Two common discussions this year with our clients talk are: How do I cut costs and stay healthy? In this article we address ways to do both!
Reducing capital spend is one of the quickest ways for a facility manager to save money. However, there are other factors that are possible to reduce expenditure (such as increasing employee efficiency and minimizing downtime). More then just capital investment, reducing downtime and increasing employee production. For example, while no carpet in the marketplace lasts forever, there are ways to make sure you get the longest life possible. Regular cleaning is one of the easiest ways to extend your carpet life, and keep your spend low!
Balancing maintenance needs and budget is complicated. One of the easiest ways to save money is to group purchases and services together to negotiate better pricing. Instead of hiring a separate cleaning company to deep clean your carpets, use your janitorial service! Not only will you get a better price, you will spend less time introducing new contractors to your location.
Maintaining your carpets can be divided into 4 categories.
Everyday MaintenanceMaking sure dust, debris, loose soil, and other contaminants are removed from the carpet via vacuum. This is especially important in high traffic areas (such as entrances). While this eliminates a large portion of the dirt and orders in carpeting, it does not remove everything.
Interim CleaningDepending on your traffic level, carpet type and location you should be using a low-moisture cleaning method such as a spin bonnet or encapsulation. This will do a better job at removing debris, as well as eliminate any stubborn orders that might be lingering. Your janitorial service will be able to advise you on how often this needs done on a case by case basis. A good partner will also make different recommendations on interim cleaning frequency based on traffic levels.
Deep CleaningIt is important for your carpets lifespan to undergo a hot water extraction once a year. This process forces extremely hot water and specific cleaning agents into the carpet. The machine then extracts the water from the carpeting leaving fresh carpet free of any deeply ingrained debris and dirt. This is absolutely something that can be done outside of business hours to minimize disruption to your business.
Emergency CleaningIt is important that whenever you experience a spill or flood you take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait to clean your carpets after such an occurrence, it is more likely staining and damage will occur. Reputable janitorial services will have emergency cleaning services available. While they might be more expensive than scheduled cleanings, they will extend the life of carpet (saving you in the long run).
A good janitorial service is a partner in your business. They take care of a great deal of routine maintenance and cleaning for your location. Bundling services and developing a relationship with your janitorial service allows for smoother operations and less headaches. Here at Elevated Janitorial we sit down and advise you on a cleaning schedule best suited for your individual needs. We focus on the details in our core captaincy to allow you to spend time on yours, making you more efficient. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your facilities to help you stay on budget and looking great!
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