Some people get confused about Team Cleaning and complain that they cannot configure some accounts with four people.  This is a misapplication of the entire concept.  


First of all Team Cleaning is not only utilizing the four basic positions but also implementing a process with specific steps so that tasks are performed in a consistent manner with the goal of cleaning an area effectively and efficiently.  


The four positions of Team Cleaning are:


1.Light duty specialist = dusting with microfiber cloths, pulling trash, change liners as needed or by schedule, spot clean walls and other surfaces on schedule.

2.Vacuum specialist = vacuums areas (with back pack vacuum including carpet, rugs, mats and even hard floors in most cases.

3.Restroom specialist = sanitizes/disinfects rest room with focus on touch points, pulls trash, restocks supplies, sweeps/mops floor.

4.Utility specialist = cleans/services lobby areas including door glass, picks up trash and removes to dumpster, cleans stairwells, buffs/burnishes/scrubs floors on schedule.


It is important to note that Team Cleaning is flexible and be adapted to virtually any size or type building (with a few exceptions when the customer dictates Zone Cleaning for their own reasons).  Yes, one worker can perform the tasks of all four functions in a systematic way.  The other extreme is that there may be four Light duty specialists, two Vacuum specialists, four rest room specialists and three Utility specialists performing their tasks in a prescribed manner utilizing prescribed tools.


When someone states that Team Cleaning does not work, they are usually speaking from a bad experience or are simply ignorant of the many benefits of this system to not only workers but also their own bottom line.


Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678.314.2171 or