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High Janitorial Turnover Reduces the Value of Your Office Cleaning

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 08:54 AM

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High Cleaning Turnover Rates Will Cause Problems For YOUR Business

As Facility Managers we may not think too much about high janitorial turnover, after all, it is our cleaning company’s staff, not ours. However, high turnover from your office cleaning company can spell disaster for your facility. Let’s look at some of the ways it can impact you: 

A Reduced Quality of Work: A revolving door of employees means that each new person that enters your facility is less familiar with the specific needs of your building and is less trained to carry out the necessary tasks. It stands to reason that new employees are usually less efficient and more wasteful because they lack mastery.

Increased Cost to You: High turnover has some hard costs attached to it that will invariably be pushed to you. The process of hiring, training and screening new employees is expensive and this will be reflected in your cleaning bill.

Safety Concerns: Screening is an important step in making sure that the people that enter your building are safe and trustworthy. The higher the turnover, the more likely your commercial cleaning company isn’t doing their due-diligence and properly screening their new employees and staff.

If you are paying a high price for cleaning, high janitorial turnover will make it substantially less likely that you are getting your money's worth. Don’t get suckered into paying more for less. There are professional and reputable office cleaning companies out there with turnover rates significantly lower than industry averages. When looking at prospective companies, inquire about turnover and, remember, no matter what the quote, high turnover from your office cleaning company and a revolving door of new hires will end up costing you in the long run.

 

How Does Your Janitorial Company Treat Their Employees

Janitorial and commercial cleaning jobs are often thankless and it can be easy to see why the industry has a high turnover rate. Still, when companies exacerbate the normal problems you find in lower-skilled employment by failing to provide competitive wages, you are certainly going to find yourself in the middle of all the problems turnover brings. Lower-skilled jobs are notorious for an overall high turnover, the janitorial industry has a turnover rate of nearly 200%. However, experienced, professional companies understand what can be achieved with a lower rate and actively work to reduce their employee turnover despite the challenges experienced industry wide. Is your current office cleaning company doing enough to keep good people and end the revolving door of people in and people out of your facility?

 

How We Keep Janitorial Turnover Well Below Industry Averages

We’ve shown statistics on the janitorial and cleaning industries high rates of employee turnover, but that doesn't mean that every company suffers in the same way. A solid, professional janitorial contractor and cleaning company in Michigan is mindful of many things in their organizations including technological advances in the building services industry, ongoing training, management systems to insure accountability and responsiveness, recognition and reward programs-- all created to keep their teams operating efficiently. 

Companies that exceed the industry standards put their employees through comprehensive training programs to deliver on their promises. These companies understand the benefit of training that prepares their staff to succeed in YOUR facility. Similarly, employees that are well-trained and treated as professional staff helps keep employee turnover down. Take, for instance, our turnover rate here at Stathakis. As a result of our efforts to improve employee retention, we have achieved a 40% turnover rate compared to the industry average of around 200%. Outperforming competition in such a significant way often leads to the question “what do you do differently than the rest of the industry?”

Our company promotes success and retention through core policies like teamwork and delivery of quality service to all customers. At Stathakis, we do our best to continue learning and improving our service for both our employees and our customers. We are constantly trying to innovate and learn from our mistakes to perform at the highest level in our industry. Our goal is to make our work a rewarding experience for you our customer, and our employees. We try to reward our teams for success with programs like Open Book Management, incentives, and recognition opportunities among other things. We even have an organizational philosophy, Ubuntu that helps shape a welcoming and supportive culture for our people.  At Stathakis, we always strive to offer you the best value in commercial cleaning services and our people are the single most important part of our promise to our customers and our community.

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Medical Office Cleaning: Getting Lower Prices & Better Service

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 08:21 AM

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With Medical Cleaning You Simply Have More On the Line

Medical cleaning requires a higher level of skill than basic office cleaning. There is simply more on the line and as such, medical cleaners require more training and more oversight. But that doesn’t mean you should be paying sky high prices. And medical office cleaning, like all cleaning should come with transparent pricing and a clear picture of exactly what services you are getting and at what price.

When looking at prospective commercial medical cleaning companies, you are likely to find everything from an almost unfathomable low low prices to complete and total sticker shock. Even more problematic  is that these prices are rarely reflective of the type of service that you can expect. Price does not always equal value, and when it comes to medical office cleaning, value is key.

If you should steer clear of suspiciously low prices while still searching for value, how exactly do you as the Facility Manager find a medical cleaning company that offers effective service at a fair price? It all comes down to getting a sense of what your prospective medical cleaning company is offering and finding out exactly how it will be implemented in your facility. No matter if you are looking for a Dearborn medical cleaning service or a Detroit healthcare cleaning company, having the right information to make an informed decision is the most important part of partnering with any service provider.

 

What to Look For In A Medical Cleaning Bid

Don’t let a prospective healthcare cleaning company give you is a cleaning quote based solely on square footage. While square footage gives us some information, it doesn’t tell the whole story. There are so many different aspects of your facility that need to be factored into the price of cleaning your building. If a commercial cleaning company is basing a janitorial quote on simple square footage, not only does this speak to their inexperience, you will not get a real, meaningful number. Understanding what makes up a proper medical cleaning bid is the best way to analyze the price you are given and understand what you should be looking for. Here are some of the most crucial components of any bid by your Auburn Hills medical cleaning service:

Location, Location, Location: Depending on where your building is, weather and labor markets can impact pricing.

Frequency: How often your facility must be cleaned is largely dependent on the amount of traffic it sees and what type of work is done there.

Square Footage: While not to be used a single gauge for the price of cleaning, it is important to consider the size of a facility when it comes down to estimating a price.

Square Footage by Floor Type: Each type of flooring in your facility requires different cleaning procedures that require different labor hours.

The Level of Required Cleaning: What are the specific needs of your facility? A medical building requires a different level of cleaning than a standard office building.

The Number of Restrooms: Restrooms are often one of the most time consuming, difficult to clean areas in your entire building. The number of restrooms should always be taken into account in order to provide an accurate bid.

Building Traffic: The more people, the more to clean. The busier buildings might require more from their commercial cleaners.

