Juggling the demands of keeping your customers happy while keeping costs under control can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s a lot easier to look at a budget and see where you can cut back. You can look at the supplies you use and think that all cleaning products are pretty much the same except for the price. But what you pay upfront may cost you a lot more in the end–especially in wasted time.
Even as you balance customer satisfaction and costs, you still want the quality of your work to stand out. And one way to be a cut above the competition is through the cleaning products you use. So here are a few qualities that you should be looking for in a reliable cleaning product.
Consistent Chemical Composition
When comparing products, you’ll want to look for a consistent color and mixture. This isn’t for aesthetic reasons–it’s one surefire way to determine the reliability of chemical compositions and concentration levels of your cleaning products. If a product is watered down, then depending on the acidity or alkalinity of the cleaner, the pH levels will be affected. Having an altered pH level can affect a cleaner’s effectiveness. Chemical concentration levels will also be affected if a product is watered down. Simply put, a premium product will act, look, and smell the same in every bottle. On the other hand, with a budget cleaner, the mixture can vary from bottle to bottle.
Boosted Cleaning Efficiency
Cleaning efficiency is directly connected to the consistency of cleaning chemicals. Premium cleaning chemicals are designed to make cleaning easier and more efficient. If the cleaning product you buy isn’t as effective, this can drive up costs because more cleaning time means more labor costs. Investing in a premium cleaner will save you time and money in both the short- and long-term.
For premium cleaning products, it’s not just what’s inside the bottle, but it’s also about the bottle itself. One key way to determine a cleaner’s quality is if the bottle’s labels are chemically resistant—i.e., they won’t disintegrate if chemicals spill or leak onto them. Budget cleaners usually have cheaper labels that are less durable. If labels erode or melt away, then a number of unwanted things can happen including:
- Cleaning staff and building occupants are at risk of injury (e.g., accidental mixing of chemicals or improper storage).
- Surfaces aren’t properly cleaned.
- Time is wasted hunting down directions and warnings.
Training and Support
Commercial cleaning products sometimes require special instructions and more in-depth knowledge that go beyond what a product label shows. For training and reference purposes, premium cleaning products have technology apps, wall charts, ring cards, and other helpful training tools. Other ways that training support can help includes:
- Speeding up the initial training process for new hires.
- Keeping workers safe and preventing on-the-job injuries.
- Ensuring what needs to be cleaned will be done correctly and efficiently.
Whether you’re in the jan-san business, building contracting services, hospitality, food services, the healthcare industry, the industrial cleaning business, or you need custom, specialized cleaning products, Midlab has hundreds of offerings for you to choose from. Contact us today to learn more about the Midlab difference.