker productivity have a tremendous impact on the bottom line. One-pass cleaning solutions provide end-users with an innovative tool to address worker productivity and cost issues," states Andre Motta, global business team leader of cleaning equipment for Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC.

In addition to reducing non-productive labor time, one-pass systems can help save money.

Cost savings can be accomplished by ensuring the safety of cleaning professionals by using a solution that can be maneuvered easily.

This is especially true in an industry where time is money and back injuries are the number one reported workplace incidents — averaging $24,000 per workers'' compensation claim.

Ergonomically designed arched handles should be incorporated into a one-pass solution to keep the user''s wrist and forearm bones aligned for optimum leverage and maneuverability.

This design will ensure safer operations with less risk of injury, which helps reduce workers'' compensation claims and lost time.

Support System

When choosing a one-pass cleaning method, it is important to evaluate the level of service and support that comes with the solution.

Look at the overall services and support program and find a product that offers a smart service program via an extensive, nationwide certified repair network with unique web tools that include a 24/7 troubleshooting guide for quick fixes.

Combining three steps into one cleaning approach will not only simplify the cleaning process; it will help save time and money in the long run.

Jenn Schneider is a member of the cleaning equipment marketing team for Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC, manufacturers of the Rubbermaid DVAC™ 1 Pass Cleaning Solution. For more about Rubbermaid Commercial Products, visit