What factors does a business need to consider when looking for cheap office cleaning that will still do an acceptable job? It may help to make a list of what cleaning services are essential in your office to use as a checklist when you are comparing cleaning companies.
Most businesses will want to ensure that their premises are clean, tidy and comfortable and germ free places in which their staff can work and where they can entertain their clients and customers.
But with business overheads always a considerable factor in the success of any operation a company is likely to want to keep costs down without compromising on quality.
You will also want to know how flexible can the company be. Can it fit around your office activity and will it be able to alter its schedule if you need it to?
The way the cleaning company deals with your requests, its record keeping and responses to your questions will give some indication. Perhaps ask to speak to another satisfied customer to get an idea. A reputable company should not have a problem with putting a potential new client in touch directly with an existing customer.
It is important to establish what services the cleaning company offers as part of the package and what comes as an optional extra. You would expect to have all surfaces from desk tops to floors cleaned and tidied, but it may be worth asking whether cleaning and disinfecting equipment such as computer keyboards, telephones, tablets and photocopiers is included.
Increasingly, businesses want to ensure that the materials the cleaning company will use are not likely to affect staff who suffer from allergies. Equally, many businesses now have environmental policies that are about minimising waste and not polluting the environment. Using natural products can also prolong the life of office furniture unlike the harsher chemicals used in non-green products.
Using natural products could be an important feature when assessing a new cleaning company. Similarly, understanding how to clean expensive IT, printer/copier and telephone equipment correctly, to keep it germ free and protect its performance is becoming increasingly important and demonstrating this would add another specialism to the cleaning service.
All this information should be included in the company’s literature and on its website and should be easy for potential customers to find.
You may also want to know whether the cleaning company has public liability and professional indemnity insurance, not only to protect third parties from accident but also to ensure it is covered if any client property should be damaged.