The cornerstone of any business is cleanliness.
However, if you’re applying for a new job or meeting clients, it’s not only your personal look that matters! Trash, dirty restrooms, and an unclean environment reflect poorly your company.
Who would want to do business with an organization that can’t maintain a clean office? First impressions carry a tremendous amount of weight in the business world. Sometimes, you’ll need to call in a special set of cleaners to get the job done.
Hiring a cleaning service is a fantastic way to keep a clean, safe workplace with no hassle at all. But with so many different services around, it can be tough to choose the right fit for your company.
Keep reading to learn some tips on hiring the best industrial cleaning service in your area.
How to Hire The Right Industrial Cleaning Service
1. Ask For Recommendations
Word of mouth is still a very powerful tool. You can (and should) ask around to see if any friends or family members have experience hiring an industrial cleaning service.
If all else fails, turn to the Internet. Websites like Yelp and Google’s review system are great resources that put power in the hands of the consumer.
Before you start calling around, make a list of potential cleaning services you’d like to use.
2. Get Price Quotes From as Many Businesses as Possible
By now you should have a list of at least 5 or more companies that you’re comfortable calling. Call each cleaning service on your list and ask for a quote.
Most businesses will need a consultation in order to provide a more accurate quote. Try and schedule these consultations closer to the end of your hours of operation. That way, your cleaning service will know what to expect.
3. Know What Questions to Ask
Your list should be narrowed down to just 2 or 3 industrial cleaning service companies at this point. Now comes a more in-depth interview process, where you really get to know each company.
Here’s a list of questions you should ask each company to get a better feel for their ethics and practices:
- Who should I call in case of a problem or emergency?
- Does your cleaning crew have the proper insurance?
- Will a supervisor be present during cleanings, or are employees responsible for themselves?
- What services are and are not included in the estimate you provided?
4. Ask for Referrals
Sometimes a Yelp review just doesn’t tell the entire story. Ask your industrial cleaning service for a list of references who can vouch for their work.
This will allow for an in-depth discussion with current or past clients. Ask candid questions about the cleaning company’s services, and whether they’d recommend them.
Former clients, in particular, are one of the best resources at your disposal.
5. Draw up a Contract
Like in any other type of business agreement, you’ll want a legally binding contract of sorts. This contract doesn’t really need to be lengthy, but it should be all encompassing.
Be sure to include details about:
- Wages, including when payment will be received.
- Which party will be responsible for the cleaning products.
- When and how a job will get done.
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