The traditional image of the janitor wielding a mop, bucket, and rags, may soon become a thing of the past; today, specialised commercial cleaning equipment is fast revolutionising the contract cleaning industry, allowing custodians to achieve a level of thorough cleanliness with an efficiency impossible to achieve with manual tools.
Commercial cleaning equipment for restroom applications typically relies on high levels of water pressure to clean floors and surfaces. This has manifold benefits: It allows the custodian to get into a room’s hard-to-reach nooks and crannies with minimal physical effort (reducing the likelihood of workplace injury, a common problem among janitors), and it means that he or she does not have to rely on the use of environmentally harmful chemical cleaners. Rather than using solvents, restroom cleaning machines simply vacuum up the water they expel, removing dirt in the process.
Clint Bard, COO at JANCOA, a Cincinnati-based cleaning firm, explains the benefits this system has over a traditional mop and bucket approach:
“When you are finished mopping, whatever didn’t stick to that mop is still there on the floor and in the grout,” explains Bard. Likewise, with conventional restroom cleaning equipment, there is the constant hassle of dealing with dirty mops:
“Dirty mops don’t work effectively by harboring germs instead of removing them,” Bard says. They also present an image problem; showing up to work with a visibly dingy or soiled mop is “not professional, and it shows you are not at the top of your game.”
Commercial cleaning equipment for restrooms does, of course, require a substantial investment as compared to the conventional mop and bucket approach, but this initial cost will be offset over time through not having to purchase cleaning solutions and through increased efficiency on the job.
“It may not be that much faster every night, but because you are getting out all of the deep grime and everything else off the floor nightly, you don’t need to come in as frequently with a deep scrub or a deep clean of the restrooms,” Bard explains. “So on a nightly basis, it probably takes the same amount of time to mop, but those bathrooms stay clean and stay spotless every night.”
Likewise, due to the fact that restroom cleaning equipment retracts water, it cuts down the amount of time restrooms cannot be accessed by those who need to use them, something which is sure to make you company preferable to many clients.
Where to Use Restroom Cleaning Equipment
Restroom cleaning equipment tends to be much better suited to larger spaces than smaller ones; office buildings, educational facilities, and medical buildings are all excellent examples of the kind of places where commercial cleaning equipment is preferable.
On the whole, medical buildings likely have the most to gain from the use of restroom cleaning equipment, as thorough cleanliness is absolutely essential in these facilities.
“Removing germs and getting them out of the restrooms and exam rooms is huge, and the no touch cleaning is really a lot safer and lot more effective,” Bard explains.
Restroom cleaning equipment is also ideal for medical facilities (and other facilities which house very sensitive persons) as the absence of a need for chemical solvents in order to clean means that fumes are nonexistent. For those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments, this reduction in common respiratory irritants is of great benefit.
If your cleaning business is still in its infancy and mostly working in smaller buildings, it’s generally advisable to stick to conventional methods and forego the large outlay of funds until the business has grown into handling larger spaces. However, should you prefer to take the plunge and invest in restroom cleaning equipment even while handling smaller spaces, there are options available: Smaller no-touch restroom cleaning machines which can be easily moved from place to place.
Bard has the following advice for those working in smaller spaces: “A lot of customers don’t have a room or space to store a large machine… When the buildings get smaller, the closets get smaller, and the budgets get smaller.” As such, you’ll need machines which are “easier to maneuver and easier to use, [plus] more cost-effective and easier to maintain.” Bard recommends implementing smaller machines throughout your portfolio of client buildings, budget permitting, at a rate of about three to five machines each month. Adding machines at such a pace, “We figure that we recoup the cost of the machines within three to six months,” Bard says.
Overall, when one assesses the long-term savings, along with the environmental and human health benefits, restroom cleaning equipment reveals itself to be a more than worthwhile investment.