How Much to Charge for Commercial Cleaning Services

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PublishedNovember 6, 2023

How Much to Charge for Commercial Cleaning Services

Pricing commercial cleaning jobs takes skill. If you price too low, you’ll diminish your profits; if you price too high, you may lose customers.

Job rates depend on many factors, including:

  • Your geographical area

  • What it costs your company to deliver service

  • Ever-changing supply costs

  • Your company’s financial goals

With so many variables, it can take time to pinpoint your commercial cleaning costs.

Setting competitive and profitable service prices enables companies in the cleaning industry to attract and retain more customers to achieve greater business growth.

This guide outlines steps to calculate and price cleaning jobs, whether you’re developing a new pricing structure or re-examining existing rates.

Average commercial cleaning rates

Average commercial cleaning rates provide a baseline for cleaning service prices.

Keep in mind the cost of commercial cleaning varies widely based on:

  • Location

  • Facility type and size

  • Frequency of cleaning

  • Provided or included cleaning supplies

  • Specialized cleaning requests.

For a 2,000-square-foot office building, commercial cleaning prices range from $140-$300, for an average price of $220. One-time cleaning services typically cost more than regularly scheduled cleaning services.

Below, find commercial cleaning rates charts showing the average cost of cleaning services by service type, cleaning area size, and hourly.

By the type of commercial cleaning service

Commercial cleaning rates vary based on the type of cleaning service. The following chart shows the cleaning rate range for several cleaning services.

Service Type

Average Cleaning Rate

Carpet cleaning

$0.20–$0.40 per sq. ft.

Stripping and waxing

$0.30 – $0.50 per sq. ft.

Tile and concrete floor cleaning

$0.12 – $0.21 per sq. ft.

Stain and spot cleaning

$25-$40 per hour

Office appliances

$10-$40 per appliance

Source: HomeAdvisor

Basic janitorial services include:

  • Dusting

  • Disinfection

  • Vacuuming

  • Sweeping

  • Mopping

  • Trash removal 

Specialty cleaning services include:

  • Floor buffing

  • Stripping and waxing

  • Carpet cleaning

  • Window cleaning

Since deep-cleaning or specialty services take more time, cleaning companies typically charge more for these services.

By the size of the cleaning area

The larger the area, the more cleaning services cost due to labor and supply costs. The following chart shows the average cleaning rate based on area size.

Area Size

Average Cleaning Rate

0-1,000 sq. ft.

$120

1,000-2,000 sq. ft.

$200

2,000-3,000 sq. ft.

$290

3,000-4,000 sq. ft.

$370

4,000-5,000 sq. ft.

$460

5,000-6,000 sq. ft.

$540

6,000-7,000 sq. ft.

$630

7,000-8,000 sq. ft.

$700

8,000-9,000 sq. ft.

$800

9,000-10,000 sq. ft.

$880

Source: Thumbtack

Square footage provides a starting point for cleaning companies to determine how much to charge. A larger office with a break room and multiple restrooms would cost more to clean than a small office space.

By the hour

Cleaning companies may charge an hourly rate per cleaner for small or infrequently scheduled jobs. The following chart shows hourly average cleaning rates.

Hourly Rate Type

Average Cleaning Rate

National average

$39/hour

Low end 

$25-$28/hour

High end

$75-$90/hour

Source: Thumbtack

Cleaning companies charging hourly rates provide a free quote to the customer for cleaning time estimates. The customer may be charged more or less depending on the actual time it takes to complete the job.

How are commercial cleaning rates calculated?

Calculating commercial cleaning rates is crucial to the profitability of jobs—and your business.

To accurately price jobs, commercial cleaning service providers should perform a walk-through to determine the scope of work and obtain accurate measurements. 

→ In addition to accurate measurements, businesses need to implement a standardized estimating process for consistent estimates.

Cleaning companies should reexamine pricing regularly to account for material and supply inflation and rising labor costs and ensure the pricing structure supports business growth.

1. Find out the job details and break it down

Before calculating a cleaning service cost, perform a walk-through of the commercial building or office space to view the space and take measurements.

Considerations include:

  • Total square footage

  • Layout (stairs, hallways, and open spaces)

  • Number of rooms

  • Type of rooms (offices or restrooms)

  • Types of surfaces

  • Frequency of cleaning

  • Special customer requests or supply needs

Once you’ve recorded the job details, you’re ready to start calculating.

2. Calculate labor costs based on the job details

To calculate labor costs, estimate how long it takes to clean the building.

By estimating the time it takes one commercial cleaner to complete a specific task or clean a certain amount of square feet, you can evaluate the workload of a job site. From there, you can decide the number of team members you need to complete the job efficiently and profitably.

