Commercial cleaning cost UK - what should you expect to pay? £15 or £50 per hour?!

Commercial cleaning cost UK - how much is it?

We know the rough cost of many products we buy, but can we say the same about cleaning services?

Quite often it is an office manager, or another trusted team member at a business that is tasked to gather quotes for cleaning services at their workplace.

This sounds easy, right? Just contact a few companies, and see what happens.

How do you then decide which of the quotes is offering you the best VALUE.

Commercial cleaning cost UK

It is important that you consider what type of commercial cleaning service you require for your business. There are generally three options you will discover, once you receive your quotes.

  • A cheap commercial cleaning services quote
  • An expensive commercial cleaning services quote
  • A great VALUE quote for commercial cleaning services

Far be up from us to tell you how to run your business, but most people want a product or service that offers the best possible value - this will rarely, if ever, be the cheapest quote. Some companies won't want your custom for any number of reasons, and will simply price high to try and put you off, or make it worth their while if you do accept.

For example, the following are just a few of the service benefits offered by Green Fox Cleaning to their clients:

✅ GPS recorded shifts, to ensure our clients receive what they pay for.

✅ Highly trained staff, trained by our British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) trainers

✅ A 24-hour support line for both our clients and cleaners, meaning we are there when you need us the most.

There are many more benefits offered by our service, but you can clearly see that these three benefits alone don't come cheap! If another cleaning company simply hopes their staff turn up, employ the first person to apply for the job and dump them to clean your premises with no training, and go off the radar after 5pm each day - it stands to reason they can offer a much CHEAPER service - not a better value service.

Something you should always consider are the HIDDEN COSTS with a CHEAP commercial cleaning quote.

❌ Your time chasing the cleaning company to complain about a poor clean, or no-one turning up at all!

❌ Waiting days on end for a response to your emails, letting issues drag on

❌ Dealing with complaints from staff and customers about the poor levels of cleanliness at your premises

Commercial cleaning cost UK
Commercial cleaning cost UK

The REAL cost of a cleaning service

At Green Fox Cleaning, we pride ourselves on paying our staff a fair wage, never the minimum wage. With effect from 1st April 2023, there is a 9.7% increase to the national minimum wage, increasing it to £10.42 per hour for all employees aged 23 years or above.

So let's look at a crude, but guide calculation of what this costs a cleaning company.

For the purposes of this example, we will assume the cleaner is earning £10.50 per hour, and works 15 hours per week.

  • £10.50 per hour x 15 hours per week = £157.50 per week.
  • 3% pension contribution by employer = £4.72 per week.
  • Employee has 5.6 weeks (minimum) holiday entitlement year year. £157.50 x 5.6 (weeks) divided by 52 (weeks) equates to an average weekly holiday pay / cover clean cost of £16.97 per week.
  • £157.50 + £4.72 + £16.97 = £179.19. Divide this by 15 hours = £11.94 per hour.

So we can see that even a cleaner being paid just over the new minimum wage is actually costing the cleaning company that employs them circa £12 per hour. This is before they have been issued uniform, been trained, or a single cleaning cloth or chemical is placed at your premises.

This is before the cleaning company have factored ANY costs to run your contract smoothly, complete audits, pay their office rent, utilities, cleaning machinery or anything else!

So if you get a quote for around £15 per hour - have a good think about how much effort or time that cleaning company are going to give you as a client, and how much they will care. That would leave them around £195 per MONTH to supply cleaning equipment and cover all their other expenses within this commercial cleaning cost! Crazy eh?!

If you site is small in terms of cleaning needs and only needs say 5 hours cleaning per week, that would leave the cleaning company just £65 per month for chemicals and running your contract!

We aren't suggesting you should necessarily be paying £50 per hour, but you certainly shouldn't expect a good value commercial cleaning company to provide their commercial cleaning service for £15 per hour!

So, what is the actual commercial cleaning cost UK?

As you can see from the above points, there is no simple answer to give a definitive figure. As of 2023, you can expect to see a range from anywhere between £15-£40 per hour plus VAT depending on where you are in the country, what machinery is required on site (a good floor scrubbing machine costs typically £3,000 -£6,000 plus VAT) and how many hours per week you are having supplied to you.

We hope this article has detailed a number of benefits of using a great value commercial cleaning service such as Green Fox Cleaning, and given you a better understanding of commercial cleaning costs. Below is a summary of our service benefits and what is included in our commercial cleaning cost for cleaning services.

  • Highly trained staff
  • Environmentally friendly products
  • Proactive management
  • 24/7 client support line
  • Live time monitored GPS staff attendance system

We hope you have found this article on commercial cleaning costs useful.

Click here to contact your local Green Fox Cleaning office for a free, no obligation quote and discover our commercial cleaning cost - we will let you decide whether or not it represents good value.

Commercial cleaning cost is not a simple one number fits all, and really does not full exploration. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have around commercial cleaning cost for your premises, or more general questions aorund commercial cleaning cost UK and how to ensure you receive great value.

Green Fox Cleaning