Cleaning methodologies

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Implementing a sound cleaning methodology will save you time, money and ensure that your cleaning is completed correctly the first time. Every cleaning business needs to implement a cleaning methodology. We have put together a simple but effective methodology that can be implemented into any cleaning business. This methodology ensures that no cleaner cleans the same thing twice and that no task is missed.

This simple 8 step process will help your bottom line.

Step #1 – Work from a Trolley

Providing your cleaning staff with a trolley that can hold all relevant consumables will certainly save time and promote efficiency. Cleaning staff will have all their cleaning consumables close at hand and also can easily see what needs replenishing. Use a trolley also promotes safer manual handling.

Step #2 – Start from the Top

Start cleaning from the top (high areas) first, then wipe benches and leave the floors till last. Using this process ensures all dust is collected and removed. Dust or loose debris will fall eventually settling on the floor. Vacuuming the floors last will ensure that all dust is collected.

Step #3 – Cleaning Clockwise

Working in a circular clockwise movement ensures that no task is overlooked or completed twice, eliminating the need to remember which areas have been cleaned, ensuring that no area or task is forgotten.

Step #4 – Power Savings when Cleaning High rise Buildings

All cleaners work in teams instead of on their own, which reduces the amount of areas that require lighting at any one time, (e.g. in a high rise building three cleaners may clean one floor at a time over three hours instead of one cleaner on each floor for three hours), therefore guaranteeing customers savings and conserving energy.

Step #5 – Microfibre Cloth Cleaning

Microfibre cloths are environmentally friendly as they require no chemicals to get a great clean.

Step #6 – Vacuuming Correctly

Begin vacuuming with an empty bag. Use a long extension cord and vacuum in circular motion. By using this method cleaners can clean a greater area of floor space before the vacuum needs to be unplugged and repositioned.

Step #7 – Mopping in a Figure 8 Motion

Mopping in a figure ‘8’ ensures that the entire surface of the mop is used, promoting a better result. Additionally, it enables the mop to act as a broom picking up any loose debris in the fibres.

Step #8 – Colour Coded Equipment

Using colour coded clothes and equipment eliminates infection and cross contamination i.e. Blue for General Cleaning, Green for Kitchens etc.
Bottom Line

Developing a good working methodology is the key to a successful cleaning business. Our tips are a guide to help you save time, money and ensure a complete clean at the standard expected from your clients.