Equipment that streamlines cleaning processes, as well as operations budgets

These restroom-cleaning machines promise improvements in both efficiency and efficacy. So one may wonder why everyone isn’t using them. For some, the roadblock is a “don’t-fix-what-ain’t-broken” mindset, Glasel says. Others simply lack awareness about the products.

Certain machines have limitations, as well. For example, pressure-washing equipment like spray-and-vac plays best with impermeable surfaces; they aren’t a great option for restrooms with drywall or untiled floors. Also, very small restrooms may not easily accommodate these larger pieces of machinery.

Money can also be a barrier. “The use of often expensive equipment requires companies to approve expending capital, in exchange for long-term gains in reduced costs,” Glasel says. ISSA’s Value of Clean tools can help custodial managers calculate eventual labor savings to help justify the immediate cash outlay. Less easy to quantify are savings from the improved health of the building occupants.

Facilities that cannot afford a $5,000 machine can investigate leading, McGarvey adds. “Spread it out over a few years so the thousand dollar investment becomes a few hundred dollars a month instead.”

Similarly, some organizations worry about the expense and hassle of training. New tools require new training, but distributors can help with this process, often at no cost.

“Training, in general, in our industry has always been a challenge,” McGarvey says. “Quite frankly, different organizations have different commitments to training, and it may be symptomatic of how they view their entire operation. If we’re not using the most up-to-date technologies and training, then we’re opening ourselves up to competition.”

Switching from a rag or mop to one of these more powerful machines will almost always increase efficiency and efficacy. Streamlining does not always equal quality, however, and no piece of equipment can guarantee exceptional cleaning. Proper training on processes will help.

Glasel adds, “Quality of cleaning can’t be measured in terms of lowest amount of money spent to do the job.”  

BECKY MOLLENKAMP is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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