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Wednesday, October 07, 2015


I was wondering if you could tell me the industry standard for how long it would take one person to vacuum a 12,000 square feet? I am preparing a bid. I am using a 10 percent vacancy rate. The vacuum cleaner is a back pack and furniture doesn't have to be moved. I understand the average person can clean approximately 2500 sq. ft in an hour, but would it be less for vacuuming?


The ISSA "540 Cleaning Times" booklet says you can cover 7500 sq. ft. each hour with a backpack and a 16" carpet tool on the wand. Using the more common 12" tool will decrease the rate to 7273 sq. ft. per hour. It will take anywhere from 8 to 8.25 minutes per 1000 sq. ft.
So, you are looking at between an hour and a quarter to hour and a half depending on the openness, length of power cordage, size of tool, that sort of thing.
If you are just vacuuming the production rate will exceed that of the general cleaning which includes detailing, trash and recycle material removal, vacuuming, and possibly floor mopping. No time will need be spent on moving from one operation to another.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor