Clean Floor – Daytime Cleaning a Green Approach – Commercial

This article’s goal is inform our readers of a fast growing trend in the commercial market of how to clean floors during the day. Daytime cleaning is not a new concept and in fact it has been around for the last three decades in the commercial market. It started with retailers adapting to early morning cleaning. With early morning cleaning, the daily wet work on hard floors is completed prior to the store or facility is open for business while other cleaning tasks such as cleaning restrooms and trash removal are done after the store is open for business. The janitors usually started the work shift from 4:00 AM to 6:00 AM and end the work shift from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. This provided the early adopters to daytime cleaning to have a 4 hour window to complete all the daily cleaning tasks. This allowed them to accomplish the following:

  • Reduce Energy Cost
  • Reduce Management Supervision Payroll Cost
  • Reduce Overall Cleaning Labor Cost
  • Reduce Shrinkage Cost
  • Reduce Risk Liability

 

Clean Floor – Daytime Cleaning a Growing Trend

Daytime cleaning of commercial buildings is a fast growing trend because of several reasons but for two primary reasons; all of the above cost saves as stated above including additional saves of cleaning totally throughout the day shift and the green sustainability movement to protect and preserve the environment. As stated in prior articles relative to green cleaning of floors and the entire facility, green cleaning actually means “Sustainable”.

Sustainable cleaning is a holistic approach to cleaning. This means only using a green cleaner that is safe or friendly to the environment is not “Sustainable”. The definition of Sustainable cleaning includes the entire cleaning process; the procedures, the cleaning chemical, when you clean floors, the machines, the tools used, cleaning cloths, frequency of performing the cleaning tasks, chemical product packaging, water and waste reduction, reducing energy consumption, reducing the carbon footprint, etc.

Sustainability relative to cleaning floors or an entire commercial facility cannot be good for only the eco-system. It must also be good for your expense budget. Using a Green Cleaning process and chemicals must be Sustainable for the environment and be profitable for the commercial end-user or for that matter the residential consumer. If not, it will never work or be adapted as the cleaning process of choice.

 

Clean Floor – Daytime Cleaning – Requirements for a Successful Program

Daytime cleaning can be accomplished but it requires the following to make it a success with your commercial buildings. It is not difficult and there are organizations and firms that specialize in this area. The most recognizable leading firm in daytime cleaning is DCS Global Enterprise LP. Their website is listed below.

The following is a concise overview of the primary necessary requirements to implement a Daytime Cleaning program.

  1. A commitment to develop and implement a Daytime Cleaning program
     
  2. Planning the implementation of the program
     
  3. The cleaning process must be scheduled for specific tasks need to be performed at certain times throughout the day that allows floors and the entire facility to be cleaned with minimum interruption to both the employees and the janitors.
     
  4. Using Cleaners, Power Cleaning Machines, Tools and Supplies that perform well with a minimum amount of water or cleaning solution. These include…
       

    • Cleaning Machines:
      • Automatic Scrubbers and other power cleaning equipment that utilizes a wet vacuuming system that consistently picks up 99.9% of the cleaning solution off the floor. This is not easy but our research shows while many automatic scrubbers perform well picking up cleaning solution from the floor. However machines such as Taski’s automatic scrubbers have some unique design features that allow it to consistently perform well with cleaning solution pickup from the floor
         

        1. Direct straight line vacuum hoses to the recovery tan
        2. Special double “V” squeegee design with dual vacuum hose line
        3. Special squeegee blade material
        4. Microfiber cleaning pad system
        5. Controlled solution dispensing to the floor – minimizes the amount of the solution on the floor which saves product cost as well as water consumption
        6. Reduce noise level
           
      • Carpet Care Systems (machine and/or chemical) that clean while leaving the carpet dry within a few minutes instead of hours. There are several leaders in dry foam cleaning of carpets. Encapsulated Dry Foam Carpet Cleaning Systems work best to accomplish this goal of maintaining great looking carpets while leaving the carpet dry within a few minutes
         
      • Dry and wet vacuums that provide reduce noise level
         
    • Mopping Tools: Microfiber dry and wet mopping tools, buckets and systems. A quality microfiber system will greatly reduce the amount of cleaning solution required to clean a floor.
       
    • Cleaning Products: Green Approved or Certified Cleaners that perform multiple cleaning tasks.
       

The ultimate goal is to provide cleaning during the day while remaining invisible to the employees and/or customers in your building. The above is an outline of how to get started in Daytime Cleaning. Do not be afraid of it; being open-minded and embracing it will help insure success.

It is growing quickly because not only can it be successfully accomplished but it reduces energy consumption, reduces labor cost, reduces supply and product consumption and preserves the environment while increasing the profitability your company. Visit the websites below for assistance and further information on Daytime Cleaning and Green Sustainable Supplies.

 

Clean Floor – Green Certification Organization – Websites

 

DCS Global Enterprise LP

Design for the Environment

U.S. Green Building Council

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Green Seal

TASKI Floor Cleaning Machines

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