American Professional Janitorial Cleaning Guidelines

1. Make every move count. That means work around the room once. Don’t backtrack. (clockwise or counter clockwise). It also means you must carry your equipment and supplies with you so you don’t make dozens of aggravating trips back and forth across the room. Walk around the room once and you’re done, except for the floor.
2. Use the right tools and chemicals. Ah! Here’s probably the major timesaver of the bunch. A cleaning apron is optional, however, we recommend one to hang tools on and store cleaning supplies in as you move around the room.
3. Work from top to bottom. Always. Period.
4. If it isn’t dirty, don’t clean it. For example, vertical surfaces are almost never as dirty as horizontal surfaces. Upper shelves and molding have less dust than lower ones. Often all that’s dirty about a surface is a few fingerprints, so don’t clean the whole area. Clean only what’s dirty. Learn to look over every square inch for dirt while your cleaning.
5. Don’t rinse or wipe a surface before it’s clean. You’ll just have to start over. In other words, when you’re cleaning a surface, don’t rinse or wipe just to see if you’re done. If you were wrong, you’ll have to start all over again. Learn to check as you’re cleaning by “seeing through” the gunk to the surface below. Then you can tell when it’s dislodged and ready to be wiped or rinsed…once!
6. Don’t keep working after it’s clean. Once you’ve reached ground zero, stop! Rinse or wipe and move on.
7. If what you’re doing isn’t going to work, then shift to a heavier duty cleaner or tool. You’re going to get very good at knowing what tool or product to use without having to throw everything in the book at it. You’ll be learning to anticipate what to reach for before you start a task so you won’t have to shift.
8. Keep your tools in impeccable shape. Dull razors scratch-they don’t clean. Clogged spray bottles puff up and make funny noises-they don’t spray. Clogged vacuums will slow down how fast the vacuum picks up dirt, or worst could burn up the motor.
9. Pay attention, Focus. Almost everything else will fall into place if you do. Concentrate on your job instead of thinking about what you will be doing tomarrow. Try to get the job done early before you get to tired and you will clean better and finish faster.
10. Keep track of your time. Get a little faster every time.
11. Use both hands. Your work force is half idle if one hand is doing all the work. Finish one step with one hand and start the next step with the other. Or, wipe with one hand while the other steadies the object.

Cleaning apron. Nothing makes more sense than to use an apron. It saves more time than all the other products combined. It carries the supplies and tools that allow you to “walk around the room once and you’re done” (see Rule 1).

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