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Construction Cleaning 101; What Every GC Should Know About Construction Cleaning

The difference between rough and final cleaning is simple. The goal of rough cleaning is to control dust and keep the site free from excessive debris where as final cleaning makes a new building move-in ready and prepared for the customer’s janitorial services team to take over. While the scope of rough cleaning services is limited it dramatically reduces the time to complete final cleaning and can help reduce construction cleaning costs.

Scheduling final cleaning

So, it is time for final cleaning…or is it? Final cleaning should begin AFTER the architects punch list is completed. You should be soliciting proposals for final cleaning several weeks in advance. Final cleaning contractors will frequently ask to walk the site with you to gauge the size and scope of the project. The more you cooperate with final cleaning estimators the more accurate your pricing & scope will be. Spending a few extra minutes may save hours in dealing with change order hassles.

Selecting the right contractor

While our work isn’t the most technical it is important that general contractors review the qualifications of final cleaning contractors as thoroughly as they would plumbers or skilled trades.

Insurance & Bonding Capacity

Unfortunately the facility services industry is filled with fly-by-night contractors that operate without proper insurance. Look particularly hard at contractors that submit bids that are far below the market.

Training & Supervision

Know who is going to be on your site. Many final cleaning contractors use janitorial service employees to staff construction jobs. While these men & women may pay close attention to detail they seldom have training specific to construction site safety.

Look for OSHA Certified staff and well seasoned supervisors

Administrative Capacity

In theory anyone can clean however AIA billing and Certified Payroll Reports require special expertise not all cleaning contractors have. Make sure the experience of your front-runner goes beyond getting the job done and includes solid follow-through by professional administrative personnel

Related Experience

Any cleaning contractor can get rave reviews on small retail jobs and private residences but working on a large, multi-phased project requires advanced planning, exceptional communication and a large and easily mobilized workforce to respond to rapid scheduling changes.

When your deadline looms closer it becomes increasingly important that you trust a contractor with a reputation for success on projects similar in size and scope to your own.

Carefully Compare Scopes

Many contractors submit low bids by cutting the services you’ll receive. To ease the decision making process consider using a standard scope of work on which all contractors must bid.

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