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DIY vs Professional Cleaning Company vs In-House Cleaning

November 14, 2018

Having a clean office goes a long way in creating a good impression that will always last. In order to retain both your clients and employees, it is important that you go the extra mile to maintain a clean and healthy office environment.

There are definitely various ways of getting this done. Some business owners choose the do-it-yourself (DIY) method while others opt for hiring (and possibly training) their own in-house sanitation manpower. Others prefer contracting a professional office cleaning company. Either way, the job will be done, but which option should you really go with?

The option you choose will always depend on your needs. Each of the options has its own advantages and disadvantages. That you should consider before making a decision.

DIY Office Cleaning

You can decide to do it yourself if you have the time, skill, and equipment required. This is definitely something you can consider if you have a small office, probably less than 500 square feet, and are running on a tight budget.

Pros

The advantages of doing your own cleaning include the following:

  • You’ll save money.
  • You can pay better attention to your office when cleaning.
  • You can take better care of your personal items.
  • You don’t have to hire, train and pay cleaners.

Cons

  • Personally cleaning your own office is not suitable for a big office.
  • You incur the extra cost of buying the high-end office cleaning equipment.

Employing In-house Cleaners

Here, you carry out interviews, hire and train your own cleaning team. The individuals who will be cleaning are legally considered employees of your company, meaning that you’ll give them contracts. Most businesses rarely do this because it simply translates to running a small cleaning business as part of the larger organization.

However, it is something worth considering if you are operating large office spaces as well as other facilities such as sports arenas, airports, big learning institutions etc.

Pros

  • An in-house cleaning team is cheaper than a professional cleaning service.
  • You have control over the team due to direct supervision.
  • You build trust with your employees over time.
  • The quality of cleaning is much higher compared to that of commercial cleaners that deal with high turnovers.

Cons

  • There are obvious additional management duties involved.
  • You are responsible for buying and maintaining your own cleaning equipment.
  • Hiring your own cleaning staff means increased employment taxes from the state.
  • Increased insurance costs for general liability and possible compensations.

In general, running your own office cleaning unit might mean convenience but will put more financial pressure on your company.

Hiring an Independent Cleaning Company

This option is something worth considering if you have an office space between 500 and 10,000 square feet. The company you hire has their own trained staff under a payroll.

Pros

  • All things considered, you will save money and other management hustles with this option.
  • You can get tailored cleaning services suitable for your needs.
  • Higher quality cleaning of your office space. The service level agreements you will sign with the contractor will guarantee you a better cleaning job over a long period.
  • You’ll enjoy the latest technology in cleaning since these companies keep up with industry standards.

Cons

Even though there seem to be a lot of positives from contracting a professional cleaning company, you might also want to ponder over the following disadvantages.

  • Having strangers in the office can cause mistrust issues in your company. Since you have very little control over who is sent to clean your space, your employees and clients alike may start to feel inconvenienced and unsafe.
  • Lack of control over assignments since supervisors may assign different people all the time to clean your office.
  • The cleaning methods used may turn out to be unfriendly for your type of office. For example, some methods may be noisy and disruptive.

Considerations

Before choosing your preferred service, it is important to ask yourself a few questions concerning your budget, office size (in square feet), convenience, and probably the cleaning methods and time suitable for your office.

Looking at liabilities is also something worth considering. Mishaps happen during the cleaning process. Some companies may take the liability, while in some cases, you are left to deal with breakages and other damages that occur during the cleaning process. Keep in mind that sometimes investing in your own cleaning equipment and staff may be an unnecessary cost for one business yet a viable for another one. All in all, there’s no overlooking the importance of a clean office space. At least one of these must be suitable for you.

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