 

Let’s Be Clear About Medical Cleaning Pricing

Transparent pricing is an essential part of getting the right services at the best value. After all, how can you compare medical cleaning quotes side by side if prospective cleaners fail to give you clear, easy to understand medical building cleaning quotes? Transparent prices and clear, easy to understand bids can also help you avoid low low quotes that do not offer value because they simply include less work than your facility requires, as well as sky high office cleaning quotes that are charging significantly more for the same services another medical cleaning company might provide for less. Transparent pricing can help you steer clear of overly low bids that may be a sign of inexperience or illegal hiring while shopping for the best overall value for your facility. A clear medical cleaning bid is another essential aspect of partnering with the right service and getting the best value for your dollar. Being able to compare cleaning quotes is key to making the right choice for your budget and facility, so having an unclear price point causes major problems. On top of that, when a quotes is unclear, it is often a sign that the company is inexperienced or is trying to hide fees by making it difficult to understand what your paying for.

 

Overly Low Pricing A Sure Sign of Safety Shortcuts

In order to secure the most accurate, clear pricing, ask prospective medical cleaning companies how many hours they intend to spend cleaning your facility. Annualize that cost and divide it by the annual number of labor hours to calculate an hourly billable rate. If a medical cleaning company is charging too little, you can almost guarantee they will take shortcuts on people and processes designed to protect you, your building and it’s occupants. These can include illegal hiring and subcontracting as well as inadequate drug and criminal background screening.  Well thought out medical cleaning bids should always include the following:

  • Insurance & taxes
  • Direct costs (ex. cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc.).
  • Profit
  • Employee vacation time
  • Labor costs
  • Employee health insurance
  • A management fee

By looking at these seven core pieces of a janitorial bid, you should be able to determine the value of the service you are receiving and exactly what should expect if you partner with this company.

 

Profit Must Be a Part of the Equation

Of course we would all like cheap cleaning services, seriously, how much easier would it be to stay on budget if we could just name our price. But if your medical cleaning company isn’t turning a reasonable profit, it won’t ultimately benefit either of you. When a company makes money, it is able to reinvest into employee training, new equipment, and innovative technologies that will benefit you in the long run. Further, a company that isn’t making money isn’t likely to be in business very long causing problems for you in the future. Just as you are, you medical cleaning company is running a business. That being said, there is a difference between a reasonable profit margin and exorbitant pricing. If you choose to outsource your labor to a professional Farmington medical cleaning service, understand exactly what you are paying for and what constitutes profit for the company.

 

The REAL Value of an Experienced Medical Cleaning Company

As with any service business, one of the single greatest hard costs is labor. So, if you are in the unfortunate position of needing to trim spending to meet tight budgets, reducing the number of labor hours is the fastest way to do it. However, how do you cut down on labor hours without sacrificing the overall cleanliness of your facility? The harsh truth is that only the most experienced companies will be able to do this for you. This is because you need to strategically target and cut high labor tasks without throwing your maintenance out the window. While this may sound relatively simple, it takes a large base of knowledge, including how to implement no innovative practices and new equipment in your facility, to do more with less. Practices like Smart Cleaning and Team Cleaning can help reduce labor hours without unlivable reductions in the quality of your service.

 

Use the CIMS Certification to Sort Through the Crowded Market 

Finding the right medical cleaning company in a marketplace jammed with cleaning companies can feel like trying to find the unicorn at the zoo. One way you can find the near mythical effective, experienced and affordable medical office cleaning company is to utilize CIMS certification to inform your search. Companies that take providing the highest quality of service seriously will seek out and demonstrate their competency in core areas in order to secure this prestigious and stringent accreditation. While the CIMS certification does not guarantee a company is right for your facility, it does assure a certain benchmark level of service that offers you a starting point way ahead of most companies.

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School Cleaning: Reducing the Impact of This Year’s Flu Season

Posted by Chris Stathakis on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 @ 08:06 AM

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School Cleaning: Reducing the Impact of This Year’s Flu Season

School is back in session which means before long it will be that dreaded time of year again, flu season. If you’ve ever had children, you understand that schools are an incredibly effective and efficient breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and viruses. Just a few sick kids in school and disease causing germs are spread around your campus faster than you can say low scoring test results. Children are effective carriers bringing to both school and home everything from the common cold to stomach viruses and more. When we say kids love “hands on” learning, we aren’t kidding. They put their hands anywhere and everywhere, from their noses and mouths to your facility getting more and more kids sick at record pace. Without careful cleaning, your school could get hit hard this flu and cold season.

 

Research Shows That Your School Cleaning May Not be as Good as You Think

The ISSA, or International Sanitary and Supply Association, has conducted several studies about the bacterial and viral load in the average elementary school classroom to put together better cleaning guidelines. With this information, professional school cleaning services can focus on cleaning areas that will have the highest impact on reducing the spread of classroom pathogens. So, what areas are the dirtiest and where should you commercial cleaning company be cleaning the most?

  • The average elementary school classroom has a higher bacterial load than most restrooms, even those found on campus.
  • Contaminated versus non-contaminated surfaces appeared to be the same on visual inspection indicating that they had been cleaned by not sanitized.
  • Computer mice were found to possess a bacterial and viral load nearly four times higher than that of most toilets.
  • Key touch points (including but not limited to hand railings, door knobs and other high traffic surfaces) where commonly neglected by school cleaning programs.
  • Athletic equipment, especially athletic mats had the highest bacterial load of any single object in the school as a result of being cleaned with dirty mops, which just spread around filth.
  • In general, most schools suffer from having a superficial level of cleanliness but a low or non-existent level of sanitation in core problematic areas.

 

Targeted Cleaning of Touch Points Reduces Bacterial Transmission 

The ISSA’s extensive research revealed something that intuition already told us, touch points were the most common way that disease was being transferred from person to person in a school. Simply put, many school cleaning services do not spend enough time or clean with enough frequency to keep these high traffic touch points from being ground zero for a host of different infections and illnesses. For instance, it was found that many school cleaning services were not regularly cleaning and sanitizing shared electronics such as computers despite extensive scientific evidence that indicates they are one of the most commonly contaminated areas in a school campus. 

To be an effective school cleaning service, you have to realize that having a surface or area look clean and be clean are two very different things. When we walk into a classroom, odds are it will appear to be clean, after all, what school district wants to be known for having visually dirty classrooms? But, proper cleaning goes beyond this superficial layer and requires knowledge of key touch points and frequent, proper sanitization habits to help prevent the spread of disease among students. 

Not only does proper cleaning help keep students healthy, it has a number of measurable benefits in different areas of the school. For example, a study based in Arizona State University demonstrated that when common touch points such as desktops were regularly and properly cleaned and sanitized, that classroom absenteeism decreased significantly. Why is this important, you may ask? Absenteeism and standardized testing scores are directly correlated. The more days a student is in class, the higher their scores tend to be showing how impactful proper cleaning can be on the performance of your school.

