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Housekeeping
A systematic process of keeping a facility clean and tidy. The term is usually applied to the interior of buildings.

Housekeeping is a form of routine maintenance that includes activities such as
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Damp wiping
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting.

Attributes
These activities have the following asset management attributes:
  • Typically occur on fixed intervals.
  • Are funded from the operating budget
  • Usually limited to front of house areas
  • Since is focused on the interior of the building it is not seasonal dependent
  • Performed by a own forces, such as a caretaker, or by a 3rd party janitorial contractor.

Objectives
Housekeeping's objectives are:

  • Sanitation and hygiene
  • Indoor air quality
  • Cleanliness
  • Safety - avoiding slip and fall hazards

Standards
There are five levels (
standards) of cleanliness that can be applied.

Listed below are the five levels of an operating standard developed by APPA.
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Fig. Carpet vacuuming and floor polishing are examples of housekeeping activity.


Summary of the key attributes attached to each of the 5-tiers of the operating standard
Fig. Summary of the key attributes attached to each of the 5-tiers of the operating standard.


Maintenance cartoon depicting the challenge of moving up the five levels of cleanliness.
Fig. Maintenance cartoon depicting the challenge of moving up the five levels of cleanliness.


1 Cleanliness and aesthetics in the lobby reveals the operating standard being pursued by the owners.
Fig. Orderly spotlessness of the interior finishes at a showpiece facility.

See also:
Compare with:
  • Groundskeeping


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