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Thursday's Ask the Experts: Restroom rates

April 19, 2012

Thursday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am located in NJ and will be submitting a bid for two office buildings at 2500 SF. Each bldg. is to be cleaned 5x/week with common areas, elevators, stairwells, lounge area and three bathrooms, each ladies'' room has 4 stalls, men''s room has two with two urinals. I was going to charge .09 cents/SF for $225/day x five days for $1125/week. This seems to be high from what I have been reading on this site. Could you please give me some input?

The answer:

We often see numbers tossed out such as $.09 or $.06 without the key word attached. That key word relates to the time period involved. Is it $.09 a sq. ft. to clean the carpet once? Too low, in my opinion. Is it $.09/ sq. ft. each time the office is cleaned, in this case, daily? Looks too high, right? It is. Or, is it $.09 per month, making the annual sq. ft. cleaning rate $1.08/ sq. ft.? That, as Goldilocks said, seems just right. You may be off a cent or two/per sq. ft., but this will put you in the realm of reality, maybe. At $225 a week now, you are charging $45 per day or $23 per building. Your rate, then, if you can clean one ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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