 

The Right Company for the Job

What can you do to find a commercial cleaning company capable of cleaning for health in your school? The first step would be to look for prospective school cleaning companies that have been awarded the CIMS or CIMS-GB certification. This stringent and rigorous accreditation is only awarded to companies that consistently demonstrate their ability to provide high quality service that meets the criteria laid out by the ISSA. Of course, sorting through different companies even with your list significantly shortened by this tip can be time consuming.

With a short list of ISSA CIMS certified school cleaning companies, you can at least rest assured that they are capable of effective school cleaning. Then you can search those companies for the best overall partner for your individual district or facility. Looking for help or a change in your school cleaning services? Is in-house school cleaning no longer working for you? Call Stathakis today at (800)278-1884 to find out how you can get school cleaning services that are effective meeting the health and wellness needs of your school as well as your budget.

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The Right Office Cleaning Service Can Help Your Facility Sparkle

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 07:37 AM

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Running a business is challenging enough without having to deal with a dull, dirty facility scaring people off. A sparking facility has a measurable, positive impact on business outcomes and most importantly, your bottom line. Partnering with a professional office cleaning service can help assure your facility is always looking its best so that you can focus on the rest of your business. So, what can the best office cleaning services provide you, your facility, and your bottom line?

 

Does Your Facility Sparkle?

We all know that we aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but we all do. Like it or not, the overall condition of your facility says a lot to potential customers, employees and tenants. Are you sending the message you intend? A sparking facility sends a message that your company is serious about quality.  Unfortunately, when you work in your building all day, it can be easy to tunnel vision out the areas that need the most attention. It can be all too easy to get used to the dirt or needed maintenance that is piling up bit by bit.

So, when you look at your complaint or suggestions box, you should ask yourself a couple of questions. Are they accurate? Are there areas of your building that really do need some attention? Likewise, walk through your facility and try to see things with a fresh set of eyes. How does a customer or prospective customer might see it. What do you see? Carpets that sorely needs a cleaning? Floors that need stripping or cleaning? Dusty light fixtures? Walls that are scuffed and dirty? Office restrooms that have a certain funk?

 

Make a Diamond Perfect Impression with New Employees

First impressions with customers are important, however, it can be equally important with employees and prospective employees. The cleanliness of your workplace speaks volumes about the culture and atmosphere of your company. An office that isn’t cleaned regularly and properly sends a message to your employees that quality and performance aren’t a priority for your company. It may not be something that is discussed around the water-cooler, but it is certainly something the lingers in the back of everyone's minds.

If you aren’t having your facility regularly cleaned by a professional commercial cleaning company, it is going to send a couple of dangerous messages. First, the highest level employees will not want to work for an organization that does not consistently perform at a high level in all areas. Second, by losing quality employees, you lose valuable role models for your other, lower performing staff and as a result productivity, engagement and quality will suffer greatly through a facility wide domino effect.

 

Just Cause its Shiny, Doesn't Mean it is Clean

Looking at your commercial cleaning as simply a cost to be subtracted from your budget is a fundamentally flawed view. Commercial cleaning in your facility is an investment in your business, your people and your future time. Cleaning that isn’t don’t correctly is detrimental to the overall health of your facility, aids the transmission of disease and can even lower the air quality in your building. Research shows that the cleaner the workplace, the better employees health is. Likewise, healthy employees are directly related to fewer sick days and less turnover. A well cleaned, healthy building will help protect your employees and set the right tone at the office.

 

Halting the Spread of Disease in Your Building

There are two types of clean, the kind of clean that is visible and the kind of clean that is not. It is always nice to walk into a room that is fresh and clean. But, just because the room appears to be clean doesn't always mean it is. Bacteria and other pathogens can infect a surface such as door handles, computers, phones, light switches among other things unseen. Does your office cleaning company not only clean things to make them look clean but clean things to make them truly clean? Do they office cleaning best practices make sure that your facility not only looks clean but is clean? Do they use up to date cleaning chemicals and equipment? Do they train their staff to use these cleaners, practices and different equipment to give you the best results?

 

Fewer Sick Days Means Employees Shine Brighter

Reduced sick days and healthier employees in a cleaner office atmosphere will almost always result in a dramatic boost in productivity. A sparking office will reduce the transmission of disease reducing sick days and thus mean that your employees are more productive. Sick days cause the public sector upwards of billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and revenue. A solid office cleaning service that understands how to clean for health can consistently reduce this cost to your company. Further, an office that is cluttered and unclean can further reduce productivity simply be being demoralizing and suggesting a lower standard.

Trying to work around a dirty office is wasted time and while it may only be minutes to one employee the total lost time to your company can number in hundreds of hours. A sparking office that is both uncluttered and inviting is the best way to incentivize your employees to be productive as well as reduce lost and wasted time that could be better spent.

 

Clean Buildings Make the Best Impressions

No one wants to go to work when the office looks like a hurricane tore through it. A sparking building is a powerful marketing tool for clients, employee and tenants. You building’s appearance is one key factor that conveys a lot about your companies values and culture separating you from other companies. No matter if you are hiring a prospective employee, leasing out a space, competing for new business or trying to meet your goals, a clean, pampered building will almost always help you get there.

 

Treating Your Office Assets Like Gems

Regular office cleaning can also help protect expensive building assets. Some of these include your carpeting, flooring, tiles, other surfaces and equipment that suffer from damage when they aren’t cleaned adequately and regularly. Effective office cleaning prevents unnecessary wear and tear so as to extend the lifespan of your building’s most costly assets.

 

Your Facility Can Shine Above the Rest With Effective Office Cleaning

A well managed facility is always accompanied by a thoughtful office cleaning program. Of course such a service will cost money, but compared to a sparkling workspace and productive employees, it seems a small price to pay. Everyone would like to have an efficient, effective, and consistent commercial office cleaning company, but maybe you’ve had so many problems with other contractors that your convinced such an office cleaning company does not exist. We are here to tell you they do. You can find a professional, reputable and experienced office cleaning company that can offer a high level of service for a wallet friendly price.  Protect your employees, you image and your bottom line by partnering with an effective office cleaning company.

