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5S or 7S of Good Housekeeping

5S or 7S of Good Housekeeping

5S or 7S of Good Housekeeping has been a popular training topic being given to Local Government Units (LGUs), Human Resource Management Offices (HRMOs) and those applying to become a hotel housekeeping staff overseas. Though fundamental in cleaning and housekeeping tasks, the application and execution of the 5S or 7S of Good Housekeeping  remains a problem since most training do not include practical applications and are not customized depending on need.

What are the 5S or 7S of Good Housekeeping? Why is it so important that training about it is being given to a lot of people?

If you research further, Henry Ford was the one who originally developed what we know as the 5S methodology back in 1972 but was known as the CANDO programme. Japanese businessman and author Shigeru Mizuno then popularized this as a management method and added 2 more “S”, developing the 5S to 7S in the 1980s. The 5S and 7Ss are:


  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Sweep (Clean)
  • Standardize
  • Sustain


  • Sort – Identify and eliminate unnecessary items from your workplace.
  • Systematize – Organize the remaining items in a logical and efficient way.
  • Sweep – Keep your workplace clean and tidy.
  • Standardize – Create a set of standards for cleanliness and organization that everyone in the workplace can follow.
  • Safety – Make sure your workplace is safe for everyone.
  • Self-discipline – Encourage employees to take responsibility for keeping their workplace clean and organized.
  • Sustain – Make sure the 7Ss are an ongoing part of your workplace culture.

Benefits of the 7S if properly implemented

The 7Ss can offer a number of benefits to organizations, including:

  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Improved safety
  • Reduced costs
  • Increased employee morale
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • A more professional image

How to Implement the 7Ss

The 7Ss can be implemented in a number of ways. The following steps can help you get started:

1. Create a plan – The first step is to create a plan for implementing the 7Ss. This plan should include the following:

  • A list of the 7Ss
  • Specific goals for each 7S
  • A timeline for implementation
  • A budget

2. Get the proper training – Train everyone involved and make them aware of this management method. Customize the plan according to your home or office needs.

3. Get everyone involved – It is important to get everyone in the organization involved in the implementation of the 7Ss. This will help to ensure that everyone is committed to the process and that the changes are sustainable.

4. Start small – It is not necessary to implement all of the 7Ss at once. Start with one or two 7Ss and then gradually add more as you become more comfortable with the process.

5. Be patient – It takes time to implement the 7Ss and see results. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately. Just keep working at it and eventually you will see the benefits.

Challenges in Implementing 7S of Good Housekeeping

1. Poor planning – one of the main reasons why this management method fail is that plans were not customized according the organization’s needs, plans that do not apply or no plans set in place where there should be.

2. Poorly supervised – goals are not being checked or measured from time to time.

3. Lack of participation – some people tend to think “they already know how to clean” and disregard this type of management method and are not committed in implementing this process.


The 7Ss of Good Housekeeping is a powerful management method that can help organizations to improve efficiency, productivity, safety, and morale. If you are looking for a way to improve your workplace, the 7Ss are a great place to start.

5 Best Wall Paint Colors for Summer

5 Best Wall Paint Colors for Summer

Filipinos love summer – going to the beach, feeling the breeze, all the fun and sun! We love everything about it, we want a part of it in our homes – except the heat.

Here are five of the best wall paint colors to keep your home cool this summer season (and probably your best home improvement you will do!):

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This is the best color to paint since almost all of its variations reflect the most light. White also gives the impression of cleanliness and simplicity. This color is always available in hardware stores.

Apart from helping your place become cooler during summer, painting your walls white makes your place look more spacious. It blends well with most of the other light colors, so you could play around with the color of your trimmings.

We recommend:
Boysen B-7410 Hygienic White odorless or Boysen HH-706 Tulle White
Davies BF+-50501 Satin White


Light pink, Light Pink orange, call it whatever you like, you get the idea. Peach colors remind us of the feeling of looking at a beautiful sunset on the beach. In the Psychology of colors, Peach promotes feelings of joy and warmth.

