Hiring a Janitorial Service for Your Business


A clean office is crucial to the health and comfort of your employees, clients and guests. But unless you can afford an in-house cleaning staff, you’ll have to hire a professional janitorial service to do the job.

Janitorial services that specialize in commercial cleaning can handle day-to-day tasks such as vacuuming, taking out the trash and sanitizing bathrooms. They can also tackle the occasional heavy-duty jobs, such as washing the windows, cleaning the carpet and waxing the floors.

About Janitorial Services

A commercial cleaning company will cater their services to the specific needs of your business. You can opt for a light cleaning once a week, deep cleaning on a daily basis or specialized services performed quarterly. However, keep in mind that some janitorial services will require you to sign a contract for regular cleaning service before they will tackle the occasional, heavy-duty jobs.

Most janitorial services are equipped to clean all types of facilities, from general offices to manufacturing plants and retail environments. Among the few exceptions are medical facilities and day care centers, which require specialized cleaning and sanitation procedures. These types of businesses should hire a commercial cleaning service with experience in their industry.

Cost of Janitorial Services

The cost of janitorial service depends on the size of your facility, the frequency of cleanings and your geographic location. Most companies charge a flat rate per square foot of cleanable space.

Most cleaning services charge $.05 to $.10 per square foot; however, the price can escalate quickly if you require speciality cleaning services or additional staff members. Waxing the floors might cost $.25 per square foot and cleaning the carpets is likely to run up to $.15 per square foot.

Medical cleaning is more expensive because it is more involved. Be prepared to pay a 25 percent to 50 percent premium.

Choosing a Janitorial Service

There are so many janitorial services - from small, one-person operations to national franchises - that it can be tough to figure out which one to choose. As with any other service, it’s best to shop around and seek quotes from multiple companies.

It’s also a good idea to look into the background and qualifications of any company you’re considering. Is the company certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)? Does it have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau? Is the company properly insured and bonded?

Make sure you get a written contract that includes the agreed upon price and a complete list of services to be performed. Read the contract in full before you sign.

Author: Ashley Smith

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