Before the advent of the concept of business outsourcing, large companies, realtors, schools already job contracted janitorial services for their cleaning needs. Together with ghostwriters and accountants, janitors are the pioneers in outsourced services. These cleaning professionals with their janitorial equipment and trolleys work before and after regular working hours of normal 8 to 5 employees. They get work places or stations tidy and ready for pencil pushers have a productive day. Then, when everybody else gets off from their day jobs, janitors come to take away the discarded reminders of the day’s work, and sweep away the worries of the day that ended.
This is part of the science of cleaning. We silently stay out of people’s way yet ensure that our presence is felt. We bring in our large industrial escalator cleaning machine to your building and take away the sludge, and muck, and grime stuck between the grooves of the escalator steps. It is a large vacuum machine, and when it is old, it is also noisy. We would not want to annoy or disturb the clients, and the high heeled women and crisp suited men workers of the building. Our floor vacuum and polishers work like golf caddy carts with mop heads. We would not want someone to trip or fall on soapy floors. We do this while everyone else is asleep in their own homes. Our detergents and cleaning chemicals can smell offensive or cause allergies and respiratory ailments. Our health insurance does not cover that, surely. So, we clean your desks, windows, partitions and floors after everybody else leaves. We cover our tracks with air fresheners just before anyone arrives.
The other part in the science of cleaning is maintaining germ free environment. We clean air conditioning filters and eliminate airborne diseases that may be breeding within. We flush air vents and ensure that no rodent resides or vermin colony begins. We clear pantries and kitchens of food scraps and spoiled leftovers before the maggots, roaches, and rats invade. We disinfect toilets and wash rooms, and rid it of transmissible diseases left from body fluids. Yes, we do the dirty job for the health and well being of our clients. Our job is hazardous. At times, it is dangerous. Especially, when we wash and clean outside windows from thirty floors up. Our job is a thankless job. Employees, guests, and customers of our clients rarely see us. We rarely get a “thank you”, an appreciative smile, or a pat on the shoulder for a good job done. But, we do not cease to take care of people.
We leave as others begin their day, we quietly offer a prayer of good luck to the company who hired us. Hoping for a productive and healthful day so that they may be able to pay us well and continue their patronage to our janitorial equipment and trolleys firm.