Commercial cleaning consists of a contract of service for a business. Usually, businesses that will contract a cleaning company include the following places:
- high-rise building
- data centres
- medical facilities
- government facilities
Scope of Cleaning
There are various cleaning scope of work depending on the size and focus of the business owners. Generally, it will include internal and general areas for basic janitorial cleaning to deep cleaning for specialized facilities like server room.
General cleaning includes cleaning of these areas:
- Floor cleaning
- Partition walls
- Window cleaning
- Dining areas
There can be addition work required depending on the business nature. Special cleaning for cleanroom and pharmaceutical production area are such place that require very specialise cleaning.
Some company also provide very labour-intensive cleaning. Such includes post construction cleaning, which cleaners will have to clear all the debris, after construction waste items and dust. Not every company can do such kind of heavy cleaning. The employee of the company needs to be strong and healthy to work in such high demand work place.
Integrated Facilities Management
Some cleaning company provide an integrated approach to cleaning. This can be very efficient for building that is currently contracting a list of contractors to do the facility cleaning. With integrated facilities management contract, property owner can manage all services under one contract. This way, the property management just must liaise with one company instead of several contractors. This also makes life easier for contact and accountability.
Such kind of integrated facility management service include the followings:
- Building cleaning services
- Waste management service
- Office space management
- Pest control
- Landscaping services
- Hazardous material handling & disposal
- Building security
Other services may include:
- Air-conditioning services
- Indoor and outdoor air quality control
- Temperature control
- Preventive / predictive maintenance
- Lift maintenance
- Power system control
- Fire alarm system maintenance
- Sprinkler system maintenance
- Building automation system (BAS)
- Security & card access
The list can be endless. For large commercial area like the airport can require a new set of cleaning task. The cleaning industry will continue to evolve to include more complex task for the bio and the IT businesses as the world has gone digital.
Hiring a Cleaning Company
For hiring of good cleaning contractors, a business will normally look for a proven track record in the history of the company. Other than the capability, the business may require a large workforce to support the demand. Small cleaning company usually lack the manpower to backup the demand of large organization. Small businesses will demand for best contract rate, which may force small businesses out of the market. The cleaning business is indeed a very challenging business to start in the first place.