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Warning Signs Your Office Cleaning Company Isn’t Training Their People

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Wed, Sep 05, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

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The Red Flags of a Company that Doesn't Take Training Seriously

When looking for the best commercial office cleaning companies, it comes down to finding those that offer the highest quality, most comprehensive staff training. Obviously there are other factors that impact the quality of your service, but without properly trained staff, your cleaning is always going to fall short of the mark. Almost all common onsite problems like administrative and communication issues, improperly done work and on the job accidents come down to a lack of sufficient training. While it is not your job as Facility Manager to make sure your office cleaning company’s staff are trained, when they aren’t it is YOU and your facility that pay the price. So how can you get the most out of your Michigan office cleaning company and what are some warning signs that you aren’t?

 

What the State of the Janitorial Closet Says About the Quality of Service

The first place you need to look to gauge the quality of service you are receiving is the janitorial closet. When you enter and there are rags tossed about, and dirty mops everywhere, you know that your facility is being treated with the same lack of care. A janitorial closet of a company that takes the cleaning and maintenance of your facility seriously will always have all chemical solutions labeled, equipment put away properly and in is generally clean and well-organized. Additionally, a closet with dirty mops and rags is not only gross, it is a biohazard housing germs and bacteria that could easily be spread throughout your facility. Both of these common problems can be addressed with proper training and understanding on the inherent threats of not addressing them.

 

Is Cross Contamination An Issue

Evidence demonstrates that responsible cleaning practices go a long way in reducing the risk of cross contamination, thereby minimizing the prevalence of illness and disease.  Effective cleaning reduces bacteria on equipment and surfaces that people come into contact with day in and day out like keyboards, phones and restroom touch-points. Here are a few best practices your office cleaning staff should be adequately trained on to assure your office is a healthy work environment.

  • Capture pollutants and remove them; don’t just move them around.
  • Minimize harmful chemicals in the environment while maximizing cleaning power.
  • Use the right product, the right way for the right job.
  • Segregate tools, chemicals and equipment.
  • Utilize color coded rags and towels so germs from the toilet don’t end up on your phone.
  • Implement training and communication programs to insure front-line employees are armed with the knowledge to clean for a healthy work environment.

 

Communication is, as Always, Key

When you communicate your needs with your cleaning service and these requests are consistently ignored by your onsite cleaning staff, then there is a clear lack of training in communication. This can be especially problematic when the same requests are consistently ignored. This is often the single worst stressor in any partnership between you and your commercial cleaning company. The best commercial cleaning companies will have a communication system in place that makes sure that your needs get communicated to frontline staff to ensure the highest quality customer service. Communication is another area in cleaning that gets exponentially better when staff is trained to do it and systems of accountability are put in place.

 

Can Your Prospective Cleaning Companies Backup Their Claims? 

Clearly, the single best way to avoid these problems is to partner with a commercial cleaning service provider that takes the training of their employees very seriously. Every prospective cleaning company will tell you that they train their employees thoroughly, but are they willing to back that claim up with evidence? Any reputable Michigan cleaning provider will be able to walk you through their training process and show how it markedly improves cleaning and communication.

  

Take Advantage of CIMS Accreditation to Shorten Your Prospective Commercial Cleaner List

As Facility Manager, odds are you don’t have the hours in the day to inspect and deep dive into the running of every prospective cleaning service you come across. Fortunately, there is an easier way to determine who does, and who does not, take the training of their staff seriously. The ISSA’s CIMS and CIMS-GB certification is a powerful tool that you can use to determine which janitorial and commercial cleaning companies have matched and exceeded the industry standard. Being a member of the ISSA in itself shows a top down organizational commitment to delivering service at the highest possible level. The accreditation simply indicates that said company has succeeded in doing so. One of the core principles of the CIMS certification is through and stringent employee training as to meet the high ISSA standards of cleaning. Any industry based on service will only be as good as the people that work on the frontline. These staff will only perform as well as what they were trained to do, so any Michigan cleaning company that has taken the time to put working systems into place to provide such training will invariably provide a higher level of service to you. If you’re on the last straw with your office cleaning company, remember that there is a better option. Contact us for more information about Stathakis and how we can help you and your facility.

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Cut Through the Red Tape & Find Effective Industrial Cleaning Services

Posted by Chris Stathakis on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

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Cut Through the Red Tape to Find Effective Industrial Janitorial Services

Finding the right janitorial service provider for your facility has never been an easy task, but that doesn't mean that your time spent searching is wasted. Finding the right industrial cleaning services company is important, after all, not every commercial cleaning company is up to the job. While commercial cleaning companies come in all sizes and specialties, very few are equipped to handle large facilities, especially those with specific needs, professionally and effectively. Taking advantage of our insider tips and tricks and you can find those companies that stand above the rest in the crowded janitorial marketplace. Get the right industrial cleaning company and maintain your facility at the highest possible standard.

 

The Best People = The Best Service

As you’ll find with any service based business, if your prospective industrial janitorial services company isn’t serious about their staff, you will be get a reduced quality of service. As such, there are a couple of important questions to ask yourself. Does your prospective Detroit industrial cleaning company service illegally hire and subcontract to artificially lower their bottom line? Do they work to hire, screen, train, and retain the best employees that are the best possible fit for you and your facility? Are they running a criminal background check and drug testing every employee who enters your facility?

 

Lower Turnover Equates With Improvements In Service

According to national averages, the janitorial industry has an employee turnover rate of nearly 200%. That is to say that compared to other industries, janitorial companies lose and rehire employees nearly twice as often. While high turnover isn’t uncommon with lower wage, lower skill labor, it doesn't have to be thathigh. This high turnover rate is more often caused by a number of poor practices commonplace in the janitorial industry. High turnover is often directly related to a lack of competitive wages, benefits, quality training that raises performance and engagement, and a lack of responsive management that helps good people deliver good work. High turnover may seem like something you shouldn’t have to worry about, after all, it is your industrial cleaning service’s job to find and train new employees, right? Unfortunately for you, a revolving door of staff can cause security problems in your facility, an overall decline in the level of service as a result of inexperience in your facility and incomplete training, and ultimately higher costs and lower value of the service you receive.

 

Training Paves the Way to Results 

The best manufacturing cleaning companies will invariably have the most comprehensive training programs. While effective training isn’t the only quality of a successful janitorial company, no company that does not have effective and proven training will deliver a consistent level of high quality service. Ask yourself, does your prospective Michigan industrial cleaning company offer solid, proven training specific to what needs to be done in your facility? Are they sending their people to your facility ready to work and to perform at the highest level in the industry?

