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Dirty Facts

Appearance

  • “91% of shoppers select a store to shop in because of its appearance.”  (Progressive Grocer)
  • When asked, “What’s the first thing you look at when judging cleanliness?” the most popular first response of consumers was “Floors” (42%).  (CDI Research, 1991)

Labor

  • “It is estimated that 90% of building maintenance cost is labor.” (Cleaning Management)
  • The estimated cost of removing a single pound of dirt from a modern building can exceed $600. (International Sanitary Supply Association)
  • “A dollar spent keeping soil out of a building will save 10 dollars in removing the soil once it’s inside.” (Cleaning & Maintenance Management)

Health

  • Indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air; (Environmental Protection Agency) and most people spend 60-90% of their time indoors. (American Lung Association)
  • American businesses are spending upwards of $100 billion a year as a result of lost worker productivity due to poor indoor air quality and “Sick Building Syndrome”. (Consumer Federation of America)

Expense

  • The average slip-and-fall claim is $4,000. (NFSI)
  • For every dollar spent on floor maintenance products, the average supermarket will spend $3 paying for slip and fall accidents.  (NFSI)
  • The foodservice industry’s leading cause of employee injury is slipping and falling. (Liberty Mutual)
  • Wal-Mart stores receive 100 million visitors a week. Wal-Mart gets sued almost once every two hours every day of the year.  Many of the suits are slip-and-fall related. (USA Today)

Ergonomics

  • Standing fatigue is not just a matter of personal discomfort. It also causes physical injury, costing employers time, productivity and money. (National Safety Council)
  • Workers who stood on anti-fatigue mats were able to reduce the level of fatigue and discomfort by as much as 50%. (Mark Redfern, Ergonomist at the Center of Ergonomics at the University of Michigan)