Cleaning a medical office is a great way to earn extra cash or as the basis for a small business. Most cleaning services make about $20 per square foot and are done in roughly 90 minutes. Disinfecting -- especially during cold and flu seasons -- is an important service that you can provide to both the staff of the medical facility and the public at large. Careful assessment of the facilities, understanding the proper procedure, negotiating a decent pay rate with the office manager are all key in making cleaning a doctor's office worthwhile.
Assess the site. This includes asking the building or office manager about square footage which you will need to calculate the rate you are going to charge for your services. Be sure to ask if you are responsible for furnishing your own cleaning supplies or if they will be provided for you and if there are any extra tasks they will expect.
Put on your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). This includes commercial grade gloves, face mask, apron or lab coat. For more information on PPEs, consult your local health department.
Perform basic cleaning, starting with the waiting room. Disinfect the arm chairs and hard surfaces using a disinfectant spray. Vacuum the floor, water the plants and straighten up.
Clean the office bathrooms. Disinfect all hard surfaces such as doorknobs, toilet seats, wash basin and faucets. Empty the trash as you leave.
Check the exam rooms. Change the paper on all of the tables, empty the trash receptacles and disinfect all hard surfaces. Sweep, dust and continue into the hallways.
Clean the break room and the lab room in much the same manner but follow your employer's instructions regarding personal items of the staff and lab contents. In the break room, be sure to disinfect the handles of the sink, pick up any extra food or crumbs and disinfect the surface of the refrigerator.
To help you better understand how to clean a medical facility, consider joining a commercial cleaning organization who will help you better understand the changing rules, regulations, methods and business aspects of the medical cleaning profession.
Charge by the square foot, not the job otherwise you may be earning less than you should and it sets a standardized rate for both you and the office manager. You are not responsible for cleaning used medical equipment receptacles such as discarded needle containers or lab equipment. These are handled by other professional services. Be wary if you are asked to do these tasks as they require specialized disposal services that preclude them from simply being placed in the trash.
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