Owning a business or managing and office means that you are responsible for keeping it clean at all times, nad you should. First of all, hygiene is very important in any workplace because it prevents disease transmissions, allergies, and reduces the risk of workplace injuries and accidents; secondly, there’s an image and standard that you should always uphold for clients and co-workers to see, and a dirty office or store speaks badly of the business conducted there, regardless of what it is.
Hiring a professional cleaning or janitorial service is the obvious answer, but don’t rush! Just calling the first number that comes up after a quick Google search will not yield the best results, and can even bring about some trouble that could have been prevented. This guide will help you stay on top of the situation and hire only the best cleaning business!
- Get Quotes from Different Local Companies
It’s a rare thing when a cleaning company offers their service for offices at a flat rate, so you should get several different quotes to help you reach a better decision instead of just going with your first option. Once you have these quotes, pay attention to what will be included in the service for that price: Will they mop, vacuum, and dust in every room? Does it include kitchen cleaning if you have it? If it’s a recurring service, does the individual price of each visit make sense? These questions will help you narrow down the most viable options and protect your budget.
- Look for Experience, Get References
All cleaning companies will list their biggest strengths on the front page, but you’re also looking for people who can back up their offers and guarantees with real-life experience. If you look at a company that has been in the cleaning business for years, you can tell that they’ll be able to handle all sorts of cleaning issues and unexpected situations, should they arise. On that same note, a good cleaning company will be able to provide valid references from other clients they have worked with before; pay attention, as you’re likely to find the names of other local businesses from people you know, and you can also ask them directly.
- Make Sure Their Workers are Fully Licensed, Bonded and Insured
Asking if they are bonded and insured is one of the most important questions to ask a commercial cleaning company. Since the people working for the company will be regularly cleaning your place of business, something that takes more effort than your average house cleaning, ask for proof that they are licensed, bonded, and insured to avoid any unnecessary legal risks. On the contrary, if anything should happen to them (or through their actions, to you and your employees or customers), you have no legal way of defending yourself from insurance claims, and the costs would have to be absorbed by your own insurance or even your own pocket.
- Read the Fine Print
Before you sign any contracts or book a cleaning of any kind, carefully read through the entire contract and look for any recourse that lets you opt out of the service if you’re unhappy with the results. You could also ask if their service is provided month-to-month instead of pinning you down for a whole year. Some companies offer you a trial period or a “sample” cleaning that’s paid as a one-time-visit deal, but it’s not something that you’ll find everywhere. If the company offers you none of these things, then you might want to reconsider hiring their service and look elsewhere.
- State Your Expectations Clearly
Cleaning companies guide their jobs with the help of checklists, which they always let you read so that you know what you’re getting for your money. This is important because that way you can tell them what you expect them to do and not do when cleaning your office or place of business. This goes from out-of-limits areas or how to clean delicate materials, and it helps them give you the best service possible. If you or any of your employees are allergic to certain chemicals, it’s important to state this from the very beginning, so that doesn’t use it at all.
Now that you know how to choose a commercial cleaning company, you should never settle for one that offers you any less than the five points listed above. Instead, set your aim high and find one that will provide you with the best service at the best price!