Cleaning and disinfection are costing more than ever before. We need to clean and disinfect multiple times a day, provide cleaning materials for self-disinfection, and pay special attention to the brands we're using. Not every cleaner is created equal, and the wrong choice could be the difference between a healthy staff or a complete outbreak.
COVID-19 has changed how we think about disinfection, and Americans are more aware of the germs lurking on surfaces.
How do you control costs while also keeping occupants safe?
Costs Associated with In-house Housekeeping
Housekeeping is one of the first tasks that should be outsourced. The cost of worker's compensation, insurance, taxes, salary, equipment, and materials will add up quickly. Good janitorial work requires training as well. New standards for cleanliness and disinfection means that building owners are paying to train in-house staff.
What costs should you consider when considering in-house housekeeping?
- Liability Insurance
- Turnover costs
- Cleaning equipment
- Cleaning products
- Management Costs
When it comes down to total costs associated with in-house housekeeping, you’re looking at multiple times the cost of basic wages.
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Costs
It can be expensive to clean and disinfect correctly in-house. While FM vendors get bulk pricing on EPA N-list cleaning materials, offices buying in small quantities or without the FM vendor discounts can pay a small fortune.
- Disposable gloves for cleaning and disinfecting.
- Soap and water as a base cleaning.
- EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs.
- Clean frequently used items between each use.
- Skin and eye protection.
- Proper storage for chemicals.
- Launder soft items such as throw pillows
Commercial Housekeeping Money-saving Tips
Using an FM vendor is the safest and most cost-effective way to keep real estate interiors free from germs. An FM vendor has the resources and technology to make smart, money-saving decisions that go a long way.
An FM Vendor can develop cleaning and disinfecting plans based on the floor plan, architecture, and occupant management. With the proper software, the FM vendor can schedule housekeeping based on the floor plan and population ebb and flow, making the cleaning schedule as systemized as possible.
Asset management goes a long way when making cleaning equipment and materials decisions. Regular inventory checks ensure that the proper cleaning materials are available, and essential cleaning equipment will be maintained and ready to use.
Use the right cleaning equipment. A mop and bucket might have been sufficient a year ago, but now every surface needs to be cleaned and disinfected. Today’s modern cleaning equipment can spread disinfectant more efficiently than outdated equipment.
Recommended Disinfection Systems
The Clorox ® Total 360 ® System: The Clorox ® Total 360 ® System is an electrostatic sprayer with a patented PowerWrap ™ nozzle that sprays all surfaces for better germ coverage. The EPA has approved this system as effective against SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19. Because of the revolutionary way the solution sprays, consumers reduce their solution usage by 65% and cover 18,000 feet per hour.
EnviroShield ® Commercial Disinfectant System: The JAN-PRO system is ideal for commercial disinfection and reaching places you couldn't usually get. It is eco-friendly and kills 99.99% of germs.
KaiBosh™ Disinfectant: The KaiBosh™ disinfectant is a concentrated no-rinse hospital-use disinfectant for COVID-19, Norovirus, and Bird & Swine Flu. The best quality is that it is a cleaner and disinfectant in-one, saving time and money.
Encompass Facility Engineering + Housekeeping
Encompass's facility engineering and housekeeping will provide confidence in your team that they chose the best option for keeping occupants safe and healthy.
They are known for their quality, consistency, and productivity. Encompass uses its well-qualified staff in unison with their leading-edge technology to ensure staffing, stocked cleaning materials, and properly serviced cleaning equipment for your housekeeping team.
Building owners save time, money, and a headache when outsourcing housekeeping services with Encompass.
Encompass got its start as a housekeeping and custodial services vendor. They mastered the art of cleaning and disinfecting and innovated in ways that competitors haven't. They are nationally known and unrivaled as the #1 housekeeping and custodial vendor.
Housekeeping and custodial service costs are ever-growing as America tries to combat COVID-19. Keep costs down by making data-driven decisions. Use the #1 housekeeping and custodial services company in the country to keep occupants safe and healthy, while also managing your budget.
Encompass is a full-service facility management company that supports businesses by proactively maintaining their building portfolio. They balance infrastructure and service needs with regulatory and operational requirements to fulfill time-strapped facility departments' needs. Their state-of-the-art, Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC)-certified COVID-19 disinfection program is built for rapid deployment to assist your facility when you need it. No waiting weeks for assistance in containing an outbreak, Encompass can be there within 24 hours.