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Friday, December 19, 2014

Question

I have to bid out floor care maintenance for about 25 convenience stores that I manage, ranging from 750-1500 sq. ft. of flooring that will require cleaning. I need the VCT to be buffed and polished every 6 weeks and I need the carpets steam cleaned every quarter (back offices). The carpets range from 100-500 sq ft and the VCT ranges from 500-1200 sq ft. I need to know what I can expect to be charged per sq. ft. for each of these surfaces, on average, so I can properly evaluate these bids. Obviously being a convenience store, the traffic and wear & tear on the floors is moderate to heavy.


Answer

Normally, when an account is relatively small, the potential contractor must take into consideration a minimum trip charge along with travel time. In your area, we often see minimums for regular route work in the $69-$89 range. Without volume, the minimum could run considerably more. A good cleaning and propane buff might only take 40 minutes, but the travel and set up time would preclude bidding by the square foot.
In the case of carpet care, if the contractor was already there, expect to see a minimum on carpet of around $49.
However, keep this in mind regarding floor care in a convenience store. Floors cannot be buffed indefinitely without the floor finish eventually disappearing. It is unlikely it could go more than six months without a scrub and recoat. This would probably take 3-4 hours and run $150 - $250.
During the selection process, ask about references, experience, equipment, crews, capabilities and insurance coverage. Remember, the cheapest is not always the best.

Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com