Labor accounts for a large amount of any business's costs. In fact, it’s the greatest cost for most businesses. With that being said, finding ways to improve your janitorial team’s efficiency is likely a priority. However, identifying ways to streamline cleaning tasks without sacrificing your facility’s cleanliness, health, and safety may seem like a daunting task, especially now. You’re likely faced with labor shortages, greater cleaning expectations, tighter budgets, and tougher standards. All of which further emphasize the need for efficient cleaning practices.
No matter the type of facility you have, the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your building is important. Your building’s IAQ is essential to the health and safety of your staff and guests. Poor indoor air quality can have adverse effects on the health of your building’s occupants.
As thorough cleaning and disinfecting remain key to protecting the people in your building, your facility will need to find ways to efficiently increase the productivity of your janitorial team without sacrificing a clean and safe environment.
Protecting your guests and building occupants’ health and safety is important. Cleaning is one of the most effective ways to lower the risk of illness by removing germs and contaminants from high-touch surfaces in your building. But, what do we mean by cleaning?
Keeping any area clean and free of illness-causing germs and bacteria is important for businesses of all types, but it is especially critical in foodservice operations and other businesses that serve food. Businesses serving food must lower the risk of cross-contamination and foodborne illness to keep guests protected from sickness. Cleaning and sanitizing are essential to keeping your foodservice operation safe.
Facilities across the U.S. have realized the importance of infection prevention and mitigating cross-contamination. One of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent germ spread and cross-contamination is with a color-coded microfiber program.
A robust hand hygiene program is integral to combating the spread of germs in your facility. While frequent handwashing with soap and water is recognized as one of the best ways to stop the spread of illness-causing germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using alcohol-based or Benzalkonium Chloride hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs when soap and water are not available or in certain situations, such as coming into contact with a door handle or other high-touch surfaces where the risk of germs is greater.
Commercial hard floors require a robust maintenance program to keep them protected and looking great. There are three phases of floor maintenance:
Every 12 months or so your resilient hard floors will need to be restored with a strip and wax to revitalize your dull, worn flooring. This is a two-part process. The first step is to strip or remove all layers of finish from your floor. Then, once you’ve stripped all the wax (finish) from your commercial hard floors, the next step is to refinish. Refinishing can be a daunting task especially if you have little experience. You’ve likely heard of some things that can go wrong when applying floor finish from low initial gloss to leveling and streaking. To help you avoid these and other challenges of applying floor finish, we put together the key steps for a successful refinish below.
Finding the time and money to maintain your resilient hard floors can be challenging, especially in a time where staff is already stretched thin. To maintain soft, or high maintenance floor finishes you’ll likely need to burnish them 2-3 times a week, or more, depending on foot traffic and desired look. However, this may not be feasible for everyone. You might be struggling with labor or not have enough time and money to burnish your floors frequently. If that’s the case, then these floor finishes likely are not providing the desired look you’re aiming for. They may be dull or even appear a little dirty. The look of your floors is important. Floors can be the first impression on the people in your building, and when people think they are dirty they may negatively perceive the overall cleanliness of your entire facility. If you are looking for ways to free up staff and reallocate labor, you may be interested in low-maintenance floor finishes.