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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Floor maintenance bids

August 23, 2011
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Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have to bid out floor care maintenance for about 25 convenience stores that I manage, ranging from 750-1,500 square feet of flooring that will require cleaning. I need the VCT to be buffed and polished every 6 weeks and I need the carpets steam cleaned every quarter (back offices). The carpets range from 100-500 square feet and the VCT ranges from 500-1,200 square feet. I need to know what I can expect to be charged per square foot for each of these surfaces, on average, so I can properly evaluate these bids. Obviously being a convenience store, the traffic and wear & tear on the floors is moderate to heavy.

The answer:

Normally, when an account is relatively small, the potential contractor must take into consideration a minimum trip charge along with travel time. In your area, we often see minimums for regular route work in the $69-$89 range. Without volume, the minimum could run considerably more. A good cleaning ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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