Your workers represent the largest share of the total cost to clean—90% or more according to recent studies.* So supplying them with more productive equipment can go a long way toward reducing their cleaning time and thus lowering your total costs.
Here are some features to look for next time you’re in the market for new cleaning equipment:
Take a wider path
stands to reason that the wider the scrubbing or sweeping path your
cleaning crews have to take, the fewer passes they’ll need to do the
job—and there’s often little difference in total price between machines.
For example, assuming a loaded labor rate of $9/hr, the hourly cost to
clean a 1,000 sq ft surface would be about $3.44/hr for a 17” scrubber
vs. $2.39/hr for a 20” scrubber. And the difference in total price
between the two cleaning solutions may only be $50 to $100.
Go tools free
often one of those under-appreciated features that can get lost in the
heat of the sales demo, but “tools free” maintenance can save your
workers a lot of time changing out accessories, replacing worn parts and
making needed adjustments over the life of your machines. And those
minutes can add up to real money. Plus, by allowing fast and easy
equipment changeouts, they can allow your workers to clean different
surfaces with a single machine.
Recharge on the go
automatic scrubbers, burnishers and carpet extractors have been
productivity boosters for years. But when the batteries die, the
cleaning stops cold. And workers often have to lug the machines to a
far-away charging station. On-board chargers allow your workers to
recharge right where they are, cutting downtime and maximizing
Cut the noise and clean all day
likes a loudmouth, and that goes for your cleaning equipment as well.
Low-decibel vacuums and ride-on scrubbers with built-in sound
attenuation allow your workers to clean during business hours, while
protecting them from the fatigue and irritation that noise can cause.
Use less water
is a mixed blessing in the cleaning world. It’s absolutely necessary
for a scrubber or extractor to get its job done, but using too much of
it can put a double-pronged damper on cleaning productivity: 1) workers
have to stop cleaning more often to refill their tanks, and 2) drying
time takes areas out of service longer. Machines designed to minimize
water usage—with no drop-off in cleaning power—can help keep your
cleaners cleaning longer.
Get a bigger tank
dump-and-fill cycle can be one of the biggest drags on overall cleaning
productivity. A larger tank can have a direct and dramatic effect on
the equation. But there are tradeoffs. Larger tanks usually mean larger
machines, which means you can lose some maneuverability. But anything
you can do to cut the number of times your workers need to refill water
tanks is a net boost to efficiency. Productivity-boosting features are
built-in to a wide range of cleaning equipment, but sometimes you have
to do a little math to really appreciate how much they can cut the
long-term cost of cleaning.
*Source: International Sanitary Supply Association - ISSA