 

Transparency, the Difference You Can SEE

There is never an excuse for your janitorial company to provide a quote that is difficult to understand or filled with fuzzy, unclear math. A confusing price point is a fundamental failure of your industrial janitorial company to understand their own services or, even worse, an attempt to hide upcharges or play pricing games to get you to pay more than you need to. No matter what the case may be, any company that fails to provide a clear, easy to understand bid that you can compare to other bids in a meaningful way should not be servicing your facility.

 

Beware of the “One-Size-Fits-All” Bid

Every facility is different so any janitorial company that tries to use a “one size fits all” type of plan should raise some major red flags for you. Not only does every facility have different amounts of employee and customer traffic as well as layouts, but you as Facility Manager are going to have different concerns and needs than other managers. Perhaps you want to save money and have different budgetary requirements, or your last company had some problems that you need to be addressed. Either way, be wary of any company that tries to base their bid on the square footage of your facility alone. Any professional industrial maintenance services company worth their salt will need much more specific information in order to give you an accurate, fair pricing.

 

An Effective Cleaning Service has Effective Communication 

No matter how skilled an industrial janitorial company is, people make mistakes and there will be problems and miscommunications that occur.  Problems aren’t what separate a good company from a bad company, it is the way that they are addressed. The first question that should come to your mind when talking to your prospective cleaning company is their plan for handling complaints, hiccups, among other issues. If they can’t answer this question it is clear they are not set up to handle problems or even minor issues and as such, will not be able to respond to the specific needs and modifications that your facility may need. An effective commercial cleaning and janitorial service provider will get back to you with suggestions quickly. They will inform you immediately of problems and then rapidly put things back on track. Further, they will regularly conduct inspections to make sure that you are satisfied with the level and type of service you are getting. As is with any service company, communication is key. Does your current commercial cleaning company regularly correspond with you about issues and solutions in your facility?

  

Assure the Insurance

The best commercial industrial cleaning services protect you and themselves by taking advantage of all four types of service insurance to mitigate litigations towards them, and by extension, towards you. These four categories of insurance are: automobile liability, general liability, workers compensation and the umbrella policy. Make sure to confirm this coverage with your cleaning partner to make sure that you are protected from costly legal action and other types of risk associated with a lack of coverage.

 

Why Cleaning Based of Science and Health Standards Matters

Any building is going to be packed with your employees all using public items, so when cold and flu season rolls around, your going to have a lot of sick people shooting up your absenteeism way above normal. The most effective solution to this ongoing problem is having a professional commercial cleaning company that understands how to clean for health. Experienced companies that understand the science behind cleaning for health will use their know-how to halt the spread of pathogens by targeting hot spots, touch points, preventing cross contamination, and properly sanitizing to help keep you and your employees disease free.

 

Smart Cleaning and Team Cleaning Can Help Get You to Budget

The janitorial and cleaning industry, like many industries, has been technologically advancing at an unprecedented pace. Take, for example, Smart Cleaning. By identifying critical and non-critical services, you can strategically reduce cleaning in certain areas while still maintaining an acceptable level of clean. Essentially, reducing expensive service hours by understanding what is needed and what is not. It takes a level of skill, intuition, and innovation to find these industry specific efficiencies to help reduce costs and improve services without detracting from the overall cleanliness of the facility. Another forward thinking innovation is Team Cleaning. By putting a team in charge of cleaning the entire facility, instead of zone cleaning where a single person gets a zone, responsibility becomes very specific allowing task mastery as well as a reduction in the amount of duplicate equipment needed to help reduce costs. Innovation is the key to reducing labor hours and the amount of expensive solutions and equipment.

 

A Commitment to Environmental Stewardship Through Green Cleaning

Green cleaning is the buzzword of the commercial cleaning industry, but what can it realistically do for you and your facility? First, green cleaning is a good way to minimize your employees and tenants exposure to traditionally harsh and toxic chemicals used for deep cleaning and sanitization. Second, it can help reduce your carbon footprint so as to garner more LEED points for your building. Finally, it can help maintain a higher level of air quality in the building as well as reduce the amount of waste produced in your facility.

 

What is an Industry Best Practice?

Best practices can seem difficult to define, but in reality they are quite simple. Best practices are those methods and techniques that are strictly superior to the others that exist. These practices are accredited by managerial standards like: SO 9000, ISO 14001, and CIMS because these certifiers understand that these best practices lead to best results. These prestigious certifications are given to companies whose methodologies range from anything to on-site solutions to management methods that help the company provide your facility with a more effective, more reliable service.  The best industrial janitorial companies use best standards because they are observably better. They are more effective and more efficient, delivering more consistent results to customers.

 

Shortening Your List with the CIMS Certification

There is a long list of items you should consider when looking at a prospective commercial industrial cleaning company. It can seem complex and overwhelming at first glance. But this last trick should make things a lot easier. Instead of spending hours, if not days, asking questions and verifying the things above with the overcrowded marketplace of potential companies, simply look at their professional certifications like the ISSA’s CIMS and CIMS-GB accreditation to quickly cut down on your list of potential contractors. The certifications demonstrate a companies desire and ability to use the best practices in the industry as well as continue to innovate to bring better service to the table. Instead of starting from scratch, look at a much reduced list of CIMS certified companies and find the best contractor for you and your facility from there.

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Is Your Janitorial Company's Closet Sending the Wrong Message?

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 @ 12:26 PM

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You contract with a janitorial company so that you can avoid having to deal with micromanaging the cleaning of your facility, right? The goal is for everything to run smoothly and effectively so that you can focus your energy elsewhere. In order for you to be relatively hands off with your commercial cleaning company, they must be experienced, professional and attentive to all the details big and small that go into providing exceptional, affective janitorial services. The janitorial closet can be a fairly good barometer of the level of quality your commercial cleaning company is providing. Is the cleaning closet neat and orderly, a complete mess or somewhere in between?

 

You Can Judge a Janitorial Company by the State of Their Closet

Is the focus on a well-organized janitorial closet too narrow? We don’t think so. Your janitorial service contractor is fully aware that you can go check the cleaning storage closet at anytime, and as such, if it is consistently left messy and unkempt it means that your cleaning company thinks that you don’t check and is likely treating your facility with about the same level of care. Further, there are specific compliance codes and regulations about the storage of various cleaning supplies that if aren’t followed, can put you and your facility at risk. Sure who hasn’t left something untidy before or even taken a shortcut here or there to get something done quickly, yet a pattern of sloppiness and shortcuts will inevitably lead to poor cleaning services.

