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Clean Business Facts: How Much Money Are You Losing?

Updated: Nov 29, 2022



A clean business is a successful business. Maintaining cleanliness in the office or within your business is about a lot more than just keeping a tidy, nice-looking environment. Most business owners need to learn that not keeping up with their business's cleanliness can cost them upwards of thousands of dollars and even cause them to lose business!


How so? Read this list of 18 facts about the effects and costs of a lack of maintaining a clean business, and see how you're losing both money and customers if your business cleanliness isn't being kept up properly. I will warn you, though, that these facts will shock you and make you rethink whether you own a spotless business!

By The Numbers

  1. An average of 7.7 sick days per employee annually costs businesses $225.8 billion annually!

  2. The unplanned absences from these employees' sick days result in a 54% decrease in productivity and output and a 39% drop in sales and customer service.

  3. A clean business environment creates a 2-8% productivity gain. An example of the value this creates? A 100-associate office with an average salary of $25,000 equals a total of $125,000 in savings!

  4. Own a retail business? Cleanliness was ranked as the most crucial element to customers when deciding where to shop. 60% said a space's environment encouraged them to buy more.

  5. 94% of people would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.

  6. A clean business and/or organized office results in a more productive day. According to data by the International Data Corporation, searching for lost documents costs companies $2.5 million in lack of productivity.

  7. 77% feel more productive and relaxed in a clean, uncluttered workspace.

  8. Every telephone in the office has about 25,000 germs per square inch on each one!

  9. On average, only about 25% of staff in an office think the office is effectively clean.

  10. Respiratory illnesses contracted in the workplace can cost employees as much as $134 per employee per year! (Found in a study reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)

  11. A 5% loss of productivity due to an unclean building can cost your business thousands of dollars annually. -Dr. Michael Berry, a retired EPA scientist and research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  12. In a Harris Interactive poll, summarized in USA Today, data shows that the survey found that 50% of people who encounter a dirty restroom would discuss it with friends and family. These types of reviews are the ones that end in costing business customers before many even set foot through the front door.

  13. Own a restaurant? 86% of adults in the U.S. equate the cleanliness of a restaurant's restroom with the cleanliness of its kitchen.

  14. The same survey revealed that 75% of adults in the U.S. wouldn't return to a restaurant with dirty restrooms.

  15. 95% of shoppers say that exterior appearance influences where they shop.

  16. 52% of consumers have avoided businesses because the space front was dirty.

  17. Classrooms contain 20X more bacteria than any other workspace, and daycare centers have the most bacteria!

  18. Maintaining a clean business environment through diligent washing, wiping, and sanitizing can help office workers reduce their cold and flu rates and stomach illness by up to 80%.

Any intelligent business owner reading this will instantly recognize and understand the value of what a lack of maintaining cleanliness within their business is genuinely costing them. Don't let your business be part of these numbers! As a business owner, you have way too much on your plate to pile up keeping up with a clean business environment to avoid losing so much money on top of everything else. Contact us today to set up a free consultation and to get a quote.

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