A Checklist for Janitors Cleaning Buildings

Cleaning a building is a demanding task that requires a checklist to make sure you do not miss anything. Companies outsource cleaning services because it is cost-effective for a specialized company to maintain its office building. If you are a janitor, you want to make sure your contract endures the test of time by providing the best possible value for your client's money.

Lobby, Common Area and Office Areas

When workers report for work in the morning, they expect to find empty trash cans in their offices and common areas. You also need to dust mop or sweep all hard surfaces in the lobby, offices and common areas. Vacuum all carpets and dust visible surfaces. You must pay particular attention to finger marks and smudges, which are easy to miss. The essence of janitorial cleaning is to make sure the work environment is healthful and pleasant.So, you must also disinfect the entire building when cleaning. Remove any marks on the floor. In the cafeteria, clean the microwaves, refrigerator and sinks.

Restrooms and Locker Rooms

These areas need special attention. Clean Link estimates that 50 percent of the public complaints about buildings concern the maintenance of the restrooms. Restrooms could be a source of diseases if not well maintained. You must empty all wastebaskets. Dust mop or sweep surfaces. Tile floors and walls should be cleaned. Sinks, toilets, urinals and showers need proper cleaning all the time. Make sure you refill supplies after cleaning.

Corridors and Building Exterior

Wastebaskets must be emptied and hard surfaces swept. Outside the building, remove all visible trash from sidewalks, the parking lot and around dumpsters. In the smoking areas, ashtrays and wastebaskets must be emptied every time you clean.

2016 Salary Information for Janitors and Building Cleaners

Janitors and building cleaners earned a median annual salary of $24,190 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, janitors and building cleaners earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,384,600 people were employed in the U.S. as janitors and building cleaners.

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About the Author

Gilbert Manda has written financial news since 2000. He holds a professional diploma from the London School of Journalism, a Bachelor of Science in global business and public policy from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in international journalism from City University London.