We explained how to develop a range number for tenant per square foot (SF) in part three. Now in part four, this number is important since a very dense building or area is going to generate more soils, trash and ultimately more work for the janitor.

Although some offices have strict guidelines regarding food, drinks, etc. most allow the workers to eat at their desk as well as have regular celebrations (think anniversaries, birthdays, retirement, etc.) that can generate a lot of additional work in the form of pizza boxes, spilled salad dressing, ice cream spills and of course cake with plenty of frosting. Each of these spots will require immediate treatment if they are to avoid becoming stains. I witnessed a coffee spill on a light colored commercial Berber carpet recently and due to the prompt actions of a knowledgeable person, it was blotted immediately and left no stain.

Along with more activity in a building that has a high tenant count, there will ultimately be more wear and tear on floor surfaces such as finished floors as well as abrading of carpeted areas. Floor finish is designed to provide a wear area for hard floors such as VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile), Terrazzo and other surfaces that require protection and desire for a uniform glossy appearance. We will look at the importance of applying enough coats (but not too many) in a future article.

We will continue this discussion in a future article. 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.