Guide to office cleaning services and supplies
Cleanliness is important in any office—not only does it project a professional image, it's also necessary for the health and well-being of employees. Frequent cleaning can help cut down on issues like allergies and asthma, and it can also reduce the number of days lost to employee sickness. Cleanliness is also good for morale, as it's proven that employees respond positively to a clean and tidy office space.
Different businesses will have different needs from their cleaning companies, depending on the size of the building, the number of employees and the tasks that are required. The particulars of office cleaning will typically be worked out in an initial consultation with a cleaning company and an onsite inspection.
Office Cleaning Services
Cleaning services typically deal in both residential and commercial cleaning, though there are those who specialize in one or the other. Office cleaning may require special equipment, such as industrial vacuums, extension poles and other items, which can mean a more significant investment to the cleaning company. While the office cleaning service may supply equipment and even some of the office cleaning products, they will likely charge extra for specific requests, such as eco-friendly products.
When hiring an office cleaning service (also known as a business cleaning service), you'll typically start by working out a cleaning contract and establishing an office cleaning price. The price will likely depend on the level of cleaning you require and your schedule. Many cleaning companies have hourly wages, while others are willing to negotiate a flat rate once a cleaning routine has been established.
While you can hire independent cleaners, for security reasons many companies choose to go with a professional office cleaning service that ensures all employees are bonded and have received a thorough background check.
Creating an Office Cleaning Contract
Most office cleaning services are willing to work out a flexible contract that allows you to customize the services you receive. Some of these include:
- Washroom cleaning, including toilets, mirrors, counters, etc.
- Vacuuming and mopping of floors
- Kitchen or cafeteria services, such as emptying the dishwasher, washing counters, cleaning the fridge, etc.
- Dusting (this may or may not include employee desks)
- Window cleaning
At any time, most services will also allow you to add components to the contract as one-time-only features or as part of the regular contract.
Aside from the services, you'll also need to work out a cleaning schedule. Some companies will need cleaning every day while others need cleaning less frequently. This applies to certain tasks as well; washrooms will need to be cleaned daily, but window washing only needs to be done once in a while. These issues can all be worked out in the cleaning contract.