How to Choose a Commercial Cleaning Company

December 15, 2012

commercial cleaning - what to expect

Outsourcing commercial cleaning tasks is a common practice for small and large businesses alike. While the small business owner chooses a commercial cleaning company in order to reduce costs, larger businesses may choose to outsource in order to ensure their cleaning needs are met effectively and efficiently. More importantly, accessing professional cleaning services help business owners and managers to maintain a comfortable and productive working environment while providing a good first impression to potential customers. The main problem then is finding a company that can meet your cleaning needs within your budget. These tips will help you with how to choose a commercial cleaning company that is right for you.

First, determine your own cleaning needs. Some commercial cleaning companies will specialize in particular fields such as medical cleaning, industrial cleaning, or office cleaning. By identifying your own needs first, you can refine your list of potential commercial cleaning companies. Remember that not all companies provide the same services and you’ll eventually want to choose cleaners that can provide the cleaning and maintenance you need. In addition, you’ll want to identify some peripheral needs of your company such as the frequency of cleanings and your ultimate budget. When you request proposals from potential cleaners, your preparation will help you decide which companies provide the services you need at the right price.

In addition, you’ll want to source bids or proposals from several appropriate commercial cleaning companies. This will help you better understand what rates you should expect, and will therefore give you an opportunity to exclude companies that are obviously overcharging. Once you have collected a reasonable number of proposals, you can start vetting the companies. Whenever you are planning to hire a contractor of any kind, you want to conduct interviews and request references. You not only want to get a sense of the track record of a cleaning company, but you want to ensure they have a solid history in the industry.

Ultimately, you’ll choose a commercial cleaning company that provides the services you need at a price you can afford. You’ll likely find a number of companies that meet these requirements, and references can be the difference maker when it comes to finally making a decision. Yet, you should also consider the qualifications of the cleaners as well as whether the company is properly insured and bonded. Not only should cleaners be insured in case of work place injury, but you’ll want your offices and equipment to be covered in the case of an accident.

Choosing a commercial cleaning company is much like choosing any professional contractor. You need to ensure that the company offers the services you desire and that they are a reputable and respected company in their field. Taking a bit of extra time in the beginning can help you avoid needless headaches in the future.

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