Benefits of Day Cleaning
There are many benefits to day cleaning but energy savings is the biggest. Building managers are beginning to see the benefits of reducing overall energy consumption. Not only does it reduce energy costs but it also reduces the environmental footprint of the facility.
According to the Building Owners and Managers Association’s (BOMA International) Building Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP), janitorial service accounts for nearly 25% of the weekly lighting use, or about 7% of the entire building’s energy usage. By performing day cleaning of the building, coordinating with security this can result in up to 8% energy savings per year. There are other energy and maintenance costs as well, including elevator usage and heating and cooling expenses. The advantages of day cleaning are numerous:
- There will be lower energy usage as there is no need for lighting, elevator usage, heating or cooling in the evening to accommodate the janitorial staff.
- There is potential for energy bill savings to be as low as one-quarter to one-third, depending on the size of your facility.
- Quicker response to spills, stains, spots, broken glass, etc., helping improve the appearance of your facility.
- Building tenants and employees will feel like the facility is cleaned better and more often because they see it, and customers will enjoy a clean, well-kept facility.
- Employees will have a better opportunity to get to know the cleaning staff thereby improving trust and communication.
- Day cleaning generally provides more full-time job opportunities and higher wages. The cleaning staff also have better working hours. All of these contribute to better job security and employee retention.
- Improved building security because all doors and windows will be locked after business hours. You also won’t need to worry about the safety of the janitorial staff at night or relying on them to secure the building.
Day cleaning can be the right solution but it isn’t right for every facility. There are some important factors to consider before deciding if day cleaning is right for your facility. First and foremost, the cleaning staff needs to be a good fit for your building. This includes getting along well with your regular employees. Use of green cleaning practices is also necessary to avoid creating indoor air quality problems while employees work. Additionally, cleaning chemicals should be low-toxicity and equipment like vacuums should be low noise.