5 Benefits of Preventive Maintenance for Janitorial Equipment

An essential part of being able to clean and maintain your facility is keeping your janitorial equipment in working condition.

Not only will your cleaning staff need to perform basic maintenance procedures before and after each use, but your machine will need more thorough periodic maintenance to keep it up and running. 

This additional maintenance is referred to as “preventive maintenance.”

Preventive maintenance is an important component of making sure that your equipment doesn’t experience long downtimes and that your cleaning staff has access to the machines they need to complete tasks in your facility.

In this article, we’ll tell you why janitorial preventive maintenance is an important part of keeping your equipment up and running to save your facility time and money.

5 Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance

When performed routinely, janitorial preventive maintenance will avert unexpected downtime caused by broken and out-of-service equipment along with other issues like increased cleaning times, lower productivity, and higher costs.

Most frustratingly, equipment always seems to break at the wrong times. Like when you are trying to get ready for the first day of school, open up the office, or get ready for the lunch rush.

You may not think you need preventive maintenance because your equipment is in working order, but these maintenance procedures are meant to prevent breakdowns and extend the life of your machines.

It’s also common to avoid preventive maintenance because it’s an additional cost for your business, but when performed properly, it can save your business money on labor, repairs, and time in the long run.

Preventive Maintenance can provide your business with 5 main benefits:

  1. Cost Savings
  2. Time Savings
  3. Increased Occupant Health and Safety
  4. Longer Asset Life 
  5. Less Equipment Downtime 

1. Cost Savings

The greatest benefit of preventative maintenance is a lower cost of labor and money saved on expensive machine repairs. 

Machines that aren’t properly maintained can break down more often because the parts are not serviced regularly and become worn during regular use. 

Preventive maintenance can help your business reduce how much it spends on repairs by catching and fixing issues before an extensive repair is needed.

For example, if you are not checking the batteries on your floor machine, you may cause your batteries to have a shortened life and require replacement. 

If your staff or chosen service center is able to maintain your machine before a part breaks or needs to be replaced, you can reduce the cost of getting your machine back up and running and eliminate the risk of the machine breaking down mid-cleaning procedure.

You can also save on labor costs with commercial preventive maintenance. When equipment breaks it will take your staff more time to complete cleaning tasks in your facility.

With labor being the most expensive resource, it’s imperative to ensure equipment is in working order especially when some equipment can boost productivity by up to 230%.

2. Time Savings

Equipment often breaks at the most inconvenient times. When your janitorial cleaning machines break, your staff will have to spend more time cleaning, leading to reduced productivity and higher labor costs for your business.

This is due to the need for using older, less efficient cleaning tools or methods while waiting for your broken equipment to be repaired.

Janitorial preventive maintenance will keep your equipment in working condition without disruption. It also greatly reduces the chance of needing reworks due to poor cleaning results from malfunctioning or poorly taken care of equipment.

For example, floor machines that are not maintained after use can lead to wobbly machines, causing floor scratches or scuffs and uneven cleaning. 

Incorrectly maintained floor machines can also lead to damage to other parts of your equipment, like the pad driver. 

Regular maintenance can help catch any worn parts so that they can be replaced before they cause an issue for your janitorial team.

When your staff can work uninterrupted, they can get more done.

3. Increased Occupant Health and Safety

If a part of your machine is broken, worn, or dirty, you may not be able to get the best clean possible.

Equipment operating in poor condition will leave behind dirt, debris, and bacteria that would normally be removed.

For example, a commercial floor scrubber with a malfunctioning recovery system may not be picking up enough slurry from your floors. If the people in your building walk on your floors thinking they’re dry, there’s an increased risk that they will slip on the wet floor.

Not only is this unsafe and a hazard for guests, but this will also affect the appearance of your floors.

Another important consideration is the health and safety of your staff.

On some floor maintenance equipment, floor pads are used to complete cleaning tasks and should be checked periodically to make sure they aren’t damaged or worn. If your staff attempts to complete cleaning with a damaged or extremely worn floor pad, it may fly off of the machine and put the people in your building at risk of injury. 

4. Longer Asset Life

Every piece of equipment has an average life span or amount of time it’s expected to last before needing replacement.

Preventive maintenance can help extend the life of your equipment and keep it up and running for longer. 

