Reducing the pressure
07 September 2017
Steve Dennis, managing director of Clean Sweep UK, explains why, whether it is a scrubber dryer or pressure washer, there are real gains to be made by hiring cleaning equipment
Since the economic crisis, there has been an increase in the number of businesses, ranging from SMEs to multi-nationals, that have been turning to hiring cleaning equipment. Whilst the short-term cash flow gain is apparent, this is just the tip of the iceburg. For a relatively low fee you get to choose from the very latest in cleaning equipment technology, safe in the knowledge they have been properly maintained, cleaned and serviced. The additional benefits of hiring specialist equipment is something that is often not highlighted, but it can bring a range of financial and operational improvements.
Hiring gets you more than just a machine. Often, it will also come with full maintenance and servicing included as standard, meaning your own employees don’t have to carry out time-consuming repairs to maintain the standard of the equipment. Furthermore, if a machine is beyond repair, when you hire you’ll get a shiny new machine ready to clean again!
We all try to plan as far in advance as possible, but sometimes you just can’t predict when you will need specialist cleaning equipment. In this case, whilst the purchasing of equipment may take a few days from researching the correct product to ordering, payment and delivery, with hire you can get the machine you need, often by the following working day. Plus, when you hire you’ll be in contact with experts in cleaning machinery, who will be on hand to provide you with advice on what machine best suits the job at hand, and can even visit your site to do a full inspection before sending the latest and most productive piece of machinery for you.
These machines can be quite complex but with hire, training is included for all your operatives. So that’s another thing less to worry about.
The cleaning industry is seeing its greatest rate of technological change to date, with more efficient and productive machines continuously rolling off the production line. When you hire you’ll be able to choose from a range of the latest machines, meaning you can hire for the period you require the equipment for, and then the next time it is required you’ll have access to the most modern version, fully cleaned and serviced. Having a shiny new machine each time can be of particular importance to customer facing organisations, where the equipment is visible to the public.
It's often a benefit that is overlooked, but why not try before you buy? Purchasing machinery is a big commitment and a big capital outlay, so hiring your suspected desired machine for a few weeks to ensure it does the required job before purchasing outright can provide peace of mind. Plus, you’ll have had access to that expert advice when you take out a hire, so you know you’ll be getting the right machine. Trialling a machine allows you to test the machine's capabilities, the frequency with which you use the equipment, its flexibility and the increase in efficiency it delivers, all making capital purchasing decisions intelligent ones.
There is of course still the greatest benefit of hiring equipment, which is the effect it has on your bottom line compared to purchasing machinery outright. Hi-tech cleaning machinery is expensive to purchase and involves a number of extra costs, including registration fees, storage, maintenance and the inevitable repairs. With hire, there is no significant upfront outlay, freeing up capital to be used elsewhere in the business. Hiring is also fully tax deductible, and unlike capital equipment, comes off your tax bill in the first year. Plus, there will be no servicing bills and you’ll get the latest equipment delivered immediately, saving you money and avoiding potential delays.
Whether you need a quick solution during peak periods, have an occasional need for specialist cleaning equipment, or simply want the hassle taken out of purchasing, maintaining and operating cleaning equipment, hiring is an easy, safe, cost-effective and time-saving solution that more organisations are turning to.