  

Janitorial Best Practices are Well, Best

Do we really want to have to wonder if the cloth used to clean the toilet was also used to clean our desk? Do we want to settle for a janitorial services company that doesn’t follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding cleaning chemicals? Do we want to partner with a cleaning company that might not be adequately screening their staff? The reality is that short cuts in one area predict short cuts in others. If your commercial cleaning service isn’t consistently following industry best practices, you and your facility are at risk in a host of important ways.

  

Color Coded Rags and Combatting Cross-Contamination

When it comes to dealing with cross contamination, there is a cost effective, common sense method that your janitorial company should be using, a color coordinated rage system. The color-coded rag system uses rags, cloths and towels of varying color for specified areas in order to reduce or eliminate cross-contamination and get a cleaner, healthier work environment. Take, for instance, office cleaning. The rag that was used to clean the restroom should never be used to clean the desk. By color coding rags that can be used in the restroom and those that can be used on the desk, you are never at risk for these types of problems. It is a simple system anyone can follow. If your cleaning service isn’t using this easy to understand, easy to implement visual coding system, they are not doing their part to prevent health risks in your facility.

  

The Old Gray Mare She Ain’t What She Used to Be

Unlike some of us tech junkies, your office cleaning company doesn't need brand new state-of-the-art equipment every year to be competitive and to provide a high level or service. However, that doesn't mean that having near antique equipment won’t impact the quality of cleaning in your facility. First, using the right equipment, such as HVAC vacuum cleaners, can help earn LEED points towards improving your green building score. Further, newer vacuum cleaners are often lighter and more efficient saving you both time and money. This is especially beneficial given that janitorial cleaning budgets are as tight as ever. The best commercial cleaning companies recognize that having the right, up-to-date equipment can improve cleaning and efficiency. When you look in your janitorial closet do you see newer equipment that is well maintained or a bunch of broken bits or vacuums and floor cleaning supplies or machines that have seen better days?

 

Does Your Green Cleaning Program Have Teeth?

Every janitorial or commercial cleaning that you talk to is going to throw the word “green cleaning” at you but do they have a comprehensive program to truly meet your environmental and sustainability goals? What does an actual green cleaning program look like? Is your janitorial company using LEEDs approved equipment and processes? Are they using environmentally sound cleaning solutions and are they using them in the right ways? Are they protecting your building’s occupants from the dangers of cross-contaminations? If your prospective janitorial and commercial cleaning company is really putting their best foot forward on green cleaning practices they should have comprehensive information and evident programs that they can implement in your facility.

 

Improve Your Janitorial Cleaning Service Through Regular Inspection

One of the best ways to ensure consistency and assure reliability in your facility is to perform regular janitorial inspections, including inspections of the janitorial closet/closets. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, it is a very human thing to do. So, through the use of janitorial inspections, we can help find and address these mistakes quickly before they bloom into larger problems. Your cleaning company can’t address issues you have with them if they are never told what the issues are. Use regular inspections to your advantage to help forge a stronger partnership with your cleaning company.

 

A Dirty Cleaning Closet is a Major Red Flag

You can’t use the state of the janitorial closet as a sole gauge of the quality of cleaning and service that you are receiving. However, it can be a major red flag indicating larger problems. If you perform a janitorial inspection and find that the closet is in perfect or near perfect condition, it is likely you can rest assured that your facility is being attended to in the same way. Here at Stathakis, we take advantage of the latest innovations and proven cleaning processes to deliver the highest quality service. We work with our teams to keep janitorial closet clean and organized because we know having the right tools well organized is the optimal starting point. Let us show you how our Southeast Michigan cleaning sets the standard for the industry. Whether you have a simple question or would like a no-obligation quote, give us a call at 1-800-278-1844 or email info@stathakis.com

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Is Poor Office Cleaning Can Making You Sick?

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 02:39 PM

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Are Your Office Cleaners Making You Or Your People Sick?

Regardless of how clean and seemingly healthy you and your employees are, the office will always be one of the perfect locations for disease causing pathogens to stake out. There are a number of people in a small space frequently touching communal objects. Office break rooms, restrooms and other highly trafficked spaces can set the perfect storm for the spread of colds, flus, and worse. Of course, colds, flus and stomach bugs are virulent all year long but cold weather brings the cold and flu season in full swing as more and more people spend more time indoors spreading more germs.

Unless your commercial cleaning company is prepared and on their A-game, your employee count is going to take a hit and subsequently hurt your productivity and mess with your bottom line. The best protection against the seasonal upswing in illness is to minimize the transmission and pay particular attention to those areas most likely to serve as breeding ground for disease causing microbes. Is your office cleaning company doing everything in their power to make sure that your office is healthy and that employees aren’t getting sick?

 

When Cleaning for Health, What’s Most Critical?

Innovation and research has helped explain many of the mysteries surrounding the causes and spread of disease. For instance, did you know that every minute, a working adult can touch upwards of 25 objects in close proximity to them contaminating them with bacteria and other pathogens. According to a recent and reputable workplace study, desktop surfaces such as computers, keyboards, mouses and telephones can have more germs than a toilet seat. This might sound counterintuitive because we know bathroom business can be germy but think about it, it’s done in one place whereas your hands touch everything.

Any reputable, professional, experienced commercial cleaning companies should be familiar with how colds and flus spread in your facility and where germs like to hide and thrive as well learning terms such as hotspots, touch points, and dwell times. They must train their teams on safe and effective chemical usage and the best practices that we know decrease the spread of disease causing germs. See the ISSA’s Infographic on the real cost of substandard office cleaning. On average, absenteeism can cost businesses more than $225 billion dollars each year and results in as much as a 54% loss in productivity. Don’t settle for bad cleaning, it’s costing you more than you think.

  

Touch Points & Why They Matter

Touch points are critical for keeping your office clean and healthy, so it might be surprising how many office cleaning companies are unfamiliar with them. A touch point or hotspot is any area in you facility that hands come into contact with frequently. Some common touch points are phones, computer mouses, door handles, business machines, light switches, the office fridge handle, microwave handle, railings as well as a number of other office objects. Research confirms what seems pretty obvious, the areas that are touched the most are most likely to house and thus spread disease causing germs.

If these critical areas are not given proper attention they can be the perfect little disease hub in your office. Office cleaning companies that are unfamiliar with touch points in your office or inconsistent in they way they handle them will result in more illness and significantly higher rates of employee absenteeism, lower productivity, decreased satisfaction and engagement, and even increased employee turnover. Is your commercial cleaning company actively cleaning office computers, handles, mouses and other often used equipment? Effective office cleaning isn’t just about how the office looks afterwards, it is how clean the office actually is.

