Why you clean How you clean...Part 10
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The Cost of Labor:
Invariably, Cleaning costs are: 90% labor, 5% consumable materials, 5% the amortization of the equipment used. Selecting 'cheap' tools and equipment on cost over production value NEVER pays off. No decisions concerning the purchase of these durable goods should ever be made in an effort to "pinch pennies". Saving 10% on equipment that adds 10% to your cleaning time will always cost you 9.5% more in total cost to clean. Is this clear? If you skimp on the quality of your tools, and it adds more labor costs to your program, then you have clearly made a bad decision.
The Value of Sustainability:
The same may be said for floor care products - with the numbers working out almost identically. Choosing a floor coating and care system that forces more deep scrubs, more strip outs or more burnishings will never create the sort of savings that matters in the long run. Select systems, tools, equipment and products that cut your labor - for the inevitable will forever arise - and you will be so much happier with your budget value.
Let me give you some numbers. If you choose a finish that will not repel soils, and must be stripped off annually, then you have just added 300% to your floor care labor costs over a program that can be restored with scrub-recoating or scrub-burnishing for a minimum of three years.
The Proof in Validation?
Every point we have made here can be put to the test, both before you buy and during the course of your fiscal cycle. If you need assistance in analyzing these validations - or presenting them to your 'bean-counters' please don't hesitate to ask. You'll both be happy with the data.
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