Cleaning Pros: Will Smoking Hotel Rooms Continue to Exist?

Will Smoking Hotel Rooms Continue to Exist?

Smoking’s become so unpopular some hotels charge guests high fees for their habit.

This comes also in the wake of states like Washington, and Colorado who have completely legalized the use of marijuana. States like Alaska, Nevada, California, and several others have some decriminalization laws in place. In that case, hotels where it is legal and allowed to smoke marijuana engage in the same practice.

So you can look at it one of two ways:

  1. If you smoke, life is getting harder and more restrictive
  2. If you don’t smoke, life gets much better for you

The same idea also applies to e-cigarettes. “Vaping” as it is known, in hotel rooms, can be a common practice.

What Does This Mean for Pro Cleaners?

You have a couple options when it comes to smoking:

  • Ban it entirely to make your life, and the lives of your customers, simple and easy
  • Allow it and charge high fees for guests who prefer to smoke

If it’s the latter case, there’s a number of costs you have to remember to factor in:

  • Replacing or cleaning bedding, towels, rugs, curtains, lampshades, and any other fabrics in any room
  • Additional cleaning time
  • Taking the room out of inventory while you do all the cleaning
  • Possibly annoying or bothering neighboring guests and losing their business

This loss could cost you up to 10-50% of your inn’s revenue!

So if you think you’re setting your fees quite highly for smoking guests, maybe you’re not setting them high enough after all.

An Additional Consideration If You Choose to Allow Smoking

One of the reasons you got into the accommodation industry was to make a profit.

Remember how good business means creating win-win’s for you and your customers?

In this case, you’re setting them up for a win-lose.

They get to smoke, but you punish them financially for it.

So that discourages them from doing what makes you a profit!

You’re trying to eliminate your market if you overcharge for smokers.

Now, if you do allow smoking, you’ll never discourage it entirely. Some people will always pay for the privilege to smoke.

But you put your best interests against your customer’s.

And your business works better when you align both interests for success.

Now we’re not going to tell you what you should do. But do take a good, hard look at your hotel’s business practices before you take any drastic action.

Until then, keep your guest’s rooms clean, and watch them reward you with more business!

Have You Heard about Ultrex Antimicrobial Wipes?


With Ultrex, you get the leading industrial cleaning wipe that also sanitizes your skin from germs and bacteria – without using water or rinsing!

Aloe and Vitamin E work together to moisturize and condition your skin. Dirt, grease, and grime are removed quickly, leaving behind a fresh citrus fragrance. Waterless application makes them perfect for working alone and keeping your company’s sanitary conditions high!

Like most hand wipes, they’re easy to use, and they also moisturize your skin. They work well in supermarkets, manufacturing companies, schools, offices, food service companies, and at health care businesses.

Each wipe is a generous 12” x 10” size.


Another nice thing about these wipes is that they’re very safe to use. For example, here’s what can happen:

  1. Your eyes may become only slightly irritated if they come into contact with these wipes
  2. Your skin will not get irritated at all from using these wipes!
  3. You can get an upset stomach or slight nausea from ingesting them

And if you do get the cleaning agent in your eyes, simply flush with large volumes of water for at least 15 minutes.

In general, they provide cleaning and are a very safe product to use. To learn more about Ultrex, visit our website.

Do You Get a Good ROI from Your Cleaning Equipment?


Everything you do in your business needs to be tracked – including the performance of your cleaning equipment.

Do you really need that top-of-the-line model? Maybe the less frequent repairs and better cleaning job are worth it.

Maybe it makes more sense to buy equipment that’s just “good enough.” The up-front cost of brand-new equipment may not be justifiable.

But, the point is you really don’t know until you start measuring the exact ROI your cleaning equipment provides.

How do you do that?

Well, make sure you follow these steps:

  1. Equipment Cost

This one’s pretty easy. Many professional cleaners will categorize their equipment as “Major” and “Minor.” They create a certain minimum threshold (usually a few hundred bucks or so) or life expectancy (like a year). To start, classify your equipment and calculate its initial cost.

  1. Frequency of Equipment Use

The more equipment costs, the more often you should be using it. For example, if you drop $1000 on a certain piece of equipment, you should be using it many times throughout the year. It should be saving you time on labor. Track how many hours per month you use your equipment.

For an interesting comparison, calculate how much time a job takes using your new equipment versus the way you used to do it. See if those numbers are less than your previous work processes.

  1. Location of Use

If it’s a particular piece of equipment that gets used at multiple locations, that’s going to give you a better ROI. If you use it for a single site, that’s going to hurt your ROI.