It’s normal for your equipment to have wear and tear from daily use around your facility, but a regular maintenance schedule will keep your equipment in good shape, extending the overall life of your equipment.

For example, a full flush of the solution and recovery system on an auto scrubber is needed to help you identify any leaks or loosened connections in the machine. 

A full system flush is also important to help remove and loosen any built-up residue in the machine. Chemical residue left in a solution tank can clog the solution lines and cause the failure of internal valves and pumps.

If not performed at least once a month, hoses can be affected and dramatically lower the overall lifespan of your machine in turn costing you more money.

5. Less Equipment Downtime

A majority of equipment breakdowns are caused by preventable issues when caught early on.

Commercial preventive maintenance addresses potential issues before they cause your machine to break or go out of working order. Extensive issues can be avoided so you don’t have to wait for parts and repairs for your machines.

For example, a floor buffer will need lubricant to be applied to all of the pivot points and assembly parts that may become dry and hard to rotate. Without proper lubrication, the machine may start to squeak and grind. If ignored, this can cause damage to the axle or frame of the machine.

Failing to lubricate the joints of the machine can lead to out-of-service equipment. In today’s market, the parts needed to repair the machine could take weeks to months to arrive so you can get your machine back in running condition.

Scheduling maintenance when it’s most convenient as opposed to waiting for unexpected breakdowns will help reduce the amount of time your equipment spends out of service.


Final Thoughts

Preventive maintenance is a key step to making sure that your cleaning staff can clean and maintain your facility to the best of their ability.

Some tasks are easy and can be performed by your janitorial team, like charging a dead battery, but others may require maintenance to be done by a service professional, like replacing a power cord.

Imperial Dade has service centers across the country that can send out a licensed technician to your facility to perform the preventive maintenance services your machines need to keep them running.

If you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, or the Caribbean reach out to an Imperial Dade specialist today to schedule janitorial preventive maintenance for your janitorial equipment.

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What is Electrostatic Disinfection?

Disinfecting large areas in your commercial facility can be time-consuming and require a lot of labor from your cleaning staff. Read this article to learn whether electrostatic disinfection is the right no-touch disinfection method for disinfecting surfaces in your building.

Creating a clean, sanitary environment for you and the people in your building is an important task for any facility manager. 

Manually cleaning the various surfaces in your building can create very long cleaning times, making it hard for your janitorial team to complete other tasks in your building.

To combat long cleaning times, your janitorial staff can use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to disinfect the surfaces in your building.

In this article, we’ll explain what electrostatic disinfection is and how you and your staff can use electrostatic disinfection in your facility to reduce the chance of spreading illness-causing germs.

What is Electrostatic Disinfection?

Electrostatic disinfection is the process of spraying a disinfectant chemical on a surface or object in your facility using an electrostatic sprayer.

When using an electrostatic sprayer, your cleaning staff can apply disinfectant faster, using fewer chemicals, and achieving an even coating.

As a result, large areas that are disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer are treated more efficiently and economically.

How does Electrostatic Disinfection Work?

Electrostatic disinfectant sprayers are able to deliver uniform, 360-degree wraparound coverage by applying either a positive or negative charge to the disinfectant chemical.

Since most surfaces have a neutral charge, the charged particles that are dispelled from the sprayers are attracted to them. 

Applying a disinfectant using an electrostatic sprayer allows for thorough coverage since the droplets are attracted to the surface while repelling droplets of disinfectant. This means that if an area has already been coated with disinfectant, the chemical will travel to new areas or surfaces that haven’t yet been coated by disinfectant.

What Disinfectants Can Be Applied Electrostatically?

It is important to note that not all disinfectant chemicals can be applied electrostatically, and not every electrostatic sprayer is compatible with the same disinfectant. 

Some manufacturers, like Victory Innovations and Clorox, have outlined the different types of disinfectant chemicals that can be used with their electrostatic sprayers.

When choosing a disinfectant to use with an electrostatic sprayer, you should double-check the product manufacturer’s instructions for compatibility with the device you’re using.

You should also check that you can achieve the required dwell time using an electrostatic disinfection sprayer.

If you use the wrong chemical in your sprayer, you could risk inadequate surface coverage and reduced disinfection caused by the disinfectant not being able to hold the electrical charge. 

