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Monday's Ask the Experts: Vacuuming charges

July 02, 2012
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How much should I charge per square foot to do vacuuming of an apartment building? Also, I am considering doing it myself as the owner of a start up cleaning company, but if I do get some help, what would be an appropriate hourly wage to offer?

The answer:

That all depends on what you are using to vacuum. A 12” upright will take about 27 minutes to cover 1000 sq. ft. while a backpack with a 16” carpet tool on the wand can do the same in about 8 minutes. What are you going to put on the job?
As far as wages, you probably need to pay $8 to $9 an hour to attract anyone to the work.
1) Measure the carpeted area. (10,000)
2) Figure your sq. ft. coverage per hour for your machine. (60 / 8 = 7.5 x 10 = 7500)
3) Divide the total area by the hourly production rate to determine hours needed. (1.33)
4) Multiply the hours required ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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