I encounter small startup companies that wisely take on accounts that may only be serviced once or twice per week. This also can happen with larger accounts where there are side buildings on a campus or base that are not cleaned the same as the larger, main buildings.

I believe that it is important to differentiate between servicing a larger building and small accounts. First of all, whenever possible, the same chemicals and tools should be utilized; however there can be significant differences in how some of these tools are used to perform the work.

For instance, in a large (50,000 square feet or more), there usually will be storage for at least a janitor cart; whereas in a small account that is only serviced twice per week (204 times per year), the worker be working out a vehicle. In the larger account, they can use a quality microfiber mopping system to great effect. I prefer what I call the “butterfly” mop that flips open for use along with a double bucket system. Once the solution and mop changing systems have been determined, the worker can keep the areas clean at maximum productivity rates. Of course, they usually have a janitor closet to change out solution as directed on the Job Card.

For a route cleaner, the double bucket system is not practical since they may or may not even have access to a janitor closet and making fresh mop solution is usually impractical and time consuming. Instead of the butterfly mopping system with the double bucket, a “T stick” flat mop with Velcro type grippers should be utilized with pre-moistened mop heads in a water \proof container. Once the number of mop heads has been determined, the worker can efficiently take out only the number of clean mops necessary for the site, perform their tasks and continue to the next account with minimum time expended.

It’s all about the process. 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 CTCG50@comcast.net