Tips & Advice
Are clients required to provide cleaning supplies?
In most cases, clients are not required to provide cleaning supplies when working with a commercial cleaning service. However, this can vary from company to company, and it's important that you pay close attention to the service contract to get a sense of whether the cleaning company will foot the bill for these supplies. Necessary cleaning supplies may include mops, brooms, vacuum cleaners, grout brushes, scrubbing sponges, bleach, and all-purpose degreasers.
Should customers expect to pay for a commercial cleaning service quote?
Most commercial cleaning companies offer free estimates, so customers should not typically have to pay for a quote. In many cases, the cleaning company will conduct a site visit to take a look at your property and get a sense of what will be required to complete the job. At the end of this visit, they'll provide a cost estimate for the task.
How are commercial cleaning services priced?
Pricing for commercial cleaning services can vary widely, with monthly charges running anywhere from $100 to more than $5,000. Some companies charge by the hour, while others have a fixed price for each cleaning. Costs will also vary depending on the size of the facility being cleaned; some companies charge by the square foot.
Do commercial cleaning services do background checks on all employees?
Commercial cleaning services typically do background checks on all employees, but you shouldn't take this as a given. If you're thinking about hiring a cleaning company, get confirmation that they perform employee background checks. Employees at cleaning companies have access to your property and valuables, so it's essential to work with a business whose employees have been screened for theft and other crimes.
Do commercial cleaners require service contracts?
Yes, most commercial cleaners will require you to sign a service contract. A basic contract should include the contact information for both parties, explain the services being provided, any timeline expectations, and payment amounts and due dates.
What types of services do commercial cleaning companies offer?
Commercial cleaning companies offer a wide range of services designed to help keep business facilities free of dirt and grime. Services range from dusting, disinfecting, mopping and vacuuming, to restroom cleaning and trash removal. Commercial cleaning companies can be hired to spruce up facilities such as offices, retail establishments, daycare centers, gyms, restaurants, car dealerships, movie theaters, and industrial complexes.
What supplies are needed for pool cleaning?
Essential pool cleaning supplies include a skimmer, pool brushes, a telescopic pool pole, and a vacuum. A water test kit is also essential, as it allows you to gauge the water quality and add solutions/chemicals as needed to balance the water. If you have a saltwater pool, you won’t add compound chlorine, but it will still require chemicals, as well as needing to be super-chlorinated (aka “shocked”) once a week.
What are the benefits of a saltwater pool?
The primary benefits of a saltwater pool are that the water is less harsh/irritating to skin and eyes than a chlorine-treated pool--and free of the chemical chlorine smell. Also, saltwater pools are less expensive upfront at the time of installation. (However, saltwater pools tend to be more expensive to maintain.) Saltwater pool still require regular upkeep--daily skimming, but they require less complex routines in terms of chemical monitoring and balancing. Weekly monitoring is just for three things: free chlorine, cyanuric acid stabilizer, and pH.
What is an automatic pool cleaner?
An automatic pool cleaner vacuums debris and dirt from the pool and brushes the surfaces clean. The basic models have a suction nozzle and a hose, and connect to the pool’s strainer basket and filter. These are suction-side or pressure-side pool cleaners. Robotic pool cleaners, which are used to clean larger pools, are self-contained and much more expensive. The appeal of all automatic pool cleaners is that they work with little to no human supervision.
How much does it cost to maintain a residential swimming pool?
Maintaining a residential swimming pool typically costs $150-$250 per month for DIY maintenance/cleaning. The cost of running the filter pump is additional. This increases by around $100-$200 a month for professional cleaning, and $100-200 if you need to keep it heated. If you only use your pool during certain seasons, it costs a few-hundred dollars to “open” it for the swimming season (a heavy clean and professional water balance).