Several readers wrote challenging my recommendations on Team Cleaning when it was for a very small building/area that did not require even one person to service it, much less a team of four or more.  


Response:  As most professionals think of Team Cleaning, they usually break it into different aspects of the process.  One key aspect is having designated “specialists” who perform tasks based on their areas of service.  For example, a rest room specialist is equipped to clean all the rest rooms in a given order while the vacuum specialist (wearing a backpack) vacuums, edges, high dusts and performs other tasks on their Job Card.  If there is sufficient space/square footage for a team of four, there would be a Trash/Dust Specialist, a Vacuum Specialist, a Rest Room Specialist and a Utility Specialist all performing pre-determined tasks in a prescribed manner for most effectiveness and efficiency.  


If it is a small area requiring only one person, he/she would perform the tasks of all specialists in the same prescribed manner (aka A Team of One) so that the same results can be achieved.  This way, if there is a campus or office complex that is being serviced, the benefits of Team Cleaning can still be achieved in both large and very small areas.  


No one is suggesting that Team Cleaning requires four specialists for every area being serviced; rather I am suggesting that the prescribed cleaning procedures can be implemented regardless of the number of workers required for the area.  This is where work-loading and scheduling come into play and requires analysis of the area by someone who understands Team Cleaning.


Yes, you can utilize Team Cleaning in a very small account by having one person perform all the Team Cleaning functions in their prescribed order.


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