How to Compare Commercial Cleaning Services Quotes


If you own your own business and are looking for a janitorial company, its helpful to know how to compare janitorial quotes. It goes without saying that price is important, but you also want to hire a reputable company that can provide quality janitorial services. If you’ve gotten quotes from 3 different cleaning companies you should have a reliable way of picking out the best company from the bunch. Your immediate impulse is to hire the one with the lowest price, but the company you liked came in higher. So, which company do you pick? Here’s a simple approach to help you choose the right commercial cleaning service.

1) Lower pricing can mean less time spent cleaning:

Janitorial pricing is largely based on cleaning times. Cleaning companies determine price by calculating how long each job will take to complete. If the company estimates that the service will take 3 hours to complete the job, the price is based on three hours of labor. But, is three hours of labor enough to get the job done properly?

Cleaning companies know they have to keep their prices low to be competitive and win contracts. They often underestimate cleaning times so they can price their jobs competitively. But, this can backfire once the job gets started. When pricing is too low, the staff can’t get their work done properly in the allotted time. They tend to cut corners and rush the job. The cleaning company can’t afford to pay their staff for more hours because the job won’t be profitable. Quality suffers because not enough time is being spent cleaning the facility.

Takeaway #1: Less cleaning time leads to poor results. Make sure you ask the cleaning company to include the number of hours they have budgeted for your job.

2) Lower pricing can mean less expensive cleaning equipment and supplies:

When jobs are priced too low, cleaning companies are forced to cut corners wherever they can. One area that won’t be obvious to the business owner is the use of less expensive equipment and supplies. Companies can’t invest in better equipment and often skimp on important things like laundry services (for soiled towels and mops). They tend to buy off the shelf, less expensive, cleaning supplies instead of commercial grade cleaning products.

Takeaway #2: Cleaning companies bidding too low are forced to use less expensive equipment and supplies, which can lead to poor results.