Q. How long will it take to clean carpet?
A. Carpet cleaning production rates vary according to a sliding scale when factoring the cleaning variables. For example, JanBid our bidding software uses eight cleaning variables that are rated 1-5, 1-10 or 1-20. The weightiest factors include soil load, cleaning neglect, furniture to move, color of carpet, size of rooms and square footage. The assumption is that you would not use a 12” wand and a 5 gallon extractor to clean a 30,000 sq. ft. ballroom.
When you accurately score the cleaning variables, you are able to then project an approximate production rate. It is common in restaurants where all the furniture is moved to see production rates of 200-450 sq. ft. per man hour depending upon the variable rating. In the lodging and medical care facilities we usually see a range of 450-700 sq. ft. per man hour. Of course, truck-mounted units with power heads will improve the productivity. And, there are exceptions for dark carpet, light soil and high-production machines where you can climb above 2,000 sq. ft. per man hour.
The key is in understanding the variables. Light carpet and heavy soil may require a pre-scrub and 2-3 extraction passes which slows down the process. Then, you also have extra time for chewing gum and spot removal. Overall you will expect to see carpet cleaning production rates in the ranges shown above. Be sure and record your production rates for all of your jobs. Simply divide the total man hours in to the square footage.
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