When using the color Peach, work around its spectrum – Light Red, light orange to light yellow.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-5-G72 Fresh Melon
Davies BF+-50551 Almost Peach


This is one of the main colors of Summer – yellowish white sand, the yellow sand and yellow flowers! The color yellow is associated with sunshine, hope, laughter, warmth, happiness, and energy.

If you want the color yellow to stand out in your space, add around it a few of its complementary colors – green and blue! If you want it to blend well with other colors, choose between Red, orange and light green.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-15-G116 Gingko Tree
Davies BF+-50545 Yellow Lark

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Sky Blue

Not dark blue, not marine blue, nor indigo – sky blue. The color of a cloudless summer sky mid afternoon on the beach. Sky blue gives off the feeling of calmness, peace, and relaxation – something we all want at home.

Sky blue is fun to blend with jewel tones, cream, white and gold colors. If you want this color to stand out, add a touch of yellow or light pink.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-26-G56 Obagi Blue Peel
Davies BF+-50523 Blue Rays




What is the next best thing we love about summer? – Water! Specifically, the color of it on the beach or pool. According to DesignAI, Turquoise is a calm, friendly, and cheerful color, radiating the tranquility of blue, the growth of green, and the vitality of yellow.

Adding Turquoise with most other colors sends off different moods and meaning, it is so much fun to work with! Pair it with other neutral shades, wood tones, and darker shades of blue and you get fantastic results.

We recommend:
Boysen HH-24-G51 Facial Mask
Davies BF+-50525 Ocean view

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Wall paint color plays a big role in keeping control of the temperature of your home. You would want your home feeling cooler during the summer time, so, choosing the right colors that also match your preference, will help keep your place cool. Dark colors absorb light (infrared rays), making the space warm, while light colors reflect light and lessen the heat.

Early summer in the Philippines is the best time to have your space painted. Humidity is not that high and the paint dries and cures properly. This is another reason why most construction and renovations are done during this period.

How Housekeeping Training Can Help Save You Money

How Housekeeping Training Can Help Save You Money

Housekeeping Training is often regarded as expensive (training fees), time consuming (average of 200 training hours), and sometimes useless – everybody knows how to clean, we were trained since we were young. However, only a few appreciates the value of Housekeeping training because they either need it to apply for a job, or sees the true value and savings of actually learning.

Housekeeping training can help save time and money in a lot of ways. From cutting wastage cost and loss of cleaning materials to optimizing working time, having your household help or office housekeeping staff undergo training can help you stretch your budget.


Training for Household Help

A lot of us think “why should I spend training my household help when they already know how to cook and clean? Why should I when they won’t be staying with us for a lifetime?”. Well, have you done the math on the times you went over your monthly budget for cleaning materials? Have you counted how many times you have to ask your household help re-do the cleaning, which meant using more cleaning products? How many instances did they use the wrong cleaning product? Probably not quite a lot, but let’s put some number in them.

Let us say, your household help went over the budget for all the cleaning materials by One Thousand Pesos (P 1,000.00) per month. That is P12,000.00 a year!  You can always say to them to be careful in using those cleaning products, or use a cheaper alternative, but with no knowledge on how to use these cleaning products EFFECTIVELY, you will still end up buying more. This amount may or may not include accidental spillages, times you hired another household helper as a reliever during their sick days, and the trips to the emergency room because of poor cleaning practices.

Incidences: Monthly Yearly
Wastage (average cost) P 1,000.00 P 12,000.00
Reliever (due to absences) P230/day x2 days P 460.00 P 5,520.00
Total loss: P 1,460.00 P 17,520.00

Looking at the table above, if your household help received some housekeeping training, you save as much as P 17,520.00 a year!

If ever you choose to decide to have your household help undergo housekeeping training, consider where you will have them enrolled and the hours or days it would take. Whether you will be shouldering the training fee, you have to consider that during those training days, someone has to shoulder daily expenses of the household help. This is something that CMDA Cleaning Academy can help, with optimizing training to fit your household housekeeping needs to fit in the shortest amount of time.

