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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.

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

Housekeeping Job Training

Housekeeping Job Training

If you are: Looking for a Housekeeping Training similar to TESDA (Housekeeping NC II) for local employment, or if you are looking for training for your housekeeping job staff, you are in the right place! CMDA Cleaning Academy provides Housekeeping Training fundamentally based on TESDA Housekeeping NC II course as well as ASEAN-William Angliss Institute program on “Providing Housekeeping Services to Guests”.

CMDA Cleaning Academy can also customize Training on Housekeeping Jobs according to your company’s needs. Ranging from Basic Sanitation and Cleaning to Disinfection and Infectious Disease Management.

Here are the reasons why you need to choose our course:

Flexibility in Housekeeping Job Training

Our training programs are not limited to time and space. We carry out courses online and on-site with participants ranging from 5 to 200 people. Choose between or mix and match courses according to your company’s needs:
  • Basic Housekeeping / Cleaning
  • Specialized Cleaning (example: Carpet shampoo)
  • Disinfection and Infectious Control Management
  • Cleaning Supplies Inventory and Management
  • Housekeeping Staff Management
  • Customized Office Cleaning
  • Residential Cleaning
  • Hotel and Resort Housekeeping


CMDA Cleaning Academy advocates for sustainable practices regardless of industry. All our programs are designed to ensure sustainable housekeeping practices that your company can use for years, even when your housekeeping staff change or new cleaning products and equipment arrive.

Aside from the slide presentations we provide, we recommend and can help create training manuals and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for your housekeeping to ensure that Housekeeping Jobs are carried out by old and new employees.

Value for Your Money

The quality of training that CMDA Cleaning Academy provides delivers real world results – reduced backjobs, economic use of cleaning supplies, optimized cleaning times, and consistent cleaning performances. One of our training principles is exceeding expectations. We deliver the best training your housekeeping team can get so they can deliver the best housekeeping cleaning your company can experience.

One we take pride on is the readiness of companies that we have worked with before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. They were prepared prior to the lockdowns that occured, and up to this day, they have survived and thrived, operating in compliance with company and government policies. We provide training solutions to current and future housekeeping problems.


All our programs are backed by 10 years of Housekeeping and Cleaning experience. We provide direct and translated Housekeeping NC II programs to cater varying needs of companies. Our facilitators are also Cleaning Masterclass graduates from the United Kingdom.

CMDA Cleaning Academy has provided Housekeeping training to Government agencies, BPO companies, Fortune 500 companies and even other cleaning service companies! Here are some of our other accreditations:

  • PhiGEPS accredited
  • Philippine Port Authority accredited

Handling a Housekeeping Job Training shouldn’t be an arduous task for anyone (not even your HR!) if proper planning is made. Most of all, remember why you are searching for housekeeping training in the first place:

  • Make your office more productive
  • Help make your employees healthy and safe in the office
  • Encourage a cleaner and safer workplace
  • Protect and restore company assets
  • Align the office environment with the company’s mission and vision

How to Do a Proper Office Deep Cleaning

How to Do a Proper Office Deep Cleaning

Not happy or satisfied with the office deep cleaning done by your in-house janitor team or from an outsourced janitorial service agency? While cleanliness sometimes depends on “the eye of the beholder”, there is a process on how to do a proper office deep cleaning. If you are looking for an expert’s opinion (and that with 10 years experience) on how to do that, check out our steps below:



Need something cleaned?

Schedule your Office Deep Cleaning

Your office housekeeping team might be missing out on cleaning opportunities because of a bad schedule. Doing a deep office cleaning while employees are working can be detrimental to both the employees and the cleaning team. It is recommended to do an Office Deep Cleaning monthly or at least quarterly, during times where there are no employees (weekends) and with ample lighting (daytime).

The right schedule would let your cleaning team spot areas that need more attention, work on improving the cleanliness of an area and efficiently carry out the deep cleaning without distractions and interruptions.

Do a Personal Ocular Inspection

Run through the cleaning details with your team to plan out how you will carry out the Office Deep Cleaning. This is also best done with someone who is not part of the in-house janitorial team so you have another set of eyes that can spot areas you might have missed.

Planning an office deep cleaning can be overwhelming. Getting an overview of your office from top to bottom, left to right, you might overlook some areas that need more attention. It could be as simple as carpet stains, cobwebs on the ceiling, or stained grout in the washroom. Getting through the details with your cleaning team gets them more on board with the task at hand.

Assign Specialized People to Do Specialized Tasks

Almost everybody knows how to clean, but not everyone knows how to shampoo carpets or polish floors. Check your team who specializes in which and let them do the task to get the best office deep cleaning results. You may have encountered carpet stains or floor dirt that persists despite repeated office deep cleanings. You may get frequent responses like “it’s been there for several months already, it’s really hard to remove” or “I didn’t see that last time”, which all means you don’t have the right person for the job. You might need to have someone go through a specialized housekeeping training for this.

