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How much does it cost to clean an office?

Trying to figure out cleaning service costs is step one when looking at janitorial solutions. While the costs for cleaning services can be calculated by square feet of the building area to be cleaned, there are a few factors to keep in mind. Even the location of the space needing work can affect a price quote, as janitorial services in metro areas tend to be more expensive than rural areas.

If we estimate for an office in a major metro area, basic janitorial work can cost 9 cents to 14 cents per square foot per month for over 300,000 square feet. Some small cities may be as low as 4 cents to 6 cents, and small offices can cost as little as $200 per month to clean.

Top factors affecting your cleaning estimate:

  • type of cleaning

  • size of the office

  • frequency of cleaning

But keep in mind there is no accurate average cost per square foot or production rate per hour as every building cleaning situation will be different. Factors include the size and type of building, the specifications and everything in between. Often, the price per square foot is less the larger the office space. Once you consider all the variables there are a lot of exceptions.

We will find out the type and frequency of cleaning, analyze your requirements and give you a proposal based on your needs. This may include sweeping, mopping, emptying trash, cleaning the blinds, vacuuming, disinfecting the bathroom, dusting and other chores.

Then there are additional costs for each particular job site.  For example, they can include time spent driving to and from each client location, gas, cleaning supplies,  equipment rental, salary for employees, and time spent on each job. We try to pay a high living hourly wage to keep happy productive employees,  even if it might cut into are profit! We can help define the scope of work for you.

A cleaning also company has indirect costs, that beyond just job site cleaning costs. We have such costs as business liability insurance, marketing, website maintenance, office rent, administrative fees, and  taxes. These costs allow us to stay in business and grow while servicing you. These indirect costs are calculated monthly. They help determine how much mark up the charge per square foot beyond the supplies and time to do the job.

Since we follow market trends and industry standards in your city, you can be sure a we’ve taken care of a building. The best way to calculate your costs will be based on our current operations and the facilities we already service. We have a vast experience in different types of buildings from airports, schools, medical facilities to your standard administrative office building.

It is also possible to charge by hourly rate instead by the square foot. It is a different calculation but the variables are similar to the square foot calculation.  The cleaning industry has software and standardized quote procedures.

(Image Credit: via Flickr) Roger

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