Add More Profits to Your Cleaning Company by Offering Spring Cleaning Services
Even though there is still cold weather in some parts of the country, winter is officially over and the spring season is here! For many, spring is the time to do a thorough cleaning to get rid of all the dust, soil and build-up that has collected over the winter months. Spring is also a time you can promote the special services that you have to offer.
Even though there is still cold weather in some parts of the country, winter is officially over and the spring season is here! For many, spring is the time to do a thorough cleaning to get rid of all the dust, soil and build-up that has collected over the winter months. Spring is a time you can promote the special "spring cleaning" services that your cleaning company provides, and in the process bring in more profit!
Spring is a great time to remind your residential and commercial customers that you offer carpet spotting and carpet cleaning services. This is especially true if you are in an area of the country where the long winter has caused snow, sand and ice melt to be tracked in (and ground in) to a building's carpets. Hard floors may also have suffered throughout the winter months with sand and ice melt coming in off shoes and boots. Do some of your buildings have hard floors that need to be stripped and refinished? Now is the time to get everything sparkling clean, and shiny floors make a great impression.
Many cleaning companies "spot clean" the inside windows, but customers often ignore windows throughout the winter. After several months the building's windows may have a build up from melting snow, dust, dirt and other debris. Spring is a great time to offer your window cleaning services - both inside and out. And don't forget window screens. Many homes and offices leave screens on the windows during the winter months, so these will also need to be cleaned. This is a separate charge from the window washing price.
If you clean appliances, now is a good time to remind your clients that you can deep-clean microwaves, refrigerators, and ovens. Just remember that in a commercial setting, you should post the date you will clean the inside of the refrigerator and remind them that you will toss out any old food, containers, or half eaten sandwiches left inside. You don't want to have your customers calling the day after you cleaned the refrigerator and have someone ask you what happened to their lunch! Many homeowners and office workers enjoy barbeques during the warmer months. Barbeque grills should be thoroughly cleaned at least once per year, so remind your clients that this is one messy job you can handle for them.
Conference rooms or meeting areas may have hardwood tables that are due for a good polish, which may be a part of your regular cleaning routine. But if not, be sure to remind your clients that those tables are looking a little dull. If your customers have any upholstered couches or chairs, spring is a good time to offer upholstery cleaning. You can charge around $5.00 for standard office chairs, and around $7.00 per linear foot for fabric couches. And when you multiply that by the number of chairs and couches in the office, that's quite a tidy profit.
Your clients may not even know all the special services that you provide so give them a call or put together a flyer and pop it in with your next invoice. Your buildings will look cleaner and you will be happier with the balance in your checkbook!
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