ALERT – This blog may be of interest if you are a purchaser of cleaning services, of if you are a cleaning nerd, like me.

If you are neither, you may like to skip. No offence is taken.

Two questions: how many square feet can an office cleaner usually clean in one hour? And why is it important?

The answer to the first is typically around 2,500 sq ft per hr (230 sq m).

And the reason why it is important is so you know you’re not paying more than you need to. Or perhaps paying too little and expecting too much.

If your office is 5,000 sq ft, most likely your cleaner should be doing 2 hrs per day. At £14/hr, which is an average charge out, you should be paying £140 per week (10 hrs @ £14).

But productivity rates do differ according to sector, density of staff, duties, and client expectation.

A high spec client who demands the highest of standards may require a productivity of 1,500 sq ft. A cost-conscious client who wants the basics done could expect the whole 5,000 sq ft in one hr only.

2,500 sq ft/hr is pretty much the mid-point for an average professional office, with toilets and a kitchen.

Here are 3 ways to increase productivity rates and lower cost

  • Use central bins – most offices do this now.
  • Spot vacuum carpets paying attention to entrance and high traffic areas.
  • Ask your staff to place their own cutlery and crockery in the dishwasher.

Under the current COVID circumstances we are frequently recommending to clients to pay more attention to disinfecting touch points and desks, at the cost of rotational vacuuming. Hygiene is increased but cost stays the same.

I strongly recommend that FM’s and Office Managers know their cleaning productivity rate.

If you have several sites, you can see who is paying over the odds by applying one agreed productivity rate over the whole estate.

If you want me to work it out for you, or advice on whether you are paying too much, either on productivity or hourly rate, please email me on [email protected].