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Question DetailsAsked on 1/8/2016

what is the price per square foot for office cleaning

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Wide open -$25-250,000 per cleaning lets say. Depends on a number of factor, including (but not limited to):

1) square footage being cleaned - a small one-practioner and secretary legal or insurance office say might run $25-50/visit - a large multi-story office building several thousand or more per night. Likewise, a muddy/dusty work site office will obviously cost more than an office in clean area that gets very few visitors - like law offices.

2) services provided - just vacuuming and emptying trash ? - or adding dusting, carpet shampooing, hard surface floor mopping and/or waxing, toilets/bathrooms, kitchen areas, cooking appliances being cleaned (microwave, stove, coffee maker, etc), windows, curtain/drape/blind cleaning, etc. Can run from as low as around $0.05/SF for routine nightly fairly minimal cleaning to several $/SF for post-construction mess all-surface cleaning and complete carpet shampoo/hard floor wash and wax and window cleaning.

3) local labor costs - can be billed at from under $10/hr for a one-person cleaning outfit in very low cost areas to as much as $30/hour in expensive areas from larger cleaning companies - even more if significant security clearance is needed.

4) whether there are any environmental issues - hazardous work area, human blood/waste or biohazard contact issues, hazardous materials being cleaned up, or doing cleaning to medical/dental facility cleanliness standards. Also - any outside work conditions that weather could affect - like cleaning patio or open atrium areas, exterior of building or windows, entry areas or open courtyards, etc.

5) how often being done - a weekly or nightly cleaning costs a lot less per cleaning than say every 2-4 weeks because there is less accumulated work to be done each visit. Commonly, nightly or weekly cleaning is fairly minimal - vacuum, trash, maybe clean entry doors and damp mop entry hard floor, with a more complete cleaning (dusting, windows, shampoo/wet clean carpets/hard floors maybe every week to every few months or so depending on frequency and extent of use of the area. Obviously, a seldom visited office environment needs cdeep cleaning a lot less frequently than an airport or hotel, which generally gets such cleaning every day or few.

6) work hours or off-hours - weekday daytime (during work hours) commonly a lot more expensive because of interference delays and the need to avoid creating hazards/risks for office employees or customers (tripping, wet floors, etc)

7) any security issues - cleaning crews in classified or high security work areas (military, weapons, government research, government security or law enforcement facility, banks/brokerage houses, chemical/drug/refinery plants, etc) can cost up to 2-3 times the normal cost because of the costs in getting people cleared, and the very large percentage of applicants who fail the security standards. I had one job where, for work at an only moderately high security classified facility, over 90% of the employees of a nationwide security and facility maintenance company failed the security screening, so costs can go way up - even more so now with numerous industries under federal terrorism security scrutiny.

8) any access considerations - stair access without elevator, out of normal service area, poor roads to get to location, dangerous area to work in, daily security screening to get in and out of facility (like at chemical plans and refineries and drug manufacturing facilities, airports, government buildings, military bases), etc

9) how inherently dirty the site is - from industrial processes or chemicals, tracked-in dirt by equipment or transport vehicles, from adjacent industrial facilities (visualize downwind of a coal crushing facility, for instance), lots of paper shredding and handling, etc

10) what they are providing versus you providing - are they providing all cleaning equipment, cleaning materials, personal safety items (gloves, safety glasses, ovearalls, etc), do they need power equipment (carpet shampooer, hard surface power cleaning machine or even rider machine, etc) - and are these items they will already own (larger company) or ones they will have to rent to do your job periodically

11) available time to do work - and flexibility in hours and days. The more restrictive the allowed timeframe for the work generally the more it costs because they have to guarantee they will be there at the specified time/date, and possibly have to increase crew size beyond efficient size to meet your requirements. Visualize the difference in efficiency in cleaning a largae store or convention center say over the course of several full nights of a week versus only at night for say a 4-6 hour window, or even to have to do it in only a few hours, at say a major airport or train station or hotel, for example, where the work has to avoid the bulk of the customer traffic periods.

Here is an article which illustrates the differences possible, and some reported costs -

You can also google search phrases like - common office cleaning prices - or - common office cleaning tasks - for more info on what you might be looking at for scope and price.

Bottom line - get several bids to get an idea of where the reasonable market price is for YOUR specific case. Or start with your neighboring businesses office managers for similar type businesses to ask who they use and what it costs for them - possible good reference source, and using same cleaning company as an adjacent company, on same day, can cut the cost to you because the crew can go from one job right to the next with no travel or materials packing-up time.

Angies List does not list commercial businesses - House Cleaning would be the Search the List category on AL for residential cleaning - might be applicable for a very small (say not over maybe 1000SF commercial office, otherwise google for commercial office (or industrial as applicable) cleaning services.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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