When helping customers with their janitorial budgets, we sometimes talk over ways of producing a "good return on cleaning investment." Good ROI is important whether you're in purchasing or managing a janitorial or facility maintenance department. You want your investment in processes, people and equipment to save you more, or give you better results, or both, than you began with.
We have found in hundreds of cases that you can do more to help your budget by investing in processes that affect people than you can by cutting the much smaller portion of the budget going to supplies and equipment. In fact, increasing the amount spent on products that work well and equipment that is more productive is a very effective way to address budget constraints.
Cleaning for Health produces a good return on cleaning investment. So, what is Cleaning for Health, if the term has not been on your radar for long?
Cleaning for Health is the process of using modern technologies to control harmful microorganisms and pollutants in the places they most effect building occupants. The results in janitorial effectiveness, lowered absenteeism and increased building-occupant satisfaction almost always outweigh the investment in equipment and chemistries.
Is this just another way of saying "apply disinfectant liberally?" Really, it is not. Here are four CFH goals we think are important to this process that have a different emphasis than standard cleaning routines:
- 1. Make a documented plan for janitors that identifies, and then addresses how the most important common touch points (handles, handsets, keyboards, restroom surfaces, etc.) and air quality will be managed. Train them in the plan and the procedures. Announce that you will be measuring compliance and then make sure to do so on a schedule.
- a. This process will most likely result in a shift in how labor hours are spent and should help focus cleaning on areas that make the greatest difference. If you contact us here, we will schedule with you to look at where you would probably gain the most and by doing what. You can request that information be put into a short report for management documentation purposes.
- 2. Reduce absenteeism by reducing cross contamination from touch points and improving indoor air quality. Studies show 33% to 50% cuts in absenteeism from Cleaning for Health processes.
3. Make processes safer by using lowered toxicity to reduce microorganisms, resulting in better health and safety for janitors and a greener program of cleaning.
- 4. Measure results. The best way is to use ATP metering, which produces a number on unseen cleaning effectiveness. Another method is building occupant surveys (we have forms for your use) will also detect improvements indirectly. An extensive university study found Cleaning for Health also improves visual appearance, odor control and occupant satisfaction as secondary benefits.