Standardization of product and equipment lines is essential to any size company if they are to maximize productivity and protect their bottom line.   Following are some points to consider for Products and Equipment that have a major impact on controlling these two essential elements of a custodial operation.

• Whenever possible use the same chemical line in all your accounts so that if a worker transfers to another site, all they have to do is get oriented with the area to be serviced.

• These chemicals should be color coded, numbered, green-certified and limited to what is needed to service the account.

• Accompanying tools such as cloths (preferably microfiber), spray bottles, brooms, brushes, etc. should all be consistent in color and use whenever possible.

• Mop buckets or mopping systems can be customized to reflect the particular account since not all systems will work everywhere.

• Even so, these systems should be limited to the ones identified as most productive and effective for the work in question.

• Vacuum cleaners, auto-scrub units, buffers, burnishes, should be consistent whenever possible for ease of training, fewer parts and easier replacement.

A major benefit that can easily be overlooked is training times reduced as well as reduction of injuries if you have culture of cleaning safely.  This culture requires standardization and consistent training.  Never forget that it is all about saving labor hours which equates to the biggest impact on your margins. 

Your comments and questions are always welcome.  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