Tatjana Ahmed, Housekeeping Manager, Grand Hyatt Dubai, focuses on how housekeepers can choose the right cleaning machine for the right application.
Without doubt, the most used cleaning machine in housekeeping is the vacuum cleaner. In order to select the right piece of equipment, here are some issues to be considered.
A vacuum cleaner should have a power head with a brush that whisks the carpet surface to help loosen and remove the dirt. Canister and upright vacuums are nearly the same in cleaning effectiveness, except that the uprights are most effective on carpets, and canisters are more effective on hard floors and upholstery.
The weights of upright vacuum cleaners do not correlate to cleaning efficiency. Vacuums are normally sold with cords that range in lengths from 6 to 10 meters. The required cord length should be determined by the configuration of the guest room or public area space to be cleaned. A cord that is too long will get in the way of the cleaning process; a short cord will hinder the efficiency of the work. Review the cord storage efficiency of the vacuum cleaner. Wrapping and un-wrapping the cord can be facilitated by the design of the cord storage hook or mechanism. The location of the on/off switch should be considered as well. Many room attendants prefer a foot switch (which is also easier to replace) to something on the handle. Is the dirt sucked up in a cloth bag, a dirt cup or a disposable paper bag? Cloth bags are difficult to empty. Dirt cups can crack. Disposable paper bags are an additional expense. Choose a vacuum that has the easiest and most affordable method for your machine operators.
The ease in replacing beater-bar belts varies across vacuum types. Some vacuum heads require screwdrivers to remove the casing, while others have simple knobs. Room attendants usually move the vacuums from room to room by fragging them on their back wheels, regardless of whether they should. Since this habit is hard to break, ensure that the vacuum cleaner has sturdy wheels. Some upright vacuum cleaners are designed to slide under beds or chairs, although most canister meddlers do so easily.