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4 Reasons Why It Makes Cents to Hire a Commercial Cleaning Service

We’ve written about the decision about whether to outsource cleaning your business in a past blog post, but this time we’re addressing a more basic question: why should you hire a cleaning service for your business? The answer to the question is more complicated than just having a clean business, and can also have a surprising, positive impact on your bottom line.

Professional Image

No one walks into a business expecting it to be dirty, but plenty of potential customers walk out because of it. The condition of your business can be the difference between landing and keeping your customers, and missing out on another sale.

Another reason to hire a cleaning service? For the exterior of your business—if you hire a cleaning service than does parking lot and exterior maintenance as well. Curb appeal counts when customers stroll or drive by and form an impression of your business.

Safety

Dust piles up, water spills on the floor, mold grows in an unkept kitchen. Though these issues may seem minor, the impact on the health of your employees and customers can be a lawsuit or worker’s comp claim waiting to happen. This can be especially true for employees with pre-existing health conditions, such as allergies and respiratory conditions. Being proactive about maintaining a clean facility can save you a lot of headaches in the long run, and a lot of money from an unsafe work environment.

Employee Productivity

A clean work environment is a productive workplace, free of the clutter and distractions that slow down employee productivity. It’s also a workplace that keeps germs away, lessening the amount of employee sick days. This can be especially true when your business has turned into a Petri dish of germs, and is spreading from employee to employee (and from desk to desk). A commercial cleaning service can head off the bug before it takes down half your workforce with a thorough disinfection and regular cleaning.

A commercial cleaning service also has an impact on your business’ productivity by keeping your employees focused on what you hired them for: their job. If you hired a manager to manage, you don’t want them to be cleaning bathrooms—it’s a waste of money and expertise. Help your employees stay focused on customer satisfaction and your bottom line.

Long-term building condition

If you own your buildings, or are responsible for their upkeep, a commercial cleaning service—especially a service that does interior and exterior maintenance work—can save you thousands over the long-term life of your facility. Simply put, regular maintenance can extend the life of your interior and exterior systems and keep your building in peak condition. They can do the same for your parking lot, sidewalks and other surfaces that need maintenance to ward off complete replacement.

Want to find out how much the benefits of a commercial cleaning service cost? Use our recent blog post to choose the right cleaning service for your business. If you’re past the selection process, and ready to get numbers, contact us. Our cleaning service can give you all these benefits on a schedule you specify at a price within your budget, and you get all the benefits of a clean workplace.

How to Choose a Commercial Cleaning Service

commercial cleaningCleanliness, as the saying goes, is next to godliness. That’s especially true for a business where operating, and maintaining, a clean facility is good for business. The million dollar question (or thousand or hundred) is: how do you keep your facility clean in the most cost-effective manner? If you’re like many business managers, the answer is outsourcing your cleaning services to a commercial cleaning service. So how do you choose a commercial cleaning service that can meet your needs and facility budget? What is the process for selecting the right commercial cleaning service for your office and warehouse?

Determine what you need

Do an evaluation of your facility to determine what cleaning services are needed for daily operations. Would a daily floor cleaning of your manufacturing plant contribute to productivity? What job responsibilities do you want your employees to focus on? What job responsibilities do you NOT want them to focus on? Do you want your employees to spend their time cleaning the kitchen? Or washing down and restocking the bathrooms? To make this a company-wide effort, ask your managers to contribute a list of cleaning responsibilities that need to be completed in their workspace.

If you need maintenance at your facility as well, be even more selective about your commercial cleaning service. Choose a cleaning service that offers maintenance services such as power washing, parking lot maintenance, light construction projects, and minor HVAC and electrical repairs. If you need these additional services from your commercial cleaning service, make sure that you ask prospective services if they offer maintenance services and narrow your options to only those commercial cleaning services.

Set a schedule

Commercial cleaning services do the cleaning jobs that you request. Once you have your list of cleaning tasks you need done, determine the frequency you need cleaning at your facility. Do you need a daily cleaning or weekly cleaning? If you need maintenance, how often do you want the maintenance done? Your company sets the schedule. Also what is the optimal time for the commercial cleaning service to begin and finish? Do you want the cleaning service to come in the evening? Early morning? Overnight?

Consider dates for a deep cleaning as well, and how often you want a complete cleaning or facility needed. These tasks can be done on as-needed basis, or on set dates during company shut-downs.

Request a Quote

Once you’ve got a final list of cleaning tasks that need to be completed, request quotes from local commercial cleaning services. Because commercial cleaning services do the cleaning (and maintenance) you need done on a schedule you dictate, understand that the service is not going to be able to give you an immediate answer.

Ask the Right Questions

When you contact commercial cleaning services, be prepared with a list of questions to ensure you get the best results quickly and efficiently:

Service specifics. Be prepared to discuss the cleaning jobs you need completed, your preferred schedule, maintenance tasks, and any other special request you may have.

Proof of Insurance. Ask the commercial cleaning service for information about their proof of insurance, just in case any items at your business are damaged.

References. Ask for references from commercial cleaning services that can provide the cleaning and maintenance services you need at a price within your budget. A commercial cleaning service can provide references from present clients who use their services.

Review the contract

When you’ve narrowed your list of commercial cleaning services, request a draft of the contract for your company’s review. Once your business is satisfied, enjoy the result: a clean workplace that’s good for business—and conducive to growing your business.