Cleaning Shortcuts Come at a High Cost

There is a new trend sweeping the nation called “skip cleaning” that’s gained popularity in the post-recession world of cleaning. The idea is, by cutting back on cleaning, you’ll save money on electricity, cleaning supplies, and commercial cleaning labor costs. In theory, the idea makes sense, but while cleaning shortcuts may save money in the short term, the long term cost to your health and your assets may not be worth the bargain.

Many companies have opted to reduce their janitorial services to save money, which results in less vacuuming, less sanitizing, and longer periods between deep cleaning. The negative effects from this include increased allergens in the workplace, a more widespread time period for germs and bacteria to spread and infect, and carpets wearing out faster- all very costly consequences to save a quick buck.

According to this article by BJ Mandelstam, the impact of reduced frequency of vacuuming has negative long term effects on the quality and appearance of the synthetic fibers in commercial carpeting. By cleaning less often, the durable nylon fibers are more subject to matting, graying, and “uglying out” faster, not to mention having an increased level of common allergens such as mites, dead skin, and airborne pollutants that impact indoor air quality.

Considering the fact that allergies and asthma are becoming more prevalent in today’s society, it is in a company’s best interest to do their part to minimize indoor pollutants with proper cleaning. According to the American Cleaning Institute, asthma is the fourth leading cause of work loss in adults, resulting in nine million work days lost every year. This loss of productivity, and ultimately profits, could be easily prevented by having a diligent cleaning schedule that improves working conditions for all employees, especially the population of over 30 million Americans diagnosed with asthma. HealthyIndoorAir.org suggests the following for reducing allergens in the home, which can also be applied to the workplace:

“It is especially important to clean carpet frequently. Carpet can contain dust, mold, dust mites, lead and other pollutants. Be careful with carpet cleaning chemicals (follow label instructions). If wet methods are used on carpet, use fans as needed so carpet dries out within a day or so. Schedule cleaning at the beginning of weekends or holidays so that ventilation and drying occur before children return.”

Skip Cleaning is a risky practice, and the benefits hardly outweigh the consequences. As we approach cold and flu season, it is even more important for businesses to ensure that floors, surfaces and the air are as clean and disinfected as possible to keep infections, allergies and asthma to a minimum. The long term benefits to frequent cleaning include increased productivity with less sick days, longer lasting carpets, and the confidence that your business is doing its part to maximize a healthy environment for everyone.

To view RJ Schinner’s complete offering of vacuums, cleaning supplies and tools, visit our website and find a variety of solutions to fit your business needs. Skip Cleaning may benefit you in the short-term, but RJ Schinner will help you stay on top of all your cleaning needs so that you may enjoy the long term results of a cleaner, healthier environment.

© Copyright Amy Ullsperger, All rights Reserved. Written For: DSR Sales Support Blog

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