The onset of spring is traditionally a time of starting fresh and is the perfect time for office spring cleaning. It also provides a good opportunity for property managers to reassess their buildings' cleaning and janitorial needs.
When choosing a janitorial company, the ability to maintain a clean working environment is indisputably the No.1 priority. But there are other factors to consider when deciding which company to select.
"Building managers should also consider a company's hiring practices, benefits, training, quality control measures, supervision and management," said Ray Magnussen, principal of San Diego Services.
Managers should also look for standardization processes that keep the quality of service consistent.
"One of the top issues property managers consider in regards to janitorial service is consistency," said Alan Wagemester of GMI Building Services Inc. "When choosing a janitorial provider, it's important to find a company that utilizes systemization and standardization methods to ensure the same results time after time. Training each staff member to be specialized in a particular service is just one way a janitorial company can achieve this goal."
Along with choosing a company with the right qualifications, a building owner is also faced with finding ways to keep the cost of janitorial services down. According to Magnussen, it is important for the property manager and janitorial contractor to work as a team to review all aspects of cleaning and determine the building's service needs.
In order to lower costs, cleaning during the day as opposed to after office hours is becoming popular in commercial buildings. According to Magnussen, this not only lowers costs by requiring less energy to keep the building lit after hours, but also maintains tighter building security and promotes better communication between janitors and tenants to ensure proper service of daily needs. Recent technology is also impacting the efficiency of janitorial service.
"Cleaning chemicals continue to improve floor care and floor appearance as well as reduce pollutants to the environment," Magnussen said. "There are also new technologies for wastewater recovery to help with the exterior cleaning of the buildings."
Many times janitorial companies offer less-known services that can help make office life easier. According to Magnussen, many companies can provide dish washing, window washing, floor care, carpet cleaning, recycling assistance, post-event cleaning, construction cleanup and pressure washing in addition to more standard services.
With a diverse selection of services to keep a building spotless, property managers have more reason than ever to explore the abilities of a janitorial service provider.