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Does your business purchase vacuum cleaners, trash barrels, floor care machinery or any other type of cleaning equipment? If so, here are four things you should know:
1. Label it. If your business buys cleaning equipment, you should label it. This eliminates future confusion about who owns it. And if done well, it looks good. You can put a company sticker on it or even write the company name neatly with a permanent marker.
2. Clean it regularly. There’s something impressive about trash barrels that aren’t caked with grime, and nobody likes to look at mop heads that are black from dirt. Once a month (or once a quarter), clean all of your equipment. It will look better and last longer.
3. Repair it as soon as it breaks. Broken equipment looks bad and is harder to use. It’s often also unsafe. Vacuum cleaners with frayed cords pose electrical dangers. Trash barrels with that are cracked will leak and cause slips and falls (and stain the carpet). Don’t use broken equipment. It’s not worth it.
4. Buy quality equipment. Not all janitorial equipment is created equal. Some vacuum cleaners are effective at cleaning and have filters to improve air quality. Others don’t. Some microfiber mop heads are made with a lot of microfiber. Other microfiber mops are made with less microfiber. What you'll save by buying cheap stuff you'll spend in labor and headaches. Before buying anything, do a little research or ask a cleaning professional to find out what works well and will last.
Whether you're a carpenter, landscaper, or CEO, experience in almost any kind of business will tell you that it's worth it to invest in—and maintain—good tools of the trade. Commercial cleaning is no different!