CMDA Cleaning Academy TESDA NC II
Number of hours 8 hours 436 hours
Training Fee P 15,000.00 Free
Assessment Fee Free P 1,000.00
Salary loss P 230.00 P 12,650.00

Training for Office Housekeeping

If you have hired your office housekeeping staff from a manpower agency, hopefully they have provided training for hard skills and soft skills that will meet your office housekeeping needs. However, if you have directly hired them, chances are, you will need to train them. What are the tell tale signs? Your office is going beyond the budget for purchasing cleaning supplies, there are persistent housekeeping concerns (like stinky washrooms, washroom and carpet stains), there are times you catch your housekeeping staff doing nothing, there are employees always going on sick leave due to respiratory (asthma or allergy) or gastrointestinal (LBM) problems, or a combination of these cleaning related concerns.

These signs have a corresponding monetary value for each, and they come off as company expenses. Losses and wastages can amount to up to P 2,000.00 a month, which would mean it could go as high as P 24,000.00 a year! Unproductive hours of your housekeeping team cost you money as well. An hour based on Metro Manila’s minimum wage today is about P 67.00. If every day, for 22 days in a month, a janitor is unproductive, that is P1,474.00 a month or P 17,688.00 per year! That’s the amount of money your company pays for someone to do nothing, and still, have problems with the office cleanliness.

Incidences: Monthly Yearly
Wastage (average cost) P 1,000.00 P 12,000.00
Lost hours (P67/hr x 1 hr/day x 22 days) P 1,474.00 P 17,688.00
Supply loss P 1,000.00 P 12,000.00
Reliever (due to sick days) P 537.00 P 6,444.00
Total loss: P 4,011.00 P 48,132.00

Looking at the table above, if your office housekeeping staff received some housekeeping training, you save as much as P 48,132.00 a year!

If ever you choose to decide to have your housekeeping staff undergo housekeeping training, consider where you will have them enrolled and the hours or days it would take. Whether you will be shouldering the training fee, you have to consider that during those training days, someone has to shoulder daily expenses of the staff. This is something that CMDA Cleaning Academy can help, with optimizing training to fit your household housekeeping needs to fit in the shortest amount of time.

CMDA Cleaning Academy TESDA NC II
Number of hours 8 hours 436 hours
Training Fee P 15,000.00 + Free
Assessment Fee Free P 1,000.00
Salary loss / employee P 537.00 P 35,979.00

Difference between Domestic Housekeeping, Institutional Housekeeping and Commercial Housekeeping

Difference between Domestic Housekeeping, Institutional Housekeeping and Commercial Housekeeping

Housekeeping has diversified over the years. The term “housekeeping” has even been interchangeably used between household help, hotel housekeeping, and office janitors. Like “Cleaning” and “Sanitizing”, the term housekeeping must be differentiated according to the type your space needs. After all, each category provides different levels of training and cleaning, and of course, cost.

Essentially, Domestic Housekeeping focuses on managing the cleanliness of homes or one’s residence, while Institutional Housekeeping focuses on managing the cleanliness of hospitality institutions such as hotels, cruise lines, resorts, and such. Meanwhile, Commercial Housekeeping focuses on offices, stores and shops.



The Difference: Domestic Housekeeping

Domestic Housekeeping directly involves household work involving homes. Carried out by a domestic household help (or domestic helper or home caretaker), services revolve around cleaning bedrooms, toilet and bath, kitchen and dining areas and common areas. It may also include cooking and washing dishes, laundry and ironing clothes.

Domestic housekeeping contracts have long durations, regardless of frequency of service. Cleaning can be done on a daily or weekly basis, but you will be dealing with the same person (ideally) either for a year or longer.

Domestic housekeeping skills training is very rare. It is not provided in any level of education, and usually, household helpers are expected to already know the basics of cleaning, and are only trained to perform the level of cleanliness the employer wants.

Salary: P4,500 per month (PH) as per Wage Order No. RB XI-DW-02 DOLE
In practice – P6,000 per month or more depending on arrangements

The Difference: Institutional Housekeeping

This is a common housekeeping service as we see them in hotels, resorts, inns and such. Carried out by “housekeeping” staff, services strictly involve cleaning of guest rooms, toilet and bath, and common areas only.

