By Eric Michaels

How Risk Prevention and Better Cleaning Equipment Go Hand-in-Hand

As a business owner hoping to mitigate risk, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. Did you know that your risk prevention efforts can actually start by taking a long look at your company's cleaning systems?


Rather than increasing the number of insurance policies you hold, consider investing in cleaning equipment that not only helps to prevent accidents, but also supports the health of your customers, employees, and overall facility. Here's how risk prevention and cleaning system investments go hand-in-hand.


Healthier Facilities Limit Your Risk


Whether you support a large organization spread out over many buildings or run a small one-stop shop, a clean workplace supports your long-term business health. Customers make assumptions based on the impression they get from visiting your company and from your reputation in the community. Top-quality cleaning systems allow custodians to produce better results, and studies show those clean conditions work wonders in terms of buyer behavior. At the most fundamental level, cleaner stores and buildings make your company more attractive to consumers, which contributes to the overall health of your business.


The risks an organization takes with less-efficient cleaning systems may not be quite so obvious at first, but the results of using this equipment cannot be ignored. If your staff is using mops and buckets to clean the restrooms and other crucial areas of your facility, the majority of harmful soils remains on the surfaces instead of being cleaned away. This greatly increases the potential for spreading germs and illnesses.


Trying to remove spills with mops and buckets also increases risks because of slow drying times and slippery conditions left behind, putting your customers at risk for slip-and-fall accidents and your business at risk for law suits. You may save money in the short term using outdated methods, but you certainly expose yourself to serious risks this way.


Advanced Cleaning Systems Pay Off Over Time


Upgrading your cleaning system does require an initial investment, of course. However, these upfront expenses ultimately pay off. For starters, more efficient cleaning means a reduction in cleaning products, fewer labor hours, and less opportunities for custodians or visitors to become injured.


Newer, user-friendly systems allow your crew to clean faster and more thoroughly, so they're able to cover more ground and limit chances for contamination. Even small changes, such as upgrading from mops to dispense-and-vac systems, allow for a big shift in cleaning power. Training new employees to use wet-vac systems also requires less resources, since these systems are relatively easy to use.


The investment in better cleaning systems is one of the best moves a company can make in risk prevention. Consider how it will help you improve morale, avoid exposure to injuries and lawsuits, and change the way your company looks from the floors up.


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