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Does your Cleaning Company have a protocol for Vacuuming?
Many Professional Cleaning Companies don’t have a clearly articulated procedure for vacuuming large facilities. This is critical for many reasons but primarily to preserve the health of the carpet and also to be cost effective. If you are cleaning a facility over 10,000 square feet it will typically take 15 minutes of vacuuming every 1000 square feet. If you are vacuuming every space it will take over 3 hours and that is neither efficient nor does it protect the health of the carpet. So, how can you develop a more efficient, productive procedure for vacuuming? You begin with an analysis of the facility and where you need to adjust your time spent. Divide areas that need more frequent vacuuming from those that need less frequent vacuuming.
Areas that need less frequent vacuuming include:
Executive offices often times don’t require attention daily and can maintained with spot cleaning. Usually twice a week will suffice for these areas and therefor will save the longevity of the carpet
Individual office spaces also need less attention even if they are used frequently they still tend to remain clean. Spot check these areas and thoroughly vacuumed once or twice a week.
Meeting rooms also tend to stay cleaner and probably won’t need vacuuming more than once a week.
Areas along the walls and edges of the facility usually look brand new and as such only need attention infrequently, maybe once every other week
Areas that require more frequent vacuuming include:
Open workspaces and central activity areas may need much more frequent vacuuming because there are more people working there. Most likely these high traffic areas will need daily vacuuming.
Transition areas are where carpet and hard surface floors may meet and will require frequent vacuuming. If a hard surface floor is soiled or dirty it will likely track dirt onto the carpet and that will do damage over time.
Other high traffic are near elevators or water fountains and will need vacuuming every night including the interior of the elevator if it is carpeted.
Any kind of carpeted pathway is usually considered a high traffic area and will need nightly attention.
Another component to your carpet cleaning procedures is the choice of vacuuming cleaners and there are many from which to choose.
Types of Vacuums:
Wide-area vacuum cleaners are very efficient and clean up to 10,000 square feet in an hour. This works well on wide or long hallways as well as open spaces.
Backpack vacuums with a more comfortable harness than its predecessors are being used more frequently on all types of carpeted areas but are especially more useful in congested and transition spaces.
Upright vacuums are recommended in office areas that are moderately congested and where there are some open spaces around desks and furniture. Most uprights have a cleaning path of 13 to 19 inches.
Canister vacuums are becoming more and more popular because of their versatility. Especially useful for day cleaning because they are so quiet and less obtrusive.
By applying a more focused approach to developing a protocol for carpet cleaning and vacuuming, we can help increase the longevity of the carpets and also save your company time and money. Gator Cleaning Solutions is always searching for cutting edge products and procedures to save our clients time and money. If your looking for a professional cleaning service or would like to improve your facility maintenance give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call to get a no obligation cleaning quote!
Erin is originally from Michigan and has a BS degree in Hospitality Management from Central Michigan University. After spending more than 10 years working for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals partnering with the medical community she decided to join the family business and put her strategic planning skills to work. Erin serves as Vice President of Operations and works to support the management team with new opportunities while maintaining the marketing and community outreach. Erin serves on several boards both within the Jan/San industry as well as with local non profits. She has completed several continuing education programs to include Certified Green Cleaning, Maintenance Executive Training along with Cleaning Management strategy courses.
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