The short answer is yes. Unless you are in the business of commercial cleaning, all businesses should strongly consider utilizing an outside cleaning service. That may sound very self-serving coming from a cleaning service, but there are some very important reasons why we feel confident saying this. The two most significant being cost and impact to the environment.
The Cost of Cleaning Supplies, Labor and Liability
Depending on your business, the cost of cleaning supplies may not seem like much but, like every other nominal cost your business pays, the small things begin to add up. Cleaning services purchase cleaning supplies in bulk at a reduced cost and those savings are passed on to you.
When handling the cleaning in-house, the labor involved in the process of getting cleaning supplies all the way up to the actual task of cleaning is likely a more substantial cost than you realize. Why? Because more often than not, the rate of pay for the employee you have hired to do the cleaning is higher than the rate of pay for those who perform janitorial related tasks. Chances are, it will also generally take your employee longer to complete the task than it would for a dedicated team of industry experts.
The work required to perform janitorial services may seem simple when, in reality, it is not. Employees that are not properly trained to clean exposes you to real liability. Individuals that perform janitorial tasks must be thoroughly trained in best practices and safety, according to OSHA standards. While you may not see a cost each month, the reality is that you increase your risk of potential liability when you have your own employees do the cleaning.
Efficient Cleaning That Protects the Environment
Beyond using environmentally friendly cleaning products, it is important to have cleaning practices that are environmentally focused. The idea is to reduce the amount of waste created when performing cleaning tasks. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, one of which includes scheduling less labor-intensive cleanings on a more frequent basis in order to reduce the exposure of cleaning supplies to the work environment. More frequent cleanings reduce the need for longer, deep clean sessions. An organized cleaning strategy and pre-planning also help to reduce waste by eliminating redundancy and excessive use of cleaning supplies per cleaning session. This increase in efficiency ultimately leads to an increase in productivity, maximizing your return on investment. In every instance, the idea of less is more provides benefit to businesses, individuals and the environment.