When was the last time you evaluated your cleaning schedule? You may have settled into habits that are actually starting to cost you money, valuable production time and the longevity of your carpet.

We’re certainly not here to judge. After all, it’s easy to stick with one program for years if we think it’s the most efficient. In an effort to maximise the productivity of your facilities cleaning program, thanks to CFR, we’ve included a list of three common scheduling mistakes we all know about, but can’t seem to avoid.

#1: Mismanaging Your Cleaning Schedule

You’ve heard the term, ‘The squeaky wheel gets the oil.’ For some reason, this idiom never made its way through the carpet cleaning industry. For years, cleaning schedule recommendations were to give most of our attention to executive areas (low foot traffic) and pay little homage to clerical or warehouse areas.

This cleaning theory is inaccurate. The average commercial building has less foot traffic in executive rooms, and more in clerical or general office space. Meaning executive areas naturally have the cleanest carpets. Yet, some carpet cleaning professionals still chose to clean executive spacing 2-3 times more than any other area in a building!

#2: Ignoring Problem Areas

Take a second to evaluate your facility. Which rooms generate the highest amount of foot traffic? What’s being done to limit any collateral damage caused by these areas? It’s not hard to spot, most cases involve either the warehouse, restrooms or areas where dirt is carried in from outside. Yet, what’s being done to limit the amount of soil this ‘mud pit’ tracks throughout the rest of the building?

There’s definitely more than one effective way to manage this problem. For example, proper floor matting can make a major difference in the amount of residual soil being tracked throughout a building. Yet, most effective is a proper cleaning schedule. Instead of excessively cleaning executive suites, start with scheduling more rounds for the warehouse and entrances from the outside. Most likely, this will limit the amount of cleaning you’ll need to schedule for clerical areas as well.

#3: The Unscheduled

As in all aspects of business, success relies on organisation and preparation. Yet, many facility managers still rely on the eyeball test to schedule any sort of floor care. While this isn’t always the case, even for those of us who do routinely clean we always leave one or two rooms out of the equation until it’s an absolute necessity.

While the eyeball test works well for umpires and artist, it’s not the best practice for cleaning professionals. The fact is, the longer we wait and the more dirt a carpet collects, the harder it is to clean. Chemicals, water and labor are all costs associated with carpet extraction and the deeper the stain the harder it is to remove. Frequently cleaning every part of your facility is the only way to truly prolong the life of your carpet and to avoid the collateral damage of the surrounding floors.

Cleaning schedules must be adaptable. Regardless of how long your current system has been in place, it’s important to reevaluate your cleaning program and prioritise based on soil and usage. It is not effective to postpone the cleaning of dirty warehouse carpet in order to clean, the already clean, executive suite. The most soiled areas of our facility have the potential to spread filth across our facility, and therefor should require a majority of our attention.