  

Cold and Flus are Bad for Your Health AND Your Bottom Line

We all know that poor cleaning can leave your facility looking dirty and unkempt, but it can also make your employees sick. We know that areas that have a high viral and bacterial load can make people sick easily and we also know that we can reduce this risk by treating such areas with the appropriate bactericides and cleaners. Studies confirm that when hotspots are cleaned frequently and with the correct chemicals, illness-related absenteeism have be significantly reduced. With fewer cases of the flu and the common cold lingering in the office, often employee satisfaction and productivity will increase. Further, as a result of increased satisfaction, employees are more engaged which helps increase employee retention rates. When you keep your office clean and healthy, the people that work there can focus on their jobs.

  

Is Your Commercial Cleaner Your Partner Against the Spread of Disease?

The best commercial cleaning companies not only clean for aesthetic appearance, they clean for health. These companies have a firm grasp of bacterial and viral transmission and are familiar with the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. They are competent in realizing when to remove dirt from surfaces and when to sanitize to reduce the bacterial load. Finally, they know how to use dwell times to their advantage so as to effectively maximize the usefulness of their cleaning products to reduce the germ load in your facility and to keep everyone healthy. Cleaning for health and the concrete science behind effective cleaning has advanced, and if your commercial cleaning company isn’t keeping up advances, updates and innovation, they are leaving you open to exposure and failing to give you the value and return you deserve from your office cleaning budget.

What should your commercial cleaning company be doing? First, you need to partner with a commercial cleaning company that will actively put your employee’s health in the forefront of their cleaning. Second, make sure your employees are hand washing and following other cold/flu etiquette to minimize the spread of pathogens in the facility. Finally, make sure that your employees are not showing up sick to work. Sick employees not only won’t be able to work, they risk getting other employees sick and speeding up the cycle of colds and flus n your workplace.

  

Partnering With the Right Office Cleaning Company to Protect Your Health

The best way to make sure that you facility is a healthy work environment is to have a professional, effective, and most importantly responsive Detroit office cleaning and janitorial company. Here at Stathakis, we work with all types of businesses to keep their workplace clean and healthy. We have a thorough understanding and background of touch points and hotspots. We also understand that the people that clean your facility are as important as how they clean your facility. As such, we go well beyond industry requirements when it comes to screening and hiring our staff. Can we help you? If you would like to learn how we help Facility Managers just like you with effective janitorial services all while staying on budget, please contact us at (800) 278-1884.

Stathakis proudly serves the Southeastern businesses of Ann Arbor, including Detroit, Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Downriver, Farmington, Dearborn, Livonia, Troy, Auburn Hills, Novi, and Plymouth.

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Are Day Cleaners the Solution Your Facility Is Looking For?

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

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Is Day Cleaning the solution for your facility? Do you know what day cleaning is and what it isn’t? Before we delve into the benefits and drawbacks of having a day cleaning service for your facility, let’s detail what a day cleaning service is. At its core, a day cleaning service is a conventional alternative or addition to after hours custodial and cleaning services. With day cleaning you have a janitorial and cleaning staff that works around your employees and tenants to keep your facility clean and looking good as the day progresses.  

 

The Benefits of Day Cleaning In Your Facility

One large impact day cleaning has in many facilities is significant energy savings. The decrease in energy usage stems from the amount of time the lights are on and how long the facility is in operation for. Further, having cleaning done during the day, instead of separately at night has some significant security benefits. First, you don’t have to be worried about staff in your building unsupervised. Similarly, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your cleaning and janitorial teams as your facility is much less likely to be a target when it is in the swing of things during the day. Finally, you can be sure that your facility is always properly secured instead of having to rely on your cleaning team to do it for you. As such, both from an energy and security point of view, having a day cleaning service can be a workable solution for many facilities.

Having your facility staffed during the day also offers some logistical advantages. For instance, you can have bathrooms supplies restocked as the day progresses meaning that no one will go without toilet paper.  This applies to having trashes emptied as well as the overall cleanliness of your building being maintained regardless of what is going on. Finally, having your cleaning and janitorial on site makes it easier to communicate and quickly address problems rather than the back and forth can plague the night cleaning and maintenance if communication isn’t optimal.

 

A Brief Overview of What You Stand to Gain

Here is a brief summary of the benefits of a day cleaning service:

  • More responsive, facility specific care as well as simplified communication
  • Considerably improved facility security
  • Substantial energy savings
  • Cleaning and maintenance staff become integrated with your own employees
  • Day cleaning makes employees happy and building relationship between cleaning teams and your people

 

Some Possible Drawbacks of Day Cleaning:

  • While day cleaning is often beneficial for any facility, it does present some practical considerations:
  • Day cleaning practices that don’t incorporate green cleaning practices can impact air quality in your facility
  • Day cleaning may disrupt workflow and other everyday activities if the staff isn’t well tuned to the facility
  • Commercial cleaning companies must e cognizant about chemicals, noisy equipment and other possible disruptions
  • Cleaners and other staff must be a good fit for the facility

 

Is Day Cleaning Disruptive?

While implementing an effective day cleaning service into your facility may pose some challenges and fix some problems, it isn’t the right solution for every facility. Many Facility Managers love the idea of all day cleaning but are rightly concerned about things such as noise. That being said, partnering with the right office cleaning company will mean that your staff and employees are much more likely to be a good fit. With cases like this, you cleaning staff will be an extension of your employees despite being contracted. Similarly, professional companies will use the right products such as low smell eco-friendly chemicals to promote successful daytime cleaning along with reduced noise vacuum cleaners. With these qualities, the right daytime commercial office cleaner won’t disrupt normal facility function.

 

The Beginning of a Successful Partnership

If you think that getting a day cleaning service could help keep your facility well maintained and clean, then you need to find the right company to do the work. Day cleaning has some specific benchmarks that need to be met in order to be successful, for instance: finding the right people, checks to insure that people in your facility are safe and trustworthy, comprehensive background and drug screening, as well as protective measures like employment verification and personality testing.

On the same side of the coin, any prospective cleaning company should have good people accompanied by solid training, products and equipment as well as the processes they use to keep everything running smoothly. Like every other professional business, the right commercial cleaning company will have a proven training system, responsive customer service, and top of the line cleaning equipment as well as competent management to deliver the best value to their customers.