Where Can Electrostatic Disinfection Be Used?

Electrostatic disinfection is most effective when used in areas like:

  • Educational facilities
  • Healthcare settings
  • Hotels
  • Airports
  • Restaurants
  • Athletic Facilities
  • & other facilities that require frequent disinfection

You can also use this technology to clean hard-to-reach areas and crevices that would otherwise be ignored.

WARNING: When using an electrostatic sprayer in a food service or food preparation facility, you should use extreme caution. An electrostatic sprayer shouldn’t be used when food and other items are out and can come into contact with the chemical disinfectant.

You should also be cautious when using an electrostatic sprayer in an area where children commonly spend time.

What Types Of Electrostatic Disinfection Devices Are Available?

Imperial Dade provides a variety of electrostatic devices to help you and your cleaning staff achieve effective and efficient disinfection in your facility.

We can provide your facility with our two top-rated electrostatic devices that will make disinfecting the surfaces in your facility easier and less time consuming:

  1. Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer
  2. Clorox® Electrostatic Sprayer

Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer

The Victory Innovations® Electrostatic Sprayer is designed to cover more surfaces in your facility while saving your cleaning team time and labor.

Size: 

The Victory Electrostatic Sprayer comes in either a 5 lb handheld sprayer with a 1L capacity or a 10lb backpack sprayer with an 8.52 L capacity.

Depending on the size of the area being cleaned, you can choose between the handheld and the backpack sprayer. 

If you have to disinfect an area that has a lot of obstacles and furniture, you will benefit more from the handheld sprayer while disinfecting an open area will be easier with a backpack sprayer. 

Chemical Compatibility:

Victory Innovations sprayers are designed to use a range of disinfectant chemicals, including peroxide and chlorinated tablets. However, the manufacturer doesn’t sell disinfectants specifically for use with the sprayer.

That means the chemicals you use can be tailored to meet the budget and infection prevention needs of your specific facility. 

For your preferred disinfectant chemical, you will need to confirm with the chemical manufacturer the disinfectant is suitable for electrostatic spray application and is effective against the target pathogens.

Power Source: 

The Victory Electrostatic Sprayers are cordless, lithium-ion battery-powered electrostatic sprayers. A cordless sprayer offers you and your cleaning team increased mobility without the risk of tripping on a power cord.

Optimal Spray Distance:

The handheld sprayer is best used at a distance of 2-4 feet for the best disinfectant coverage, while the backpack sprayer has an optimal spray distance of 2-6 feet.

Run Time: 

Both of these models have a 4-hour run time on a single charge and a 90-minute battery charge time.

Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer

The Clorox Total 360 provides a uniform surface coverage and kills illness-causing germs from surfaces in your building.

Size: 

The Clorox Electrostatic Sprayer comes in either the 33.8-ounce handheld TurboPro™ model or the Total 360 electrostatic cart that is compatible with the Clorox 128 fl. oz. disinfectant products.

Chemical Compatibility: 

The Total 360 system should only be used with Clorox’s line of disinfectant chemicals. These products range from cleaner disinfectants to sanitizers. 

The TurboPro™ can be used with any compatible disinfectant chemicals that work with an electrostatic sprayer and have EPA approval for application by electrostatic spray devices.

Power Source:

The handheld TurboPro™ sprayer has a rechargeable battery, while the Total 360 cart system is corded and can only be used as far as the cord will allow the system to go.

A corded electrostatic sprayer is able to maintain a consistent charge during use, which is key to making sure that the disinfectant can achieve a full 360 degree wrap on surfaces and objects.

Optimal Spray Distance:

The TurboPro handheld sprayer should be held between 2-3 feet from the surfaces being sprayed. The Total 360 cart sprayer should be used between 2-4 feet away from the surfaces being treated.

Run Time:

The total 360 system is corded, so it will run as long as it’s plugged into an outlet. 

The TurboPro™ can run for 4 hours on a single charge.


Final Thoughts

Electrostatic disinfection is a great option for any facility that needs to complete high-volume surface disinfection. It also works great for any facility that may deal with hard-to-reach spaces or objects that are not easily disinfected by hand because of the object shape or fixture surface area. 

