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How to Select the Right Commercial Cleaning Service

By Max Muller

Whether you are looking for a commercial cleaning service for your home or office, there are several things that you must consider before selecting a company. Choosing the wrong organization can be very detrimental, as you must remember that they will be cleaning the area during “off” hours. This means that trust is an integral part of the selection process. We will outline what commercial cleaning services can offer to their clients, and how it will impact the appearance of your home or office. Additionally, we will offer up some selection tips in order to give you the best chance at making a great choice and establishing a strong working relationship with your commercial cleaning service provider.

Business Cleaning Services

The appearance of your office means everything in the business world. Since clients may drop by unexpectedly and you always want to have a workspace that facilitates efficiency, it is always recommended to that companies of all sizes hire a commercial cleaning service that will keep things tidy and neat. Further, the health of your employees is always at stake when you factor in the presence of dust or mildew in the carpeting or on working surfaces. The right cleaning company can ensure that these elements do not affect those that work in the office, saving your company thousands of dollars in health and insurance claims.

However, choosing the right commercial cleaning service for your business involves a few intricate elements. For example, the cleaning company employees will be in your office during non-business hours, so you’ll need to have an element of trust regarding sensitive information and the proper treatment of any expensive equipment. You can outline which things should not be handled or tampered with when contracting the company, but research regarding their client experiences is imperative. Are there claims of theft? Do they get the job done right, without the watchful eyes of a supervisor? These questions should always be answered before opening your office doors to a commercial cleaning service.

Environmental Concerns

Many cleaning services offer environmentally friendly alternatives to some standard chemical cleaning products. This can significantly decrease any health issues associated with the use of specific chemicals, so always inquire about how they look to provide “green” alternatives. Often times, the prices involved will be comparable, so don’t expect to absorb a substantial increase in price simply because you are hoping to use products that are a bit better for the immediate, and global, environment.

Employee Presence

The employees that a commercial cleaning service uses will play a huge role in the effectiveness, and safety, of their service as a whole. Background checks are a great way to learn more about the level of accountability a company maintains regarding the security of your operation while their employees are in the building alone. Information can be stolen that can really hurt your organization, so be sure that anything that is incredibly sensitive is safely secured in locked file cabinets and that all computers are password protected.

Granted, most commercial cleaning services are quite reliable. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things that an office can do to protect itself should issues arise. Remember that the commercial cleaning service that you select should always run background checks on its employees, and be sure to counsel your own employees about the safety of sensitive information or expensive equipment. In doing so, you’ll eliminate any negative possibilities while giving your office the necessary “freshening” that it needs to maintain a professional and healthy environment for both your employees and any clients that drop by unexpectedly.

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10 Comments

  • Simon Brooks
    Simon Brooks
    05.01.2017

    There are a lot of great points that you raise in the article here that not many business owners would have thought about when hiring a commercial cleaning company. I especially like that you emphasize the necessity of a feeling of trust between the cleaning company employees and your business. After all, if you’re going to let them into your offices to clean, you need to make sure that they will be respectful of your equipment and data.

  • Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister
    17.02.2017

    In the article it said that the appearance of your office means everything in the business world, and it’s always a good idea to be prepared in case a client unexpectedly drops by. You would think that on top of impressing clients, having your office cleaned professionally would also help your own employees stay organized and focused on doing their job. Will definitely have to keep this in mind, if anyone ever brings this topic up. Thank you for the read.

    • admin
      admin
      31.05.2017

      Statistics show that a well maintained office not only increases long lasting great 1st impressions to new and old customers/clients alike but a clean organized office space also increases employee productivity which in turn increases both business and bottom line profits as well as less employee turnover rate because employees are both happy and proud to take ownership of their duties and facility itself. We specialize in Medical Offices which are more detail oriented from the cleaning stand point because no one likes to go to their Physician and see dirty floors, sinks and overflowing trash etc. when you’re the 1st patient of the day.. I do hsve some clients who’s facility could be so nice if cleaned daily or at least every other but many don’t want to spend the money even after I explain that not only are all our cleaning fees a 100% tax deductable expense, meaning give your money to the IRS and receive nothing in return or invest in a quality, honest cleaning service that shows they care as you take the tax deductions as well as all the benefits mentioned here.. it’s almost as if it were free because just like my empoyees uniforms, if I spend $1,000.00 on new uniforms for my crew its an investment as well as a business expense and just like an office needing cleaning both are a 100% business expense & tax deduction (a.k.a.- The “Write Off”) but suprizingly there actually are proprietors whom don’t really know what a “write off” is but it’s basically just like the old saying “The cost of doing business”.. e.g. You bring in $10,000 in sales for your business, its costs you $4,000 to makes those sales, you are taxed on $6,000 profit because the $4,000 in operation cost is ? Anyone ??.. Yes, the $4k is non taxable amd a write off. I got off topic but it drives me crazy when customers still don’t understand after explaining and their office remains Impressive on Monday morning but come Tues or Wed afternoon its a mess again,.. I explain that the more frequnt your office is cleaned the less the fee per cleaning due to the accumulative mess, dust etc because it takes less time to clean and you $50 cleaning 1x per week that takes 3hrs could be 3x’s a week Mon, Wed, Fri taking 1hr to clean each time for a lesser fee but they often make the mistake of staying at $50 1x per week rather than say $30 per cleaning at 3x’s per week getting all the benefits with triple the service for less than double what they currently pay. I’ll be adding more and monitoring on a daily basis moving forward so feel free to post your ideas, tricks, tips and home made cleaning solutions and practices for all to enjoy and any questions will always be welcomed and answered in a timely manner.. Keep it clean ! Will have a green cleaning topic posting shortlly. Be well !

  • David
    David
    24.02.2017

    Great post Max.

    You made some excellent points there. Especially the point on the health implications – it is absolutely essential to maintain a clean environment to prevent employee absences.

    I wrote a blog post which outlines why I feel hiring a professional cleaning service is an investment and not a cost, check it out here: Cleaning Services: an investment, not a cost

  • Pam Lassila
    Pam Lassila
    03.03.2017

    I think the biggest thing about a cleaning company service to hire would be its employees. They will be the ones in your home, doing the cleaning, and who you will be interacting with. Ask other customers how their interactions have been and if it’s enjoyable!

  • Olivia Nelson
    Olivia Nelson
    06.03.2017

    I like your idea on how you would want to consider the environmental concerns of a cleaning company. I would imagine that someone who uses natural and green products would be ideal to hire. My husband and I ar looking for someone to keep our house clean while we’re at work so we’ll have to see if they use green products.

  • Kyle Winters
    Kyle Winters
    05.04.2017

    I wouldn’t have thought about the importance of environmental concerns when choosing a cleaning service for your office. However, I see your point that several professional cleaning products have powerful and sometimes dangerous chemicals. You’d want to make sure that your company is okay with using those before you decide on which cleaning service to hire.

  • Max Jones
    Max Jones
    15.05.2017

    We use a commercial cleaning service where I work, and I think that we could really benefit from using one in our home as well! I like how you talked about trust being such an important part of hiring cleaning services, because they are either around in off hours, or going throughout your home. I’m going to have to be sure that we hire a good cleaning service company who we can trust to be all around our home! Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister
    12.06.2017

    I’d heard in the past that many businesses had cleaning services maintain their facilities. You wrote in the article that you should look for a cleaning business you can feel you can trust, as they might be around sensitive information and expensive equipment. It’d make sense to look at reviews of their past clients, and look for ones that reflect trustworthy qualities.

    • admin
      admin
      02.07.2017

      you are absolutely correct, very good and overlooked point! Thanks for contributing !!

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