There are 5 things to consider when determining the proper way to maintain the look and sanitation of your commercial building’s floors: size, material, traffic, equipment, and manpower.
How large is the space you will be cleaning? Is your business located in a single room, a single floor, multiple floors, or the entire building?
Industrial and commercial cleaning is very different than cleaning a house, primarily due to size and usage. The size of the space you clean will impact all of your other decisions: how many workers you will need, what kind of equipment you will use, and how often you will clean.
For example, a more compact office may need “smaller” equipment like a Bissell Manual Sweeper for Wet Messes, which can quickly clean up spills and leaks, or a Bissell Battery Vacuum made for smaller carpets and rugs. Larger offices would likely prefer heavy-duty vacuums and sweepers. These are easier to carry and have larger bags, ensuring longer cleaning times without interruption (such as the Bissell BigGreen Commercial Vacuum).
The goal is to get the relevant amount of equipment power that is necessary for the space. However, office size is not the only determining factor.
What type of flooring does your office building have? What is it made of? What kind of finishing is on top?
The floor material will also impact which equipment and cleaning solutions you will need. An office made entirely of hardwood will be cleaned differently than an office covered in carpeting. It is important to clean according to the material in order to safely and efficiently work in a way that will not harm the flooring or the employees.
We will have a future article regarding how to clean each type of material, including carpeting, hardwood, laminate, marble, vinyl, concrete, and tile.
What kind of traffic and traction does your floor get? How many people are walking on the flooring everyday? What kind of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual wear and tear does the flooring see?
For example, high school hallways are cleaned nightly with heavy-duty scrubbers, because they get highly scuffed up during the day. However, a preschool needs a lighter, hand-held scrubber, since the fewer (little) feet don’t do as much damage on the floor. In the same way, office-building foyers often need more attention than individual offices or cubicles.
Traffic determines how often you will need to clean, how heavy duty your cleaning is, and the frequency with which you will need to resurface or replace floors. Higher traffic areas need to be cleaned daily in order to protect from germs and scuff marks. Also, proper cleaning in these areas can extend the life of your flooring, saving significant money on replacements or resurfacing.
Pro Tip: Place rugs in high-traffic zones, like the entrance lobby or outside of the restroom. This will protect the floor from constant traffic and damage, and it can also protect your employees from slips and falls.
What kind of equipment should you use?
You know the size, material, and traffic of your floor. Now, you need to purchase equipment that corresponds to the needs of your business.
How much tank or bag capacity will you need for your steamer or vacuum? How much power will you need? Can you use the same equipment for different cleaning purposes (like the Hercules Vapor Scrub Steam Cleaner, which can steam bathroom tiles, windows, and wood surfaces)? Do you need something that is electric powered or gasoline-fueled?
Unsure what kind of equipment is best for your office needs? Contact Floorcare for a free discussion and consultation.
How many workers do you need to clean the space?
Based on the size of your building, the material, and the necessary equipment, you will then need to determine how much manpower is necessary to properly clean the flooring. You want to ensure that you can properly pay salaries and benefits without overworking your employees. Overwork can often lead to under-sanitized floors and buildings, which further reduces the productivity and success of the business overall.
The size, material, traffic, equipment, and necessary manpower will help determine the costs of keeping the building clean, sanitized, and professional. Take these into account when making a decision regarding equipment and cleaning solutions. Choosing the correct materials for your specific space is the best way to enable the highest return on investment with regards to productivity and profit. Contact Floorcare to learn more about how to protect your organization’s floors one spotless room at a time.