As an example, let’s say Quality Cleaning Company determines an office cleaning job will take two cleaners one hour to clean. The company pays its employees an hourly rate of $15/hour.

The initial labor cost calculation might look like:

2 employees x 1 hour x $15/hour = $30 labor cost

$30 x 2 hours = $60 labor cost

The company employs full-time cleaners, so it will need to factor in employee expenses, such as payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance. Typically, these expenses fall between 15-25% of employee wages.

$60 x 0.25 = $15 employee expenses

$60 + $15 = $75 total labor cost

Accurately calculating labor costs can be challenging because of these extra expenses. If you need advice or current tax data, consider contacting your CPA for further guidance.

3. Include material and overhead costs

Another factor in a job’s total cost includes adding material and overhead costs.

Material costs are direct costs and include the supplies and equipment you use on the job. Overhead costs are indirect costs and include the costs of operating your business, such as:

  • Administrative salaries

  • Mortgage payment or rent

  • Utilities

  • Vehicles

  • Property tax

  • Business insurance

  • Office equipment and supplies

For accurate numbers, add up your expenses during a specific time period, such as a month or a year. Then divide that number by your sales within the same time period.

Using the same example, Quality Cleaning Company’s monthly material and overhead expenses were $12,500, and the company made $50,000 in monthly sales. The calculation is as follows:

$12,500/$50,000= 0.25

0.25 x 100 = 25%

This means they need to include an additional 25% to cover material and overhead expenses.

4. Factor in your markup

Without a markup, your cleaning company won’t generate profit.

Many janitorial business owners aim to earn a net profit of 10-28% of gross sales, so adding a markup percentage to the cleaning job price is necessary.

For example, for a 25% markup, the calculation looks like this:

$75 labor + $15 material and overhead costs = $90 per hour

$90 x .25 markup = $22.50

$90 + $22.50 = $112.50 per hour total cost

It’s key to track cleaning job costs and profitability to ensure you price jobs accurately and achieve desired profit margins.

How to price a commercial cleaning job

Commercial cleaning companies use various pricing methods for cleaning jobs, depending on the company’s process. It’s important to choose the proper method to ensure profitability.

Hourly rate

An hourly rate charges a set price per hour. This may work well for small businesses, house cleaning, or clients who request infrequent service. The actual price of the service may vary based on how long the job takes your employees to complete.

Best for: Small and specialty cleaning jobs

Square footage rate

Cleaning businesses most often use a square footage rate for commercial spaces. Often, cleaning companies use a lower per-square-foot rate for larger office buildings, even though the actual job cost will be higher.

Best for: Commercial spaces, institutions, medical facilities, and other large buildings

Flat fee

A flat rate charges one fee for a cleaning service. Clients know the cost of the cleaning job upfront and won’t be charged extra if a job takes more time. 

Conversely, cleaning companies can generate more profit if their employees work efficiently and finish the job sooner. It’s important to estimate the job accurately so your company doesn’t lose money by going over projected time.

Best for: One-time, deep cleaning, or other specialty cleaning services

Task-based pricing

Task-based pricing charges a specific amount based on the cleaning task. Arriving at a task-based price involves first calculating how long your employees take to complete each cleaning process.

Best for: Infrequent cleanings, special customer requests, or specialty cleaning services

Custom pricing

The most flexible option, custom pricing, enables cleaning companies to set the price for individual jobs. Most often, cleaning companies use custom pricing for cleaning contracts for recurring services or for cleaning bids. It’s important to remain competitive and profitable when creating custom pricing quotes.

Best for: Bids, contracts, large or complex cleaning jobs

Determine the right price with the right software tool

The right software gives commercial cleaning companies the tools to accurately estimate and price cleaning jobs. Instead of relying on manual methods or gut instinct.

→ Commercial cleaning business software streamlines estimating by using historical data to generate accurate costs and service prices.

Aspire commercial cleaning business software provides industry-specific management tools and automates key areas of the estimating process for accurate, consistent, and profitable prices.

Aspire’s estimating templates and kits combine cleaning company production factors with labor and material costs into a single line item on the estimate. This makes it fast for companies to create job bids while also ensuring accuracy, no matter who creates the estimates. Templates also include management-approved profit margins for maximum profitability.

Aspire automates job costing to track real-time labor, material, and supply costs, providing cloud-based historical performance data to drive accurate estimates and pricing for future jobs.

Increase your profitability with Aspire

An end-to-end software solution empowers commercial cleaning business owners to operate more profitably as they scale.

Aspire’s integrated functionality optimizes operational processes from estimating to invoicing. Commercial cleaning companies can understand their real-time costs to manage responsively, eliminate waste, and identify their high-profit services and contracts.

Get the insights you need to make better business decisions and drive your company forward.

Ready to grow your commercial cleaning business? Request a demo to see Aspire in action.


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