Janitorial service provider companies send a crew of janitors to offices, schools, factories, etc., regularly to keep them cleaned and well maintained. The U.S. market of Janitorial service companies is worth over 77 billion U.S. dollars. A report suggests that the market has shown steady progress in the last decade. Unlike commercial cleaning, janitorial service includes regular cleaning, recycling, removal of garbage, etc. Amidst COVID-19 sanitizing workplaces regularly is very important; thus, sanitizing is also included in the services. From when the Covid has started the workload is increased too much for them.
Impact of COVID-19 on Janitorial services
Cleaning services such as Janitorial services were based in developed countries like the U.S.A. before COVID 19 hit the world. The demand for such services has increased even in developing countries like India. A report by MEFMA (Middle East Facility Management Association) showed that there had been a 95% rise in the market post-COVID-19 in the middle east countries. With an increase in demand and market size, competition has also increased amongst janitorial service providers. To survive in the market and ensure a safe virus free environment during COVID, few necessary changes had to be made by the companies. Mainly for those who are working in the hospitality area. Some of the changes are:
- Prioritizing regular sanitization.
- Using Advanced products like electrostatic sprayers, janitorial software to streamline the process of cleaning, antimicrobial lights, air purifier, etc.
- Wearing mask, gloves, and if needed, a PPE kit also.
- Need to increase in the quality of the product, like sanitizer, washers etc.
- Always have to keep a safe distance from the others.
Difference Between Janitorial services and Commercial cleaning
The main difference between Janitorial and commercial cleaning is that janitorial services need to be provided regularly. In contrast, commercial cleaning is a one-time process whose requirement frequency is much lower than that of Janitorial services. While Janitorial services include day-to-day cleaning tasks, commercial cleaning includes bigger tasks such as cleaning grout, tiles, hard floors, furniture, etc. Commercial cleaning also includes washing of windows and overall power washing.
The Expense of Janitorial Services
The standard price range for janitorial services in the U.S. is from 0.08 dollars to 0.16 dollars per square foot of area. For example, a Janitorial service company charges 150 dollars per month for a weekly cleaning that includes dusting, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, removing trash, etc.
Janitorial companies have various methods of charging money; it depends on the total area to be cleaned, number of bathrooms, number of jobs to be done, number of people needed in the crew, and frequency of required cleaning. A daily cleaning might cost 3600 dollars per month while it will cost 65 dollars for one visit a month for the same job.
Post-COVID-19 offices need to maintain strict hygiene and cleanliness to protect their employees and others coming into the office. Thus, Janitorial services have become a necessity for offices.