How to Hire a Janitorial Service

January 22, 2020

commercial cleaning

A clean and sanitary workplace is fundamental to the success of your business.  This is not an overstatement.  Not only does the appearance of your office or business help make a good impression for clients and customers, but it also supports the health and safety of your staff.  Happy customers and healthy employees are inarguably fundamental to the success of your business, and so it is important to choose a janitorial service that will help you keep your workplace in optimal condition.  Still, with many janitorial companies serving any geographic area, it can be difficult to know which to choose.  Indeed, when it comes to how to hire a janitorial service, the process involves so much more than selecting the first company that appears in an online search.

As with any hiring process, you want to narrow your search of janitorial service companies to a few qualified applicants and then select the company that meets your needs and budget best.  So, while you may begin your search online, it is also valuable to get referrals from trusted friends or colleagues.  Also, keep in mind that janitorial companies often specialize in cleaning certain environments – the cleaning services offered for commercial spaces differ from those required in industrial spaces, for example.  And while some companies are large enough to effectively clean any business, you want to make sure you hire a janitorial company that offers the unique services you require.

After you have done your online search and/or reviewed referrals, you can likely narrow your search to three to five qualified companies.  At this point, you want to contact these companies to gather more information.  Some important questions to ask include:

  • Is the company insured and what kind of insurance do they offer? If equipment or structures are damaged during cleaning, how can you be sure the company will compensate you for your losses?  Likewise, if a cleaner is injured on the job, you want to be sure that the janitorial company has adequate liability insurance.
  • What cleaning services are offered and do they meet your specific needs? You may start by asking companies for a list of available services if you aren’t exactly sure what you need.  But, if you already know what you are looking for make sure to ask if those services are offered.
  • Does the janitorial service company have experience cleaning in your industry? Can they provide references from owners of similar businesses?
  • And finally, what will the cleaning services cost? This will likely require added information from you including the size of the space, the areas require cleaning, and the schedule of services.  Remember a thorough review of your specific cleaning needs will result in the most reliable quotes.

Ultimately, when it comes to hiring a janitorial service, you always want to conduct careful and thorough research and interview several qualified companies to make sure you get the best cleaners for your needs.

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