One of the overarching benefits of using restroom cleaning equipment is that it decreases the need for JANCOA janitors to use chemicals to clean restrooms, Bard says. That aspect fits right into the company’s goal to become more environmentally friendly, he says.

“Removing the waste altogether is so much better than trying to cover it up with the smell of chemicals,” he says.

JANCOA’s use of restroom cleaning equipment has evolved over the last decade. When the economy fell into a recession, JANCOA was using large machines to clean restrooms. The soft economy forced the company to be less selective about its scope of work, which resulted in cleaning smaller buildings — often those smaller than 50,000 square feet — such as medical and office buildings.

Because of their size, management began investing in smaller no-touch restroom cleaning machines that could be easily moved from place to place.

“A lot of customers don’t have a room or space to store a large machine like that,” Bard says. “When the buildings get smaller, the closets get smaller, and the budgets get smaller. So we needed something that not only was easier to maneuver and easier to use, but more cost-effective and easier to maintain.”

For example, the company can easily justify putting three $5,000 machines in a 1 million square foot building, but cannot justify putting the same machine into a $3,000 a month cleaning contract for a smaller building, Bard says. As a result, the company has slowly implemented smaller machines throughout its portfolio of client buildings, adding three to five machines into its operation each month.

“We want to put them in place when people are being trained on them properly,” Bard says. “We figure that we recoup the cost of the machines within three to six months.”

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