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Tuesday's Ask the Experts: Post-construction cleaning

November 15, 2011

Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: My company has been asked to bid on a large office complex for post-construction remodeling cleaning. This is a one-time cleaning prior to new tenants moving into the building. There are 3 floors. The main floor is 25,000 sq. ft., the 2nd floor is 23,000 sq. ft., and the 3rd floor is 15,000 sq. ft. This is an old building that is in the process of being completely remodeled. They want the carpets vacuumed, walls dusted, all windows cleaned inside and outside, VCT floors washed, and there are at least 10 single restrooms per floor. I am trying to calculate how much to charge per square foot for the office cleaning (NOT including the window cleaning price). What is the best way to do this?

The answer:

Post construction clean-up is best estimated by carefully tracking the production times you have incurred on previous jobs. The cleaning variables are diverse and difficult to project in advance. In your area, with jobs the size of the one you described, we normally see a price of 13-20 cents a square foot. That price is bumped up when windows, carpet cleaning, and scrub and refinish of VCT is added. Restaurants run much higher because of all the stainless and cleaning of booths. I have seen prices up to 35 cents for restaurants. The price range has to be narrowed by ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.

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