With an electrostatic sprayer, you and your cleaning staff will be able to apply disinfectant chemicals to various areas in your building faster and use less labor and chemicals.

If you’re located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, or Canada, contact one of our Imperial Dade sales consultants to learn more about how electrostatic disinfection can benefit your facility. Our specialists can help match you with the best products and equipment for your business’s specific needs.

Robotic Floor Care: A Reliable Investment in Commercial Cleaning Solutions

Automation takes a lot of forms — robotic floor care is one of them!

Advancements in commercial equipment have paved the way for intelligent cleaning solutions, making robotic vacuum cleaners a sound investment for businesses both large and small.

Many business owners or operation managers interested in maintaining high cleaning standards without increasing labor costs have adopted automated floor care as the leading solution. This next-generation technology is the perfect companion to any janitorial team because it maximizes cleaning efficiency without breaking the budget. Considering the cleaning industry is often understaffed, whether due to labor shortage or high employee turnover, assigning this mundane task to a machine allows your work personnel to focus on more important cleaning tasks, such as sanitation and disinfection.

Moreover, robotic floor scrubbers can effectively improve commercial cleaning processes. Manual cleaning routines are prone to human error and can miss as much as 15 percent of an area, whereas automated floor care delivers 98 percent to 99.5 percent cleaning coverage. Certain models are designed to automatically calculate the best cleaning path, while others can be manually programmed and reprogrammed for your peace of mind. Once upon a time, this required the help of an experienced engineer, but technological advancements allow on-site managers to handle this on their own!

A great advantage of owning a commercial robotic scrubber (besides having a team member who never calls in sick) is that it requires minimal supervision. Once programmed, the Liberty SC50 from our partners at Nilfisk, for example, can operate up to six hours on a single charge without human guidance. Once the work has been finished, or assistance is required, the machine can automatically contact the manager.

Although robotic scrubbers have a higher up-front cost, they pay for themselves in a short period of time and can last up to 10 years with proper care. Facilities that are cleaned every day or more frequently will have a payback period of 14 to 24 months. It is estimated that labor makes up 90 percent of facility maintenance costs, which can rise even further for buildings that need to be cleaned more frequently. By adopting automated floor care solutions, businesses can save a lot of money in the long run and allocate that budget to other projects.

This is also a fantastic way to improve sustainability efforts. State-of-the-art robotic scrubbers are designed to be incredibly efficient and minimize the use of energy, water, and cleaning chemicals.

Both employees and customers value a business that prioritizes cleanliness for the public’s health and safety, especially in the COVID-19 era. A survey conducted by The Harris Poll shows that poor cleanliness would lead a staggering 99 percent of Americans to develop a negative perception of the business. The current pandemic has only exacerbated our need for clean commercial sites.

Businesses from a wide range of industries can benefit from automated floor care:

  • Convention centers
  • Retail shopping stores
  • Educational facilities
  • Office buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Airports
  • And more!

Are you interested in expanding your janitorial team with a robotic scrubber? Take a look at this infographic to decide whether automated floor care is right for you.

Working with an experienced distributor who can consult on the cleaning equipment options, perform demonstrations, and provide onsite training is essential to selecting the best machines and ensuring ROI.

Imperial Dade has a long history of helping clients discover innovative solutions to improve their commercial cleaning practices. We would love to do the same for you! Contact us today to learn more about automated floor cleaning and ensure your business is a safe and healthy environment for employees and guests alike.

The Internet of Things (IoT): How Does this Relate to the Cleaning Industry?

By Vickie Holland

Do you use a Fitbit or Apple Watch to track your fitness activity? Do you use a Nest thermometer or other Smart Home devices? How about a remote car starter to warm up your car when temperatures dip below freezing? If you answered yes, you are one of many people already using the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT is made up of devices, vehicles and appliances embedded with sensors or software that can connect and exchange data. IoT devices send and receive information from devices such as your computer or smartphone. This communication enhances the performance of the object and/or provides valuable information (“Did I meet my step goal?”, “Did I turn off the lights in the living room?”, “Has the package I am expecting been delivered?”). Soon almost everything we touch will be connected.

In addition to changing our personal lives, IoT devices are already making inroads in our industry. Several manufacturers have already developed dispensers and equipment with this technology.

