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What is Team Cleaning vs. Zone Cleaning? How Unger Supports Your Cleaning Processes

Team Cleaning vs. Zone Cleaning – two different approaches to organizing and executing cleaning tasks in commercial or large-scale cleaning operations. Just as the approaches differ, so will the commercial cleaning carts and tools required to complete the job as efficiently and safely as possible.

What is Team Cleaning?

Cleaning involves dividing cleaning tasks among specialized individuals or teams, with each assigned to specific roles but working together, often cleaning in a specific sequence to efficiently complete the tasks. With this approach, each specialist or team focuses on their assigned area or task, allowing for increased productivity. These teams typically include:

  • Light-duty specialists: Responsible for tasks like dusting, emptying trash, and cleaning glass surfaces.
  • Vacuum specialists: Focus on vacuuming and floor care, including carpet cleaning and maintenance.
  • Restroom specialists: Handle cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, including toilets, sinks, and other fixtures.
  • Utility specialists: Support the team by providing additional assistance and performing miscellaneous tasks such as restocking supplies or moving equipment.

The team cleaning approach allows for flexibility in adjusting team members’ roles based on workload or specific cleaning requirements.

What is Zone Cleaning?

Team Cleaning is commonly used in larger facilities or settings where a systematic, sequential approach to cleaning is required, whereas zone cleaning involves dividing the cleaning area into distinct zones or sections. In this scenario, each individual is responsible for completing all cleaning tasks within their assigned zone, such as dusting, vacuuming, floor mopping, and restroom cleaning.

As opposed to Team Cleaning, Zone Cleaning allows for a sense of extreme ownership and accountability for each cleaner over their specific area. It may be more suitable for smaller facilities or settings where a simpler division of cleaning responsibilities is preferred.

Zone Cleaning provides flexibility in assigning cleaners to different zones based on their skills or availability.

Cleaning Carts & Tools that Support Both Cleaning Approaches

Team Cleaning

In a Team Cleaning approach, specialists only need the cleaning tools appropriate for their specific roles. If you were to supply them with more tools than required, you would be hindering this approach’s goal of promoting efficiency. Here are some essential cleaning tools by specialization to consider:

  • Light-Duty Specialists: Provide them with tools such as dusters, microfiber cloths, glass cleaners, and all-purpose cleaners for dusting, wiping surfaces, and cleaning glass.
  • Vacuum Specialists: Supply high-quality vacuum cleaners with various attachments, such as crevice tools, upholstery brushes, and floor attachments suitable for different surfaces.
  • Restroom Specialists: Equip them with restroom-specific tools like toilet brushes, scrub brushes, disinfectants, sprayers, and cleaning solutions suitable for restroom fixtures and surfaces.
  • Utility Specialists: Provide additional tools and equipment, such as brooms, dustpans, mops, buckets, window and glass squeegees, and any other miscellaneous supplies needed to support the cleaning team.

Zone Cleaning

When it comes to Zone Cleaning, selecting a versatile commercial cleaning cart that supports a wide variety of cleaning needs is key. As opposed to the team approach where the cleaner has one specific job, a zone cleaner is responsible for executing a multitude of varied cleaning tasks.

Consider a cleaning cart with multiple compartments and storage options with broad use in mind. Flexible storage options can be labeled or color-coded to distinguish different cleaning roles or zones to avoid cross-contamination. It also allows for easy organization and accessibility of tools and supplies specific to each cleaner’s tasks within the zone.

You’ll also want to consider the cleaning cart’s:

  • Portability and Maneuverability: Choose a cleaning cart that is lightweight, easy to maneuver, and equipped with swivel wheels for smooth navigation through different areas of the zone.
  • Customizable Configurations: Look for a cart that offers adjustable shelves, removable bins, or modular attachments so each team member can customize it to accommodate varying cleaning tools, equipment, and supplies for different zones.
  • Accessibility: The cart should have easy-to-reach compartments and storage areas, allowing team members to quickly access the necessary tools and supplies while minimizing downtime.
  • Waste Management: Consider including a designated area or container on the cart for collecting and separating trash and recyclables. This promotes efficient waste management during the cleaning process.


Team Cleaning vs Zone Cleaning

ZoneCleanRx™ is the Ideal Janitorial Cart for Zone Cleaning

You’ll want to consider the specific requirements of your cleaning operation and the zones you’re working with when selecting a cleaning cart. Customizing the cart to suit the zone cleaning approach will help streamline the process and enhance productivity for your cleaning team.

Unger’s ZoneCleanRx™ general janitorial cart system is configured with the essentials for Zone Cleaning. Perfect for office cubicles, cafes, study and work areas, ZoneCleanRx provides the tools you need to quickly address issues as they arise. The ZoneCleanRx™ janitorial cart comes with the cleaning tools needed for general cleaning throughout the day:

  • EZClip™ system keeps all tools securely attached to the cart and easily within reach
  • Use with your preferred Unger Mopping System (Unger Excella or Unger OmniClean)
  • SpeedClean for cleaning indoor windows and hard-to-reach table surfaces
  • Large vinyl bag fits standard 55-gallon trash bag and features a back zipper for easy and safe trash emptying
  • Three shelf-contained shelves for consumables and storage
  • Ergonomic telescopic dustpan with broom, extendable duster and NiftyNabber for debris pickup
  • Includes toilet brush with long handle to reduce bending and splash risk

Purpose Built Tools for Both Team and Zone Cleaning

When it comes to Team Cleaning vs. Zone Cleaning, the choice depends on factors such as the size of the facility, cleaning requirements, available resources, and the desired level of specialization or simplicity in cleaning operations.

Regardless of which approach you take – Team Cleaning vs. Zone Cleaning – Unger’s innovative line of janitor carts – RestroomRx™ , DeepCleanRx™SpotCleanRx™ and ZoneCleanRx™ – provide a durable and high-quality standard cleaning cart, with custom tool configuration kits for specific applications. Each Rx cart system is a ‘prescription for clean’, giving you the right tool, in the right place, for the right cleaning approach.

To evaluate your cart options and which one may be best for your cleaning needs, click here to learn more about how to compare the features and functions of various carts.

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