Bidding accounts can be relatively simple or very complex based on the specifications and other factors.

For example, I have been consulting with a company who received a proposal for a 5,500-square-foot office site that had two small restrooms (toilet and sink in each – no urinal). The office area was low traffic with a small tiled (Vinyl Composite Tile) break room, a 12-seat conference/training room, all low nap carpet (90 percent) and a small quarry tile entrance area. There is only one entrance with single glass door, good matting and low level of soil being tracked in from outside.

Why do I want to know all this information? Because this type information will determine my total labor and supplies necessary for bidding the contract.

Other information to know is how many days per week the building should be cleaned, how often the carpet will receive a deep cleaning and how often the VCT floor will be stripped/scrubbed/recoated and then buffed.

All of these factors will influence the price of my bid.

We will continue these thoughts in a future article. Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean...

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or