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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Night cleaning bid

February 15, 2012
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have to bid a 100,000 sq. ft. building for cleaning 5 days a week at night and using one full time person during the day. I have to purchase equipment and provide all the paper, soap, and liners. Workers make $9.00 per hour and a supervisor makes $12.00 per hour. Facility has 300 employees and 150 visitors a day. Fringe rate 14%, overhead 15%, profit margin 10%. There are nightly, weekly, bi weekly, monthly, and yearly tasks. How would you approach this bid and how many man-hours do you project?

The answer:

As has been written many times before on this forum, we don’t have enough information on this project and all the tasks involved to give an accurate answer to this question. Nightly cleaning done at 3000 sq. ft. per hour will require 33 to 34 man-hours a night. You will need 4 to 5 people for an 8 hour shift. You are pushing $300 in labor costs each night and $90 for the day person. But is this your production rate? We don’t know. The numbers have to represent your circumstances, not someone else’s and only you can know or learn what they are. Did you do a building survey, breaking down ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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