Need something cleaned?

Set a Budget for the Office Deep Cleaning

The Office Deep Cleaning budget is different from your daily or monthly overall cleaning budget. Your daily office cleaning is just to maintain the cleanliness in your office, but an office deep cleaning activity comes with a mission in restoring the cleanliness and requires a special budget. You will need to buy extra cleaning materials or rent out some cleaning equipment such as stain removers, ladders, vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors, materials you don’t regularly use for daily cleaning.

You might need extra people to make sure the cleaning will be done on time. Any shortage in the budget may cause poor results and delays in the cleaning.



Outsource your Office Deep Cleaning

If you find the above steps tough for you, you can always contact a cleaning service company or a janitorial service agency such as CMDA Cleaning Services to do the office deep cleaning for you. You can schedule an ocular inspection and cleaning with them. They should have specialized cleaners to process special areas and they should be able to provide an office deep cleaning that is within your budget.

These outsourced cleaning companies can help identify key cleaning problem areas in your office that your in-house janitors have been too “familiar”, “complacent”, or just can’t seem to deal with.

Outsourcing cleaning jobs, even if you already have in-house janitors, is a common practice worldwide. You need people to “make your office clean” and you need people to “keep your office clean”.

Doing an Office Deep Cleaning shouldn’t be an arduous task for anyone (not even the cleaning team!) if proper planning is made. Most of all, remember why you are doing an office deep cleaning in the first place:

  • Make your office more productive
  • Help make your employees healthy and safe in the office
  • Encourage a cleaner and safer workplace 
  • Protect and restore company assets
  • Align the office environment with the company’s mission and vision

Do In-House Office Cleaner Need Housekeeping Training?

Do In-House Office Cleaner Need Housekeeping Training?

The short answer: YES. 

The office environment is a dynamic space that changes along with the current local and global health situations. Your office cleaner should be equipped with ways on how to help keep all employees healthy and safe, not just with vacuuming floors wiping surfaces. 

Your office cleaners may have been directly hired or through a cleaning agency, and they may be equipped with the basics of cleaning, using a vacuum and a few cleaning tools and materials. Do a quick survey with them and ask: How often do they update their knowledge in cleaning? Do they help prevent infectious diseases that can come in contact with the office water, air and surfaces? Are they ready for the next housekeeping and health concern?

If the feedback you get from them is “never” or “rarely”, then you might not be getting the full potential of your office cleaners. They are supposed to be one of your frontliners when it comes to preventing office accidents and health concerns.

Housekeeping ain’t no joke.” 

– Louisa May Alcott


There are new cleaning products and equipment available in the market right now that can help clean your office better and faster. If your office cleaners are not updated with using them, chances are, they are using more time in one section of your office, or, your office is not entirely clean at all.

There are cleaning agents that work better now compared to your cleaning powder years ago. With the right technique, your office cleaners can clean surfaces faster. There are vacuum cleaners that could clean the air as well. 

Cleaning and Organizing is a PRACTICE, not a Project.

- Meagan Francis


Have you noticed that, in every health crisis scenario in an office or building, whether it is real or in the movies, office cleaners are the first to leave the scene. Why? Because of fear and worry that if they get sick, no one will compensate for their loss of income and hospitalization. However, if they were equipped with Infectious Disease Management, they would know what to do to prevent it: Always wear a face mask and gloves. If it is airborne, switch on air filters. If it is water borne, disinfect and dry surfaces, and so on.


Regardless of compensation arrangements, if your cleaners know how to prevent these diseases, they will become your allies in keeping your employees safe and healthy.


Apart from lifestyle diseases and infectious diseases, office accidents contribute to a number of reasons why employees are unable to perform well at work. A slip here due to water, a trip there due to debris, asthma due to molds, and a lot more. Cleaning just for the sake of “cleanliness” is not enough anymore. Integrating safety in cleaning is the trend now, and it doesn’t cut it if the cleaners only know how to “clean”.

The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”

Marie Kondo

There are a lot of housekeeping training materials available online to help upskill your office cleaners, but if you need a more comprehensive housekeeping training with live demonstration, give us a call and get you started right away! Our Housekeeping Training is based on years of actual experience in cleaning homes and offices. We include updated cleaning agents and equipment in our training to help ensure your office cleaners are up to date with the latest technology to keep your office clean and safe, at least the time.

CMDA Cleaning Services – A trusted name in Cleaning and Disinfection Services

As a company certified in Cleaning & Infection Control in General Facilities from the Cleaning Masterclass in UK, our clients trust and prefer our services in all their cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping needs. We deliver beyond the basic cleaning, disinfection and housekeeping services you require and expect. Contact us today and let us help you create a cleaner and safer future, together.