Here are some exciting things you can already see in the market:

  • Restrooms
    • Restrooms that are low or out of products are the number one complaint of clients and users.
    • Dashboards with real time information provide product levels in your IoT connected dispensers. Knowing when, what and where products are needed helps to take a more proactive and efficient approach to cleaning, saving labor hours.
    • Information on the traffic flow of each restroom will minimize complaints and increase user satisfaction. Higher volume can dictate a more rigorous cleaning schedule. Patterns can be analyzed to dispatch staff at peak times. Alerts can tell you about situations that need immediate attention.
    • IoT devices can support compliance monitoring by employees in health care environments (e.g., use of hand sanitizer).
    • Better real time information can provide procurement and budgeting efficiencies based on actual usage.
  • Equipment
    • Cleaning equipment is often moved around a large building or campus and is sometimes “lost.” Equipment with built in sensors allow managers and supervisors to view where each machine is on their property. This is great for large campuses with multiple buildings and large buildings or office complexes.
    • Equipment breakdowns can disrupt your cleaning program and reduce productivity. Alerts can be set to notify a manager when there is an issue in your fleet.
    • Do you know which machines are most often used in your fleet? Are they being used as much as they should? Comparing equipment usage by site and machine can identify any underutilized equipment. This information can be used in developing your cleaning plans and your capital budget.

We have just begun to scratch the surface with IoT in the cleaning industry. As this technology continues to expand, more customers will be participating in programs that will increase efficiency and save money.

If you would like more information, please contact your Imperial Dade Sales Consultant today! Visit www.ImperialDade.com for a location near you. 

High Labor Costs Impacting Bottom Line? Invest in Innovative Equipment to Lower Costs!

By Vickie Holland

Whether you are a building service contractor or an in-house service provider, your budget may be your biggest challenge. And while you could spend plenty of time “shopping” for lower supply costs, you may be missing a much larger opportunity to impact your bottom line: decreasing your Labor Costs. In the past few years, new innovative equipment has been introduced to the cleaning industry to increase productivity and reduce labor time for your employees.

New equipment is designed to increase employee productivity by working faster, smarter, and safer.

A mop and bucket are OK for small areas, but for larger areas an auto scrubber is best. Some equipment manufacturers have designed smaller scrubbers that are perfect for areas too small for an auto scrubber, but too large to cover with a mop & bucket. Scrubbers, such as the Clarke Vantage Auto Scrubber and the Windsor Recover Wet/Dry Vacuum, are excellent additions to any fleet.

Having the right equipment for the job will maximize efficiencies, allow employees time for other projects and ultimately save on your labor costs.

You may be thinking about the last time you bought new equipment that was innovative but did not provide a return on your investment. Perhaps the large auto scrubber sat idle for months and the batteries weren’t maintained. Bad decisions can lead to underutilized or improperly maintained equipment.

Features and Benefits on Innovative Equipment Mentioned

Clarke Vantage Auto Scrubber

scrubber

  • Easy to operate. Foldable/adjustable handles with control panel
  • Quickly and easily remove solution tank for refills
  • Leaves floors safe, dry, clean, and ready-to-use
  • Battery Charger saves time and increases productivity
  • Easily transport up and down steps or ramps
  • Integrated squeegees allow forward or backward cleaning

Windsor Recover Wet/Dry Vacuum

vac

  • Ideal for wet or dry-cleaning tasks
  • Designed for ease of operation and heavy use
  • Equipped with on-board tool storage compartment
  • Features built-in handle and transport wheels

We can schedule time to tour your facility and learn your cleaning procedures. Our expert Sales Consultants can recommend the best equipment based on your needs.

Visit us at www.ImperialDade.com for more information and a location near you.

Increasing Floor Care Productivity

By Laura Craven

The New Year often brings new budgets and goals for reducing costs while improving productivity. For this issue of The Expert Interview I spoke with Jim Lety, Imperial Dade’s Director of Janitorial Sales and a champion of productivity initiatives. With over 30 years of experience in the janitorial industry, Jim has held positions with distribution companies, national marketing organizations, chemical manufacturers and a floor equipment manufacturer. For the last 17 years, he has been part of the Imperial Dade team. 

LC: What are the major changes that you have seen in recent years that impact facility managers?

