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Team Cleaning Seminars Instill High Performance Practices

March 28, 2011
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High performance Team Cleaning® came onto the scene over 20 years ago, developed in conjunction with the innovation of the ProTeam® backpack vacuum in the 1980s. Team Cleaning introduces a science-based system to the long-held traditions and standards of maintenance in order to focus on cleaning for health with maximum productivity.

For decades, Team Cleaning has offered a competitive advantage to contract cleaners, school and university maintenance departments, and other organizations that utilize the system to maximize cleaning efficiency across the board. In 2011, Team Cleaning seminars will be held in locations across the country, offering cleaning professionals up-close and first-hand instruction on implementing and integrating Team Cleaning in the real world.

Concepts4, in partnership with ProTeam, will offer several two-day High Performance Team Cleaning seminars in 2011. The comprehensive courses cover the need-to-know details that make a Team Cleaning program run smoothly and successfully. Custodial supervisors, facility and operations managers, sales executives, CEOs and other attendees will work with actual floor plans for both days, with a complete set up of a facility including task schedule and job cards of all specialists.

"Team Cleaning is not just about speed, it''s about developing a standard for cleaning for health," says Jim Harris, seminar instructor and the president and CEO of Concepts4, the Team Cleaning training company based in Albany, New York. "It all starts with a system. So the system drives the quality, not the worker, and quality monitoring and controls are built-in. I, and many others, have come to the conclusion that this is the best cleaning system to absorb the most stringent demands for high-performance cleaning that face our industry today."

In 2011, a High Performance Team Cleaning seminar will be held from June 9 to 10 in Las Vegas, NV at the Paris Las Vegas. Another 2011 seminar is slated for Chicago, IL. Final dates will be announced on the Concepts4 and ProTeam websites.

In Team Cleaning, a worker is given one of four specialties, as opposed to zone cleaning, which assigns someone to solo clean a set area. A light-duty specialist empties trash, captures dust, cleans boards and spot cleans. A vacuum specialist vacuums, repositions furniture, checks the quality of the starter''s work, and turns off lights. A restroom specialist cleans restrooms and fills dispensers. A utility specialist vacuums stairwells, cleans brass, glass, blinds and carpets, and does periodic specialty services as needed.

In Team Cleaning, the worker is routed through a building on a set time-schedule with specific tasks. The cleanable space is typically divided into four sections, or quads. A specialist performs daily routine cleaning in each quad. So the vacuum specialist, for example, covers high-traffic areas in each room, everyday. Work that needs to be done on a weekly basis, like vacuuming under furniture, is performed in one quad a day. So by the end of four days, all sections are covered. Then, work that should be done monthly, like vacuuming upholstered furniture or the ceiling filter, is done in one quad on the fifth workday, usually Friday. So by the end of the month, all detail work is complete.

"Ultimately, workers are motivated," says Harris. "They know what they''re supposed to do. They know how long it''s going to take. They have the right tools. Then, they can create greater efficiency by modifying the system to work better for a specific environment."

All attendees of the High Performance Team Cleaning seminars receive a free three-month membership to for instant access to updated, state-of-the-art industry information. Only 40 spots are open per seminar, and package and multiple discount specials are available. Learn more at or, or call 1-888-494-3687.

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