February 25, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland (February 12, 2013) — Elliott Affiliates Ltd., the industry leader in advanced solutions for developing and managing custom cleaning programs and contracts, is pleased to announce the launch of Spec Optimizer, a new software suite that will help building managers achieve a higher quality clean at a potentially lower cost. Launched at the National Facilities Management and Technology Conference in Baltimore, Md., the new software suite offers an easy-to-use tool that allows building managers to develop customized specifications for cleaning RFPs.
Launching formally at the NFMT show on March 4, Spec Optimizer is free to use with hundreds of options for users to quickly optimize task and frequency specifications with a simple Read More
December 1, 2013
After over forty years of helping buyers evaluate and hire cleaning contractors, I’ve made a few observations about how purchasing and buyer folks make choices. Sometimes, the way choices are made are “by the book”, exclusively following the purchasing bible word for word; this is called a success by some. And, indeed, it is a success from a buyer perspective. Yet, at what point is operational success integrated into the decision process?
This paper explores how that buying decision impacts on-going operational success. It’s a focus on achieving Operational Sustainability through the art of buying. Let’s start with a goal; would anyone accept “value” over “savings” as a fundamental end for the buying effort? Is there a way to buy that comes with the promise of operational success for appearance, occupant health and environmental improvement —–and reduced cost? Oh, did I forget to call this “savings”? Well, I’d like to offer one perspective for an emerging model which might help guide buying practices in the art finding and hiring the best of the best cleaning service provider. Read More
November 1, 2013
The ISSA recently published the info-graphic below which does a great job of illustrating the potential rewards for a investing in a cleaner facility. The gist is that the lower the amount of sick days your employees take a year the more productivity and benefit your business or organization receives. The ISSA states that an average of 7.7 sick days per worker per year translates to over $200 billion dollars in lost productivity. For a 100 person office/facility cleaning properly can boost productivity up to Read More
March 1, 2013
The presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on a surface indicates the presence of contamination — food residue, allergens, and/or bacteria — implying a potential for the surface to harbor and support bacterial growth.
Therefore, low ATP levels are desirable. The manufacturer of the meter used in this study notes that ATP levels of 0-30 are acceptable on food preparation surfaces and levels below 100 are considered “clean.”
A luminometer measures the reflective index of light. On a scale of 1 to 100, 1 is the lowest possible gloss and 100 is the highest. With the floors in this test, the concrete surfaces were not polished or finished and, therefore, a less glossy or matte surface is desirable because grease and syrup residues are shinier than a clean floor.
Slip resistance: On a scale of 0 to 1, 0 is the most slippery floor and 1 is the least slippery.
Therefore, higher slip resistance or static coefficient of friction ratings are desirable to ensure slip, trip and fall incidents are minimized.
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