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With Smart Cleaning

Posted by Mitch Hesson on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:37 PM

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Smart Cleaning, the Art of More With Less

Have you heard the joke about reduced budgets? The Facility Managers we talk to sure have. In fact, a study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything was last year. Ba dump bump! Budget cuts seem to be a recurring theme in many facilities. As the economy shifts faster that most of us can keep up with, individuals and businesses alike look to protect themselves against financial crisis by reducing spending and trimming costs wherever they think they can.

Regardless of the justification, the burden often ends up on you as a Facility Manager to get more work done for less money. Sometimes the numbers work out and sometimes they don’t and you simply have to live with being under resourced. That being said, commercial cleaning companies have come a long way in technological and logistical improvements and if they understand what you need and what you are up against, many of the bets Detroit cleaning companies can provide you a more efficient, more wallet friendly commercial cleaning service.

With the right commercial cleaning company, you can make sure that your facility is getting cleaned by skilled professionals while still working around significantly reduced budgets. Finding the right commercial cleaning company is the trick. Doing more with less is by no means a beginner’s game. This level of skill and professionalism to maximize your cleaning dollars is imperative and in staggeringly short supply. Many companies will try to make up for this lower level of competence by offering low prices. Don’t be fooled into partnering with such companies. If the work you need isn’t getting done, it doesn’t matter what your paying for it. To best maximize your budget, your commercial cleaning company is certainly going to have to make some cuts but they have to be smart cuts and that is where Smart Cleaning comes in.

 

Smart Cleaning, What It Is & Why You Are Going To Want It

Smart cleaning is a method of cleaning that strategically targets high traffic areas in your facility and prioritizes them while reducing service to areas that aren’t often use to create a more effective, less expensive cleaning plan. To effectively Smart Clean your building, your commercial cleaning company needs to have a comprehensive understanding of how your employees and tenants use your facility. Without this information, it is impossible to design a Smart Cleaning plan that will be any more effective than a cleaning service basically winging it. Smart Cleaning requires careful planning, customization and taking advantage of different industry innovations as well as a strong commitment from your commercial cleaning company. Those less critical services can be reduced and staggered in frequency reducing the total janitorial hours needed to maintain your facility, the goal being to cut back on non-essential services without the perception that your maintenance is suffering.

 

Technology's Impact on Smart Cleaning

The first tool your commercial cleaning company has to implement Smart Cleaning in your facility is the numerous innovations in the cleaning industry has to offer. Breakthrough techniques and equipment have cut down on overall cleaning times thereby reducing janitorial labor hours (the largest single cost in the industry), improved the quality of cleaning preformed and reduced the price of resources needed to do said cleaning. Such quality improvements like Boost floor cleaning machines, team cleaning, and HEPA filtration vacuum backpacks are all forward-minded innovations that will both save money and time allowing your cleaning company to reduce their own costs passing cost savings on to you the customer. These technological advances don’t happen by accident, however, you have to partner with a company that actively invests in themselves in order to provide their customers with the best possible cleaning experience regardless of budget.

 

Detroit Cleaning Companies That Are Up to the Challenge

If the words “Smart Cleaning” are not coupled with a detailed and well thought out plan, then they are little more than words. It is also important to recognize that you can’t just tell your commercial cleaning company to Smart Clean your facility and expect different results. Only you know what areas in your facility are high traffic and what can be implemented periodically and what cannot. When setting up a Smart Cleaning program there are a couple of factors to consider. First, will a Smart Cleaning program actually improve the quality and cost of cleaning in your Facility? Likewise, what things in your facility can be improved and what cannot without dramatically raising the cost of cleaning? Finally, with the number of companies of varying size in the market, which company is best suited to provide you with a professional cleaning service?

  

Transparent Pricing Is A Necessary Starting Point

When looking at prospective janitorial companies to partner with in order to secure a price range that fits your budget, you have to know exactly what service your getting and what said services will cost. This may seem like a straightforward thing, however, many companies will try to present you with not entirely clear pricing in order to make it tougher to compare prices or to obscure hidden upcharges. Either way, companies that present this type of pricing are inexperienced at best or malicious at worse and you won’t get the level of cleaning and responsiveness that you need out of them. A clear, detailed pricing plan is an indication that the company you are planning to partner with is professional and ready wiling and able to make your cleaning budget go further. It takes a level of competence that you simply won’t find in a company that quickly throws together a rough estimate of the cost of cleaning your facility.

  

Lowball Prices Should Come With Big Red Flags

We live in the land of the big bad basement bargain price, and it is often against our nature to turn down ever enticing low low prices. However, companies that consistently lowball their prices will not give you adequate coverage and the cleaning of your building needs. A good value is one thing, but very low prices, lower than most quotes are a large red flag for a couple of not so enviable problems. The first is cutting corners with your facility to reduce prices. Another is illegal hiring and subcontracting to overall reduce the price of their service by partaking in illegal staffing and payment processes. Finally, low prices are often a sign that you will be billed with hidden charges at some point during your partnership to make up for lost revenue. Remember, when you see a bid come in well below others, the first thing you should ask is how are they doing the work for so much less.If the math just doesn’t add up, move on.

 

Price & Value Are Not the Same & Cheap Isn’t Always the Bargain You Hope For

Price and value are not the same word. Real value stems from a commercial company that provides superior cleaning at an affordable price. If your building isn’t being adequately cleaned and serviced, it doesn't matter what your paying for it. Cheap cleaning is often ineffective cleaning and with your facilities reputation at risk, it is better to stay away from the cheapest cleaning bid and overly low janitorial bids that seem too good to be true. By Smart Cleaning and partnering with the right commercial cleaning company for your facility, you can have effective cleaning without destroying your budget. Steer away from the companies that offer the cheapest price and instead look for the company with the most experience so that they can help you optimize your budget and provide you with the best possible cleaning service.

  

You Can Have Reliable Cleaning Even on Reduced Budgets

As many Facility Managers are, you might be working with a less than ideal cleaning budget. That doesn't mean, however, that you can’t have an effective, professional, and reliable commercial cleaning service. The most experienced cleaning companies will always offer transparent pricing and can find ways to reduce the cost of cleaning while continuing to maintain a standard of cleaning in your facility you can not only live with but take some pride in. They will not use illegal subcontracting to artificially deflate prices and they will make use of innovative new processes and technologies to reduce cleaning time and price. Find a company that offers you solid service while working with not against your issues and you can limit the hit on both your budgets and your facility’s overall cleanliness.

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