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Monday, October 20, 2014

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We will bid 4,950 sq. ft. at an airport. There are 7 terminals that will need some cleaning. Most of the floor is carpet; 700 sq. ft. is divided into concrete, terrazzo and tile. I think it would take about 4 hours to clean, but the walking to the terminals should take over an hour. They want green products used. Should I use zone cleaning or team cleaning? And how many people would I use? HELP WITH ANY INFORMATION. Due in 6 days.


Answer

I am sure you can appreciate the impossibility of ICAN putting together any sort of meaningful proposal for you with so little time and information to work with.
The best we can do is offer a few comments that may be helpful.
First, I wonder why you are anticipating cleaning at a rate of just over 1200 sq. ft. per hour. Is this just floor work or carpet cleaning? Normal janitorial work will usually allow for production rates of 2500 sq. ft. per hour and higher, depending on what you have to do and the frequency of service.
Next question, why are you walking to or between terminals? In New Jersey in the winter that will be fun. Expect a high turnover of nearly frozen cleaners.
Green products are no problem to find. Ask your local Jan-San supplier for help on that.
If you use a modified team cleaning approach and can come up with some means of moving the team and its supplies from terminal to terminal, you will spend less up front on equipment and supplies over against supplying seven terminals individually. Possibly a three person team would work well. It would provide backup within itself.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com