Average Costs ¢.05 - ¢.25 Per Square Foot
The majority of professional services price office jobs by square footage. This will include the basic services that will be performed each time the company is on site.
Daily office cleaning rates in urban areas may cost approximately ¢.10 per square foot for every hour the professionals are on site. If you own a 10,000 square foot office building you can expect to pay several thousand dollars a month for daily services.
Some cleaning companies give clients a flat rate. If you require bathroom cleaning and trash pickup two times per week the amount will be significantly lower.
Small businesses can get great services with fixed rate prices. If you own or operate a small office you may be able to find a cleaning service for $300-$500 per month.
Hourly Rate - Most companies charge by the hour.
Flat Rate Per Job - Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.
Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include:
- Time that it takes to complete the cleaning.
- How many technicians are working on your project.
- Was it an after hours emergency
- With many more aspects that may add to the cost
Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right company for you. Some companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional "fees" to complete the job.
You may also need to consider that most companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.
The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.
Factors In Determining The Price
How often will the cleaning crew clean?
When will the facility will be cleaned? It may cost more for after hours work.
Emptying trash, vacuuming, dusting, etc.
Do you have specific demands on the types of cleaning products used.
Who must provide and restock the paper supplies (toilet paper, paper towels, etc)
Some Services Offered By An Office Cleaning Company
- Cleaning entrances, foyers, reception areas, and hallways.
- Floor strip and wax.
- Cleaning stairs and elevators.
- Vacuuming carpets and mopping wood, tile, and linoleum floors.
- Dusting furniture, electronic equipment, door frames, blinds, mirrors and picture frames.
- Cleaning heating and air conditioning vents.
- Sanitizing telephones, doorknobs and handrails.
- Cleaning baseboards and light fixtures.
- Washing windows.
- Cleaning kitchens and lounges, including sinks, countertops, microwaves and refrigerators.
- Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms.
- Removing trash.
You can have your office cleaning scheduled to best fit your business needs. Most companies offer all these programs
- After Hours
- Daily Basis
- Weekly Basis
- Every 2 Weeks
- Every 3 Weeks
- Every 4 Weeks
- As Needed
- On Call 24 Hours
- 7 Days a Week
- Emergency Service
Finding The Right Office Cleaning Service
When it comes to hiring a office cleaning professional, it’s amazing how hard it sometimes is to find the right company. Have you noticed how long it takes for some office cleaners to get back to you when you leave a message - if they ever bother calling you back at all? If they do not call back in a reasonable amount of time move on to the next company.
Once an office cleaning professional is found, make sure you insist on a background check and criminal history investigation of all the workers that they will employ at your business! These are more difficult for private business to undertake than for companies who have developed and utilize a systematic screening process in connection with their hiring practices. But these office cleaning professionals will be in your place of business and working among your employees so it's well worth it to know who they are.
Hiring a reliable office cleaning company (instead of trying to find an individual cleaner), which in turn bears the burden of finding, training and managing its help, and can relieve you of all the investigative inquiries.
Who Is Doing The Work
Will the company employees perform the work or will they hire subcontractors? This should be your first question.
Define The Job
When interviewing a potential cleaning service, it’s important that both you and your cleaner clearly agree on what will be included for the quoted fee.
Paying A Fair Price
You know that old saying "you get what you pay for". There are many factors that go into calculating a fair price for professional cleaning, so keep an open mind and remember that cheaper is not always better.
Since you’re paying for a professional cleaning service, You expect a good professional cleaning job done. Your expectations relative to what was agreed upon at the beginning of your relationship with your office cleaning service should be fulfilled.
Communication Makes Everyone's Life Easier
A major cause of misunderstandings that lead to dissatisfaction in the relationship between client and professional office cleaner is a lack of communication. Communication is a two-way street, and since you may not be in the office on most occasions when your cleaning team visits, "written" communication is important.
Obviously, office cleaning must be done on an agreed upon schedule to ensure there is no disruption to the business.
Green Office Cleaning
Green cleaning involves the use of chemicals and other products to minimize harm to public health and the environment inside the office. Yet such environmentally friendly services include more than just the selection of cleaning products. Green cleaning also makes use of cleaning methods that are efficient and reduce energy use and waste.
Tips & Advice
Ask For The License - Ask for all local and state business licenses.
Proof Of Insurance- For your own protection, check proof of both workman's compensation and liability Insurance.
Business Stability- Find out how long the company has been in business.
Check Online Reviews - You're probably not the first person in town looking for their services. Rely on the internet to get reviews written by people in your community.
References - Expect any top-notch company to be able to provide you with references upon request. Once you have these names, contact the clients to get information about the quality service. When you call, ask questions about the work, timeliness, cost and whether the clients would use the company again for future work.
24-hour Emergency Service - Make sure your local company offers emergency 24 hour service. If something goes wrong, it's good to know that you will not have to wait days for them to come out and fix it.
Over The Phone Pricing - Honest estimates simply cannot be given over the phone - especially if you aren't talking with an actual technician when you call.
Free Estimates - Most companies offer free estimates. This is important because they can provide you with the costs upfront, so that you are not shocked with a bill after the services are completed.
Safety Record - Safety can be a significant factor, so ask the company about their safety records to ensure that any service professional you hire has a satisfactory safety record. You want a company that doesn’t have a high incidence of on-the-job mishaps or injuries.
Building Codes- In certain areas you'll need to make sure that the local company meets all building code requirements.
Satisfaction Guarantee - Choosing a company that offers a satisfaction guarantee will ensure that they will get the job done right the first time and will save you money and frustration in the long run.
Cleanup - The mess left behind after a project can be major. Ask what cleanup work the company includes with it's services.