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Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?
Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?


Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Maintenance articles below.

Tricks Of The Trade: Healthcare Housekeeping

Is there an industry standard for housekeepers and maintenance technicians per square foot of healthcare facilities?

The Cost Of Doing Business: 10 Most And Least Expensive Cities In North America

Honolulu has highest facility operating costs in a new Whitestone Research study which reveals the ten most—and least—expensive cities in North America.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Multi-Site Maintenance

When dealing with multi-site operations in the financial services sector, is there a suggested approach for maintenance and repairs?

Professional Development: Reactive, Preventive, Or Predictive

When maintenance “strategies” are unplanned, organizations can experience premature equipment failure, reduction in occupant satisfaction, and higher prices for repairs and equipment replacements.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Marcoat GS from Stuart Dean

This approach to grout degradation can be a cost-effective solution for facility professionals who need help restoring their lobbies, public restrooms, or any tile surface where grout is needed for aesthetics and durability.

Tricks Of The Trade: Battery Operated Faucets

When making a decision regarding faucet selection for his facility, one manager struggles with battery life and maintenance questions. New "Tricks" Columnist Kevin Folsom helps out.

Services & Maintenance: Under Pressure

Whether pest birds have made a facility home or are just moving in, having the expertise to deter them effectively is important.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Gathering Info On Vendors

When investigating maintenance outsourcing companies, where do most facility managers start?

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings…People Do: Part 2

In the second part of this examination, Carpenter breaks down the realities of finding the right player for the cleaning game in your facility.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Belt Maintenance

Is it wise to push the integrity of equipment when maintenance is fairly straightforward? Or should you only change belts when necessary?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Restrooms Not Forgotten In Stadium Makeover

Rededicated in 2009, the Oklahoma State University football stadium shows school spirit throughout.


This grinder system provides a solution for restrooms where conventional plumbing may be impossible or cost prohibitive.

FM Frequency: Machines Don’t Clean Buildings…People Do: Part 1

In part one of this series, Carpenter explains how providing janitorial services to facilities can be a truly thankless task, but it doesn't have to be.

Colleges Need To Be Vigilant Against Bed Bugs

Colleges and universities need to develop policies on how to manage and mitigate bed bug infestations if and when they occur.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Maintenance Calculations

What is the best way to calculate maintenance staffing requirements?

Maintenance Free…But Can You Paint It?

So, the next time you’re wondering whether a material that is touted as maintenance-free can be painted, wonder no more: The answer is almost always “yes."

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: The Toilet Master Jack

This new tool is designed to ease toilet maintenance and repair.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Maintenance Apps for PDAs

What kinds of maintenance programs or apps are available for use with PDAs?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Preventing The Top Maintenance Issues

This web exclusive looks at five common areas where preventive maintenance can make the difference between a smoothly running facility and a disaster.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Is Dry Carpet Cleaning Right For You?

The dry cleaning method is one tool facilities can use to maintain a healthy indoor environment.

Services & Maintenance: Effective Green Cleaning

Maintaining a healthy facility depends on a successful combination of processes and products.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Cleaning Benchmarks

What kinds of cleaning benchmarks are available for office areas of all kinds?


Is there a resource that would work with our many different operating systems (building and equipment) to compile information to a central point for viewing and alarms conditions?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Time And Efficiency Template

Is there any kind of template that I can use to design and construct a time and efficiency study of my maintenance department?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Spare Parts Expense Allocation

What is the standard practice of budget allocation towards spare parts expenses?

New Service Spotlight: Bigfoot CMMS and Service From Smartware Group

Bigfoot manages all aspects of maintenance repair for every piece of equipment in a facility, from production machines to energy systems.

Tricks Of The Trade: Tech Headcount

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge reveals the best methods of headcount calculation. Former Tricks Columnist Elledge, facility/office services manager for Dallas, TX-based Summit Alliance Companies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is an IFMA Fellow, and is a member of TFM’s Editorial Advisory Board.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Maintenance Worker Swan Song

With unemployment at near record levels, perhaps more young people will give the skilled trades another look.

Facility Management Tips for the 2011-2012 School Year

Business Interiors by Staples has compiled six cost-effective trends and tips to help schools create an environment that inspires learning.

Tricks Of The Trade: Hospital Staffing Support

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge helps answer questions about staffing requirements for a VA hospital.

Parking Projects Recognized By IPI

The International Parking Institute has announced the 12 winning facility projects of its 29th annual Awards of Excellence.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Bestroom Maintenance App from F-MATIC

This mobile app and web interface gives service providers and facility managers instant feedback on the condition of restroom facilities.

Elevator Maintenance – Keeping 'UP'

One way to minimize vandalism is to make sure elevators are operating efficiently. A defective relay or a damaged door track can slow performance and create long wait times. More tips are available.

NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: NW Sign Industries Rolls Out New Division

The sign company headquartered in Moorestown, NJ has introduced a new division, focused on signage and lighting services.

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