When you’re searching for a commercial cleaner for your business, there are several critical considerations to take into account. It’s often a much bigger job than cleaning a residential property, which means a lot more planning needs to go into it. Here are a few of the most important items to consider when it comes to choosing a team whose work will safeguard the well-being of your employees and the reputation of your business.
#1 Compare Offers from Multiple Cleaning Services
Call several companies nearby that offer cleaning services in your area. Set up appointments at your property so that their team comes to you and can give a clear estimate of the work—most importantly, a quote. In addition to the quote, make sure you get a detailed description of all their services that are included. With a full understanding of what you’re getting, you’ll avoid any extra charges later on. Common services typically cover floor maintenance, carpet care, glass cleaning, and restroom sanitizing, to name a few. Other factors that may affect the cost include common areas, such as halls, lobbies, break rooms, and conference rooms. Be sure to ask whether these areas will be cleaned regularly—and get it in writing.
#2 Verify Their Insurance
For any cleaning company that you’re interested in working with, ask for their insurance information. As with all office maintenance, there is an array of things that could go wrong, from excess water running to equipment getting damaged, so you need to have the information in hand to ensure you’ll be compensated for any negligence. Also, you definitely don’t want to be held responsible if one of their crew is injured on your property.
#3 Verify Their Experience
You don’t want your building to be the first job your cleaning company has ever had. An experienced company will have worked for many other local businesses and is more likely to have reliable employees. That’s why you should find out how many years they have been in business and who they’ve worked with. Then, it’s time to check the quality of their work. First, ask for references from businesses they’ve worked with who can speak to their service. Give those businesses a call and see what they have to say. Next, look them up online to find ratings and reviews. Yelp is a great place to start. The more information you have about these companies, the more informed your choice will be about which one to hire.
#4 Review the Contract
Always insist on a contract. Once it’s been drafted, be sure to read the fine print (that phrase is a cliché for a reason). This contract represents the legal agreement between your company and the commercial cleaners. You will avoid massive headaches as well as massive potential costs if everything is written out ahead of time. A reliable cleaning company dedicated to customer service should have no problem signing a contract that clarifies the services you’re paying for. Any company that refuses is probably not the one for you. One more tip: some contracts include a trial period so that you can evaluate whether you’re happy with the job. When starting out, a yearly or even monthly contract may be desirable as you test out whether this is the right cleaning team for you.
#5 Choose the Company That’s Willing to Work with You
Commercial cleaners know that every property is different and should respect that nobody knows the business or retail space better than the owner or manager. Therefore, if a company balks at reasonable requests that deviate from the standard services, they may not be a great fit for your needs.
Once you’ve explored multiple cleaning companies, verified their insurance and their experience, reviewed the contract, and feel great about the quote and services being offered, it’s time to make the final decision. Not sure where to begin? Contact Integrity Services today to connect with a customer-centric commercial cleaning company that makes your commercial property a clean and healthy space for clients and employees.