Is Your Cleaning Cleaning You Out? 8 Signs You’re Squandering Money

You may think you’ve gotten your office and building cleaning systems right where you want them.  But your current cleaning systems could be costing your business extra money and decreasing your bottom line.  Here are 8 key factors that could be costing you 20%, 30% or even 40% of your budget for cleaning and supplies.

  1. Too Many Products

It’s said that a great chef needs only two knives: a chef’s knife and a paring knife. An efficient janitorial staff also knows how to do more with less.

4+ cleaning products are too many. Specialty cleaners add up quickly, especially if you’re using multiple ready-to-use products. Look for products that can do all your multi-purpose cleaning– glass, grout, tile, floors, stainless steel, carpet and general surfaces.

  1. Inconsistent Training

How long does it take to train each new custodian? If you have to develop your own training program from scratch, or if the training materials provided are difficult to use, you’re wasting time and money while training your staff. A good training system is simple and crosses language barriers to get your custodians up to speed quickly. Of course, if you use a professional corporate janitorial service like Team Clean, no basic training is necessary.

  1. Accidental Surface Damage Costs

If an irate customer sends you a bill for bleach spots on a carpet, you’ve paid too much for your cleaning chemicals. Reduce your risk by using safer cleaning products. Look for products that are marked safe on any water-safe surface. If you must use products that could potentially damage surfaces, make sure the training is clear (see above) and that custodians know the proper handling procedures according to the product’s instructions.

  1. Workers’ Compensation Claims

6 out of 100 custodial workers file chemical-related Workers’ Comp claims per year.  No one wants to see staffers injured, and no one wants to deal with a Worker’s Comp claim. If you have reoccurring issues with chemical-related Worker’s Comp, it probably ties back to the safety profile of the products. How do you pick safer cleaning products?

  1. Those Ready-to-Use Blues

Ready-to-use (RTU) products seem convenient, but they’re far more costly than concentrated chemicals. You always want to look at the in-use cost per gallon. An RTU carpet spotter could run you $4 or $5 per quart, whereas a concentrated chemical could cost less than a dollar per quart. Plus, you get the added sustainability bonus of not having to dispose of all those RTU plastic bottles.

  1. Residue = Sticky = More Cleaning Time

Some cleaning products work by adding more and more detergent to the formula. Products like these can leave behind a lot of sticky chemical residue, meaning surfaces get dirtier faster. When your shoe (or, worse, your bare foot) sticks to the floor, that’s the excess detergent in the cleaning chemical making itself known. If your staff cleans the floor again with the same chemical, it just leaves more and more residue. It’s a vicious cycle that can only be broken by replacing that particular chemical with something that’s easier to work with.

  1. Angry Customers

If you have to go back and redo a cleaning task because of customer complaints, you’ve wasted extra time and money. This issue comes back to basic customer service, product effectiveness, and simple, straightforward training.

  1. Saving Green by Cleaning Green

A lot of people think that staying green is more expensive, but green is all about resource reduction.  Green cleaners are typically in concentrated form, reducing cost over ready-to-use products. They’re safer alternatives to traditional chemicals, so you’ll see less damage and less workers’ comp. Green products often come in eco-friendly containers. If you add greener cleaners on top of other green practices, like entry mats and high-efficiency equipment, you’ll be directly addressing almost all 8 of these cleaning issues that are unnecessarily costing you time and money.