When it comes to commercial office cleaning, there are usually two ways to manage the equipment and supplies. Your cleaning service may ask you if they can have a maintenance closet for their stuff, or they may bring it with them. There are pros and cons to each, but you may find one way more appealing than the other.
Storing Commercial Office Cleaning Equipment Onsite
If you already store cleaning supplies for the office in a supply closet, it is not that much of a stretch to put the cleaning service's equipment in there as well. The benefits to allowing the cleaning service to store their cleaning carts and machines in the closet are the following:
- Easy and convenient storage for the cleaners
- Protection of the equipment so that it does not get stolen or broken in transit by the cleaning crew
- Less time wasted hauling carts and machines in and out of the building and more time cleaning things that matter
Here are the drawbacks to allowing your cleaning service to store equipment in your supply closet:
- You have to give supply closet keys to the crew so they can access the closet when you are not there
- Waxing, buffing, and polishing equipment for the floors, along with the cleaning cart, takes up a lot of room
- The supply closet always smells like cleaning chemicals and garbage
Requiring the Cleaning Service to Haul in Their Own Equipment as Needed
The other way to manage your cleaning service's equipment is to request and require that the crew bring it with them every time. The benefits to making this request are as follows:
- You do not have to find space in your building or office for their equipment
- You do not have to worry about strange smells or chemical odors coming from the supply closet
- You do not have to supply the cleaners with keys to give them access to anything other than the front and back doors
Here are the drawbacks to not storing cleaning equipment and extra supplies for the cleaners:
- If the cleaners forget some supplies or machines they need, they cannot finish the cleaning tasks they would normally do
- If they break a machine or their machines are broken as a result of hauling them around, they cannot buffer, wax, or polish tile or stone floors
- If they run out of cleaning supplies, they have to leave tasks undone because they cannot make a supply run in the middle of their shifts.
If anything goes awry and the cleaning service is unable to finish the tasks because of problems with the machines or lack of cleaners, that is typically not billed to you. However, you will have to have the crew return to finish the job they started.