3 Reasons to Outsource Your Commercial Cleaning Services


Outsourcing your cleaning to a responsible janitorial company will make your business more productive, cost-effective and efficient.  By delegating cleaning services to an outside firm, you will automatically free up more time to focus on your core competency (or Unique Service Proposition), thereby giving you a competitive edge and improving the bottom line of your business. Below are three main reasons to outsource your cleaning services:

(a)   Ensures Professional-Grade Quality of Cleaning

Would you allow your Financial Manager to undertake the duties of an HR Consultant?! No! Because you recognize that their expertise lies in different areas and, therefore, your company will be better off harnessing their respective talents.

Similarly, commercial janitorial businesses have an expertise in cleaning.  They are well-appraised with the current technologies – such as green cleaning techniques – have a wonderful training and communication system in place and promise consistently high-quality cleaning in a cost-effective manner.   Image One Facility Solutions, for instance, has a proven training and support system for its employees and franchisees, ensuring that they are well-qualified and well-trained to deliver high-quality cleaning services. 

Check out the video below where Tim Conn, Image One’s founder, talk about why outsourcing is a good idea:

In-house resources would find it very hard to replicate the professional-grade quality of cleaning offered by companies with an expertise in this field. Also, remember that commercial janitorial businesses are accountable for their level of service, as specified by the contract.  Hence, you can rest assured that they will do their best to make your company look aesthetically beautiful and functionally efficient!

(b)   Saves Tangible and Intangible Costs

 You might wonder how employing another company to clean your business can save money! Sounds counter-productive, right?! Not really.   Think about it.

If you do not outsource your cleaning services then you have one of two options:

  1. You employ people specifically for this purpose, which means you are responsible for their salary, leave package, retirement plans and any other operational costs, much like a normal company.   However, by outsourcing your services, the cleaning company will now be responsible for all these costs.  You would have a specified contract with the cleaning company wherein you agree to pay for their services, either periodically or on an as-needed basis.  In other words, you save money because the cleaning company would have absorbed most of these tangible costs
  1. You utilize existing employees for cleaning, which implies that their responsibilities will be spread thin, thereby lowering their morale, increasing their stress levels and decreasing their productivity.  These are intangible costs you can live without!  Outsourcing your janitorial services will not only allow your employees to focus on their originally assigned tasks, but will also result in a much cleaner (and healthier) environment where you, your employees and your company can thrive and prosper.

(c)   Allows for Flexibility and Scalability

As mentioned above, utilizing in-house resources to clean can lead to tangible and intangible losses, along with diminished productivity.

One of the primary reasons in-house resources don’t work is because of their rigidity.  When you employ a few employees just for cleaning purposes, it’s possible that there will be down-times when their services seem either unwanted or too expensive.  Unfortunately, you are still stuck with paying the same salary and perks.  It’s like having a ‘permanent’ albatross around your neck!

On the other hand, outsourcing your cleaning services brings in flexibility and scalability to your operation.  A good janitorial company will adapt their services to suit your budgetary and operational needs.  You can either contract these services periodically or schedule them on an as-needed basis, ensuring that every penny you spent has been utilized efficiently.  In other words, you get your bang for your buck!

So, you see, outsourcing your cleaning services does help!  However, keep in mind that choosing the right cleaning company is very important.  A less-than-efficient janitorial business will offer you none of the aforementioned advantages, instead hurting you in the long run. 

Hence, choose a commercial cleaning service that is responsive to your needs, and watch your productivity and efficiency grow!

Image One Facility Cleaning Solutions offers its janitorial services for offices around Chicago.  Call us at 630.616.1010 or submit our online form on the left to obtain a FREE Quote today