Housekeeping staff are hired because of their housekeeping skills executed on a daily basis on multiple guest rooms, as well as soft skills that include interacting with guests. That being the case, they enjoy benefits such as longer contract durations, social welfare benefits, and bonuses.

Training for Institutional Housekeeping is very common. It is present in some units in Hotel and Restaurant Management courses, it is available in TESDA courses, as well as in workshops.

Salary: P14,000 – P15,000 per month (as per Jobstreet)

The Difference: Commercial Housekeeping

On the other hand, Commercial Housekeeping deals with managing and maintaining the cleanliness of offices, stores and shops. They are employed to keep common areas such as operation floors, conference rooms and washrooms clean.

Majority of the commercial housekeeping personnel are janitors and are in-house employees, enjoying company and mandatory benefits. For some small offices and stores, they hire a commercial cleaning company for one-time weekly or monthly general cleaning of their space.

Commercial housekeeping staff requires training ranging from general equipment use (vacuum, steamers, etc) to cleaning and organizing spaces (arranging stuff specific to an office). There are housekeeping training available that covers both.

Salary: P12,000 – P14,000 per month


BONUS: Industrial Housekeeping

There is a profession such as an Industrial Cleaner who manages the cleaning and safety of industrial workspaces such as factories and industrial plants. They do daily cleaning to keep the operations area safe for working, and then occasionally would do a monthly cleaning to remove accumulated oil and dirt that can be hazardous to employees.

Due to the unique requirements of each factory and industrial plant, companies employ and train industrial cleaners to match their needs. Primarily, they need to have Occupational Safety and Hazard (OSH) training as accidents can occur in these workspaces.

Salary: P19,000 – P21,000 per month

HOW TO: Use Toilet Bowl Cleaners

HOW TO: Use Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Have you ever asked yourself if you really know “how to use a toilet bowl cleaner”? Because no matter how much you use it, and scrub it, on your toilet bowl, it still can’t remove the stains? We understand how you are feeling, and we have several feedback and testimonials that their chosen brand of toilet bowl cleaner doesn’t seem to work.

But don’t worry, we are here to show you how to use toilet bowl cleaners effectively.


  • Wet the toilet bowl
  • Spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner
  • Soak
  • Scrub
  • Rinse your toilet bowl

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Step 1 – Wet Toilet Bowl

Start with wetting your toilet bowl with plain, tap water. You can use your bidet or a water hose to do this, and give your toilet bowl a good wetting. This will moisten and loosen up the stains and dirt a bit. Most toilet bowl cleaners already have water in them, but applying them directly on a dry toilet bowl can be costly on your part. Apart from body fluids, minerals from hard water contributes most of the stain in your toilet bowl.

Step 2 – Spray your Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Now you can spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner on the toilet bowl. Don’t forget to shake it well before spraying and apply evenly on the surface. Add a few squeeze on the top part so that it would run down and cover other surfaces. Most of the stain trail marks starts from the top as well, so cleaning it in the same direction as how it was stained would help a lot. If you are asking us what is the best toilet bowl cleaner, you can check out our post on the Toilet and Bath Challenge. For other cleaning solutions, you can check out our list of Brand Names of Chemicals for Cleaning.

Step 3 – Soak

This is a very important step and should not be missed. Majority of the time toilet bowl cleaners fail is because it was not given enough time to react with the dirt and stains. Soaking for 5 – 10 minutes will help the toilet bowl cleaner work its magic, the ingredients will under go chemical reactions with the stains and will greatly help you in scrubbing later.

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Step 4 – Scrub

After soaking, scrub your toilet bowl to separate the dirt and stains. You can use basically any toilet bowl brush, or if you want to really get down and dirty, use a scouring pad (scotch brite). Don’t forget to use rubber gloves and face mask to for the unavoidable splashes.

Step 5 – Rinse

Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse your toilet bowl with water. If there are still leftover stains, repeat steps 2 – 4 until you are satisfied with the results. 

You can use these steps when cleaning your bathroom as well. Always remember when cleaning, soak your cleaning solution before scrubbing so that they can effectively clean your surfaces. When using a new brand of cleaning solution, check the label for instructions on how to use. Most of the time they are very helpful.

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