Tuesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I am located in the Northwest Arkansas area. I am bidding on an 80000 sq. ft. medical center, which is cleaned 5 days a week, and we need one full time person on Sunday for 8 hrs. It has 54000 sq. ft. of vinyl flooring, 5000 sq. ft. of tile & grout and the rest is carpet. It has 200 employees and we have to supply the trashbags for the entire building as well as the soap, toilet tissue, and waxy bags for the eight restrooms. Also, during the day we have to provide a porter from 8 to 5 in case the tenants need anything. How do I bid this?
The difficult challenge is to assess customer expectations and calculate daily traffic loads. Another consideration is that you likely have a dozen private restrooms and dozens of exam room sinks to clean each night. You will also need to find out the details on emptying medical trash and cleaning counters. On a medical building this size you could expect a production rate of around 3,200 sq. ft. per hour + or – 15%. If your labor rate was $10 an hour and your expenses near national averages, along with a 25% profit, you might be just over $19 an hour. So, if your nightly cleaning time was 25 hours, that would be $475 a night. That would also include all cleaning supplies, expenses, and overhead. Sounds a little high, but keep in mind you ... — Gary Clipperton, president of National Pro Clean Corp.
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