Jeff Ryals was watching an employee clean a large bison with a duster at Ted’s Montana Grill. As he cleaned, Ryals saw the dust falling through a shaft of light onto furniture and flooring. That’s when he realized that the tools and techniques his cleaners used needed to change.
“As I sat back and watched the people, I realized that the job was too difficult for the tools they were using,” said Ryals, Manager of Culinary Operations for all 45 locations of Ted’s Montana Grill. “They were just moving the dust from one part of the restaurant to another.”
He began searching for an alternative to dusters and the dirty brooms and dust mops that took 40 minutes to sweep the 2,500 square foot restaurant. That was when Frank Baldwin introduced him to the ProTeam ProVac FS 6. This backpack vacuum designed specifically for food service reduced cleaning time from 40 minutes sweeping to just 20 minutes vacuuming.
All locations of Ted’s Montana Grill feature luxurious architectural details: rich mahogany, polished brass, mosaic bathroom floors, and a bison that keeps diners company while they eat. These surfaces are more labor intensive to maintain and draw attention to any soil and dust that is left behind after cleaning.
The ProVac FS captures soil and dust in its advanced Four Level Filtration system. The filters capture many dust particles, helping to purify the air. When the restaurant employees vacuum with the backpack, high dust is captured instead of settling onto flooring. Soil goes into the filter bag rather than being swept up into the air or into the cracks in the mosaic flooring.
“At the end of the day, they got the right tool for the job, which led them to do a better job,” said Ryals. “It shows my employees that I am looking out for them.”
Like many professional cleaning jobs, the positions at Ted’s restaurants have been difficult to keep staffed. Training new employees eats up time and resources, so Ryals needed tools that are ergonomic and intuitive to reduce training time without sacrificing quality.
“With the ProVac FS, you just put it on and go,” said Ryals. “On a scale of one to 10, it’s a fifteen. The ProTeam backpack improved our ability to clean.”
Watch a video of the ProVac FS 6 in action here.