More and more it seems facilities are switching to daytime cleaning in an effort to save money. Nearly all K-12 schools and universities are day cleaned. Health care, churches, and the military have also followed suit. So what benefits can be reaped from switching to day cleaning? First of all, energy and labour savings are seen as a big benefit for most property managers. By having cleaners come in during the day, the need for heating, cooling, and lighting after hours is greatly reduced. Did you know that on average you can conserve 8-15% annually by switching to day cleaning? Day cleaning also allows for better security. Custodians can easily be escorted to high security areas, and facility managers can rest easily knowing that there will not be a breach in security with people entering and leaving the building at night.
On the other side of the coin, there are a few other factors to consider when looking into daytime cleaning. First of all, will productivity be affected if custodians need to work around building occupants? What liabilities will you assume if a building occupant slips and falls on a recently mopped floor? Will quieter equipment need to be purchased? Would you lose valuable employees who use night cleaning as a second job? Are you creating a healthy environment when occupants breathe in chemical residue, or have to step over hazardous equipment cords?
This being said, day cleaning needs to be assessed on a situation to situation basis. It may not be a good fit for everyone, but the right candidate could see substantial savings, it all depends on what works for you. Businesses with minimal traffic, or high security areas would be perfect candidates for day cleaning. However, facilities with heavy traffic, rush hours, or a lot of hard surface flooring probably wouldn’t make the best fit for daytime cleaning. A good option might be to combine day and night cleaning. Basic cleaning can be done while occupants are present, while floor and carpet cleaning activities should be left to the evening to minimize liability issues. It’s probably a good idea to leave restroom cleaning until the evening, that way they are fresh when occupants arrive in the morning.
If you would like to see if daytime cleaning would be a good option for you, give us a call! We’ll do a walk-through of your facility, assess your needs, and help you to decide what would work best.