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Monday's Ask the Experts: Pricing a subcontract

August 24, 2009
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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: I''m a subcontractor and would like to know how much I should charge to scrub and buff a 19,000-square-foot store using a 26-inch autoscrubber and a 27-inch buffer. The contractor is supplying all the equipment and cleaner. I''ll also sweep after buffing. What should I charge for this job by the month?
The answer:
A 26-inch autoscrubber will cover 19,000 square feet in about 1.75 hours and a 27-inch, 1,500-RPM buffer will take about the same time. Sweeping with a 36-inch dust mop will also run about 1.5 hours.
Basically, on paper, it looks like a five- to six-hour job. Now the questions are, how much per hour do you want to earn? Can you vac the floor faster than using dustless sweeping? Is the water source and dump area close by? Will the job be slowed down by ...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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