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ICAN/ATEX: How much can I charge for detail dusting?

April 26, 2013

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How much can you charge for a detail dusting in a dental office one time per week?

The building has mostly wood trim and is a little over 17,000 sq.ft.

They also want once a week regular service cleaning with 16 operatories,13 offices, kitchen, training room, carpet throughout, ceramic tile, stairways w/carpet, few restrooms.

Friday’s Answer:

The standard comment I have to make here is, you have not provided enough detail for me to give any sort of accurate answer.

Everything in cleaning depends on how much time and material is involved in doing a certain job.

You must determine:

  • How much area (and objects) is cleaned with each differing operation?
  • How much time for each task required? (production rate)
  • What is your labor rate and related costs?
  • What is your overhead?
  • What personal income do you intend for the job to contribute?
  • What profit is your goal?

All the above depends, in turn, on:

  • The layout of the areas. How open or cluttered.
  • How heavy the occupancy? Traffic and use determines the rate of resoiling.
  • What you are working with? Backpacks are … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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