Types of Cleaning Equipment Used in Hotels
The very nature of hotels, and the varying amount of guests who live, dine and play on their premises, means cleaning is an important aspect of their operation. Hotels must maintain a high level of cleanliness to attract and please their guests. All hotels, regardless of size, share specific cleaning needs. Therefore, many hotels employ the same types of cleaning equipment, from floor scrubbers to kitchen sanitizers. The next time you are staying in a hotel, keep your eyes open for these cleaning apparatuses.
Janitorial and general maintenance supplies are necessary in all areas of a hotel. Examples include mops, brooms, dusters, sponges and buckets. Many hotels and resorts have janitorial stations strategically located within easy reach of all hotel workers. While basic, such equipment can be used in a variety of situations to quickly clean up debris and maintain a state of cleanliness until more specialized cleaning equipment is obtained.
Floor and Carpet
Various appliances are used for cleaning the thousands of square feet of flooring on a hotel property. Carpet steamers and extractors are used in carpeted areas, such as lobbies, hallways and guest rooms. These use a combination of commercial-strength carpet shampoo and hot water to deep clean a carpet and remove stains and dirt. High-power carpet dryers are then used to blow a steady stream of air over the carpet to quickly remove moisture. The drying process is an essential step to prevent mold and mildew in enclosed spaces. Hard floor surfaces, such as tiled restaurants and hardwood ballrooms, require floor burnishers, scrubbers and polishers. Some hotels may also use a buffing machine, especially on specialty surfaces such as marble. These cleaning appliances help to ensure the hotel's floors are always gleaming and fresh, critically important due to a hotel's heavy foot traffic.
Squeegees, buckets and sponges are used to maintain the clarity of hotel windows. Many hotels, especially those with scenic views, have hundreds or even thousands of windows. Even hotels that outsource their window cleaning to a window cleaning company will keep basic window maintenance tools on hand for emergency touch-ups and maintenance.
Public bathrooms in hotel lobbies and meeting rooms, as well those found in the guest rooms, require toilet brushes, mops, sponges and rags, and specialty chemical products. This equipment keeps bathtubs and showers mildew-free, toilets fresh and vanities spotless. Housekeepers typically do not use more specialized, automated tools such as floor buffers because the quick turnover rate of hotel rooms requires the speed of manual cleaning.
Hotel kitchens must meet various state and federal regulations regarding maintenance, cleanliness and sanitation. Much of the cleaning equipment used in culinary kitchens reflect these needs. High-powered sanitizing appliances use a combination of high heat, steam and chemical driers to sanitize all dishes after they have been washed. The washing itself is often automated using a dish washer, though some kitchens employ staff to hand-wash dishes.
Most hotels run their own housekeeping department. This necessitates the need for massive dry cleaning machines which process all towels, bedding and hotel worker uniforms. After the clothing and upholstery has been cleaned, they are then passed through a commercial dryer. Large hotels are capable of turning over thousands of garments, upholstery and articles of clothing every day.
Joshua Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist who has been writing since 2000. His work has appeared in various national and international magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine." Duvauchelle graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.