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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning condos

July 08, 2009
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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 am currently performing turnover cleans for a management development group and they have asked if I would be interested in performing a tidy-up service. The service would be just like that of a hotel maid; any additional service would require a different rate. I would like to know what the rate for a hotel maid would be and what we should be charging for full-service condo cleans.
The answer:
In most hotels/motels, a maid cleans 15 to 18 rooms per eight-hour shift.
Wage rates generally run from minimum wage to $2 above that per hour.
You might expect to do a full clean on two to three condo units per day in the same building.
Full cleans may run from $85 to $165 per unit depending on size, location, services, staffing and how long it takes to complete.
Touch-up services would take much less time, you could expect to touch up six to 12 units per shift depending on what''s included and the size of the units.
As we often tell folks who ask similar questions, your rates should reflect
...Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor, lekrafft@juno.com
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