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ICAN/ATEX: How should I price the cleaning of an unused warehouse?

September 05, 2013
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Many cleaning professionals visit the International Custodial Advisers Network (ICAN) Ask the Experts page for insight and, every business day, we deliver advice to better help you perform your job.

Thursday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

A potential customer called me today inquiring if I could give him a price to clean the floor at his 190,000 sq. ft. warehouse concrete floor.

The concrete has a smooth (not very smooth) surface, it's not rough. I rarely do jobs like this. I only have a BOOST machine, and several side-by-side. Wet vacuums are also available.

However, I can easily rent a ride-on machine, if needed.

The warehouse hasn't been used for over 2 years.

The floor is very dusty. Its a large open area, nothing to be moved. Could you, in any way you can, help me put together a price for this job.

I would like to know an estimated to sweep only, and another to sweep and scrub.

Thursday’s Answer:

I would recommend that you rent a large power sweeper to remove the dust without stirring it up and leading to having to do the work over.

The ISSA "Times" booklet suggests that you can cover 1000 sq. ft. on a 42" ride-on sweeper in 1.8 minutes, making the dust removal job about 6 hours on that machine.

You certainly don't want to do this with ... ICAN representative

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