JL: One of the most significant changes is the availability of labor to perform the task of cleaning the facility. Turnover is one of the toughest challenges that face many of the facility managers today. Properly training an ever changing workforce on proper product usage is a major challenge.

An answer to such a challenge is the new P.L.U.S. labeling system. The PLUS label system provides a universally understood icon based system to train your team. The label is easy to understand, reduces product waste, encourages proper product usage and requires less time to train.

LC: Saving time is a big factor.

JL: Yes, facility managers are now required to do more with less. They have additional square footage to maintain yet their budgets have been cut and they have fewer employees. Increasing the productivity of their labor is a major challenge.

LC: What can they do to address that issue?

JL: Understanding proper cleaning procedures, including the use of powered equipment, to increase productivity is paramount. I often compare floor care to lawn care. Lawn care companies have equipment purchased based on the increased productivity of their labor. This increased productivity allows the crew to complete each job efficiently and move on to the next project. Floor care productivity can be increased by using equipment designed for the square footage of your facility. increase-cleaning-productivity

LC: That makes sense, but what about the cost?

JL: Rider equipment pays for itself. There is a minimum 20% increase in productivity compared to a walk-behind scrubber and 500% productivity increase over a mop. New models are available in smaller sizes as well. Micro-riders have the same foot print as a 20 inch walk behind. We have productivity calculators that can determine the ROI based on square footage, frequency of cleaning, and the hourly wage of the crew. It is an investment that really pays off.

LC: Sustainability is a hot topic right now. How does floor care fit into a green cleaning program such as Imperial Dade’s Greensafe Program?

JL: Manufacturers of floor care equipment have been tasked with creating equipment that fits into a green cleaning program. The use of orbital technology prevents cleaning solutions from “slinging” out, or spraying into the area being cleaned. This type of equipment also uses 50-70% less water and chemicals compared to conventional scrubbers. Chemical-free stripping is another process that is ideal in education and healthcare facilities where indoor air quality is critical.

LC: What is something a facilities manager can do today to improve their operations?

JL: Consult with a knowledgeable supplier about their challenges. There are many new cleaning technologies on the market today that can save time and money and produce better results. Also, never trade service for price. Expect both and partner with a supplier that provides the overall best value.

Jim Lety and his team are available to consult with customers about floor care and facilities maintenance programs. Jim can be reached at jlety@imperialdade.com.

5 Ergonomic Janitorial Tools

By Vickie Holland

Many work-related injuries are internal and occur after months or years of exposure to lifting, bending, reaching, twisting, turning and generally repeating the same tasks over and over. These conditions can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains, lower back pains and more.

According to the US Department of Labor, these types of injuries, known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most frequently reported causes of lost of restricted work time.

MOST COMMON AREAS CAUSING WORKER INJURY AND ILLNESS

  • Excessive lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching, or stretching
  • Repetitive motion
  • Working in awkward positions
  • Sitting or standing for prolonged period
  • Vibrations from equipment (vacuums/buffers)

 The good news is many work-related injuries can be prevented by reducing workers’ risks. Daily communication between supervisors and their teams will pinpoint any problem areas. For example, simply adding an employee rotation to a repetitive task can help reduce injuries. Companies can also invest in ergonomic products to improve efficiencies while avoiding muscle strains and other injuries.