If you use it at a single location, maybe it makes more sense to just rent the equipment.

  1. Cost of Repairs

The more repairs you have on your equipment, the less it’s worth to you. In some cases, it makes more sense to rent equipment if it’s the type of equipment that breaks down frequently. Pressure washers have a notorious reputation for wearing down and requiring repairs, so it makes sense that you might rent one instead of buying it.

  1. Stress & Aggravation Caused by Frequency of Repairs

No cleaning equipment is perfect. Everything’s going to need some repair from time to time.

If you have to haul in your equipment for repairs, that’s billable labor time that costs you. And, it’s just plain annoying that you have to take time out of your day to drop the equipment off and have it repaired (or do the repair yourself).

When you have smoother workflows and greater peace of mind, you deliver better service. Track the number of repairs you have to make for each piece of your equipment throughout the year.

Now You Can Make Decisions!

Are you really getting the return you need from your cleaning equipment? Or is it weighing you down (literally and figuratively)?

Now you know – and you can make the decisions necessary to improve your ROI and service quality.

How to Clean Your Office Fast

“Work smarter, not harder,” goes the old cliché. Let’s apply this to tips for cleaning your organization’s building.

  1. Invest in the Right Equipment

While there are some techniques you can use to do things better and faster than before, one of the keys to cleaning success is using the right equipment for the job. Note that we say the right equipment, which doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive (although that might be the case). One example is using white terry cleaning cloths instead of older rags for a better cleaning job.

  1. Cleaning Electronic Screens

Use a microfiber cloths or electronics wipes to clean computer and electronic screens. Wipe the screen with a dry cloth while the screen is turned off. Other parts of the monitor should be cleaned with a slightly dampened cloth. If CDs or DVDs need to be cleaned, wipe them from the center out towards the edge.

  1. Develop a Plan

A business without a plan is doomed to run inefficiently, and the same goes for cleaning. Get a detailed cleaning procedure in place that makes the best use of your time. Test it, and continue to revise as you learn smarter and faster ways of doing things.

  1. Organize Your Cleaning Tools and Keep Them in One Place

This tip sounds so simple, but it bears repeating – organize your cleaning tools and keep them in one place. Have you ever run into that person who never seems to have anything in the right place? Organize your cleaning tools keep them where they belong; you’ll get your cleaning done that much faster.

  1. Schedule Cleaning to the Minute

As with the organization of your tools, be very detailed with the organization of your schedule. In fact, do it to the minute – for the entire week and month. With a clear schedule, written and in place, you’ll clean faster and more efficiently every time.

  1. Take Regular Inventory

Make sure you have all the tools and supplies you need in the first place so you don’t have to go restock every week. Whatever your routine is, schedule it, and make sure you have the right inventory at all times.

With these six tips, cleaning your organization’s building will be much more efficient.

Are You Looking at a Spot or a Stain?

Yikes! You see something nasty on the rug, but you don’t know how it got there! The good news is the difference between a spot and stain is only 24 hours.

If you’re lucky enough to find a spot before it becomes a stain, it may be possible to remove it with only water. However, if a spot has been sitting for longer than that there are chemicals specifically made for different stain types.

It can be tough to clean stains, so here’s a few tips for taking care of different types:

  1. Blot the spot, don’t scrub it. Work your way from the outside in. If the stain isn’t gone after the first round of blotting, then rinse it thoroughly with clean water and start blotting again. Don’t scrub the carpet, you can damage the fibers.
  2. Use hydrogen peroxide products for stains like coffee, tea, and wine that contain tannins. Even if you accidentally use too much hydrogen peroxide, there won’t be much residue left in the carpet after cleaning. Products that do leave residue cause the spot to resoil quickly again.
  1. Water-soluble stains. Simply using a non-bleach detergent, diluted 1oz per gallon or water, can remove a number of common stains. These include alcohol, ice cream, milk, some kinds of ink, wet/latex paint, berries, and colas.
  1. Pet stains. Sometimes you love your pets and sometimes they drive you up the wall. Unfortunately, the stains they leave behind can be difficult to remove.

If you find a fresh accident, the resultant stain is much easier to remove. After removal, simply blot the affected area without smearing or scrubbing. If the stain is not removed, moisten it with a product especially for pet stains. Then blot and repeat that process until the stain is gone.

Stains come in many shapes, sizes, and varieties, and can sometimes be hard to remove. Hopefully, these tips can help..

Why Use Heat to Help Clean Your Carpets?


Professional cleaners know heat helps your cleaning chemicals do a more effective job of cleaning your carpets. In fact, studies show cleaning chemical action doubles for every 18 degree temperature rise above 118 degrees F.

