Let me be clear, while I just love to land new accounts, and the revenue they generate, I like getting done as fast as possible even better.
For me the challenge is always… “How can I be more efficient?” When you maximize your time, you do the same to your profits.
So over the years I have worked hard to fine tune each job so we get done quickly. I try to pass on this knowledge to the crews every chance I get. I think this is one of the reasons why we’ve been so successful over the years. So today I’ll share a few of the simple tips we incorporate into our cleaning routine.
Tips for cleaning your accounts efficiently
Have a game plan – Know how you are going to attack the job BEFORE you arrive. If you are cleaning by yourself, set up your routine so you know in what order everything will get done. This keeps you focused and prevents you wandering around aimlessly figuring it out as you go.
If you are part of a team, lets say a two-person crew, then divide and conquer. We usually have one person clean the bathrooms and break areas while the other hits the trash and the vacuuming. If anything is left, split it up so you both get done at the same time.
Scan your surroundings – I was generally the one to hit the trash and perform the vacuuming. In doing so you can get a good feel for how bad the place is by just paying attention as you collect the trash. Look for any problems areas that you may need to focus on later.
For instance you can scan under the waiting rooms chairs while you are collecting trash there, which can give you that all important heads up to make sure you vacuum good in that area if you saw issues. Just keeping your head “in the game” can make your life easier!
Dust as you go – As I mentioned a moment ago, I usually did the trash. This means I walked the entire place pretty much. As I went from room to room, I always was passing things that could be dusted as I walked around. So taking my trusty duster in my back pocket was mandatory.
So while passing all those pictures in the hallway, I dusted them without losing a step. Maybe I would hit the top of the frame on the way down the hall and the bottom on the way back. When I stopped at each desk I would quickly dust the monitor, phone and desk. When I went under the desk to collect the trash, I dusted chair legs.
Doing all this hardly added any time at all to my trash collecting duties. Plus it prevented me from walking back to do it all separately. This is “win-win” type effort in my book. No wasted time whatsoever. Try it out for yourself and shave a few minutes off your cleaning rate.
Communicate – If you are part of a team, talk to each other as needed to convey what you see. Maybe you notice the door to the bathroom looking greasy from all the hands that push it open. Or maybe the light switch is looking grimy. Though it may not be “your job” if you are the trash person, it still needs to be cleaned.
Let me be clear, this is not “nit-picking each others work. We all are in this together so we need to WORK TOGETHER. The fact is we all SEE DIFFERENT THINGS. Good communication makes for good work!
Don’t just look down, LOOK UP – It’s so easy to just scan the floor looking for stuff that needs to be picked up, and completely MISS all the cobwebs that are nearly hitting your head as they hang from the ceiling above. This happens a lot on the jobs for some reason, so keep your chin up and scan for those cobwebs!
I’ll wrap this up by asking for your tips for getting done faster. I know that everyone has their little secret methods for getting done faster, so share what you know and help all the beginners out there amongst us! Don’t be shy!