A Return To Manual Maintenance

“Of course it must be flexible,” says Cuddy. “Climate, the number of visitors and other factors will all play a role in how used–and soiled–the park becomes. However, some type of set schedule is needed to keep the park looking its best on a regular basis.”

In order to develop a flexible scheduled-maintenance plan, Cuddy offers the following suggestions:

· Make sure the schedule is in writing, so it is formalized, and covers the entire year or all the months the park is open during the year.

· Note the busiest months, such as summer months, as well as those that are not as busy. Cleaning frequencies may vary accordingly.

· Schedule sweeping and other maintenance duties on a monthly, weekly, daily or even hourly basis, depending on current needs.

· Re-evaluate the schedule every six months. Frequencies can change if it is later determined more or less service is required. However, if changed, the schedule should be adhered to for at least six months to see if it is working.

· Develop a sign-off system: each person performing a sweeping or cleaning procedure is to “sign off” that the work has been completed and when.

· The maintenance schedule should also include scheduled supervision of all work performed.

It may seem as though we are turning back the clock by using manually operated sweepers and similar types of machines. After all, for the past 60 years, everything from knives to toothbrushes has been motorized.

However, new technologies are making manually operated equipment more efficient and effective. And as we become more energy-conscious and concerned about sustainability and the environment, they may be the perfect alternative. “And using human energy to power these machines may even be better for our health as well,” adds Cuddy.

Robert Kravitz is a former building service contractor and now a writer for the professional cleaning and building industries. He may be reached at info@alturasolutions.com

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