3 Reasons You Should Not Hire A Commercial Cleaning Franchise


When interviewing a potential commercial cleaning provider for your office or building it is important to look past marketing materials and the person who represents the cleaning company. When gathering bids from janitorial firms it is likely that one or more of your estimates will come from a cleaning franchise. So, should you hire a janitorial cleaning franchise or a local privately owned commercial cleaning company? Whether it is a Franchise or a locally owned cleaning company, they both have their own unique set of core values and track records. Here are three reasons why you should not hire a commercial cleaning franchise.


1. Cleaning times and Production Rates

Cleaning times are better known as production rates in the commercial cleaning industry. A production rate determines the number of hours the company will spend cleaning your facility. This calculation usually determines not just the quality of cleaning you receive, but the consistency at which the cleaning company performs the tasks they were contracted to do. Janitorial Franchises don’t use their own employees and have no way of knowing or controlling how many hours are actually spent cleaning. The Franchisor determines the price, but it will be up to the franchisee to determine how many hours they will spend cleaning your facility. This means you will typically receive less hours of cleaning from a franchise than you would from a locally owned cleaning company.


Privately owned companies hire their own employees and can monitor their hours to make sure they are spending sufficient time cleaning. According to federal trade commission Janitorial Franchisees typically pay half of what the contract generates in revenue to the Franchisor in fees. Janitorial Franchises do not profit by spending more hours cleaning your facility. Franchises profit by selling your contract and collecting fees from the franchisees.


The graphic below illustrates where your janitorial cleaning dollars will go.