Along with heat, cleaning pros know you should also:

  • Use the right chemical for the job
  • Allow enough time for the chemicals do their job
  • Have the right pressure be used by the carpet cleaning machine

Does Using Cold Water Ever Work?

Some experts contend that carpets should be cleaned using cold water. Their rationale is that heating chemicals potentially releases noxious fumes, possibly harming both you and the environment.  But, that argument doesn’t hold water because heat doesn’t actually come into the picture until the cleaning is actually performed.  In most cases, pros use cold-water chemicals to pre-treat stubborn stains prior to general cleaning. So why is heat so important in the cleaning process?

Additional Benefits of Heat

Besides increasing chemical action, adding heat to the carpet cleaning process also:

  • Requires less chemical to do the job – a “greener” approach to cleaning
  • Gets the job done faster thereby reducing the amount of water and energy needed to clean the carpet
  • Breaks down grease and oil faster so they can be more effectively removed from your carpet
  • Does a better job of cleaning as more allergens are removed during the cleaning process
  • Helps your carpet dry faster, which reduces the risk of growing mold or mildew
  • Increases the lifespan of your carpet

Although it’s not necessary to use heat in every carpet cleaning procedure, adding heat to the general carpet cleaning process will provide better results than without using heat. So when using chemicals in your carpet cleaning process, “heat it up!”

Why Clean Your Facility During the Day?

When you think of a professional cleaning service, you usually think of someone coming in late in the evening when few (or no) people are working. But that may not be the best way to have your building cleaned. Why? Cleaning at night could be costing you big money on your energy costs.

Why Clean Your Facility During the Day?

Cleaning during the day is not unheard of in the United States, but it’s rare. However it’s very common in Europe, and since the potential energy cost savings are so lucrative, many think it will become the standard practice in the United States in the future.

Estimates of energy savings gained from cleaning during the day range from 4 to 8% per year. To estimate how much energy you’d save precisely, calculate the following:

  • Determine your electrical costs for all the lights that would be turned on
  • Estimate your heating and cooling costs

Money saved for your organization is always a good thing, but there’s much more your facility could gain with day cleaning:

  1. Better service quality – Few people enjoy working night and third-shift hours. Cleaning professionals who work during the day enjoy their jobs more, and do better work for your organization. Your own employees will appreciate your cleaning company’s staff more as they come into regular contact with them, which also helps cleaning staff take ownership of their jobs.
  1. Improved communication with your cleaning staff. If you employ an in-house cleaning staff, communication during the day is easier. If you outsource your cleaning, it’s difficult (sometimes impossible) to get in touch with contract cleaning management. If cleaning staff and management are present during the day, you’ll be able to talk with them directly to voice any concerns you have and get better service quality.

If you’re not day cleaning, you should probably consider it. Think of the potential dollars your organization could save during the year, and then think of what you could do with that money instead of paying energy bills; the answer could make it an easy decision.

Have You Heard about the Switch to GHS Labels?


 OSHA is dramatically revamping labeling requirements for chemical products of all kinds. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) has been used and encouraged by the United Nations since 2002. The US decided to adopt GHS standards in 2012.

Why is the US Adopting the GHS System?

OSHA has been using the HazCom system of communicating chemical product safety information since the early 1980s. It believes more than 500 chemical-related accidents and 40 deaths could be prevented annually by changing to the new labeling system.

With the rise in global commerce over the past several years, the import and export of products between different countries has increased, resulting in confusion from non-standard labels on cleaning and other institutional chemicals amongst the workers who handle them. For example, a Chinese product imported to the US may have instructions in Chinese, so US workers may not know how to properly handle it and avoid any associated dangers. The potential for harm and injury in the workplace was deemed high enough to warrant the adoption of a global labeling standard. Chemical distribution companies must have their labels GHS-compliant by June 1, 2015. Full adoption of the GHS system isn’t required to be complete until June 1, 2016.

How Does GHS Affect Consumers?

GHS will impact many different audiences, including consumers. When you purchase chemicals for household or other uses in the future, you can expect the following benefits:

  1. Consistency. GHS labels provide consistency of information across all chemicals, which streamlines the regulatory process for chemical supplies.
  1. Increased Safety. Safety information must appear in structured ways on all labels for chemical products. Standard wording and symbols make it easier for consumers to understand how to safely use them.
  1. Stronger emergency response to chemical hazard situations. Because all labels are similar and require first aid statements, it’s easier to respond to accidents when they do happen.

So, when you purchase any new chemical supplies be on the look-out for the new labels.