When things get busy and you have a business to run, cleaning your office or commercial space is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about. To help you keep your office, retail or commercial space looking clean for your customer and employees, hiring a commercial cleaning company is your best option. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of individuals and companies offering their services as “commercial cleaners” whether it’s in the local newspaper, on Kijiji or on a local bulletin board. While most cleaners will do an adequate job, not all commercial cleaners and commercial cleaning companies are created equal. Below we have outlined 3 things that you should know before you hire a commercial cleaning company for your business.
1. Are They Trustworthy?
When you hire a commercial cleaner, most often you will be giving them access to your office or workspace so that they can clean during off-peak hours for your business. For example, most offices are open 9-5 or something similar and therefore, a commercial cleaning company will be given access to enter the office and clean most often after 6pm. Much like giving someone the keys to your home, you want to make sure that you can trust the people that will have access to your work space. Cleaners could have access to sensitive documents or dangerous, expensive equipment in your office, warehouse or retail store so it’s important to know that you can trust those that you have hired. Many commercial cleaners will be bonded and this will give you a level of confidence, knowing that they are trustworthy.
2. Are They Insured?
Online classifieds websites are notorious for people being able to post services that they offer and many look almost too good to be true because the prices are so low. There’s currently no law against someone posting an ad and offering their services as a cleaner, but that doesn’t mean that they have everything that they should have in order to be working as a commercial cleaner. Liability insurance is an important part of hiring any contractor to work at your location. The safety and financial security of your business could be at risk, if there were an accident by a cleaner who was not properly insured to be working in this manner.
3. Are They Professional?
Simple things like showing up and completing the work on time, doing the work properly and treating your property with care are all important aspects when hiring a commercial cleaning company. Just because a company offers you the lowest price doesn’t mean that they are the best fit. On the other hand, you may pay slightly more to work with a professional cleaning company but in the long-term, the extra expense will be well worth it.
If in doubt, ask a prospective commercial cleaning company to provide references to some of their current clients. They are the best people to talk to and you will be able to get a good sense of their work, skill and experience by asking the right questions. If a company isn’t able to provide references, perhaps you should consider looking elsewhere as this might be a red flag.