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Hiring a cleaner? What to look for in a professional cleaner

23 September 2013

Hiring a professional cleaner can seem like a daunting task. With a huge range of companies and services to choose from, how can you be sure you are hiring the correct people for the job? Here are a few things to look for to ensure you choose the right cleaners for the task at hand.

Services Provided: The first job is to determine the tasks you need your cleaner for. Do you have any tasks which will require more specialised equipment, such as chewing gum removal or dry ice cleaning? Finding out if a company provides all the services you require will save you the time and money of hiring the wrong one!


Company Reputation and Experience: In an industry where company reputations are built on good relationships with clients, you can expect a business with many years of experience to get the job done! Any established company will be more than happy to provide you with an extensive list of satisfied professional references.

Staff Screening: A reputable cleaning company will have strict staff screening procedures in place. This is especially important as employees will often be left unsupervised. Reassurance that the cleaners you employ are honest and trustworthy will help give you peace of mind.

Cost: Hiring a cleaning company may be cheaper than having your own staff do the work! Cleaning is an extremely competitive industry. As a result of this, many companies will be open to negotiation in order to win a lucrative contract. Signing an extended contract is another way of ensuring that you get the best deal possible as discounts will often be offered. Getting quotes from multiple companies and shopping around will help you save money. Some companies will offer a flat rate per room cleaned. This can result in extra charges being added on, so make sure you ask first!

Insurance: It is important to check that the company you hire are insured. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and if one does happen in your workplace then the last thing you want is liability. Make sure to ask the company about this as you don’t want to end up paying compensation!

Written by Mark Enright from Chemical Products (www.chemicalproducts.net), a commercial and industrial cleaning company