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How Specialty Equipment Can Increase Efficiency & Reduce Costs for Facility Managers

As a facility manager or purchasing director, having the right equipment can make a big difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of your facilities cleaning regime. Network Distribution and OMNIA Partners provide insight on specialty equipment that can increase efficiency and reduce long-term costs so you can properly allocate important resources and employees' time effectively.

When your facility is short-staffed or struggling to keep up with high-demand cleaning regimes, it can be difficult to maintain cleanliness for customers and product inventory for staff members. In this blog, learn how OMNIA Partners and Network can save you valuable time and money by procuring specialty equipment that can maximize efficiency and allow you to focus your resources on other large-scale priorities.

Cleaning Made Easy

According to a study conducted by ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association), investing in proper cleaning equipment can reduce cleaning times by up to 50%, and can also improve the effectiveness of cleaning tasks1. There are several types of janitorial equipment that can help make your job easier and more efficient.

Vacuum Cleaners

These are essential tools for any cleaner, as they remove up to 90% to 95% of dirt, dust, and debris from floors and other surfaces.2 Vacuum cleaners come in many different types and sizes, from small handheld units to large industrial-grade machines. One important feature to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner is the type of filter it uses, such as a HEPA filter. Having a fully sealed vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can remove up to 99% of particulate matter from carpets and rugs, which can otherwise contribute to poor indoor air quality and exacerbate allergies and asthma.3

Floor Scrubbers

These machines are used to scrub and clean large areas of tile, concrete, and other hard floor surfaces. They use less water, thereby allowing the floor to dry more quickly, but also leads to a more efficient clean than what a traditional mop and bucket can offer. Floor scrubbers come in many different sizes and styles, from small walk-behind models to large ride-on machines. They can be powered by electricity, batteries, or even propane. It is important to choose the right machine for the task and make sure that you have the right brushes, pads and solutions to do the job right.

Auto Scrubbers are similar to floor scrubbers, but the difference is that they are self-propelled and have the ability to clean large areas quickly. These machines can be used to clean large areas of tile, concrete, and other hard floor surfaces with the help of a tank and a brush. They are great for cleaning high traffic areas and large buildings. According to ISSA, the use of auto scrubbers can save up to 90% of labor time compared to traditional mop and bucket cleaning methods.1 This is because auto scrubbers are more efficient at cleaning large areas and require less manual effort from the user. This labor savings can translate into significant cost savings for companies that invest in auto scrubbers for their cleaning needs.

Burnishers, Buffers & Polishers

Burnishers, Buffers or Polishers are specialized tools that are used to polish and maintain the shine of floors. They are great for restoring and maintaining the sheen of hard floors, like concrete and tile. They work by using rotating pads to buff and polish the floors, leaving them with a shiny, glossy finish. These machines are also useful for removing scuffs, stains, and other marks on the floor.

Carpet Shampooers, Extractors & Steamers

Carpet shampooers, extractors, and steamers are specialized tools that are used to clean carpets and upholstery. Carpet shampooers use a combination of water, cleaning solution, and suction to remove dirt and stains from carpets. Extractors and steamers use hot water and cleaning solution to remove dirt and stains, and they are great for cleaning carpets in high-traffic areas. Incorporating these tools into your cleaning program can help extend the life of your carpets up to 3x longer than poorly maintained carpet.4

Cleanliness drives greater customer loyalty, which supports your bottom line, and having the right equipment is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment. From vacuums, floor scrubbers, burnishers, and carpet cleaners, there are many different types of specialty janitorial equipment that can help you do your job more efficiently and effectively, available on a cooperative contract through OMNIA Partners. By leveraging the OMNIA Partners and Network partnership, you have access to local distributors near you who can help you identify and select the right tools for the task.


OMNIA Partners & Network Distribution

Through the power of partnership with OMNIA Partners, Network provides a variety of janitorial and sanitation solutions to local government entities, K-12 educational facilities, higher education institutions, and nonprofits. Supported by the power of local expertise, Network offers category knowledge, customizable supply management programs, and products from the industry's top suppliers. This competitively solicited and publicly awarded cooperative contract reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the collective buying power of public sector agencies and streamlining the buying process. Click here to learn more about how Network can provide solutions for your facility. Find your local distributor today!

1 “The Value of Clean” report by ISSA

2 “Carpet Maintenance for School Facilities” by the Carpet and Rug Institute

3 What is a HEPA filter?” by EPA

4 Carpet and Rug Institute