Professional Cleaning Services in Belleville
One of the steadiest service businesses going is also one of the most invisible. If you work in a Belleville office or store you’re probably used to coming in every morning and seeing clean carpets, empty ashtrays and freshly mopped woodwork. In fact, most Belleville stores and offices would be pretty dreary places to work if you didn’t see them sparkling clean every day.
The equipment you need to start this business is minimal: a good vacuum cleaner, mops, brooms, cleaning cloths, sponges, buckets and a few different types of detergents and grease-cutting fluids. If this list sounds familiar, it should. These are the same cleaning tools found in almost every household, and there’s no reason you can’t use what you already probably own – at least for starters.
There are several ways to acquire customers: small ads in your local Belleville newspaper, a listing in the Yellow Pages (under “Janitor Service” and/or “House Cleaning”), printed circulars. But the most effective way to get customers is through personal solicitation. Always remember that you are offering a service, and that means servicing your Belleville clients as well as their places of business.
One of the attractive features about starting this kind of cleaning business in Belleville is that the work is done at night. You could do the whole thing yourself, without any employees, during the trial period, and still keep your day job. When you are ready to hire people in Belleville, you have a rich source of employees from college students who want part-time work after classes, as well as men and women who want to supplement their incomes but can only work at night.
Belleville Janitorial Services
What to do when cleaning a window? What tools are we supposed to use? Did you leave streaks when washing your window? How do the professional cleaners do it? Dust particles are just sitting there in our window. It can cause asthma and allergies. It isn't right to just let it sit there.
Before anything else, let us take a look at the history of the most popular glass cleaning tool, the squeegee.
The History of the Squeegee
A squeegee is a tool with a flat and smooth rubber blade. It was first used as a wooden bladed tool with long handles by fishermen to scrape fish blood, scales, and to push water off the boat deck.
During the 20th century, people needed a more efficient tool for cleaning windows. That's when the window squeegee was invented. The first squeegee used by the professional window cleaners was a heavy "Chicago squeegee". It is a bulky tool with two heavy rubber blades and 12 screws.
How to Clean Your Window
1. Using a washer, wash the window with your preferred choice of cleaning solution.
2. Wipe the surface with a squeegee. There are different wiping motions when using a squeegee: the left to right motion and the most commonly used is the fan method.
3. As you wipe along, clean the rubber blades with a lint free cloth.
4. Then clean the window with a cleaning cloth, recommended is a chamois cloth.
Remember, check to see if the materials you are going to use has no defects. A poorly made squeegee can scratch your window, which can cause you tons of money. Wiping your window doesn't help in cleaning. It will only push the dirt to the corner. If you don't have time to clean your windows, contact your local window cleaners.
Amicable Working Environment Through Office Cleaning
Most people don't bother with cleaning their office partitions on a regular basis, if at all. They might assume that the office cleaners who come in after hours will do it. But one day, one of your employees may begin complaining of dust in the office or you might be having a very important client visit the office - it's at times like these that you may find yourself looking at your office partitions and wishing you could clean them thoroughly.
Begin by removing any dust and dirt from the partition with a dry cloth. Make sure to vacuum the dirt out of the office carpet once you are finished. It is also a good idea to run a vacuum, with the brush or upholstery attachment securely in place, over the partition walls themselves to get any dust you may have missed.
To finish, some people like to spray their office partitions with a fabric or upholstery stain protector. This will help to prevent future stains and dust from gathering, keeping your office partitions looking as good as new.
Office Cleaners in Belleville
You've bought all your cleaning supplies and equipment, told everyone you know that you have started a cleaning business and now you are ready to start bidding on jobs and getting down to work. So your next step is to meet with potential clients and put together a bid for their cleaning services. But how do you know what to charge for cleaning your potential client's building?
Start off by remembering that you are in business to make a profit and earn a living. Sometimes the tendency is to price our services low in order to get our foot in the door. Pricing your services too low may mean you will end up working for very little per hour. And more importantly, will have little left over to reinvest in the growth of your company. There are cleaning companies that charge more than others and have all the work they can handle and there are companies that have lower fees yet are struggling to find work! Don't sell yourself short or you will not be able to earn a living off your cleaning business.
The rates for commercial cleaning vary widely depending upon the area you live. Hourly rates are anywhere from $15 to $40 per hour depending on the type of services that you provide, whether or not you're doing the work yourself, and your company's overhead and expenses. Monthly square footage rates could run anywhere from $.05 to $.20 per square foot depending on the type of building you are cleaning and the frequency of cleaning. You'll be able to bid a higher square footage price for medical facilities versus office buildings due to more specialized cleaning needs. You'll likely bid a lower square footage price for large buildings versus small buildings. For example, you may bid $.08 per square foot for a 50,000 square foot building versus $.12 per square foot for an 8,000 square foot building.
* Determine your labor cost for cleaning the building one time.
* Determine your monthly labor cost to clean the building.
* Estimate a monthly cost for supplies. This will be a fairly low figure, perhaps 1 or 2% of monthly sales.
* Be sure to add in a profit margin!
Add up the figures and you will come up with your monthly cost. If you have access to a bidding calculator you will be able to put in a series of numbers and come up with a price. A bidding calculator will also show what profit you can expect to make. It is also advisable to add a first time cleaning charge. This is usually an hourly rate of perhaps $20 - $25 an hour. The first time you go through a building it will take longer and you may find the previous cleaning service may have left dirt in cracks and crevices that you will have to clean the first time through.
Once you have your price established, put your bid packet together. Your bid packet should specify what you are responsible for and what the client is responsible for (buying their own trash can liners, restrooms supplies, etc.). It should also include the monthly charge for cleaning services, how long the agreement is for, and the procedure to cancel the contract if either party is unhappy.
It is important to learn how to price your cleaning services so your customers know you are providing a professional service at a realistic price and so that you make a profit. After all, if you do not make a profit you won't stay in business very long!
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