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Monday's Ask the Experts: Quoting a fitness center

June 4, 2012

Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I''m fairly new to the cleaning industry. The owner of a fitness center thinks he''s paying too much for the cleaning service and is considering a new quote. The facility has 21,200 SF. Basic cleaning (restrooms, showers, trash, vacuum, doors and cardio equip.) needs to be performed 7 days a week. It should take one person 2.5 hours a day to complete the job. Being a novice in estimating prices, how much do you think I should charge a month?

The answer:

With limited knowledge of the facility, layout, and cleaning specifications, I can only offer a few suggestions. It would not be humanly possible to offer a complete cleaning of a fitness center and cover the tasks you mentioned in 2.5 nightly labor hours. That would require a production rate of 8480 sq. ft per hour. Instead, to do a thorough clean you would be looking at 2,600 to 3,200 sq. ft. per hour or 6.6 to 8 hours a night. If you were satisfied with a 25% profit and ran industry averages for expenses, you would likely be at $16-$19 an hour in Mass. So, depending upon the strictness of standards, you might be at ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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