Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page: What areas (beside restrooms) of an occupied office building do you think can be cleaned during the day? What work is acceptable when employees are present?
Day Cleaning does require certain tasks to be done during the hours in which a building is occupied. What is acceptable to the occupants depends on how they perceive the value of what is being done and how cooperative they are expected to be. Usually, management sets the tone for the employees'' response to the new approach.
Occupants may be asked to set wastebaskets out where they may be easily reached without disturbing the worker. This is as simple as leaving the litter basket beside the desk rather than inside the kneehole. Not a big change at all.
Quiet vacuums are available that can barely be heard, hence producing minimum disturbance.