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Monday's Ask the Experts: Bidding a medical office

July 27, 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 am bidding a medical facility that has 4,220 square feet of vinyl composition tile (VCT) and they want 26 visits a year. How much time and how often for spray buffing? How much time and how often for a scrub with re-coat? On the re-coat, do I put just one coat or do I need more? How much do I charge per square foot or per hour?
The answer:
First, I recommend a thorough inspection of the area, which would let you analyze the following points:
  • Which areas get the most traffic
  • Which get the least traffic?
The areas with medium to heavy traffic and wear will need to be spray-buffed more often, probably at every service. The areas with the least traffic, maybe once every two or three services. The same principle with recoating, and I recommend at least two coats of finish when recoating, or more in areas of extreme wear. Use a hard finish for longer wear, since service frequency is not that often.
As for pricing, each area of the country varies, depending on the local market.
With this in mind, I would recommend charging by the hour as the safest bet ... Glen Franklin, Floorfacts@peoplepc.com
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