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5 Things to Think About Before Choosing a Commercial Office Cleaning Company

by Marta Jordan Writer
Dirty offices havebeen known to be breeding grounds for many different kinds of bacteria, even before the pandemic, but most employees had learned to live with it. There was an unspoken understanding that sharing a space with so many other people meant being exposed to all kinds of bacteria and viruses. This was just a risk we were all willing to take in order to provide for our families. Perhaps this was why the cost of absenteeism in Australia was estimated at being $7 billion per year!

But after the pandemic hit, a clean working environment is no longer something to treat as an afterthought. Now, employees expect to come back to a workplace that has a COVIDsafe plan in place, that values their health and has an increased focus on maintaining office hygiene and cleanliness.

To do so, it is important for businesses to bring commercial office cleaning services on board. But not just any professional cleaning service will do. Read on to find out the most important factors to consider when choosing a commercial office cleaning company:

1. Experience

There’s no substitute for experience gained over several years working in different industries. Choose a cleaning company that has more than 10 years of experience, as it will be more likely to be able to respond to your needs. It will also have staff that is better trained, have a greater number of satisfied customers and the amount of years they’ve spent doing what they do is a testament to their skill and reliability.

2. Flexibility

You don’t want the cleaning of the premises to interfere with your day-to-day activities. Employees should be able to get their work done without having to deal with the sound of a vacuum cleaner whirring away. The commercial office cleaning service you choose should be flexible enough to work around your business hours. Whether you choose to get the premises cleaned early in the morning before your employees head in to work or after everyone has left the building, the company you choose should be willing to accommodate your requirements. This can help minimise unnecessary downtimes and unproductivity.

Additionally, a flexible commercial cleaning company will be able to adapt to your changing requirements during COVID-19. With people working from home and fluctuations of attendance in the office, your commercial cleaning provider should be able to adjust their routines and time cleaning to accommodate your changing business needs. 

3. Trustworthiness

How trustworthy is the company you’re hiring? Because the cleaners are likely to be working on your facility alone, it is important to know you can trust the company with your belongings. Look for references, testimonials and reviews of the company you are considering, and get in touch with previous or current clients to learn more about how they operate and the level of trust their customers put in them. If people are truly happy with the performance of their cleaning service, they won’t mind spending a few minutes confirming this fact to you.

It’s also important that your cleaning company is properly vetting all employees working at your site. Check with management that the cleaning operatives have undergone the relevant checks, which can include police checks, Working with Children, Rights to Work, qualification and employment history verification. This vetting process is essential to ensure only the most responsible and professional people are working for you, safeguarding your employees and patrons.

4. Value for money

Every cleaning company operates differently and what may be included in the package of one company may not be included in another’s. Take time out to go over every quote and ask the companies for breakdowns of their quotes. Try to be absolutely sure of what you are getting when you pay for a service to avoid any nasty surprises when you are billed. 

It is also important to remember that cheap is not always good. Many companies which seem to charge more use better quality cleaning products, invest more money in training their staff and have a larger focus on your, your employees and their own staff’s safety. Dig deeper and choose value for money over the cheapest option.

5. Eco-Friendliness

Many cleaning products and disinfectants are very harmful to the environment. Today, more and more companies are moving towards a more eco-friendly mode of cleaning by switching to environmentally-friendly cleaning products. If your company is trying to go green, ask the cleaning company to provide you with a list of the products they use, their ingredients, toxicity levelsand disposal methods. You should be able to choose a completely green clean if you so wish.

Schedule an Interview

Never choose any service based on their marketing and promotions. It is important to go behind the scenes and personally talk to representatives of the company to find how they can best help you and cater to your specific needs. In this interview, you can find out more about the company, the cleaning practices they adopt, how they can customise their packages to suit you and any other questions you may have. Most service providers will be more than happy to sit down with you to better understand what you’re looking for and how they can serve you.

Ultimately, the commercial office cleaning company you choose will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, size of your facility, the kind of services you want, whether your industry needs to follow certain health and safety codes and more. But the above five tips can help you shortlist the company you want to work with.


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