When you run a business, there are so many things to manage. It may seem like a no brainer and cost-saver to have your employees pull double duty and be responsible for keeping your business tidy. Why can’t employees clean up at the end of the night, and save you the time and money associated with hiring a janitorial cleaning service? The truth is, there are many reasons why your employees shouldn’t be doing your janitorial work.
4 Reasons Why your Employees Shouldn’t be Doing your Janitorial Work
- Home Cleaning is Not the Same as Commercial Cleaning Sure, all of your employees have experience cleaning their own homes (we hope). But that does not translate to cleaning commercial spaces. There are far fewer people in a home than in an office, and the added employees and customers means more dirt and germs. Plus, the types of janitorial equipment needed and commercial cleaning products required vary greatly from a home setting. The bottom line is: knowing how to clean your house does not mean you are qualified to clean an office.
- Employees Cleaning Does Not Save Money While it may seem like you’re saving money by having your employees clean your business, it’s likely costing you more. Since your employees aren’t used to this type of janitorial work, they can’t work at the speed of a commercial cleaning company, so hour-by-hour, you’re likely paying more to do it in-house. Plus, your employees may not be covered under your insurance if they damage your equipment or hurt themselves while doing cleaning that is outside their regular scope of work. Workers’ compensation lawsuits can cost a lot of money, so why take the risk?
- Commercial Cleaning Products and Equipment Require Training Even if your employees are trying their hardest to clean at work, they’re naturally behind the eight-ball. That’s because using industrial, commercial grade cleaning products and equipment requires special training. You would have to spend time and money not only training your employees at the beginning, but also educating them on new cleaning techniques and technology over time. It’s safer for them, and for your business, to hire a janitorial crew who can properly handle these items from the start.
- No Skills with ‘Deep Cleaning’ It’s highly unlikely that your employees, even if they’re incredibly tidy, know how to descale a bathroom, work with vinyl composition tile (VCT), or remove embedded carpet stains. While they may be aces at straightening things up, there is a lot of detailed deep cleaning that regularly needs to be done in a professional setting.
At the end of the day, you’ll have a lot more to manage, at a higher cost, and with a lesser degree of success if you’re asking your employees to complete the cleaning tasks meant for a janitorial service. It’s worth it to hire a commercial cleaning company to save you time, money and a lot of headaches. And, more than likely, your employees will thank you, too.