I saw this soap dispenser at a rec center a while back. I wondered if they even realized how much money it took to make it that dirty? They could easily reduce cleaning costs by improving their results.
If something isn’t working, or at least working well, money is being wasted. If continued, cost will keep going up. Cleaning budgets are always under attack mainly because it is not easy to justify the cost when the results are viewed as “good enough.” The long-term result of poor or improper cleaning are not always immediately obvious. But when they do become apparent, it is often too late and the cost of playing catch up is much higher.
Don’t Get Caught Playing Catch Up
There are two main types of cleaning that are done in almost every facility, regular maintenance and restorative. Regular maintenance that is done on a daily or weekly basis impacts the amount of restoration that is needed. The more effective regular cleaning is at removing dirt, less time is spent on the difficult tasks associated with restoration. Many like to call it “deep cleaning” or “detail cleaning, but it is in fact just playing catch up.
When it comes to these more in-depth projects such as stripping floors, extracting carpets or even seemingly simple things like stainless steel soap dispensers (see picture above) it takes more time and effort. More time and effort result in higher cleaning cost.
Improve Your Cleaning Results
There are a lot of ways to improve cleaning results, but many times they may appear to cost more. A perfect example is the automatic scrubber. I have heard for years from facility managers that they cannot afford to purchase a floor cleaning machine that cost several thousand dollars when they can buy a mop bucket, wringer and mop for less than $100.
This is obviously a well proven misunderstanding. The investment in the scrubber can greatly improve the results of regular cleaning and reduce the need for complete restoration of a floor.
This works on a smaller scale too. Go back and take a look at the picture of the soap dispenser above. The brown grime on the dispenser is from using the wrong cleaning chemical. Everyday, someone took the time (and labor dollars) to “clean” it with a product (that was purchased with the cleaning budget) and the results were a dirtier fixture. Now, in order to fix the situation, it is going to take a lot more time and may even result in replacing the dispenser all together. If better results were sought prior to this point, the added cost would have been eliminated.
Ways To Reduce Cleaning Costs
One of the best ways to reduce cleaning costs is to look at what you spend time and money on restoring and try to reduce that. Finding ways to improve the results of regular cleaning so that you don’t have to play catch up will usually save money. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
- Educate employees on ways to make their efforts more effective.
- Remove more dirt from carpets with more efficient vacuuming techniques and equipment.
- Use fewer cleaning chemicals that work better and don’t leave residues to build-up.
- Invest in equipment that makes regular cleaning more effective and make sure the staff knows how to use them properly.
In the end, it is always easier to maintain rather than restore. By maximizing your regular cleaning, you will quickly see the return on investment and drastically reduce your cleaning costs.
Have you found ways to reduce cleaning costs by improving results? Share your experiences in the comments section below.