Three Infographics Help Explain Cleaning Equipment Productivity

Sometimes it is hard to visualize the actual effect bringing a new piece of cleaning automation on board will have. In general, we know that a custodian with a string mop is not going to be as fast cleaning as her counterpart on a medium-sized rider-scrubber. But the details in-between can be kind of fuzzy.

Enter the following three infographics on mopping, vacuuming and extracting - three of the most-common activities of larger cleaning departments. In fact, if you added up all the time spent in a year performing all three of these floor-care tasks, you would probably find a notable and substantial percentage of the full-time equivalent hours expended on cleaning.  

These infographics provide some broad brush strokes in a painting of what your department can accomplish by moving from one level of automation to another. They can give you an idea how you might impact your staff hours spent, what time could be reallocated to other activities not getting enough attention now, or what the difference to the labor budget might be. 


Figuring out what equipment can be used to good advantage is something we can assist with. Every day, PUR-O-ZONE representatives are demonstrating equipment somewhere, or helping evaluate how much time is being spent in current activities, or starting building stakeholder feedback systems to determine what your specific definition of clean is. Going from a fleet of upright vacuums to a somewhat smaller arsenal of backpack vacuums - or some combination of those types - is something that might work out for many buildings. Other technology leaps, however, might be limited by the characteristics of your building, or your staff, or expectations outside your department.


The point to reviewing your building, staff and current approach with a PUR-O-ZONE automation guru is three-fold:

  1. You want to see if the equipment will be productive. If you're excited about the potential of cruising down the halls on a 28-inch rider-scrubber at flank speed - but those hallways are narrow, your rooms are filled with obstacles and there are five different types of floor coverings in your building, it may not make sense to go that far. You may max out your potential, but very nicely, with a 20-inch stand-on scrubber that is nimble, turns on a dime and is quick to change out for handling different floor-covering surfaces. Our experience can help you up to speed here and reduce the chances of taking a misstep.
  2. You will want to look at the expected pickups in productivity. Does this allow you to re-assign labor to an area not getting enough attention, now? What is your definition of clean, and will a change in automation help you narrow any gaps? How do the hours your staff is actually spending compare with the data we have on hundreds (and hundreds) of other businesses, schools and facilities? What do your building stakeholders think of what is being done now? Is it what you think they think? We can help you with all these considerations.
  3. You will want to view the terrain. Where is the low-hanging fruit? Out of everything you can make a change in, why and where does it make the most sense to make a change? Where is the return-on-investment most likely the greatest? What is the likely pace your staff can take on change and run with it? We can help with all that, too. 

While you are considering these infographics, if you have any questions to lay on us, just call 800-727-7876. Customer service will pair you with the right person for your area and for the type of experience needed.