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ICAN/ATEX: How should I bid on a contract that includes daily cleaning?

July 31, 2014
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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.

Wednesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I currently have the opportunity of getting a cleaning contract for a medical office of about 4008 sq. ft. with a waiting area,7 patient rooms and 3 doctor's offices.

Daily job is to clean floors, pick up trash, wipe down all counters/desk areas, clean mirrors, service and clean restrooms.

Once weekly: dust furniture, clean all glass doors and reception area windows, dust light fixtures, blinds & a/c vents.

Once monthly: scrub & strip tile floors, wipe down baseboards, walls and door frames.

I really want this first contract, but do not know what to charge...please help.

Wednesday’s Answer:

If you are in there daily, the place will have little unattended time leading to heavy buildup of dust and litter.

A daily service should allow you opportunity to keep up with all the "weekly" things as part of the light-every-night service. How often does obvious dust show up on a light fixture?

Just make sure that the ceiling fixtures are clean to start with so you are not facing an unplanned project to clear away years of neglect.

You should be able to clean between 2000 and 2600 sq. ft. per hour in a facility of this nature, but that is only an estimate because there many factors to consider  ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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