Invest in your staff
In the past, a wide dust mop or sweeper would be used to remove surface-level debris before a traditional cotton mop provided a deeper clean. For large spaces, this often required filling and emptying several buckets, placing a large amount of water on the ground, and waiting a long time for floors to dry and be safe for walking. Consider these product solutions for your staff that will help cut down on the time and effort required for these larger cleaning tasks.
Improve Cleaning Ability by 125%
438% Coverage Gain
Improve Staff Efficiency by 139%
Optimize your investment by properly sizing equipment
When making the investment in new cleaning technology, your first consideration should always be equipment sizing. A properly sized unit not only makes it easy for your staff to operate, but more importantly it has the potential to reduce the number of paths required. For example, the average hallway in today’s communities is 84” wide. Investing in a 24”W autoscrubber will only require four passes whereas a 20” unit will require five. The reduction of that single pass equates to a 20% reduction in staff time required. It’s important to also consider your staff’s ability to handle larger equipment. If you’re investing in larger equipment due to more open common spaces, you may want to research self-propelled or ride-on equipment as a crucial component of your investment. This assists with reducing operator fatigue.
Optimize your processes
Daily cleaning of hard floors still remains a two-step process, but for hallways and common spaces we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that can help.
It’s important to continue dry cleaning via a dry mop, broom or sweeper. If this step is skipped, you’ll lose efficacy when it comes time for damp or wet cleaning. Common thinking is that every inch of your hallways and common areas needs to be swept or dry mopped daily. The reality is you can focus daily attention on the heavily trafficked areas and hit the sides and corners every other day. In other words, it may be sufficient to get to the middle 48” of hallways daily and leave the two 24” side paths for every other.
There is much to be said about the number of buckets required to clean a hallway and how far a single mop-bucket can go, but hopefully by now you’re looking to microfiber or an autoscrubber for efficiency’s sake! Unlike dry cleaning where the focus is on heavily trafficked areas, damp mopping or scrubbing should cover the entire space. Make slightly overlapping paths with your autoscrubber and operate in a figure-eight pattern with microfiber to ensure complete pickup and removal. Follow your equipment manufacturer guidelines on water-to-chemical ratios as too much chemical just stays on the floor, making for sticky and dirtier floors requiring more frequent cleanings.