DOCS Facilities Solutions. The Prescription for your Facilities Headaches

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16 Aug 2017

Time to Upgrade

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“Purchasing new equipment is about more than wanting new “toys.” It’s about fostering your business’ growth and development.

Given the very labor intensive and hands-on nature of the cleaning industry, it’s easy to overlook how developments in technology can affect your organization. Now, I have nothing against traditional tools. However, it’s important to step back and remember that outdated and cheap equipment can be the most expensive choice you’ll ever make. Let’s examine how spending some of that hard-earned money can increase your bottom line.

No. 1: Productivity
Using the right tool for the job goes a long way toward improving cleaning efficiency. For example, most commercial, upright vacuum cleaners come with a standard 12-inch cleaning width, weigh 30 pounds, and, according to ISSA’s 612 Cleaning Times, clean roughly 2,239 square feet per hour. However, wouldn’t it be better to clean 7,273 square feet per hour—more than three times the amount of ground you can cover with an upright vacuum? A backpack vacuum may give you this productivity. With this in mind, you may want to consider moving to a canister or preferably a backpack vacuum cleaner. While the initial drawback is cost, it is easily offset by the enormous labor/cost benefits.”

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