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Friday, October 09, 2015


We are bidding on a Target store in Alberta, Canada that is about 120,000 sq. ft. with about 100,000 sq. ft. of shelving. They want a price on the final clean before move-in. They are after a hospital clean. Can you give me an idea about what to charge per sq. ft., or what other Target store post construction cleans have been done for?


Since I have no idea of what exactly needs to be done or what you intend to do it with, I can’t offer any accurate pricing.
You must list what they need done and set a production rate for doing it. Then, you can figure labor rates (with burden) and factor in other business related costs and your desired profit.
For example, ISSA’s 540 Cleaning Times says that dust mopping 1000 sq. ft. with a 30” head will take 6 minutes. Multiply 6 by 120 and you get 720 minutes or 12 man-hours for that task.
On the other hand, if you use a wide area vac, you can move much faster, but you may need to damp mop as well, or, possibly, they want the tile finished. What is required?
The dusting with a treated cloth will take (ISSA times again) 20 man-hours at 5000 sq. ft. per hour. Using a duster will cut that time in half, but will work only with very light dust, not construction litter.
You will need to mechanize this work as much as possible or you will be way high on a price for using man (woman) power as opposed to wide area vacuums and autoscrubbers.

Let me toss in some comments on the request for a “hospital clean”. The only place a
“hospital clean” means anything is in a hospital where you find operating rooms, patient rooms, cafeteria and rest rooms used by ill people, waiting rooms and the like. I often visit Target and I can assure you most of that is lacking, so what do they mean by this request?
I’m only guessing, but I suspect that is their way of asking you to get the place clean. Many people feel that specifying “clean” (free from undesirable surface contaminants) is not good enough and they need to specify “hospital” or “deep” or “sanitary” clean to get the point across. Clean is clean. And there is no need to disinfect a department store, other than the rest room fixtures and food service areas, if there. In fact, there is little sound reason to disinfect an entire hospital, either.
Remove the dust, leave the tile floor free from dust and debris, wipe off spills. That is your basic job description. If they need finish on the tiles and seals applied to grout, you need to learn of that before pricing.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor