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ICAN/ATEX: What should I charge for event cleaning?

May 8, 2013

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Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

I have a brand new barn to clean twice each weekend.

The barn is used for weddings and parties.

There is a 400 square foot commercial kitchen that is stainless steel.

There are men's and women's washrooms amounting to 11 stalls.

The flooring area on two floors is for the dining tables and chairs plus dance floor and the floor area is finished concrete measuring 8000 square feet for 300 guests. There is one staircase and one elevator.

These premises would have to be cleaned the morning of the Saturday wedding ready for that day's wedding and again the following morning for the Sunday wedding, then cleaned after the Sunday wedding on the Monday for the following week.

Can you please help me on the estimating of this, bearing in mind there will be food and drink on the floors, such as spills of wine beer and juice.

There will be two people to do the work

Tuesday’s Answer:

I'll try to give you some guidance, but I have limited information to do so.

What you have to determine is:

1) How long will it take to remove the litter and debris left after the reception? To a dumpster?
2) How long to mop or autoscrub the floor?
3) Rest rooms may clean at about 3 minutes a stall, so you are looking at about 1/2 hour there.
4) Kitchen is another matter and you need to learn how much you are expected to do in there. Is the kitchen used by the wedding people themselves, or by the facility owners to provide catered meals? Will it be tidied up after use or  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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