A housekeeper’s world is a dangerous world! There are all sorts of nasty microbes that need to be eradicated from the property as it is cleaned. Having the most effective cleaning products is imperative to the effectiveness and speed of the cleaning professional. When choosing cleaning products, I consider the following items:
No rinsing required
The products should only need to be wiped off the surface. A product that needs to be rinsed off before the surface is dried takes extra housekeeper time.
The product should be doing all the “heavy lifting” so to speak. As the product is sitting on the surface, it should be breaking down the soap scum, hard water deposits, and oils. There should be very little elbow grease required from the cleaning professional.
Deadly to microbes
Not all cleaning products kill all microbes or kill them quickly. Some products can take up to 10 minutes to kill Staph, which is unacceptable! When evaluating a product, ask for a list of microbes the product kills and how long it takes to kill them. The product should kill the microbes in a short dwell time, if not instantly.
The product must be sustainable. Many natural cleaners are not effective at killing microbes and breaking down soap scum and body oils.
Not all products can be delivered easily. Make sure the vendor or supplier can handle your volume and delivery requirements.
Labels must be provided for free to you as a purchaser of the product; you should not have to purchase labels. Every bottle must have a label on the outside of the bottle that matches the product on the inside.
Number of products
Cleaning professionals have enough to lug around without being required to carry an absurd number of products with them as they clean. Four or five cleaning agents are generally enough to clean all the surfaces they will encounter.
With very few exceptions, products should be available as concentrates. This allows the vendor to ship more product with less water, bringing down the shipping cost and reducing the cost per ounce needed create the correct dilution ratio. The dispensing system or product makeup needs to be able to handle different water chemistry to be effective and create the desired result. Not all water is created equal.
Section 8 of the SDS
Section 8 of the Safety Data Sheet describes the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to use the product. If the SDS says you need chemical-resistant impervious gloves and a face shield, cease using the product immediately! Many products are available that will do the job without cumbersome PPE.
Everyday use or deep clean
What is the primary purpose of the product? Is it designated only for everyday use, or is it to be used on a deep clean? Furniture polish is a product that, in general terms, is only needed when deep cleans are performed. If it is a deep-clean-only item, it is important to consider how it will be stored and who will receive training on how to use the product.
Always be testing
New products and dispensing systems come out all the time. Every department should be testing new products to see how they work and whether they make the cleaning process faster.
Choosing the correct cleaning products is vital to the success of the cleaning professional. Ensuring that they are cost effective, safe, and sustainable and require little elbow grease to be effective is the responsibility of the department manager.
Using the right cleaning products will improve productivity, efficiency, and cleanliness of the property.