 5 ERGONOMIC ITEMS FOR YOUR JANITORS’ CLOSET

  1. Microfiber Flat Mops – If you are still using string wet mops, we urge you to give flat mopping a try. String mops get heavy. Ask any custodian who’s had to rinse one out after a long shift. Microfiber mops are thinner and lighter than string mops. Their lightweight design is much easier on the lower back when moving over several hours.
  2. Ergonomic Handles – Do you use a handle for tasks that require pushing, pulling, reaching, and stretching? If you answered yes, you need an ergonomic handle. These handles are designed with bends to minimize the force and leverage required for smooth mopping. Some have unique handle grips that swivel avoiding wrist strain. Many handles can be adjusted in length based on the task, reducing the user’s effort. Don’t forget; the longer the handle, the heavier it will feel!
  3. Material Handling – Employing dollies, flatbeds, utility, and janitor carts for easier transporting will help with awkward loads and improve efficiencies. Dollies are not just for brutes. Dollies are also available for Slim Jim containers with an ergonomic foot pedal release. New Utility Carts have ergonomic adjustable handles for maximum comfort. Janitor cares are lightweight and have proper space for tools and equipment to glide along floors and carpets.
  4. Vented Brutes & Slim Jims –Rubbermaid Commercial Products improved their refuse line by adding venting channels to their Brute and Slim Jim Containers. These venting channels make removing liners from the container up to 80% easier, improving productivity and reducing the risk of worker injury.
  5. Ergonomic Cleaning Equipment – Backpack vacuum users have more neutral position compared to an upright vacuum user. The custodian’s legs and large back muscles are doing most of the work. The arms of an upright vacuum custodian are more likely to be easily fatigued. Walk-Behind Floor Scrubbers are easy to operate. Many units, like the Focus II Boost, have an ergonomic design using orbital scrubbing actions to produce high speed agitation. This allows for less water and chemicals to be used.

For more ergonomic equipment ideas please reach out to your Sales Consultant or visit www.imperialdade.com.

5 Best Labor-Saving S.T.E.P.S

By: Vickie Holland

Labor costs can add up fast! Today’s organizations are continually searching for new and creative ways to save. Here are 5 Labor Saving S.T.E.P.S that will save you money and help increase your bottom line.

  1. SAFETY: All employees are entitled to a safe workplace. Personal protective equipment “PPE” should be included in all training programs to protect the employee from injuries. Risk exposure factors include lifting heavy items, bending, reaching, pushing and pulling, and performing repetitive tasks. Another great practice in protecting employees is investing in ergonomic equipment or tools. Some good examples are the Backpack Vac and Victoria Bay’s Bucketless Mop. These tools are designed to be more efficient by requiring fewer trips back and forth to refill chemicals and avoids bending, lifting and tripping hazards. Both are ergonomically engineered to minimize strain injuries that can occur with repeated use.
  2. TRAINING: Training reduces overall costs and improves performance. In addition to saving on hiring and on-boarding costs, training promotes consistency throughout the organization, leading to increases in efficiency and improved performance. Training provides an excellent path for your team to adopt new methods or technology. For example, are you using team or zone cleaning? Team cleaning is a more modern approach that allows the custodian to focus on one specific task (for example vacuuming or dusting). This strategy will save time and has proven easier to supervise.
  3. EQUIPMENT: When is the last time your company purchased new equipment? Newer equipment is designed to increase employee productivity by helping your team to work faster, smarter and safer. Having the right equipment for the job will maximize efficiencies, allow employees time for other projects and ultimately save on your labor costs.  One valuable and affordable investment is a micro-scrubber. Micro-scrubbers are smaller pieces of equipment designed to pick up more soil than a traditional mop bucket. Their smaller footprint reduces the risk of slips and fall injuries. These machines are easy to maneuver and can scrub small congested areas, increasing efficiency. We recommend the Windsor Micro-Scrubber or the Clarke Vantage Auto Scrubber.
  4. PROCUREMENT: Your purchasing habits can have a huge effect on your bottom line. Think about all the steps involved in procurement: taking inventory, placing an order, checking the order in on delivery, putting away the supplies, reconciling the packing slip and invoice, preparing and mailing payment. Limiting the number of orders placed will allow for more time to be spent on the things that add value; for example, cleaning, disinfecting or maintaining your facility. Also, having the correct item in stock when you need it is crucial. Wasting time sourcing product at the last minute is counter-productive, stressful and time consuming.
  5. SUSTAINING FLOORS: So much time and labor is spent finishing your floors to a dazzling shine and maintaining spotless carpets. Are you pulling out all the stops to sustain your efforts? Simple steps will keep your carpets and hard floors looking great. Our #1 recommendation is investing in entrance matting. Not only does matting help keep your workplace safe from slips, trips and falls, matting helps to keep dirt and moisture out of your building.  Another excellent way to keep your floors looking bright and glossy is to use chair protectors. Chair protectors protect floor surfaces from scratches and preserve floor finishes.

We can schedule a time to tour your facility and understand your cleaning challenges. Our expert Sales Consultants can recommend the best equipment, products, training programs, and procurement solutions based on your needs.

Visit our website for a location near you and contact us today!