Your small business isn’t just a job, it’s a part of you, and likely a vital part of your community as well — small businesses create good jobs, keep resources in the community, and provide both you and your team the opportunity to find meaning and satisfaction in your work. Finding partners who take your business as seriously as you do can be tough — after all, hiring a vendor, support professional, or service provider can feel like a guessing game, where you never quite know what you’re going to get.
Finding the right cleaning service for your small business can be difficult, and it’s critical to get it right. Your office is your public face, after all, and a clean, professional space says a lot about your business to potential clients and employees. And a clean office is about more than making a great first impression — working with the right commercial cleaning partner can help to make sure you and your employees stay healthy and productive, preventing contamination or bacterial or viral outbreaks from sweeping through the office. Relying on reviews and online ratings is helpful, but these can be misleading or even deceptive. After all, you wouldn’t hire a new employee based on a resume and references alone; why choose a business partner that way? Asking questions — the right questions — can ensure that you are choosing the right cleaning company to work with your small business.
Question 1: Ask About The Products They Use
In the same way you want to find employees who are passionate about their area of expertise, you want your commercial cleaning partner to be passionate about every aspect of what they do. If your commercial cleaning candidate isn’t able to discuss the pros and cons of different products, and explain why they make the choices they do, they may not be the partner for you. On the other hand, a commercial cleaner who can thoroughly discuss different products, and demonstrates thoughtful consideration about the choices they’ve made, will probably bring that level of care to your business.
What’s more, choosing a company that uses eco-friendly, green cleaning products when possible means you’re getting a partner who is committed to safety and sustainability, and who will extend your values to every aspect of your business.
Question 2: Ask About Best Practices
Getting it right when it comes to hygiene and safety has never been more important. Covid-19 didn’t just change our perceptions of how we interact, it raised awareness about the importance of surface and airborne virus transmission like nothing before it. Choosing a cleaning partner who understands the high-risk areas in your office — and has a plan to keep them safe and clean — is essential to the health and safety of your employees and customers.
Understand your commercial cleaner’s plan to keep areas like kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms safe and disease free before you get started, and do your homework to make sure that that plan complies with the latest guidance from OSHA, the CDC, and local health authorities. The worst time to learn that your sanitation plan wasn’t up to par is after an outbreak, so doing your due diligence, and relying on your commercial cleaning company to give you a safe, compliant plan, is essential.
Question 3: Ask About Licensing And Insurance
Part of protecting your small business is ensuring that any partners you bring on board are going to keep your company safe from liability. Your prospective commercial cleaning service should be able to show proof of insurance and that they are fully licensed. Asking to see their general and workers compensation certificates is a great way to confirm that you’re making the right decision.
Question 4: Ask How They Set Their Rates
This question might seem counter-intuitive. After all, your cleaner will provide a quote for your job, why does understanding how they set their rates make a difference? The answer is that how your cleaning service sets their rates can tell you something about how they’re operating. A rate that’s too low should raise as many red flags as one that’s too high — it may suggest subpar working conditions for employees or a company that cuts corners, neither of which will help your small business in the long run.
In addition, understanding how your commercial cleaning partner sets their rates can help you to understand what to expect if your needs grow and change over time. This information can help you choose a service and plan for your business as it changes.
Sweeping Dimensions Is Here To Keep Your Chicagoland Small Business Safe, Healthy, And Productive
Whatever challenges lie ahead, you can rest assured that Sweeping Dimensions Cleaning Service will always be here to help.
Our cleaning experts can tackle the little things, so you and your colleagues can remain safe and secure, no matter what life brings. Our teams of professionally trained cleaners offer flexible time windows, unparalleled attention to detail, and can bring all of the cleaning supplies needed to sanitize your home or workplace.
We can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most — while staying safe and healthy, at every step of the way.
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