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Sunday, August 30, 2015


What should I charge my client for a strip and refinish of a 1500 square foot commercial floor? This location has heavy traffic, 7 days a week. The last floor maintenance was four months ago; the floor is bad, little was left on the floor, lots of scratches and dirty. My crew consists of myself and three others. We will work with the low speed machine, prepping the floor by sweeping, stripping, mopping, applying sealant, then applying three coats. The five gallons of stripper cost approximately $36, floor finish approximately $71.99. I don't have the cost of the seal. How should I bill this contract?
We have been asked to take off the old finish and refinish the medical exam rooms of a facility we clean on daily basis. Each room is approx. 9 x 10 feet, if not a little bit smaller. What is the suggested price to give??
What is the average cost per square foot to clean a hospital? Also, what cleaning production rates are accomplishable for this type of business?
I am starting a new floor coating biz and it's the no-strip system using a 2 part urethane. Do you think this will take over the conventional strip and refinish? I know the urethane is more costly, but it saves so much money in the long run. I just wanted your thoughts and a good way to get it off the ground. I think there are more pros then cons.
Do you have knowledge of the seven (7) steps for cleaning ,housekeeping?
Where can I find information on cleaning procedures specifically for the hospital laboratory department, and if there is a daily cleaning checklist established for the lab that the housekeepers can refer to daily? Any help, advise and information will be greatly appreciated.
We have tile on our floors and we donít know if they are rubber, rubber-asbestos, or just what. They were put down back in the late 50ís and are brown with white, black, and darker brown. How can we find out just what they are made of?
We are bidding on a 6,000 sq. ft. outpatient medical facility for the initial clean (has been vacant for 4 months) and subsequent daily clean (5 times per week). After the initial walk through, we estimate 5 workers, 8 hours a day, for 5 days to get it to move in condition. There are 7 patient rooms, 5 offices, 2 locker room, 1 staff lounge, 3 reception areas, other open areas, and no furniture. Facility is half carpet, half linoleum; hallway entrance is 15 ft. wide by 40 ft. with floor to ceiling windows. Walls have to be wiped down and the tile operating room wall (15 ft. high with floor to ceiling cabinets) needs to be cleaned. Construction debris, i.e. dry wall, has to be removed, carpet has saturated stains. We were thinking $40/ hour for the initial comprehensive clean; thereafter $25/hour. Is that reasonable?
I work for a major hospital within the Texas Med Center. We have a large histology lab that develops a large number of slides on a daily basis. The problem comes from the paraffin wax that is used in making these slides. The wax gets on everything, especially the floors. Once the wax gets on the floors, they become very slippery. We have installed 3M scraper mats, there is a non-slip floor on the outside of the lab & inside, there are tacky mats at all entrances/exits, we autoscrub the exterior non-slip corridors with grit brushes & degreasers every other day, but the exterior & to some extent the interior corridors still hold the paraffin wax & the staff slips. Is there a product that can curtail this issue, either via cleaning chemical or different floor type. What do other hospitals use in their histology lab areas to contain paraffin wax? ?
With the prevalence of antibiotic resistant "superbugs" along with the new policies of the CMS on non-reimbursement for hospital acquired infections (HAIs)....what do you see as the effect of this? Do you see environmental services, contract services, and managed housekeeping departments being blamed for costs associated with HAIs? Do you now see consequences for being involved in something that ties directly to the financial well-being of the healthcare facility? There are so many variables in infection prevention; hand washing, environmental cleanliness, clinician work practices, etc. that blaming the cleaning staff seems to be difficult. But having worked with numerous hospital administrators, when it comes to money their behavior/attitude becomes very intentional.
How do I become certified in the cleaning of operating rooms, and for clean up after deaths, or crime scenes? Are there some formal classes, any on-line courses, etc?
What is the standard square foot per hour production rate for cleaning per employee?
Is there an established benchmark time for discharge through-put that runs from the time the cleaning is started, until the chime-in to the bed placement center that the room is ready for an admit? If so, can you supply the source of the information.
What equipment do other hospitals use to clean MRI rooms, since metal can not be used?
We have aging tile in a nursing home and carpet is being considered as the replacement. Does carpet have a place in the hallways of a nursing home?
I have invented a new product and want to gain an education so I can educate my customers. The first market I am selling to is health clubs. I am also looking to develop cleaning standards for the industry. What do you recommend I do...on line courses, books to read, or can someone call me to discuss?
What is the total square feet that 1 employee should clean in 7 hours? Also, when bidding on a cleaning job, what is the rate per square feet?
I am looking for industry benchmarks for how long it takes for thorough cleaning of the average hospital room.
Any idea where I can find information on cleanrooms ?
I am currently evaluating floor finish for my facility (healthcare). I have had different vendors demo many floor finishes, Butchers, Spartan, Betco, etc. I am currently using Buckeye (Castleguard and Citation), it has low odor but I am running into problems in the high traffic areas. Can anyone recommend a floor finish that is durable, resist scuff marks, wet look gloss, and especially low odor.
I am wondering what process and/or chemicals people are using to disinfect 100% microfiber cloth rags (80% Polyester / 20% Polyamide). I am hoping to use these rags to wipe down urinal walls, toilet/urinal, exteriors, etc. Given this, I believe that these rags need to be disinfected somehow and not just laundered with standard detergent after they are used. It is my understanding that bleach and microfiber are not compatible. Any suggestions or comments about what people are doing would be appreciated. Thank you, Bernard Harvey Custodian Supervisor II
I would like to know if there are any hospital housekeeping industry-wide standards or formulas used in determining the number and frequency of inspections in critical care, patient care and non-pateint care areas respectively?
I have been searching for cleaning standards as they relate to the healthcare setting. I have searched several sites such as JCAHO, IEHA, and CDC just to mention a few. I have been managing housekeeping services in the healthcare setting for 20 plus years. I have established my own cleaning standard based on my experience and credentials from training. Are there any goverment regulations in place in regard to cleaning patient rooms, critical care area, operating rooms, etc.?
I am managing the housekeeping services for a very busy, 120 bed, private hospital with 9 outpatient clinics. Currently I am evaluating my staffing level and have searched several sites for a staffing benchmark. Is there any international standard which determines the staffing level?