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Defining the Culture of Clean, What Culture exists in Your Organization?

The Culture of Clean is defined as the perception that building owners/managers/administrators create amongst staff on the value of cleaning and its relative importance.

Like the political spectrum, the culture of clean within any facility ranges from proactive on one end to reactive on the other.

Proactive culture characteristics

  • A focus on preventing surfaces from getting dirty.
  • The purpose of cleaning is done to preserve facility assets, maintain a clean appearance, and for the health of building occupants.
  • Maintenance frequency is tied to traffic levels.
  • Facility appearance is consistently clean.
  • Cleaning is viewed as an investment in facilities and one that protects the health, well being and morale of building occupants.

A reactive culture

  • Waits until surfaces become dirty before cleaning.
  • Cleaning is done only for the sake of appearance.
  • Facility appearance is highly inconsistent.
  • Treats all surfaces the same, regardless of traffic.
  • Cleaning is viewed as an expense that can be cut with little or no consequence.


Where do you sit?  Based upon today’s budget realities, often a proactive culture is desired, but difficult to achieve with limited staff. Chances are you may sit somewhere on the spectrum, but the push needs to be toward the proactive end of the spectrum.

Consider this¦.

A proactive culture results in a consistently cleaner facility at an overall lower cost. So when costs are a consideration, a proactive culture may seem more expensive, but is far less expensive in the long run than a reactive one.

Additional benefits including a healthier work/play environment for building occupants (we spend 90% of our time indoors), and positive morale.

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