Team vs. Zone Cleaning
Smaller janitorial companies may consider implementing either a “zone” or “team” approach as part of their cleaning methods. When one of those systems is incorporated into your maintenance program it can make your cleaning business more efficient, and therefore increase your profits and save you money.
Before you determine which cleaning system is best, carefully consider the building you are about to clean and note the needs of the building.
It might be time-consuming. However, thoroughly evaluating a building in advance can make the amount of time that your staff needs to spend on cleaning much more efficient.
What are the main differences between team cleaning and zone cleaning? Zone cleaning involves one employee performing all tasks in a certain section or floor of a building. The system provides a feeling of ownership for the worker since they are responsible for cleaning a certain area. The person gets to really know everything about the specific area that she or he has been assigned to.
Since all of the cleaning tasks for the area or building are performed by the individual, there is a lower chance of getting bored, which can be a potential problem with other cleaning methods. Security is also not as much of a concern since fewer people will have the keys to a specific area or building.
Team cleaning is nearly the exact opposite approach used by zone cleaning. Related tasks are grouped by team cleaning. A team made up of specialists systematically goes through an area. Instead of cleaning a certain area, every person on your cleaning team will perform a certain task.
Usually, team cleaning tasks get divided up into these areas:
- Utility Specialist: Cleans lobby areas, scrubs, and mops hard floors, spot cleans glass, hauls trash from central collection areas to dumpsters.
- Restroom Specialist: Cleans, sanitizes, and restocks supplies in the restrooms.
- Vacuum Specialist: Vacuums carpets and hard floors.
- Light Duty Specialist: Dusts, empties the trash, spot cleans
You might want to customize the duties of a specialist to fit a specific building. One important advantage that team cleaning has involves training. An employee does not need to be trained in all cleaning aspects. It might be hard to find employees who are skilled enough to become an expert in all cleaning aspects. When certain kinds of work are focused on, it allows team members to become more efficient and skilled in their specific tasks, which means greater efficiency overall and having a cleaner building.
Less equipment is also required by team cleaning. With zone cleaning, every cleaner needs to have restroom cleaning supplies and a vacuum.
When a team cleaning approach is used you just need to have a complete set of equipment for a whole building since each person only will use a single piece of equipment for every task.
Each cleaning system has its own benefits, and which is the best cleaning system to use for your buildings is going to depend on several different factors. Those factors include the individual needs of the client, how many buildings you clean, how many employers are cleaning a building, and how large the building is. When the best cleaning system is implemented, it will help to increase your profits and reduce your costs.