Team Cleaning Benefits

Self Direction:

The Starter will communicate to the Closer a variety of data which may alter the duties of the closer during the shift.

Manager’s Role/Inspect What You Expect:

The managers’ role is to maintain a constant inspection process.


  • All employees are actively involved in the system
  • Training time is reduced by 50% - 75%
  • Employees are more effective
  • System process leads to productive discipline
  • Quality improvements generate from:
  • Strict scheduling
  • Effective inspection
  • Simplified work routines
  • Self-directed specialists
  • Back pack technology
  • Productivity is increased by 15% - 40%

Zone Cleaning:

  • Within a given area of a building an employee performs all duties related to cleaning. These duties generally include trash removal, dusting, toilet cleaning, polishing, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and other duties as assigned


  • Employee must be trained in all functions
  • Supervision is difficult and problems keep re-occurring (i.e. toilet tissue/towels and trash missed, dusting inconsistent)
  • A substantial inventory of equipment must be provided for each zone cleaner
  • Certain functions get overlooked (i.e. zone cleaner is tired and behind schedule, so they cut short the last duty which is vacuuming or restrooms)
  • Zone cleaning very difficult to measure

A variety of personal systems exists which make substitution very difficult

Critical Focus:

  • Know your cleanable square feet
  • Know the cleaning requirements for all surfaces and furnishings
  • Know the actual cleaning frequencies being performed currently
  • Know your production capacity
  • Determine accountability
  • Expect to train
  • Inspect what you expect!

Team Cleaning = Specialist Cleaners

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