It can be easy to get ‘swept up’ in the necessity of having every inch of a work environment clean, and this is understandable given the situation the world is in at the moment and trying to deal with or make sense of it all the best way we know-how.
But, unfortunately, there have been reports of companies taking advantage of the circumstances and either over-charging for stock standard services or sifting through high revenue clients to ensure a steady flow of income.
Be prepared before you hire a firm to wipe the place down, there are basic features to look for, fundamental services offered, and a reasonable process to match. Shop around and compare prices with relevance to what services you are looking to use and put the quotes against each other.
Prices that seem too low may have hidden strings attached and you may hear the contractor claim specific cleaning products are needed to complete the job, or they need equipment that either needs to be purchased in or hired for the task and suddenly the price is double to what was initially quoted.
On the other hand, being overcharged is also a red flag scenario, higher costs do not necessarily equate to better cleaning, an average price range should be the goal so take your time to find the right company the first time around.
5 Features to look for when interviewing potential cleaning companies.
- Insurance cover and licensed. A registered company shows they are serious about what they do and pride themselves in quality work, you also don’t take the risk of an unlicensed company all of a sudden shutting shop never to be seen again. You are also protected against theft or damage whilst they are on the property.
- Equipment and products. If you have family members who have allergies ask the firm if they have eco-friendly and chemical-free products that are not harmful to the furniture and fabrics of the home, and also won’t trigger an allergic reaction.
They may have some knowledge of which products are more suitable than others in terms of toxins, but the more you know the better insight you have to ensure they are telling the truth. See some quick tips here https://theecofriendlyfamily.com/5-tips-for-choosing-safe-cleaning-products/ on what to watch out for and which chemicals to avoid.
- Security and checks. Building a long-term relationship is based on trust, a company that conducts background checks on its employees gives us peace of mind when they are in the office around sensitive information. We want to be comfortable when they arrive enough to leave them to do the work.
- Proximity. This may not seem important but when you need someone in a hurry having them close to home could work to your advantage. There may be unexpected schedule changes to meetings and deadlines and now the board room and building need refreshing by the end of the week. A quick call to your ‘regular’ company makes this possible.
- References. If you get a referral from a friend or family member then this is a great option to working with a new company, you may have some sense of what to expect from your friends’ experience and can set your mind at ease. If not, ask for references from other companies they have worked for and give a few of them a call to see.
We may think that cleaning has been around long before we were even thought of, and to be fair it has to some extent. If you look back in history books you’ll always notice a mention of a ‘servant girl’ or ‘housemaid’ in the background helping the rich or wealthy wives, but when it comes to cleaning business premises this is in more recent times.
A student who needed extra income began to advertise to business premises and offices that he would clean the property after his night classes, this way he could subsidize his education and complete the jobs efficiently by doing it with no-one in the building.
His innovation took off and grew substantially to a global franchise we may know and or use to this day, so the simple fact of needing an income and doing the work nobody else was willing to do he changed his future forever and for the better.
Who knew a bucket of soapy water and a sponge could have such an impact?
Are commercial cleaning services worth it?
If you are a busy business owner with multiple levels of staff and employees under you then time is golden, and the last thing you need to add to your plate is any type of cleaning. This doesn’t mean to say that you should pass the buck to the next person down the line as they too need to be meeting deadlines you’ve set and are supervising, so what do you do?
It is time to bring in the professionals.
What is a commercial cleaning service as opposed to you doing the cleaning, well besides the technical version that you can read about if you click here, the basic definition is they know how to do the work not only efficiently but effectively.
Professional cleaners have methods that seem simple yet work like a charm, certain procedures that are performed and completed to make the next stage that much easier, and with the help and use of commercial or industrial cleaning products and specialized equipment, the job is done thoroughly without them breaking a sweat.
So for the mere advantage of not having to do the job and have it executed by professionals in half the time, I highly recommend hiring a cleaning company.
A final say.
If you have a mammoth task of cleaning and no idea how to tackle it, then checking out the top commercial cleaning & office cleaning packages could be the answer to your anxious prayers you have been looking for.
Life is busy enough as it is and if you can have an office and working environment that smells lemony fresh and looks brand new with the help of the professionals you have nothing to lose.