About 90% of facilities have cleaning crews come in at night.
The other 10% have crews clean during the day (“daycleaning”) to save time, energy and money.
Not all businesses obviously can easily accommodate cleaning crews during the day.
But the most common excuse for rejecting daycleaning out of hand may not hold water:
‘We’re too busy and crowded.’
You won’t find too many more crowded, busy workplaces than hospitals. Yet hospital cleaning crews work day and night taking care of messes and doing routine maintenance.
So would daycleaning work at your site?
Here are three points to consider first:
1. The savings
If you’re looking to save on energy costs, daycleaning might be the way to go.
Some companies report saving up to 30% on energy costs since they don’t have to keep lights on and run the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system at night.
2. Getting the timing right
The one drawback to daycleaning? The timing. Since custodial employees must work around occupants, this can get challenging.
One solution: Schedule the bulk of daycleaning tasks during lunch when many occupants aren’t around.
3. Try the one-pass technique
Whether you have cleaning done during the day or in the evening, the one-pass technique is a good idea.
Create a plan so cleaners only move through an area once to clean it. Example: Have them dust, vacuum and empty trash from a cubicle all at once, instead of returning to the area multiple times.
Tip: Some facilities use one-pass systems (a dolly/cart that holds a vacuum, tools, trash receptacles, etc.) so the cleaning crew can get everything done in one sweep.