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ICAN/ATEX: What is the best way to clean vertical blinds?

September 20, 2012

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Thursdays's Question:

vertical blindsI would like some advice on estimating the price to perform a one time deep cleaning in an office.

Lots of dust on ceiling, wash down walls, dust 10 cubicles, 10 windows (inside only), vacuum.

Now, most importantly is cleaning the vertical fabric blinds. What would be the best procedure?

How much should I charge per blind? (240 of them, very dusty). And how much should I charge for the carpet cleaning?

Office size about 3,000 square feet in the state of MA.

Thursday's Answer:

The key to putting together a decent estimate is to determine your production times for the jobs that need to be done. How long will it take you to do the work needed? We, here at ICAN, cannot know that with any degree of certainty.

Here is a simple, but effective approach for the blinds, as an example. Take a backpack vac (or canister) with an upholstery tool and vacuum a blind strip in place.

You can use your hand as a backup. When you are done the dust should be gone. How long did it take? Multiply that by 240 and you know your time per strip.

If, for example, you can vacuum a strip … — Lynn Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor.

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