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Is Your Janitorial Cost Per Square Foot Priced Right?

This report shows cleaning costs for a dozen facility types. It also analyzes cleaning frequencies for 16 tasks and how they were affected by the pandemic

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Not since the Great Recession has an event re-shaped the cleaning industry like the coronavirus pandemic. In an effort to see how much COVID-19 impacted costs and frequencies, fnPrime, along with Contracting Profits, Facility Cleaning Decisions, and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), joined together to survey nearly 500 facility executives of a dozen-plus building types. 

This research outlines and analyzes current cleaning price-per-square-foot averages in commercial offices, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, healthcare facilities, stadiums, government buildings and more. 

For facility managers and directors, cleaning cost per square foot is one of the most important metrics of facility operations when benchmarking against other facilities. In addition, cleaning professionals can use this data to compare themselves to peers — whether it’s a BSC’s market price or an in-house department budget.

Cost per square foot is also broken out by geographical region as cost of living varies across the country, which affects pricing levels. 

The report also presents data for janitorial staffing levels, broken down into three distinct positions: night-time janitors, day porters or day-time janitors, and project workers such as window washers or floor stripping crew members. Data is shared based on facility size to help contractors and in-house departments determine appropriate staffing levels. 

Unlike the Great Recession when cleaning frequencies were cut drastically, the pandemic caused facility managers to request dramatic increases in tasks such as cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of common touchpoints and restrooms in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and make buildings safe for occupants. 

This report breaks down the frequencies for 16 cleaning tasks in six specific facility types: corporate office, multi-tenant office, K-12 school, college/university, hospital/long-term care facility, and government facility. 

The data is then analyzed to see how recent events have changed cleaning frequencies compared to results from three years ago, when facilities had fully recovered from the Great Recession and were back to normal cleaning schedules.

With this report, you’ll learn:

  • Cost per square foot for a dozen facility types
  • Cost per square foot broken out by region
  • Cleaning frequencies for 16 tasks specific to corporate offices, multi-tenant offices, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, healthcare facilities and government buildings 
  • Janitorial staffing levels based on facility square footage 

 
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