Report Outlines Staffing, Costs And Frequencies Of Cleaning

In 2018, the Facility Cleaning Decisions Annual Reader Survey revealed that 36 percent of in-house cleaning departments experienced budget cuts. In response to those cuts, 25 percent of departments trimmed staff and 34 percent reduced cleaning frequencies.

Decisions like this can have a big, and often negative, impact on facilities. This is especially true in buildings that service sensitive populations such as schools and healthcare operations. Cleaning cuts of any kind open the door to the spread of infections, not to mention a negative appearance.

To analyze budgets further, as well as staffing levels, cleaning frequencies and the average cost per square foot, Facility Cleaning Decisions — along with its sister publication Contracting Profits and Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) — surveyed facility owners and operators to create the “Cleaning Costs and Frequencies Report.”

This report is available for purchase for $99 here.

Schools and healthcare facilities are just a small sample of the “Cleaning Costs And Frequencies Report.” More than 600 facilities representing a dozen facility types were surveyed about their cleaning operations. Data is also available for commercial offices, government facilities, retail stores, industrial facilities, religious buildings, multi-tenant offices, outpatient clinics and more.

The focal point of this report is a breakdown of cost per square foot based on facility type, as well as how those numbers compare to prices before the Great Recession. 

Included in the report are:
 • Price per square foot for 13 facility types;
 • Staffing levels for night-time, day porters and project workers for a range of building sizes;
 • Price per square foot based on geographic region;
 • Cleaning frequencies of 16 tasks in these facility types: corporate offices, multi-tenant offices, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, hospitals and government facilities;
 • Janitorial budget percentages for each facility type;
 • Percentage of LEED certified facilities;
 • And more.