One question I always asked myself when looking at a job is “how can I get the job done as fast as possible?”
Time is money as they say, and the faster we get done the more money I get to keep. So I want to be as efficient as possible.
This meant I was always on the lookout for products that saved my staff time in some way, shape or form. Just a small time savings can make a big difference.
For instance, if you have two people working on a job and you can find a way to get them done fifteen minutes faster every night, that’s 11 hours worth of labor savings per month for a 5 day per week account. That’s a LOT OF MONEY!
Anyway, over the years I stumbled across various products that came in handy on some jobs. By sharing my ideas, and what helped me, maybe you will be able to see how having the right product on the right job can save you some time as well.
Cleaning products that save you time
The Caddy Bag – Simple and inexpensive, this nifty little gadget fits around large trash containers making it easier to cart your supplies around as you perform your duties.
Commercial Cleaning Cart – These come in handy on many larger types of accounts, particularly jobs where you have multiple bathrooms to service that are spread out across the facility.
Steam Cleaner – These came in handy on some of the turnovers we performed for apartment complexes. Ovens, fridges and bathrooms sometimes needed the extra cleaning power these units provided.
Battery Powered Scrubber – These came in handy for scrubbing and at times stripping floors in places where bringing a extremely heavy traditional 17″ unit wasn’t practical. For instance we had to scrub floors in an apartment building that had no elevators. These were a breeze to carry up three flights of steps and worked just fine on the small kitchen and bathroom floors we had to work on. The unit below was the exact unit I had (In fact, I had three!).
Carpet Spotter – These are major timesavers as they allow you to remove smaller spots and stains without having to bring out larger portables or truck mount units. About the size of a briefcase, they are easy to store and carry and work fine on smaller jobs.
I hope these suggestions help you save some time. Every minute counts, and the more time you save the more money you keep when all is said and done. So make sure to stay current on all the latest products available to you, as some of them will save you much more than the cost of the item in question.