Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online
Ask The Experts

ICAN/ATEX: What are standard vacuuming times?

April 22, 2013

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.

Monday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I was wondering if you could tell me the industry standard for how long it would take one person to vacuum a 12,000 square feet?

I am preparing a bid. I am using a 10 percent vacancy rate.

The vacuum cleaner is a back pack and furniture doesn't have to be moved.

I understand the average person can clean approximately 2500 sq. ft in an hour, but would it be less for vacuuming?

Monday’s Answer:

The ISSA "540 Cleaning Times" booklet says you can cover 7500 sq. ft. each hour with a backpack and a 16" carpet tool on the wand. Using the more common 12" tool will decrease the rate to 7273 sq. ft. per hour.

It will take anywhere from 8 to 8.25 minutes per 1000 sq. ft.

So, you are looking at between an hour and a quarter to hour and a half depending on the openness … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

To read this response in its entirety, click here.