How Much Does a Commercial Restroom Cleaning and Sanitation Service Cost?


Almost nowhere is cleanliness more important than in the bathroom. Dirty restrooms are not just gross; they’re a breeding ground for germs and disease.

Hiring a commercial cleaning and sanitation service means your employees don’t have to do the dirty work, of course. More importantly, if you hire the right service, it means the bathroom will not only look clean; it will be sanitary.

Commercial bathroom cleaning typically costs anywhere from $200 to $1000 per month for the average-size business, depending on how many restrooms you have, their size and condition and the frequency of cleaning. Some services charge by the hour, while others charge by the visit or the fixture (more on this in a bit).

The Importance of Keeping Your Bathrooms Spotless

A dirty restroom is off-putting to customers, clients and employees. Even seemingly minor things like a few pieces of toilet paper scattered on the floor or an overflowing garbage bin can signify that your restrooms are not properly maintained.

More than just looks, however, proper sanitation is crucial. A bathroom that is neat in appearance may not necessarily be clean. Without regular professional cleanings, your restrooms could be full of germs and bacteria, as well as diseases such as the flu, Strep, respiratory illnesses, Staph and more.

The old mop and bucket approach to cleaning isn’t good enough when you’re talking about a public or high-traffic space. Proper sanitation requires the right chemicals, the right procedures and special attention to areas where germs and diseases tend to collect. It requires periodic deep cleanings followed by regular touch-ups.

Finding the Right Commercial Bathroom Cleaner

You might not have any idea what separates one commercial cleaning and sanitation service from another, and that’s OK. But there are steps you should take and questions you should ask to make sure the company is reputable:

  • Ask for referrals if you’re not sure where to start. Talk to other companies about who they use and why. Before you hire a company, do some research on their background and reputation. Check the Better Business Bureau and, if you’re a member, services like Angie’s List.
  • Ask the company for a detailed description of their cleaning procedures. What kind of chemicals or germicides do they use? Does the cleaning staff have a checklist of tasks they must complete during every visit? Does the cleaning involve only sanitation, or does it include paper refills and trash service?
  • Make sure the company is bonded and insured. Any reputable company should be. If you hire one that is not, your business could be liable for any accidents that occur during the cleaning.
  • Check to see if the company is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
  • Ask for a written contract that outlines - in detail - the scope of work, the frequency of visits and the agreed upon price.

Additional Pricing Information

By the hour, billing rates for commercial bathroom cleaning and sanitation usually start at $50 to $60. There’s a lot of variability in pricing, though, based on your geographic location, the frequency of cleanings and the condition of the restrooms. Keep in mind that small offices may face a minimum charge for the trip.

By the job, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $25 to $50 per restroom. Budget on the high end for large restrooms. Similarly, some companies charge by the fixture (sinks and toilets). If the price is $25 per month per fixture, that would bring the total bill to $100 a month for a bathroom with two sinks and two toilets.

As you can see, there are wide variations from one company to the next when it comes to rates and pricing structure. For that reason, it’s important to compare multiple services before you commit and ask for prices upfront.

Author: Ashley Smith

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