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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Question

The question I have is regarding the event facilities in the hotel I manage. It is 11,642 square feet. How many working hours do I need daily to clean this space? What should I charge?


Answer

This is, as with many such recently, an unanswerable inquiry.
I have no idea of what the facility is going to be used for, and I suspect you cannot be certain either, until it is booked.
Events differ in size, nature, and attendance and that is why the cleaning needs will vary.
If this is open space, you will want to use a wide-area vacuum for carpeted sections and an autoscrubber for tile. What equipment you have available will dramatically affect the man-hours.
Charges depend on your labor rates, productions rates, and other factors such as insurance contributions and supplies.
My best recommendation is to start tracking the costs of all the above and get together a list of charges for certain events based on your own experience. In time, you will have accurate information on which to base future decisions as to equipment and charges for the clean-up.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com