It should come as no surprise that this past year has brought an unprecedented level of attention to and demand of janitorial services due to the pandemic. This has resulted in commercial and industrial janitorial companies expanding their offerings to include maintenance services.
This is good news for you if you run a small business or are involved in the sector of a larger corporation that is responsible for, or involved in, the cleaning and upkeep of offices, facilities, and other work areas. Why? The janitorial industry and maintenance industry now intersect at a much greater degree, often combining into entities that offer services in both areas and more. Here are some maintenance services to explore as an addition to your janitorial contract:
Light Handyman Work
It’s safe to say that most janitorial service contracts do not include, nor are their employees flexible on, handyman work. Even safer to say that most janitorial service providers don’t consider the idea of offering services that blend in with or fall into the maintenance category. So, what happens when a lightbulb needs to be changed, and it’s in a hard-to-reach place or requires the removal of plastic screens and other maintenance equipment? What about changing a door knob, drywall repair, or basic plumbing needs? Our point is that supplementing janitorial services with maintenance services is a net positive.
HVAC, which stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is a critical maintenance area that typically falls just outside of the services commonly included in a janitorial contract. It’s critical that you request that your janitorial services provider sources HVAC maintenance, as air quality has never been more important. COVID-19 and other airborne viruses easily attach to and travel with dust and other tiny particles that travel in the air through your HVAC system.
Floor & Carpet Care
Whether your floors comprise of tile, stone, hardwood, another hard flooring material, or are carpeted, another critical maintenance service to consider including or adding to your janitorial services contract is floor and/or carpet care.
Why? Most of the heavier debris and contaminants, including what is invisible to people, that are not filtered by air through your HVAC system will come to a rest on your flooring. This includes dirt, leaves, and other debris trekked in by employees and patrons from just outside your facility entries. Traditional janitorial service contracts include basic floor care, such as sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping, but this is not enough!
Access to New Tech, Higher Standards & Quicker Service
Supplementing the services included in your janitorial contract with maintenance services, or exploring the services of a maintenance services provider in addition to your janitorial services provider has several benefits. These include robotics and data analysis software, more experience and thus higher standards of service, and quicker response times to service requests!