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Have You Thought About the Value of Cleaning?


Many Companies recognize that cleaning is good for business.

Clean facilities are extremely valuable and can be measured by these five criteria:

1. Promote Health and Wellness: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), American businesses lose an average of 2.8 million workdays each year due to unplanned absences, such as those caused by illnesses. These unscheduled absences cost upwards of $74 billion, the BLS reported. This statistic shows the hypercritical state of organizations providing a healthy environment for occupants and visitors to not only protect human health but to avoid costly absences.

2. Protect and Preserve Facility Assets: Valuable building assets such as floors, carpets and other such surfaces must be cleaned regularly and properly. Failure to protect and preserve these surfaces through cleaning only leads to higher costs later when the building owners or managers have to replace prematurely worn, damaged and soiled surfaces. Maintaining cleaning frequencies and using the right products and procedures extends the life-cycle of building assets and keeps them looking their best!

3. Enhance the Image of the Organization: Dirty buildings do not sell well. Whether an organization’s customer is a visitor of a hotel, a student selecting a university or a tenant seeking an office, their decision to do business within the organization/building is affected by its appearance. Clean buildings, including shiny floors and high-quality fixtures and dispensers, help attract customers and enhance the organization’s reputation.

4. Reduce Overall Risks: A quality cleaning program includes best practices to protect occupants from the risk of infectious disease and cross-contamination to the risk of slips and falls. A slip and fall incident can occur as a result of not cleaning or by simply using products incorrectly and can cost organizations $50,000 just in litigation costs. A dirty building presents risk by allowing the spread of major outbreaks such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or H1N1 (swine flu). Organizations can help reduce risk and liabilities just by ensuring buildings are cleaned properly and with the right frequency.

5. Contribute to Sustainability: Clean facilities contribute to an organization’s triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – by protecting human health and reducing risk, preserving building assets and operating more efficiently by reducing unnecessary costs. Clean buildings provide more than just good looks; they bring organizations unbeatable value through enhanced image and reputation, healthy, happy building occupants and customers, fewer risks, reduced costs and increased sustainability

After reading this article you may realize that your organization’s building cleanliness may be affecting your triple bottom line – people, planet and profit! If that’s the case give Sparkle Professional Cleaning Corp. a shout out! Bonded & Insured, serving residential and commercial clients for over 22 years, references available. Visit our website: www.sparkleproclean.com or call 267-236-4792 to schedule your next clean!

Copyright: April 2012 CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management. Original Article written by: Dave Frank, 30-year industry veteran and president of the American Institute for Cleaning Sciences (AICS).