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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Bidding and estimating

January 19, 2011
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have been asked to bid on floor maintenance in a 46,000 sq. ft. grocery store. They want it scrubbed and buffed daily. My questions are: What would be the appropriate equipment for the job? How many hours will the job take to sweep, scrub, and buff? What is the going rate per square foot with me providing the equipment, materials, and labor? How often is it recommended to strip and refinish? How often is it recommended to scrub and re-coat? Should the daily price include strip and re-coat or should this be a separate charge?
The answer:
In answer to your questions: Here are some generalized suggestions, remembering that local labor rates, supplies, and taxes vary from state to state and city to city.
Equipment: This requires an automatic scrubber, the bigger the better as long as it will still fit into the aisles. A rider model would be best, but they are much more expensive. Also, a 24" burnisher to buff with; propane is the best for speed, but you may have to go battery powered if there are... — Glen Franklin ICAN/ATEX representative
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