The January issue of Clean India Journal discussed at length the increased efficiency mechanised cleaning can bring both in terms of cost and the cleaning results. While building service contractors and Facility Management companies are putting equipment and chemicals to optimum use in maintaining various facilities, Railways, Airports and Highways are also experiencing the benefits of mechanisation. CIJ had earlier covered the cleaning system adopted by the Southern Railways. This time, the focus is on the Central Railway. During a visit to the Central Railway offices in Mumbai and also to one of the Railway yards, CIJ’s Mohana found that within six months of adopting mechanisation in coach cleaning, the results seem very encouraging.
It is probably a common practice to add a little more of phenyl or any other solution to the mopping bucket with the hope that the floors would get cleaner. But then when it comes to cleaning agents or chemicals, a few drops more than the specified dosage, could turn ‘fatal’.Shashikant Khare, a housekeeping staff with ‘All Services Under One Roof’, narrates how he landed in hospital six months back because of his negligence at work.
Training period is the most crucial phase in a janitor’s career; perhaps the most fun filled time as well. Along with the learning process, there could be interesting and funny experiences which he would carry with him throughout his working life. Clean India Journal has started meeting some of the janitors to get to know those hitherto untold stories of goof ups and lighter moments.
Acids to chemicals to bio-products – all cleaning agents are intended to clean, disinfect and sanitise. But lack of proper knowledge of the ingredients in each agent & their properties and also the amount to be used for different applications can very often prevent the cleaning processes from achieving optimum results. Mohana elaborates on the need for appropriate and efficient use of cleaning products.